What does it mean to be part of a community that holds integrity as one of its highest aspirations? What would Kelowna Unitarians look like if we sought to be a community of integrity? This morning we will be looking at work that we have done this last year, since Joan Carolyn visited to helped us to explore what Ministry at Kelowna Unitarians could look like if we focused on Roots, Wings & Spirit, and what this ministry could hold for our future.
While exploring the dos and don’ts of growing a community there are many different best practices listed. “Building it before you need it” is one of many, and suggests that communities who are hoping to grow in numbers should put into practice programs or systems that they don’t necessarily need yet. What would our personal resilience and our community resilience look like if we put in place this practice “Build it before you need it.”
In a world where so much seems lost or out of our individual control, it is very easy to find our way into a pit of doom. Climate Crisis, political spheres, mental health, financial stability, there are so many things that we can struggle with and feel completely overwhelmed by. Today we will be looking at stories of hope, possibilities of optimism, and ways to find resilience in the 21st century.
Personal Resilience: You Can Do it & You Don’t Have to Do it Alone
So often in North American, or Western Society we have an individualistic outlook on life: pull yourself up by your bootstraps, climb the corporate ladder, and achieve success. But what if the real secret behind resilience is not in breaking away from others, but leaning on each other for strength. And how do we withdraw from society’s suggestions and create a more resilient world.
How do we hold the multitude of a human being when they have done something that shows their humanity, and implies their lack of integrity. Have you ever wondered about the integrity of a loved idol, a character history suggests we adore, when a nasty truth comes forth. This morning we will be exploring the truth of the simple statement “nobody’s perfect.”
How we encounter the sacred in both the best and the worst of times. According to Wikipedia “Awe is an emotion comparable to wonder but less joyous. On Robert Plutchik’s wheel of emotions awe is modeled as a combination of surprise and fear.” How is it that Awe fits into your life, when do you make room for it, and when does it take over?
Spring and Spring Equinox are often associated with the concept of rebirth, and life coming back into our world. We will be exploring the wisdom that we find in the earth, in the rebirth of this time, while reengaging in a practice of welcoming new members to our community. Mixing renaissance with new life we will also be creating a new communion ceremony together this Sunday!
Unitarian Universalism 101: Collective Liberation over Personal Salvation
Reverend Danielle is starting a series of services entitled Unitarian Universalism 101, where we will be discovering theology and concepts unique to Unitarian Universalism and what this religious tradition is all about. A perfect service to invite your friends and family too! The first in this series will be an unpacking of one of the most central and inherent concepts of UUism – Collective Liberation over Personal Salvation. Interested in knowing more? Join us April 26th, 10:30 PST.
From the Hebrew Scriptures, in the story of Ester, a Jewish wife to a Persian King, Esther is told by her cousin "Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this (Esther 4:14)." Mordecai is speaking of saving the Jewish people from slaughter. Similar ideas are found in the story of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection, what is now known as the Good Friday and Easter Sunday celebrations. How can we learn from these stories and help us understand the challenges of this time?
Although Unitarian Universalists regularly refer to the 7 Principles to which all communities covenant to Affirm and Promote, did you know that we are a living Tradition that draw from 6 different Sources? This Sunday we will be focusing on our 3rd Source: Wisdom from the World’s Religion which inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life. Please join us as we explore world traditions from Ancient Greece, modern day India and Early Judaism.