From the Minister's Study

From the Minister's Study - November 2018

While all North American UUs have seven principles that guide our choices and six sources that nourish our spirits, Canadian UUs also created five aspirations that help us grow. Last month, I told you that I’d be writing about each of these. This month, our aspiration is Radically Inclusive, which is perfect to follow our Western Region Fall Gathering theme of Building the Beloved Community.

So what’s the difference between “inclusive” and “radically inclusive”? Merriam-Webster defines radical thusly: “very different from the usual or traditional” and “favoring extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions, or institutions”. So what happens when we apply that to the idea of inclusivity?

Read more: From the Minister's Study - November 2018

From the Minister's Study - October 2018

Did you know that as Canadian Unitarian Universalists, we have Five Aspirations? While all North American UUs have seven principles that guide our choices and six sources that nourish our spirits, Canadian UUs also created five aspirations that help us grow. We aspire to be:

  • Deeply Connected: We strive to foster healthy relationships amongst and within UU communities, with the broader world and with all life.
  • Radically Inclusive: We strive to create hospitable, diverse, multi-generational communities.
  • Actively Engaged: We strive to work joyfully for a just and compassionate society, experimenting with new forms of community.
  • Theologically Alive: We seek to be ever-evolving in our understanding, open to new knowledge.
  • Spiritually Grounded: We seek transformation through personal spiritual experiences and shared ritual.

    Read more: From the Minister's Study - October 2018

From the Minister's Study September 2018

Welcome, my beloveds, to year two of our shared ministry!

What is exactly is shared ministry, you may be asking yourself? It is one of the fundamentals at the heart of our congregational structure -- that we are a community that is self-governed and self-sustained. You called me to be your minister so we could, in partnership, fulfill that promise offered by a group of people who freely choose to be together: to share values, to share support, and to create something that changes lives.

Read more: From the Minister's Study September 2018

From the Minister's Study - Summer 2018

This summer, I want to use my column to speak to you about experimentation, innovation, and change.

Scary, right? ;D

Well, as many of you have heard me say over and over again, one of my roles is to help soothe anxiety, especially when it comes to change.

Read more: From the Minister's Study - July/August 2018

From the Minister's Study June 2018

Whether you are new to our community or have been with us decades, there's a pretty good chance you've heard me speak about covenants a lot since I began my settlement as your minister. We've also been teaching about covenants in our faith development programming. Covenants are one of the foundation of our living tradition of Unitarian Universalism.

Read more: From the Minister's Study June 2018