Meaning (May and June)

Reading – “Angst” from the book Sum: Forty Tales of the Afterlives by David Eagleman A tale about important work, vacations, and the meaning of meaninglessness: The Origin of the Nobel Peace Prize – Ted Talk A background look at the Nobel Peace Prize – where it came from and how it’s chosen. The Future … Read more

Faith (April)

Faith and Trust are central pillars of a healthy spiritual community, emboldening us to openly seek out the new, while also recognizing our need to feel safe. A story of Apollo 13 Amy Shira Teitel tells a short account of the Apollo 13 mission – its failures, successes, and learning opportunities. You can also watch … Read more

Justice and Activism (March)

Lotta Hitschmanova and USC Canada Here’s a bio of Lotta Hitschmanova, from the USC Canada website: More Unitarian Histories of Justice and Activism Learn about Emily Stowe – one of the first women physicians in Canada and a suffragist: And a short biography of Joseph Workman, reformer in psychiatry and founder of the … Read more

Self-Reflection (February)

This month we’re making space to consider how we can strengthen our own spiritual practice, by allowing time and effort in considering what is special to us — and how that connects us to all that is larger than ourselves.   Link – The Empty Chalice – Rev. Fiona Heath Rev. Fiona Heath is the … Read more

Covenant (January)

A key aspect of our Unitarian Universalist tradition is that we are non-creedal – which is to say that we do not identify our faith by one particular set of beliefs.  Instead, our community is built around Covenant – a set of promises around how we seek to live in right relationship with each other. … Read more

Solemnity & Play (December)

Video – Measuring the Year – Soliloquy This choose-your-own-adventure video gives you several options on how we can measure the length of a year. Playful Article – The True Meaning of Christmas (That Everyone Forgets) – David Wong David Wong, from the humour site offers a touching and playful reflection on the spirit of … Read more

Theme for November – Healing the Spirit

Film – My Life as a Dog Contributed by Pat Lucey An endearing tale of a 12-year-old boy who seeks healing as he copes with challenges in his life.  Available through the Ottawa Public Library, via Kanopy streaming: Featured Author – Dr. Paula Reeves Contributed by Nancy Rubenstein Want to find out more about … Read more

Theme for June: Spirit of Summer 2

Ikebana (Photo: Rodrigo Emilio Solano-Quesnel, Ottawa 2017) Article – Ikebana: An Ancient Art of Complex Simplicity This article tells one student’s story of learning the paradoxical beauty of Ikebana flower arranging. Video – How It’s Made – Fireworks The bouquets of fire we often see around summer holidays have a story of their own … Read more

Theme for May: Choices 2

Now With More Dimensions! Activity – Deeper Images See this in 3D – No glasses required! Viewing instructions: Cross your eyes until you see four images. Allow the two middle images to merge so you only see three images in total. Let your eyes adjust on the middle overlapping images until the picture adds depth! Have … Read more

Theme for May: Choices 1

Challenges and Choices Books Free Will – Sam Harris – ISBN 9781451683400 – suggested by Mike Jan A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every … Read more

Theme for April: Grace 3

Featured Film – Plan 9 from Outer Space – Ed Wood (1959) One of the first films to be known as “so bad it’s good”, with pacing, dialogue, and special effects so offbeat they are comical!   Video – On the “Historical and Future Trajectories of Black Lives Matter and Unitarian Universalism” – UU Planet, April … Read more

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 … Read more

Theme for April: Grace 1

  Artists – Hevesh5 and SuperMarMarMan1 are professional domino artists The Amazing Triple Spiral by Hevesh5   The Greatest Domino Effect of ALL TIME is a collaboration by Hevesh5 with SuperMarMarMan1: Video – The Beginning of Everything – Kurzgesagt  And for a view in a larger scale:  

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 … Read more