Posts by Julie Stoneberg

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.…

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…