Everyone is always welcome at SFUC, see what’s happening in our upcoming services below. We meet every Sunday at 1:30 pm in South Surrey. If you’d like to read more about our Children’s Religious Exploration Program click here. For more information about what to expect in worship services click here.
The Music of Pete Seeger – Sunday, January 20
With Rev. Samaya
It’s been said that for Pete Seeger folk music and a sense of community were inseparable, and where he saw a community, he saw the possibility of political action. Join us as we look back on the life of Pete Seeger and how he weaved community and political action together.
Getting Out of Our Own Way – Sunday, January 27
Featuring Rev. Helen McFadyen
Previous life experiences can deeply influence our views and interactions in the world…and it’s not always pretty. As adults, we sometimes persist in making poor choices, struggle in relationships, and repeat harmful patterns over and over, all of which taint our sense of ‘possibility.’ Drawing on personal stories and the wisdom of writers Anne Lamott and Mark Nepo, today’s guest speaker will reflect on life strategies for “getting out of our own way”.
Rev. Helen McFadyen grew up near Montreal in the 1950’s and 60’s. Helen’s father, a lapsed protestant, anglophone seafarer, and mom, a french speaking Mohawk char woman and residential school survivor, had five children together. With a large extended family of elders, and aunties, uncles and cousins, Helen’s early years were a mix of raucous joy, and painful “character-building” drama and dysfunction.
In 2005 while living in Nova Scotia, Helen “discovered” Unitarian Universalism and calling to ministry. After completing a Master of Divinity in Halifax, Helen went to Edmonton for the Residency program in Spiritual Care at University Hospital. She worked as a palliative care chaplain and in elder care for two years before transitioning to congregational ministry, and serving as Developmental Minister to the Kamloops Fellowship for 3 years.
In 2017 she was hired as Administrator of AIM– Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry — a certification program for UU congregations of EqUUal Access and the UUA that focuses on welcoming, embracing, integrating, and supporting people with disabilities and their families.
Helen recently moved to Victoria; from this new home base she plans to soon complete her doctorate dissertation. Her research explores “the experience of mutual support in the lives of elder residents of co-housing communities.”
Helen is legally blind and gratefully shares her life with Camilla, her guide dog of the last six years.
Healing Powers of Water – Sunday, February 3
With Rev. Samaya
It’s been said that access to safe, clean drinking water makes it possible for communities to move out of poverty. In Canada over 80 Indigenous communities don’t have access to safe, clean water. This year the Semiahmoo First Nations people will finally remove their boil water advisory and have access to potable water for the first time in 15 years. Join us as we explore the possibilities of healing that access to safe, clean water can provide to these communities.
Love Thy Neighbour – Sunday, February 10
With Daylene Marshall, Director of Children’s Religious Education
This multigenerational service will celebrate Valentine’s Day through the lens of the golden rule of every religion, “love thy neighbour”. This service will include a chocolate communion and call to action to spread love in our wider community. Please bring some chocolate to share.
Five Jagged Rocks – Sunday, February 17
With Rev. Samaya
When David faced Goliath, all he had were five jagged rocks. This service looks at the Goliaths we face today and the five jagged rocks of Unitarian Universalism that we have to defeat them. Each of us is capable of taking action is small ways to support change.