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May 22nd Worship Service
“The Inner Landscape of Beauty”
Presenter: Samaya Oakley, Minister for the South Fraser U.C.
Worship Associate: Jane Vallentyne
John O’Donoghue, an Irish poet, theologian, and philosopher insisted on beauty as a human calling. He thought of beauty being an emerging fullness, a greater sense of grace and elegance, a deeper sense of depth, and also a kind of homecoming for the enriched memory of your unfolding life. Together we’ll explore the beauty of the inner landscape of our lives.
The Rev. Samaya Oakley currently serves as the Minister for the South Fraser Unitarian Congregation. She holds at the heart of her ministry the importance of relationships and compassion. She also is a facilitator for all levels of the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program, and a trainer for the Elementary and Youth trainings. She became a part of the Canadian Unitarian Council’s (CUC) Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guides – five age-appropriate reflection guides for use in Canadian UU congregations. Most recently she has been a part of the CUC’s Widening the Circle of Concern, a national conversation on how to begin to regenerate the soil for growth in Canadian congregations.
May 29th Worship Service
Breath Like Water: Living on Unceded Land
Guest Speaker: Norah Bowman
Worship Associate: Linda Guebert
What does it mean to develop a deep and loving attachment to a mountain? In this service Norah Bowman reflects on her book, Breath Like Water: An Anticolonial Romance, and her own relationship with the history of colonialism in the lands and waters she grew up on and has come to love. With a focus on the bioregional and colonial history of Okanagan Mountain Park on Syilx territory, Norah’s talk invites you to consider your own place in interrelationality on unceded Indigenous lands and waters.
Norah Bowman is a writer and a professor of Gender Studies and English Literature at Okanagan College. Her most recent book, Breath Like Water: An Anticolonial Romance follows a settler woman developing an affinity for Okanagan Mountain. It’s a mixture of poetry, fiction, and historic non-fiction, and is available at Mosaic Books in Kelowna. Norah Bowman is also an elected school board trustee in SD23, Central Okanagan.
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Who We Are
We are a non-creedal, liberal religious community working for justice, equality and compassion. We honour each individual’s search for truth and meaning.
What Is A Unitarian?
Unitarians are an intentionally diverse and inclusive community, welcoming people with many different backgrounds, theologies and circumstances. We live by a set of 7 principles and draw our faith from six sources.
We come together to share our beliefs, explore the greater meaning of things and gain greater understanding of the world around us and the roles spirituality and faith play in our lives.