Posts by Julie Stoneberg

Summer 2018

At John Morgan’s memorial service on June 29, words were shared from Rev. Shawn Newton (Toronto First) telling of how John had taught him, in deeds, of the fond bonds formed between a minister and the congregation. As I head away from you for summer holidays and study leave, I feel rather emotional. This has…

A Community of Blessing – June 2018

Do you remember the scene in Sleeping Beauty when the fairies come to bless the long-awaited baby princess? In Disney’s version, Mistress Flora, Mistress Fauna, and Mistress Merryweather float in, looking rather like colorful plump nuns, and begin to take turns bestowing blessings on the sweet child. First she is given the blessing of beauty,…

A Community of Creativity, May 2018

“I’m not at all creative…I don’t paint, I don’t write songs, I’m not a poet…” Have you ever heard anyone say something like this? Have you said it? Creativity is usually associated with the arts, and perhaps because the arts are so harshly curated and judged, most of us have a difficult time claiming our…

Call to Racial Justice

The Unitarian Universalist Ministers of Canada have issued a Call to Racial Justice, which you can find here. As a people of faith we are just beginning to engage with the multiple ways in which structural racism and the Eurocentric origins of our movement impact who we are and how we live and interact. As…

A Community of Power, April 2018

Hello Friends, (I am posting this on Good Friday, the day we held a Celebration of Life for Barb Beck. Here is a link to the words I shared at that service.) And for April’s theme of Power…(with thanks to Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland and Touchstones Consulting.) Power is a necessary part of life. Power was…

The CUC’s National Voice Team Speaks Out…

For many, the verdict in the shooting death of Colten Boushie in 2016 has shaken belief in justice and due process. In February 2018, a jury acquitted Gerald Stanley, 56, of second-degree murder. Boushie, 22, was shot and killed after he and four others from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation drove onto Stanley’s rural property…

A Community of Balance – March 2018

When I was a little girl, my family went out to the league baseball games whenever our church team played. The ball game was not really the draw for me; I simply loved the energy of a rural community gathered on a summer night under the lights. I loved the dusty air and the smells.…

Canadian UU Ministers Respond to Colten Boushie Verdict

For many of us the verdict in the Colten Boushie case shook us to our core others are outraged, enraged, even fearful. The verdict is a step back in the journey towards reconciliation, a big step backward. In 2014, Canadian Unitarians, through our Expression of Reconciliation pledged to be in solidarity with our Indigenous siblings in spirit, and…