Topic: Growth

The Lessons Grief Has Taught Me, and the Meaning of Resilience

In the 1980’s my younger brother, parents, and I arrived in Canada as refugees. We eventually settled into a new life and the people we called friends became our family. In 2015 my parents suddenly passed away which changed the trajectory of my life and challenged my view on the meaning of life.  Facing things … Continue reading The Lessons Grief Has Taught Me, and the Meaning of Resilience

A Cross-Shaped Tattoo

It goes without saying that we are each the sum of our experiences. We carry stories, scars, wounds, lessons – and sometimes, tattoos – from the life we’ve had. But what happens when, who we were is no longer congruent with who we are? How do we negotiate that change? In this sermon, Andre will … Continue reading A Cross-Shaped Tattoo

Letting Go

It’s hard to move forward if you’re mired in your own past. This is as true for communities as it is for individuals. The more people focus on old conflicts and grievances and disappointments, real or imagined, the more likely it is that their efforts will be retrospective rather than forward-looking. At the beginning of … Continue reading Letting Go

The Lessons of Grief: What We Learn About Love, Life, and Forgiveness

Grief is something we will all experience. The ideas surrounding grief are usually negative and it is difficult to experience, but grief is also a great teacher. Grief teaches us about the value of mindful living, about how we love and care for others, and about acceptance and forgiveness.  Join Octavia, a young adult well acquainted with loss in … Continue reading The Lessons of Grief: What We Learn About Love, Life, and Forgiveness

Need, Want & Becoming: Spiritual Strategies for Living Into Better Versions of “Me” and “We”

Yearning, longing, desire…seems humans are always wanting something. Individually, and collectively as a faith movement, we pursue a lifespan quest for fulfilment. The Rolling Stones famously sang, “you can’t always get what you want…” and in another song, caution that you “can’t get no satisfaction”. This Sunday, Rev Ren will bring their trademark humour into reflection … Continue reading Need, Want & Becoming: Spiritual Strategies for Living Into Better Versions of “Me” and “We”

Healthy Grieving

We live in a death-phobic and grief-avoidant society, which tells us that healthy grieving is grieving that doesn’t make other people uncomfortable. It shouldn’t last too long and, if it does, you are doing it wrong. In this service, Angela Haig exposes this line of thought for the fiction that it is, and then begins … Continue reading Healthy Grieving

Break Not the Circle

Service Leaders: Rev. Meghann Robern Service Coordinator: Odell Havsdotter Learning, growth, and renewal are essential to a well-balanced life. So is community and connection. But often, we must venture outside of our circles of comfort and care to keep growing. Join us for this service in which we will explore how we remain nimble to … Continue reading Break Not the Circle