Posts by Julie Stoneberg

A Community of Mystery – December 2018

Unitarian Universalists tend to love questions and questioning. We love wondering and trying to figure out life’s mysteries. Sort of like a puzzle to solve. But what if mystery isn’t something to figure out? What if it’s something to be felt and listened to, but not solved? Being a community of mystery isn’t just about…

Let’s put Lotta on a Stamp!

Do you remember the TV and radio commercials in the 1950s, 60s and 70s…the ones with that tiny woman in a uniform with her Czech accent: “This is Lotta Hitschmanova. Please give generously to the Unitarian Service Committee, 56 Sparks Street, Ottawa 4!” If you do remember Lotta, you’re encouraged to sign this petition, and to…

A Community that LEANS IN – November 2018

These are difficult times. Expressions of racism and violent anger continue to target people of colour, immigrants, and gender non-conforming folks. Last Saturday’s shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh deeply affected our Jewish friends, as they again struggle with how dangerous it feels to be ‘publicly Jewish’. We must not forget their…

A Community of Vision – October 2018

Here’s a quote we would do well to remember this month. The author is unknown, but their words are a gift: “What will mess you up most in life is the picture in your head of how it is supposed to be.” This is not how the topic of vision is usually handled. We’re encouraged…

Orange Shirt Day, Sunday, Sept 30

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the…

A Community of Emergence – September 2018

Here we are, entering another year as companions on the spiritual journey. Our theme for this month is “emergence”, and I can imagine myself as a seed in the ground, pushing up through the ground, and then bursting into flower…or of being wrapped in a cocoon, germinating, waiting to open to fullness. Emergence conjures up…

Unitarians Offer Comprehensive Sex Education Program – Press Release August 29, 2018

The Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) announces the availability of the sex education program, Our Whole Lives (OWL), to Ontario schools and parents. Toronto, Ontario, Canada – August 29, 2018 – The Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) advocates for fact-based sexuality education, which is provided in many Unitarian congregations through its progressive Our Whole Lives (OWL) program.…