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,…

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…

1491 By Charles Mann

The UFP Book Club will be discussing this book at our April 12th and 26th meetings.  All are invited to join us at the home of Helen & Gord Drew, 1742 Ravenwood Drive, Unit 408, Peterborough, Ontario, K9K 2R6. In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding…