Theme for April: Grace 2

Meditation – on Bread by Thich Nhat Hahn

You, me, the trees, the birds, squirrels, the creek, the air, the stars are all phenomena. There is a relationship between one phenomenon and another. If we observe things deeply, we will discover that one thing contains all the other things. If you look deeply into a tree, you will discover that a tree is not only a tree. It is also a person. It is a cloud. It is the sunshine. It is the Earth. It is the animals and the minerals. The practice of looking deeply reveals to us that one thing is made up of all the other things. One thing contains the whole cosmos.

When we hold a piece of bread to eat, if mindfulness is there, if the Holy Spirit is there, we can eat the bread in a way that will allow us to touch the whole cosmos deeply. A piece of bread contains the sunshine. That is not something difficult to see. Without sunshine, the piece of bread cannot be. A piece of bread contains a cloud. Without a cloud, the wheat cannot grow. So when you eat the piece of bread, you eat the cloud, you eat the sunshine, you eat the minerals, time, space, everything.

One thing contains everything.

With the energy of mindfulness, we can see deeply.

(from Going Home Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, by Thich Nhat Hahn)


Recipe – Simple Bread

Want to make more bread like we did this past Easter? Missed out on the service? Here is a version of the simple bread recipe we used for our “Flour Communion”!

(Note that we used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose)

Theme for March: Presence 2

Neverending Stories

Featured Film – The NeverEnding Story (1984)

A young reader faces the real-life power that dreams can have when imagination is nourished – and the dangers when people give up the power of imagination and give in to fear.

(available in DVD at the Ottawa Public Library)

You can also try the book and get immersed in the meta-narrative of Fantasia!

The Neverending Story – by Michael Ende


Video – A New History for Humanity – The Human Era (Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell)

A neat animation featuring the landmarks of human civilization since 12000 years ago.  On Sunday, we’ll see a calendar that places us in the year 12,017 HE (Human Era).


Short Story – Fred and Bonnie Cappuccino

Boundless Love Nurtured Family with 21 Children – The Montreal Gazette

A news article featuring our Bonnie and her husband, our Minister Emeritus, Rev. Fred Cappuccino.


Unitarian Biography – Bonnie and Her 21 Children – Fred Cappuccino

Or, read the fuller story… in book form!  Book available at:


Theme for March: Presence

The Hand-made’s Tale

Featured Film – Pride (2014)
(available on Canadian Netflix)
As a lesbian and gay rights group fights for equality in 1980’s UK, they see that striking miners face many of the same of challenges in seeking dignity and recognition.  This story gives witness to the power of presence – being there – in overcomes prejudice and recognizing the intersectional reality of the struggle for justice.  It also features a Welsh melody to the Bread & Roses hymn that we’re so familiar with.

Unitarian Biography – Julia Ward Howe
Also featured in Pride is the workers’ hymn Solidarity Forever, which uses the same tune popularized by the Battle Hymn of the Republic, penned by Unitarian songwriter Julia Ward Howe as a new anti-slavery anthem, which she set to the tune of an older liberation song, John Brown’s Body.  You can read about her powerful presence in the abolitionist movement in the biography Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, available in our library in the “Minister’s Picks” shelf!

Articles on Artists – Abigail Gray Swartz
In a painting featured by The New Yorker magazine, Swartz represented the importance of hand-made engagement, and intersectional presence, in the pursuit of justice.


Video – What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes
This all-woman band offers a powerful song of search on what it means to be one’s true self, being present with one’s own identity in the larger world.