Making Meaning (August Discussion)

Follow up to the August 13 TED Talk

On August 13th, we explored how language shapes the way we think and had the chance to engage with the topic of cross-cultural communication as a group.  Thank you to those who attended this very interesting discussion. Below are the links to the two videos that we viewed:

  • 3 ways to speak English | Jamila Lyiscott 
  •  How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky 

If you are interested in exploring the world of TED talks, here is the link: . 

Nick LePan: Foyer Gallery Artist

Our Fellowship member Nick LePan is the current artist featured in the Foyer Gallery, at the entrance to our Fellowship at 400 McArthur Ave!

Nick’s show offers many reasonably priced works that will be on display until late July.

Cafe Watercolour. 7×10. $25

Visit for more info online, and come in to 400 McArthur Ave. to see Nick’s art on display!

Pact for a Green New Deal

The Canadian Unitarian Council is one of 65 organizations that launched this movement on May 6th, calling on Canadians to ensure their leaders:

  • meet the demands of Indigenous knowledge and science and cut Canada’s emissions in half in 11 years while protecting cultural and biological diversity. 
  • oversee a rapid, inclusive and far-reaching transition to deeply reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect critical biodiversity
  • fully  implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
  • meet the demands of the multiple crises we face, create over a million jobs in the process,  leave no one behind and build a better present and future for all of us. 

What You Can Do

  1. Sign the pledge for a Green New Deal and if you are part of an organization, encourage it to endorse and participate. 
  2. Help develop a shared vision by joining a town hall near you:
    Green New Deal Town Hall for Ottawa: Wednesday, May 22,
    6:30pm, Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street. Sign up, get more information or host your own
  3. Help make the climate crisis a federal election issue by pushing political leaders to act:
  • Share this campaign with your networks 
  • On social media use the hashtag #GreenNewDeal.
  • call on federal election candidates in your riding to support a Green New Deal.

Fun facts!

  • Our very own Star Trek Captain, William Shatner, supports the Pact
  • Iconic Canadian singers KD Lang and Neil Young are among 50 well-known Canadian artists who endorse the Pact

Climate Emergency motion

On April 24th Ottawa City Council will vote on the Climate Emergency Motion 6-2. The Motion has been adopted by the Environment Committee.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa sent the following letter to City Council in support of the motion, and several members of our Social Action Cluster attended the demonstration at City Hall on April 16th, 2019.

To: Jim Watson, Mayor and Councillor Scott Moffatt, Chair Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management, City of Ottawa

Dear Mayor Watson and Councillor Moffatt,

In view of the escalating impact of climate change, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa (UUFO) calls on the City of Ottawa to declare a climate emergency and heighten its efforts towards implementing measures to mitigate this crisis. The Board of the UUFO has passed the following motion at our meeting of April 10, 2019: 

Be It Resolved That the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa calls on the City of Ottawa to declare a climate emergency and make climate action an official Term of Council priority for the 2018-22 Term of Council.

This resolution is in keeping with the UUFO’s mission to nurture meaning, hope, and reverence for the earth as we pursue a more just and compassionate world. Members of the UUFO respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Kind Regards,

Martha Nabatian,

Chair, Board of Directors,

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa (UUFO)

High Horizons – One Last Time

Our Fellowship has long participated in the High Horizons lunch program at MacKay United Church. It’s been a regular Tuesday outing for disabled adults and their caregivers, and we do our part by bringing sandwiches and cookies or squares for lunch, volunteering in the kitchen for preparation and cleanup, and entertaining after lunch by leading a singalong for a very appreciative audience.

When we helped out in October, the McKay United volunteers told us that the program is coming to an end, due to diminished participation and volunteer support. So we will be helping with High Horizons one last time on Tuesday, April 30th.  

We have signed up to bring the following:

  • 4 loaves of sandwiches
  • 4 dozen cookies or squares
  • 4-5 kitchen volunteers
  • singers and musicians to lead the singalong after lunch

Please contact me if you are interested in helping out at this enjoyable and rewarding social action event by providing some of the food, helping out in the kitchen, and/or joining the after-lunch singing group. And if you have been a regular High Horizons volunteer, this will be your opportunity to say good-bye to the volunteers, caregivers, and disabled adults who have become our friends over the years.

When: Tuesday, April 30th, 11:00 – 1:00

Where: MacKay United Church in New Edinbugh (corner of MacKay and Dufferin)

Contact: Pat Lucey,