Speaker: Rev. Stefan Jonasson

A Time for Sweet Surprises

Note the special service time of Saturday, December 24, 2022 at 6 p.m.

The poet Margaret Sangster described Christmas as “the time of the year for the sweet surprise.” With the passing years, it becomes harder for many to feel surprised as the Yuletide approaches, and yet … read more.

A Certainty of Honour

Stefania Sigurdsson was a longtime member of this congregation and a force of nature. She was the epitome of humourist Garrison Keillor’s tagline about Lake Wobegon – “where all the women are strong” – but she was more than just strong. Yes, she was tough … read more.

Reserves of Reverence

“A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths,” declared Carl Sagan in his book Pale Blue Dot. People commonly … read more.

An All-Pervading Presence

At the annual meeting of the Free Religious Association in 1879, John W. Chadwick spoke of “our inheritance of beauty, truth and good,” invoking an uncommon trinity that would have been familiar to the ancient Greek and Roman philosophers, but which would have seemed secular … read more.

An Explosion of Hidden Strength

All services are streamed via Zoom; connection details are below.

“We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward,” wrote Isabel Allende in her memoir, My Invented Country. “In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people … read more.

Watch Night

Rev. Stefan joins us to explore the tradition of Watch Night on New Year’s Eve, and how, in the midst of what can feel like endless darkness, the power of the gathered community is one of the most precious gifts of all. (No childcare will … read more.