Close Enough To Tell

When Bryan Stevenson spoke to UUs at General Assembly in 2017, he offered Four Steps to Change the World, the first of which was to get proximate – to marginalized people, to folks different from ourselves, to challenging situations. In this month, when the congregation’s theme is Cultivatng Relationship, we’ll use stories from UU history, from OWL, and other parts of life to explore what it means to get proximate, how to handle the discomfort we sometimes find beyond our familiar, and the ways in which this teaching is expressed in numerous faiths.

Oh We Give Thanks!

What better time than Thanksgiving to honour the practice of gratitude in our lives! It’s hard living up
to the ideal of being grateful every moment in our lives! It is by adopting a practice of gratitude that
we bring our attitudes and behaviour in alignment.

A Covenantal Faith

We’re invited to bring our whole selves into the life of South Fraser Unitarians. Our whole selves. That
means not only do we bring our gifts and talents to bear, but we also bring the tragic strategies that
we’ve used in the past to help us cope with life’s events. The spiritual practice of living into our
covenant can help us out during the times when we encounter this in ourselves and in each other.

Green Holidays

This month we explore what it means to Cultivate Relationship. Each Soul Matters packet is filled with spiritual practices, quotes, videos, articles, and family activities to engage in. Each person is invited to choose one of many questions to “wrestle” with.

Superheroes, Villains, and Beyond

So today we are going to take time to think about our inner superhero. Wear your superhero cape – or
anything that is a cape to you – to the service so that we can celebrate your superhero powers that
work towards a transformed world.

Gleaning For Love

In the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz, we find that Boaz becomes Ruth’s saviour with the simple, but
hard work of gleaning. Gleaning is one finds and collects everything that’s useable after the initial
harvest. In the story Boaz is asked to “stretch his pride” and ask for help to free Ruth. As we engage in
the work of generosity of service in our congregation and our faith, we are asked the simple question
– are we willing to be gleaned for love?

Songs that Changed the World

The headlines can be frightening at times! The songs we sing can remind us that we don’t have to wait
for some future utopia or far-off heaven to create the world we want. We can create melody and
music and sing together in harmony right now, even when there’s violence and injustice in the
headlines every day. Musical guests @@@ join us for this service.

Canadian Unitarian Council National Service

You are invited to a national service by the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) exploring what it means
to be Living into Covenant. Details to be announced.

The Theology of Joy

Through the experience of joy, Researcher Matthew Kuan Johnson shares that we become more truly
ourselves – the colours seem brighter, physical movements feel freer and easier, and smiling happens
involuntary. Join Rev. Samaya for an exploration of what the sacred texts have to say about opening
ourselves to joy.

Soul Matters

This month we explore what it means to OPEN TO JOY. Each Soul Matters packet is filled with spiritual practices, quotes, videos, articles, and family activities to engage in. Each person is invited to choose one of many questions to “wrestle” with.

Solstice Ritual

For over thousands of years people have gathered on the eve of Winter Solstice to celebrate the
rebirth of the sun. Today we gather to be nurtured and held during the longest night and begin to look
forward to the light returning. From out of the darkness and cold, light and hope return. Join us as we
slow down, sit in silence together and rest when the wheel turns. We welcome everyone to our
service. Join us at 7 pm for our online annual Solstice Ritual to honour the gifts of the night and to
celebrate the return of the light.

And it Came to Pass – Christmas Eve

Join us at 7:00 pm for our online Christmas Eve service. In our lessons and carols service, we’ll take
time to remember the story of old, the birth of Jesus, and what it means for our lives today.