Can you feel it? Can you see it? The magic of the season, the magic of awe is all around us. Join us for a service that explores the magic of awe that can crack our hearts open to the holy.
Speaker: Rev. Samaya Oakley
Rev. Samaya Oakley has been the Minister of the South Fraser Unitarians since August 2016. She received her Masters of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology and has worked with Unitarian Universalist communities at the local, national and continental levels for the past twenty years.
What is our Unitarian perspective and history in this season, this season of “advent, of waiting, for our Christian cousins? Can we too prepare our hearts for the birth of new life/ideas, new ways of being, new possibilities?
Join us this Sunday as we engage in the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office annual service. This year’s theme is All in for Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet. The term “climate justice” invites us to consider the climate crisis from the perspective of politics, social justice, and human rights, rather than simply a scientific, physical phenomenon. The fact of climate change has far more than meteorological implications: It will change the way that most species on Earth live. We recognize this as a justice issue because of the possibilities to organize and respond to the climate crisis in a way that prioritizes the needs of those people and communities that are most vulnerable. Rather than examining the scientific causes, impacts, and solutions, this year’s United Nations Sunday theme invites us to explore the human causes, impacts, and solutions.
We gather together with so many emotions. Among us we have the courageous and those who are trying to be brave. With each in breath and each out breath, each word, each song, we are nourished and gain comfort in our ability to be together.
Coming Through the Pandemic If there is one thing we have learned about living with COVID, it is that we can’t go it alone. While we may be required to physically distance, we know that we know that we need each other like we never have before. It’s the power of community that helps us recover the ability to stand before nature with awe and not arrogance. Just as we need each other, South Fraser Unitarians need each one of us to be sustained and nourished. Join us for the kick-off to our annual canvas.
Wiccan priestess, Starhawk says that “we are all longing to go home to some place we have never been – a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats.” We give thanks on this day for the power and blessing of the community of South Fraser Unitarians.
Pet Blessing – Join us as we engage in our annual practice of blessing the creatures of this world that have the ability to draw us more deeply into the circle of life, into the wonder of our common relationship to our Creator. The bond between person and their pet is unlike any other relationship, because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love. For this service you are invited to either send in a picture of your pet or have it at the ready in your home to lift up and have visible at the time of blessing.
We’ve all seen the posters listing out the major religions of the world. This service explores the similarities and differences in the religions of the world. This service invites each one of us to lean into the religions of the world in an attitude of cultural humility. Join us as we begin to delve deeply into the wisdom of the world’s religions that inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life.
As the weather begins to turn to fall, we gather. We gather to remember that we belong to something greater than ourselves. While we can’t gather together to mingle our waters together as is our tradition, this year you are invited to send along a picture of you pouring water into one of the many bodies of water that we live among. Send your picture to Rev. Samaya at email@example.com by Saturday, September 12th. For the service, you’ll want to have a small bowl of water with you.
South Fraser Unitarians take a break from our weekly Sunday services over the summer months. We’re sorry we’ve missed you! Take time to peruse our website, our soul matters packets, and sign up to receive our Chalice Lighter to keep updated on our events throughout the summer! We look forward to having you with us on September 6th when we resume our regular weekly services.