Power, Privilege and Social Justice: A Study Group

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Starts Friday, October 20th

Three of our Unitarian Principles call us to serve social justice in all our actions:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

This study group will explore the dynamics of power and privilege and how they impede true and lasting social justice.  We will use the lens of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to remove our blinders about the privilege we hold and how it prevents us from realizing our Unitarian principles. Then drawing on our collective knowledge, we will explore the lessons from various social justice movements to identify what we can do to create the change we want to see in the world.

This study group will be facilitated by Cathy Strickland and Athene Lohan.  The group will meet the first and third Friday evenings of every month from 7:30 until 9 pm at the church.  The first session will be held on Friday, October 20th and the group will continue until May.  There will be an information session for those interested on Sunday, September 17th at 12:30 in RS305 after church.

Please RSVP to Cathy Strickland if you plan on attending any or all of these sessions:  cstrickland@shaw.ca.


UUA Pacific Western Region Regional Mission Trip for Youth and Adults

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Roots, Reflections, Relationships - An Environmental Justice Journey

Led by retired DRE, Katie Covey, this is a week long UU "mission" style trip to Pasadena, CA where a group of 25 youth and adults will partner with Throop Unitarian Church and other community leaders to explore the theme of environmental justice, all the while focusing on developing ongoing relationships, learning skills, and engaging in hands on justice work in solidarity with local experts and advocates.

  • Do you have a passion for environmental justice?

  • Have you been interested to partner with grassroots organizations to create a lasting partnership in solidarity with local communities?

  • Have you ever wanted to make a real difference while learning hands on skills and concepts?

  • If you answered “Yes,” or better yet, “Hell yes!” to any of the above, then the new PWR Justice Journey is for you!

Logistics: Sat. night, July 14 - Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2018 at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church  300 S. Los Robles Ave.  Pasadena, CA 91101  

Cost is $550.00 per person for 8 days. All meals, lodging at the church, local transportation. (Air and ground Transportation to the Throop Church is not included.)

Staff: Eric Bliss, PWR Youth Specialist, Rev. Jae Scott, Buddhist minister and UU Religious Educator, Katie Covey, PWR Mission Trip Lead.

The Pacific Western Region Mission Trip provides an opportunity to practice environmental sustainability in the unique permaculture urban garden at Throop, as well as a variety of community projects and events. Once a barren corner, now it is a flourishing site co-partnered with Transition Pasadena. In addition, the group will engage in centering meditative UU and Buddhist practices as developed by Rev. Jae Scott’s Mutuality Movement as a way to build a lifelong foundation for justice work and compassionate understanding.

Come participate in a unique, transformative week and walk our talk!

Registration: https://register.pwruua.org/event-registrations/pwr-mission-trip/ 

Registration Deadline is Nov. 20, 2017

Payment: A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due by Nov. 20, 2017. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis with the additional provision of accepting participants from marginalized populations.

More information HERE, or contact: Katie Covey, PWR Mission Trip Lead at katiecovey@gmail.com

Library News

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We recently received donations for the children collection.  For teens, from Marcia Stephenson, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, a film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky; from Nancy McMaster, For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu; from Karen Epp, George by Alex Gino (a transgender first person narrative); from Nicole Hostinsky, Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery; from Melanie Zdan Johnson, Celebrate the Sun: A Heritage of Festivals Interpreted through the Art of Children from Many Lands by Betty Nickerson.  The following two donations are anonymous and for younger readers: Looking for Angels by Valiska Gregory and Leslie Baker, and The Dragon’s Tale and Other Animal Fables of the Chinese Zodiac by Demi.  Also, Nora Coates purchased Dr. Seuss’s Butter Battle Book, a timely parable.

Help yourself to the free magazines that will be on display on the library table during October.  

October Outreach Recipient: SHEWAY

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Each month, we select a non-profit organization to receive 50% of our Sunday morning collection plate.  We call this "Outreach".  During October, our Outreach recipient will be SHEWAY, a project of the Vancouver Native Health Society.  SHEWAY provides comprehensive health and social services to women who are either pregnant or parenting children less than 18 months old and who are experiencing current or previous issues with substance use. The focus of the program is to help the women have healthy pregnancies and positive early parenting experiences. The program consists of prenatal, postnatal and infant health care, education and counseling for nutrition, child development, addictions, HIV and Hepatitis C, housing and parenting. SHEWAY also assists in fulfilling basic needs, such as providing daily nutritious lunches, food coupons, food bags, nutritional supplements, formula, and clothing.

Learn more about SHEWAY here.

Please make your cheque payable to "North Shore Unitarian Church".


Circle Dinners

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Circle Dinners are times to enjoy conversation and food with different groups of people.  Held on the last Saturday of the month, dinners generally have 6-8 people. Hosts provide space, beverages, and hospitality; guests bring potluck dishes tailored to the dietary needs of the participants.  Dates are: September 30th, October 28th, November 25th,  January 27th, February 24th, March 31st,  April 28th and May 26th.  To participate as a guest or host, sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board downstairs, or contact either Joy Silver or the Church Office.


Parenting as a Spiritual Practice

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Parents are often busy and pulled in many directions. Finding time and energy to slow down, breathe, set intentions, receive support and listen deeply can be few and far between.

On the first Sunday of each month starting October 1st, join Rev. Emily from 12:30-2pm in the Chelsea House preschool building for a monthly centering practice specifically geared towards parents, followed by facilitated listening time and conversation on how toapproach parenting with more compassion—for ourselves and the little people in our lives.

This is a drop-in monthly opportunity, open to anyone with children under the age of 20. Childcare will be offered, but please RSVP one week prior to Lynn Sabourin so we can plan for your families’ needs (604-926-1621, lsabourin@northshoreunitarians.ca).  


Share Your Story: A Sermon Writing Workshop

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You're invited to What's Your Story:  A Sermon-Writing Workshop facilitated by Rev. Meg Roberts at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1:00 – 6:00 pm.  

Is there something you would like to share in your congregation’s Sunday service but have never written a sermon before? Or perhaps you have experience and want to develop your skills and comfort? Or even don’t know what you would speak about but want to learn the process? Rev. Meg Roberts will show you a process to support your creative expression so you can touch the head and heart of your listeners. She will also share various service resources.

To help integrate your learning, a follow-up 1 ½-hour group coaching session is included on either Tues. Nov.28, 7-8:30pm OR Sat. Nov.25, 10:30am-12noon. This will encourage you to work on your sermon, offer support for any roadblocks you hit, and provide feedback to polish your creation.

Maximum 24 participants so register early. 

Three ways to register:

Payment by credit card, cheque, or e-transfer.

Early Bird Registration Deadline and Cost: September 30 ($35)

Final Registration Deadline and Cost: October 22 ($50)

Small Group Ministry starts next month!

Small groups will begin gathering next month to discuss the monthly theme using materials from the Soul Matters sharing circle, a resource over 150 Unitarian congregations in Canada, the UK and the US contribute to and use for service preparation and small group ministry.

Register here! 


Want to learn more about Soul Matters? Check out their website at https://www.soulmatterssharingcircle.com.

If you are interested in facilitating a group, please contact Rev. Marcus. There will be a facilitator training on Tuesday, September 26 from 7-9pm at church.

First Aid & CPR Class: October 28th

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We're offering several First Aid & CPR classes on October 28th, starting at 9:30am in the Fireside Room. There are 3 different price points and ending times depending on the certification you want:

  • Renewal of CPR/AED only ($45+GST, 9:30am - 12:30pm). You must be able to prove that you have prior CPR/AED certification.
  • CPR/AED for first timers or those who want a full refresher ($65+GST, 9:30am - 3:30pm).
  • Emergency First Aid with CPR/AED ($90+GST, 9:30am - 5:30pm). This class covers the skills needed to recognize, prevent, and respond to circulation emergencies for babies, children, and adults. It includes airway & breathing emergencies, stroke, heart attack, TIA, bandaging, and the prevention of disease transmission. Full CPR and AED training are also included.

If you'd like to attend, please fill out the registration form HERE. Payment will be due later (as the time gets closer). Contact Janni in the Church Office (604-926-1621 or info@northshoreunitarians.ca) for more information.