All services start at 10:30 am (unless noted).
Text and audio versions of past sermons are available here.
Sunday, February 3, 10:30 am
Grow your Mind - Ask a Question!
- Chloe Hart, Camellia Jahanshahi, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
Our Unitarian ancestor Sophia Lyon Fahs encouraged children to ask questions and for the community around them to follow their curiosity and help them learn, tending the seeds of kindness, justice, and spirituality within them. On this all-ages Sunday we'll explore the wisdom of asking questions and how we can all grow the garden of our minds.
On the first Sunday of the month you may bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Dépôt Community Food Centre. Offerings can also be placed in the baskets in the Sanctuary or Phoenix Hall at any time. Highest-priority food item for the month: Canned fish
Sunday, February 10, 10:30 am
The Religious Experience
- Special guest: Rev. Fred Cappuccino, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
The classic Religious Experience was that of St Paul on the road to Damascus. Paul immediately stopped persecuting Christians, and became one himself. Many religious people have devoted their lives to seeking a religious experience. One fellow named Mert inquired of (Methodist) Bishop Quayle, "Bishop, How can I have an experience of God?" The bishop said, "Well, Mert, Go into a deep forest…." The Rev. Fred Cappuccino will finish this story when he speaks…
Fred is 92 and is still making lots of trouble. He and his wife Bonnie are Members of the Order of Canada for their work with Child Haven International, which cares for 1300 formerly destitute children in nine Homes in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Tibet.
Sunday, February 17, 10:30 am
Inquiry and Preconception
- Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert & Lillias Lippert & the Parts in Peace Choir
Let’s be honest. We often begin with preconceptions and judge before we’ve even had time to ask the questions. How do we shift our patterns and embrace new ways of thinking? This may be a Sunday of true confessions from our minister as she considers her own approach to inquiry.
Sunday, February 24, 10:30 am
The African-American Spiritual
- Special guest: Floydd Ricketts, with Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Floydd Ricketts and Sandra Hunt
We are pleased to welcome Floydd Ricketts to our service this Sunday to share his passion and extensive knowledge of the African American Spiritual. Floydd is a conductor, coach and doctoral student at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. Most recently, he was the musical director and arranger for Choir Boy at the Centaur Theatre. His research focuses on the African-American Spiritual, it’s origins from West Africa, across the Middle Passage, and into North America; the evolution of the art form from monophonic hymns to intricate modern arrangements; and how to perform Spirituals well and within an informed and conscientious purview while diminishing the risk of offence or cultural appropriation.