Speaker: Christina Swindells-Nader

Occasions for Blessing

“No matter what one believes in, there is something wonderful about blessing things,” asserts Kathleen Norris. The lay chaplaincy among Unitarian Universalists in Canada is a distinctive office that authorizes select lay leaders to conduct rites of passage on behalf of our congregations and the liberal religious tradition. It has become an essential part of … Continue reading Occasions for Blessing

Five Funerals, Some Weddings, and Not Enough Child Dedications

The Canadian Unitarian Council’s Lay Chaplaincy program started in 1971, from a belief that everyone has a right to a rite, no matter their religious affiliation. The program, to paraphrase the CUC, helps people in need of meaningful rite of passage ceremonies that recognize their personal beliefs and the needs of everyone attending the ceremony, … Continue reading Five Funerals, Some Weddings, and Not Enough Child Dedications

Feelings Are Not Emergencies: Adventures in Panic, Self-Regulation, and Co-Regulation

Douglas Adams’ fictional Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has the words “DON’T PANIC” inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover. Arthur C. Clarke, was asked if he could tell people just one thing, what would that be? He answered with those same two words. But what if other people’s negative emotions push you into … Continue reading Feelings Are Not Emergencies: Adventures in Panic, Self-Regulation, and Co-Regulation