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.…

WITH OR WITHOUT God – Gretta Vosper

The September meeting will be held at the home of Joan Higginson 86 Auburn Dr, On Thursday’s September 13th and 27th at 2pm for discussion of this book. All are welcome to join us. Invisioning a future in which the Christian church plays a viable and transformative role in shaping society, Gretta Vosper argues that…

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…

2 Faiths, 1 Home — a Shared Future?

In mid-May, more than 30 members of the UFP and Beth Israel communities gathered in curiosity, connection and play in response to this invitation: “What if Peterborough’s Jewish and Unitarian congregations could grow in friendship … creating a shared sense of belonging and ownership?” “What if, every time we entered the building we felt at…

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,…