A Prayer for the World

A Prayer for the World 

For all who die in war
   We lift up our hearts
For all who live in suffering in the aftermath of violence
   We lift up our hearts
For all who give their lives in smoke and flame
   We lift up our hearts
For all who go on in honor of the dead
   We lift up our hearts
For all who have served
   We lift up our hearts
For our country and our world
   We lift up our hearts
For a planet that will find peace
   We lift up our hearts
For the young and the innocent
   We lift up our hearts
For the weary and war torn
   We lift up our hearts
For those who would pray
   We lift up our hearts
For those too angry to cry
   We lift up our hearts
For all of us, for the many names of God
   We lift up our hearts
We lift up our hearts
Shanti, shalom, peace, sa laam.
Amen.

 

Greetings for Samhain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings to all those celebrating Samhain, a celebration of the end of harvest and the start of the coldest half of the year.

Gather we now into this space, this time when the Wheel turns and the Veil shatters.
Gather we now to remember, to grieve, to prophesy, to complete our harvests before the Long Dark comes.
Gather we now to tell the Old Stories and sing the Old Songs, to be as we have always been —the Voice of our people eternal.
Gather we now to celebrate that which was, that which is, and that which will be.
Gather we now, as we have always done, united by Story and bound by Love.

Greetings for Diwali

 

Greetings to all celebrating Diwali, the festival of light and harvest. The celebration of Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity, is a celebration of potential, security, connection, and sharing food. We are honouring the bounty found within human community when we share and build our futures together.

Update on the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guides

As we resume the church year, many people are reflecting back on a summer of fun, sun, and relaxation, while many others are busy getting calendars and programming in place. We here at the Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation Task Force (THRR)  wanted to take a moment to give you a heads up on some programming opportunities, as well as to let you know the status of the Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation Reflection Guides  (THRRG) material.

We are excited to announce that effective October 1, 2017, three of the five THRRG will be available in their final form. Congregations with trained facilitators will be able to access the following levels of the THRRG: Adult, Young Adult, and Upper Elementary. Thank you to everyone who took part in facilitating, participating, or supporting these pilots.

We are looking for congregations to pilot the youth THRRG to begin in the fall of 2017, or starting in January 2018. Please let us know if you’re interested – contact information is below.

We’ve already held a couple of Facilitator Trainings on:

  • Saturday, August 26 from 9-12 Pacific, 12-3 Eastern

  • Wednesday, August 30 from 3-6 Pacific, 6-9 Eastern

  • Saturday, September 30, 9-12 Pacific, 12-3 Eastern

Don’t worry if you forgot to register! You can mark your calendar for the following dates, so that you have trained facilitators in place!

  • Saturday, November 4 from 9-12 Pacific, 12-3 Eastern.

  • Saturday, January 13 from 9-12 Pacific, 12-3 Eastern.

Sign up for these trainings here, or let us know you’re interested by e-mailing us – contact information provided below. The cost to participate in this training is $25.00 for Canadian congregations, $50.00 for community groups or Unitarian congregations from outside of Canada.

The THRRG Task Force is also beginning the process of revisioning itself to become a standing committee of the CUC to continue the work of our commitment to Truth, Healing and Reconciliation. We are excited that Amber Dawn Bellemare of the team will step forward as Chair. The team will be transitioning Amber into this role over the coming year.

If your congregation is interested in knowing more and/or offering the THRRG, please contact us at reconciliation@cuc.ca.

CUC Board Member Publishes Book on International Social Justice

Tanya Cothran

“Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for life” is the old adage that most people associate with global charity, aid, and philanthropy.

But what happens when the man already knows how to fish?

If the pole breaks or the river is polluted, what could help the most then?

We are pleased to announce that Tanya Cothran, CUC Board Member and member of First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, has edited and contributed to a new book of 30 essays from 22 authors, called Smart Risks: How small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. This book looks at the ways that international organizations are moving beyond “teaching a man to fish,” toward a partnership model that listens to grassroots wisdom and builds close connections with local leaders.

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