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Past Services

An Archive of Past Services of the UFF

Welcome to the UFF service topics archives. Items should be automatically moved to this archive once they expire from the Upcoming Services page. This archive is intended to give the reader a hint as to the nature of service topics offered at the Fellowship and to allow members to go back and find out when a particular service was given.

Contents:


2018

DATE: December 9, 2018
TITLE: Multigenerational Multifaith Service: Spiritual Heritage
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Clear pixel for spacing In many religions, this is a season of special significance. Through readings, songs, and symbols from different faith communities, we will be exploring some of the stories of creation and birth that have been passed down through the ages as a sacred heritage. This is a service for participants of all ages.

DATE: December 2, 2018
TITLE: You are just you. You present yourself to the world: Experiencing widowhood in today's society
SPEAKER:  Deborah van den Hoonaard
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Clear pixel for spacing Deborah van den Hoonaard is the author of The Widowed Self: The Older Woman's Journey through Widowhood published in 2001. She has recently conducted a new study with a new cohort of widows to see how things have changed and how they have remained the same. She will be sharing what she found in her talk at the service.

DATE: November 25, 2018
SPEAKER:  Stephen Ward
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Clear pixel for spacing This is his second visit, and he will speak about populism. Stephen J. A. Ward is an internationally recognized media ethicist whose writings and projects have influenced the development of the field in theory and practice. He is an educator, consultant, keynote speaker and award-winning author. Ward has extensive experience in media both academically and professionally.

DATE: November 18, 2018
TITLE: Access without Fear: Can Fredericton become a Sanctuary City?
SPEAKER:  Kylie Bergfalk
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Clear pixel for spacing The Access Without Fear campaign aims to have Fredericton become a community that guarantees access to services to all residents regardless of their citizenship/immigration status. No One is Illegal would like to discuss the meaning of Access Without Fear policies with the Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericton and explore ways in which the fellowship can support this campaign in the future as well as ways in which they may already be implementing access without fear in their own work.

DATE: November 11, 2018
TITLE: Remembrance Day
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Clear pixel for spacing This is Remembrance Day, and there is a service at the Fredericton Cenotaph. To allow those who wish to attend that service, we will not be having a regular service this day. Rather, the Fellowship will be open and, in the style of the Summer Services, welcome anyone who wishes to share coffee, tea and conversation (probably in the library). Please note that RE will not be available that day, but everyone or any age, is welcome.

DATE: November 4, 2018
SPEAKER:  James McCarthy
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Clear pixel for spacing James McCarthy will speak of his work with AIDS NB.

James McCarthy's work in the field of HIV/AIDS education began in January of 2016. Newly graduated from the McGill Faculty of Law, he returned home to New Brunswick to begin looking for work. He was hired by AIDS New Brunswick, a charity based here in Fredericton for an eight-month term, standing in for the Education Programs Coordinator who had taken a leave of absence for school.

In this position, James travelled the province providing presentations and workshops on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other STBBIs, as well as sexual orientation and gender diversity. At the end of his term he returned to university to pursue graduate studies, during which time he remained involved in the field as a volunteer with HIV/AIDS Regional Services in Kingston, Ontario. As luck would have it, James was able to return to AIDS New Brunswick as Director of Outreach and Program Sustainability for another 8-month term following graduation.

He is now working in the legal field as an articling student, and remains involved with AIDS New Brunswick as Board Treasurer and volunteer. He'll be speaking about his experiences as an educator in the fields of sexual health and sexual and gender diversity.


DATE: October 28, 2018
TITLE: Children's International Summer Villages
SPEAKER:  Debbie McKinnon
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Clear pixel for spacing Debbie McKinnon is a local board member of CISV, the organization that rented our building for the month of July. Here is what Debbie says about CISV: founded over 60 years ago, CISV is a global movement dedicated to educating and inspiring action for peace. We believe that we can help change the world by providing life-changing experiences and building friendships that last a lifetime. We offer an exciting blend of educational programs and amazing volunteer opportunities for the young and the young at heart. Our fun, `learning by doing' programs begin with our original Village, a four-week residential camp for 11-year-olds.

DATE: October 21, 2018
TITLE: ElderDog Fredericton
SPEAKER:  Andie Marks
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Clear pixel for spacing Our Guest Speaker will be Andie Marks, Communications Coordinator for ElderDog Fredericton with Service Leader Myron Hedderson. ElderDog Canada Inc. is a national, registered Charitable Organization dedicated to ageing people, ageing dogs, and the important connection they enjoy. Locally, ElderDog assists and supports older adults in Fredericton to maintain ownership of their dogs in their own homes, by helping exercise pets and taking pets to appointments with vets and groomers. As well, they assist in re-homing dogs when a new home is necessary.

DATE: October 14, 2018
TITLE: The Universal Language of Mysticism
SPEAKER:  Hassan Arif
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Clear pixel for spacing Dr. Arif is a Lawyer and Sociologist whose research areas span regional development and urban government. However, in keeping with our theme of Identity, Dr. Arif will speak to our community about the religion of Islam.

DATE: October 7, 2018
TITLE: Giving Thanks for Our Gifts
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Clear pixel for spacing At a volunteer training some of us attended in July, we responded to the questions of 1) What Can You Do? 2) What Can You Teach? and 3) What Do You Want to Learn? During a multigenerational time together on Thanksgiving Sunday, we will have an opportunity to share our answers to these three questions, to identify our own gifts--talents, abilities, privileges, interests--and to become more familiar with those of the children, youth, and adults in the Fellowship.

DATE: September 30, 2018
TITLE: The Fredericton Homeless Shelters and Related Programs
SPEAKER:  Faith McFarland
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Clear pixel for spacing This will be an introduction to the work and special programs coordinated by Fredericton Homeless Shelters, Inc.

DATE: September 23, 2018
TITLE: A Community for All Ages
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Clear pixel for spacing At this multigenerational gathering, children, youth, and adults will get to know each other and do activities related to our monthly theme, Community. Each person will choose to explore the deeper connections that we develop in beloved community, to do a craft and game to illustrate our interconnections, or to talk about belonging to groups, clubs, churches, and families in different generations.

DATE: September 16, 2018
TITLE: My Singular Room
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Clear pixel for spacing There are many ways to define community and all of us belong to a variety of them. Some are large, some small, some unique, some quite unassuming, some lifelong and some short-lived. Heather will share her story of a community within a community that she was part of for a week 20 years ago. This community, the Northeast Leadership School, (NELS) is part of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and while the CUC is no longer part of the UUA, several Canadians (and members of our congregation) attended NELS. Come hear about Heather's journey into and back from NELS and how it still informs her volunteers activities within our congregation.

DATE: September 9, 2018
TITLE: Ingathering Water Ceremony and Corn Boil
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Clear pixel for spacing Our 2018-2019 Fellowship year begins with Water Ceremony. Please bring a small container of water collected from your travels or your home. You will be invited to merge it with that of others to mark our coming together or Ingathering. We will have a short service, to allow ample time for food and conversation, followed by the first regular meeting of the Board of Directors.

Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of these events. Everyone: That means you, the curious or lurking one, and you, the haven't been there for a while' one, are welcome. Corn, as well as butter and vegan spread, will be available, along with tea and coffee. Please bring something to share, as we appreciate and enjoy all contributions. And board meetings can't happen on empty stomachs!


DATE: September 2, 2018
TITLE: Labour Day Weekend - Fellowship will not be open
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Clear pixel for spacing Note, for those interested, an excursion to the New Brunswick Internment Camp Museum is planned, see the Timely News tab.

DATE: August 26, 2018
SPEAKER:  Betty Ponder and Betsy Epperly
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Clear pixel for spacing Joan McFarland will host Betty Ponder and Betsy Epperly as TUFF Authors Read. Betty Ponder will read from her collection of poetry, The Heart's Underside, and Betsy Epperly will read from her children's book, Summer in the Land of Anne ​(illustrated by her sister). Refreshments will be served.

DATE: August 19, 2018
TITLE: Beloved Treasures
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Clear pixel for spacing Haifa Miller and Lorna Drew will host coffee and a discussion on the topic Beloved Treasures - mementoes that connect us to people we love and memories we treasure. People are invited to bring an item and/or a memory to share.

DATE: August 12, 2018
SPEAKER:  Angie Deveau
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Clear pixel for spacing Joan McFarland will host Angie Deveau, discussing her recent book. Angie's book is ​Interrogating Pregnancy Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth (co-authored with Emily R.M. Lind), Demeter Press, Nov. 2017. Refreshments will be served.

DATE: August 5, 2018
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Clear pixel for spacing Celebrate New Brunswick Day with Heather Lunergan hosting. Please bring a memory, or story, or item, or picture that is special to you in relation to your life in NB. For some, it has been a long relationship while for others, it is still very new. Come to share, or listen, and enjoy iced tea and cookies.

DATE: July 29, 2018
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Clear pixel for spacing Join Myron Hedderson and Donna Young for coffee and conversation about ospreys. Donna had an Osprey nest on her property for 17 years, maintained diaries, and wrote a brief booklet summarizing her observations.

DATE: July 22, 2018
TITLE: CISV wrap up and moving out
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Clear pixel for spacing This Sunday, July 22, our rental folks will be moving out so we are not meeting at 874 York.

Rather, this Sunday, please join Heather for coffee and conversation at The Happy Baker on Dundonald Street. We have a table reserved for 10:30. Lots of parking available and yes, they have gluten free snacks as well as great coffee and a variety of teas. See you there. Heather.


DATE: July 15, 2018
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Please note that on July 8 and 15 we will be using the library for our conversations; please use the side door rather than the front door.


DATE: July 8, 2018
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Clear pixel for spacing On July 8 at 10:30, join Jo-Anne for iced tea and a conversation about the year ahead at UFF. What would you like to see happen inside and outside the walls of our beautiful building?

Please note that on July 8 and 15 we will be using the library for our conversations; please use the side door rather than the front door.


DATE: July 1, 2018
TITLE: Canada Day - Fellowship not open
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Clear pixel for spacing Fellowship will not be open so enjoy the many Canada Day events around the city and province.

DATE: June 24, 2018
TITLE: Transitions and Year-end Picnic
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Clear pixel for spacing June is a transition time for us, the end of our Fellowship year and the beginning of our more casual summer Sundays together, the end of the terms of our current Board and committees on the last day of the month. This June, some will be joining the Fellowship, some will be bridging from youth to young adult, some will be graduating, some will be marking other milestones that have taken place in the last year we have spent together. Please let Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes know if you would like to have a special time dedicated to a transition or rite of passage in your life.

Our annual year-end picnic will be held on June 24, following the service. Everyone is invited to bring something to share, as we end our church year. See Touch Stone for information about our informal Summer Sunday gatherings.


DATE: June 17, 2018
TITLE: Celebrating our U*U Connections
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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Clear pixel for spacing As the only Unitarian Universalist community in New Brunswick, we may forget that we are part of a world-wide network of associations, congregations, and groups. Jo-Anne will share a few facts about the UU movement in Canada and abroad. This will be a short service, followed by the Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericton's Annual General Meeting. All are welcome to attend, although only members can vote at the AGM.

DATE: June 10, 2018
TITLE: Flower Communion
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Clear pixel for spacing Finally, summer seems on the way, so the time is right for a celebration of flowers, which have long been an international symbol of peace (think of Holland's annual gift of tulips thanking Canada for support during WW 2). Celebrating Flower Communion is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We Covenant to Affirm and Promote the Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for All. Each person is invited to bring a flower to share during the service.

DATE: June 3, 2018
TITLE: What is this thing we call revelry?
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: May 27, 2018
TITLE: The Fredericton Downtown Health Centre
SPEAKER:  Marchell Coulombe
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Clear pixel for spacing Our guest speaker will be Marchell Coulombe, who will give us an overview of the mandate, facilities, and services offered by agency of the Horizon Health Care system.

DATE: May 20, 2018
TITLE: The Lay Chaplaincy
SPEAKER:  Debi Nash, Tony Fitzgerald and Sheila Moore
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Clear pixel for spacing The CUC recommends that each congregation hold a service each year regarding the CUC Lay Chaplain program. This is that service. Debi is just starting her tenure and will have at least one wedding to talk about. Tony is nearing the end of the six year limit on Lay Chaplaincy and will talk about his experiences. Sheila is our boss and may have a few brief words.

DATE: May 13, 2018
TITLE: Mothers' Day - Stone Soup
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Clear pixel for spacing Stone Soup is an old folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys, and exists as a moral regarding the value of sharing. This fable has appeared in many cultures, each with their own unique twist.

We ask that everyone who is able bring a vegetable or two (roughly chopped please) to add to our own stone soup, which we will share together after the service.


DATE: May 6, 2018
TITLE: Loving each/the Other
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Clear pixel for spacing The precept of loving our neighbours and the Golden Rule exist in many religions, and as UUs we strive to embrace diversity. How can our Fellowship learn to reach further and understand others more fully? Are we already more diverse than we recognize?

DATE: April 29, 2018
TITLE: The Struggle for East Africa's Indigenous Rights
SPEAKER:  Frederick MweneNgabo
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Clear pixel for spacing Service Leader Heather Lunergan will introduce Frederick WmeneNgabo, who is Executive Director of East and Central African Association for Indigenous Rights (ECCAIR). He is from the Congo, now a Canadian citizen living in Fredericton. Freddy, as he is known, will talk about the work of ECCAIR, his role as a UN Ambassador, and his recent trip home.

DATE: April 22, 2018
TITLE: Earth Day
SPEAKER:  Carl Duivenvoorden
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Clear pixel for spacing Carl works as a speaker, writer and sustainability consultant - sharing ideas and helping people and organizations learn how they can save money, energy and our environment. This will be his fourth visit to the Unitarian Fellowship, and his talks are always thoughtful and engaging.

DATE: April 15, 2018
TITLE: Maple Syrup Communion
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Clear pixel for spacing Making maple syrup is both an example of transformation and an analogy for our inner transformation. The First Nations peoples in this part of the world have long recognized that the right balance of heat and cold at a single time of the year leads to the natural bounty of sap, a life-giving source of minerals and sustenance after a long winter of scarcity. We will talk about the customs of sugaring and how it relates to our inner journey, and share a special kind of communion to celebrate a local food and ancestral traditions.

DATE: April 8, 2018
TITLE: The Five W's of Transformation
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Clear pixel for spacing The Theme for April at the Unitarian Congregation of Fredericton is Transformation. In this time of spring and renewal, Heather Lunergan will introduce some ideas about how individuals, philosophers, journalists, and law enforcers use the five W's to solve things. In other words, how can experience and information be transformed by asking questions.

DATE: April 1, 2018
TITLE: Easter Fools: Fun for All Ages
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Clear pixel for spacing Every now and then, Easter Sunday lands on April Fools' Day. We will explore the lighter side of the holiday, which is all about turning things upside down, in a multigenerational service that will include stories, jokes, and funny songs that reveal the truth and the foolishness of UUs. In laughter we find our common humanity, through which celebration and healing can occur. Humour, fun, and play are essential to our physical, mental, and spiritual health, and we should take them more seriously!

DATE: March 25, 2018
TITLE: Risk or Risqué
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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Clear pixel for spacing It's been over a decade since Tony came out to the congregation. He will try to look back at the risks that entailed and benefits realized.

DATE: March 18, 2018
TITLE: Taking Risks: The Art-Making of Dawn Steeves
SPEAKER:  Dawn Steeves
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DATE: March 11, 2018
TITLE: Seeking? A Reflection on Mid-Life
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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Clear pixel for spacing Heather Lunergan: Talk about a late bloomer; at age 40, I left my job and became a full time university student. At about the same time, I discovered this group of folks called Unitarians. There are risks involved in mid-life endeavours, but sometimes, as with me, the outcome is worth it all. Find out what I risked to become a seeker both intellectually and spiritually and share your own stories in talk back.

DATE: March 4, 2018
TITLE: International Women's Day Service: RISK
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Clear pixel for spacing Every year, the Canadian UU Women's Association (CUUWA) asks congregations in Canada to run an International Women's Day service in March, and the CUUWA prepares theme materials for the service. This year, the CUUWA chose the theme of RISK, and Jo-Anne will be talking about some examples of contemporary risk-takers and Mary Ann Hayden Church, a Universalist believed to be the first woman preacher to form a congregation in Canada.

DATE: February 25, 2018
TITLE: Sharing Our Faith Sunday -- Radical Hospitality & Racial Justice
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Clear pixel for spacing The Sharing Our Faith program provides funds for congregational initiatives which enhance ministry, aid projects and outreach for the congregation, and enhance the Unitarian Universalist movement in Canada. Once a year, congregations are encouraged to hold a Sharing Our Faith worship service focused on the UU faith in Canada, with a special collection for the Sharing Our Faith fund. The fund consists of these monies, and from a Foundation Fund administered by the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. The funds are allocated in the form of grants to congregations for growth projects and initiatives. Fredericton has benefitted from SOF grants over the history of our congregation.

DATE: February 18, 2018
TITLE: The Wood Wide Web
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Clear pixel for spacing In nature, trees operate less like individuals and more as social or communal beings. Working together in networks and sharing resources, they increase their resilience, heal each other, send alerts by electrical signals across a fungal network known as the Wood Wide Web, and keep ancient stumps alive by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots. What can we learn about our interdependent web and about human beings from trees? This is a multigenerational service, with an extended Time for All Ages and crafts available throughout the service.

DATE: February 11, 2018
TITLE: Towards Cultural Competency: Whither Religion?
SPEAKER:  Cathy Holtmann
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DATE: February 4, 2018
TITLE: Sun and Shadow
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Clear pixel for spacing To mark Imbolc and Groundhog's Day, Jo-Anne will look at the idea of the interdependence of our unconscious and conscious lives. When we delve into the deeper meanings of our personal joy and our pain, we find connections that are profoundly human, a mystery at the heart of what holds us together, expressed in shared symbols, stories and experiences. This is a multigenerational service; children and adults may choose to make a shadow puppet theatre together upstairs.

DATE: January 28, 2018
TITLE: What Would You Do?
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Clear pixel for spacing Using compassionate utilitarianism and cross cultural moral foundations theory to find your way in a complex world.

This Sunday, Myron Hedderson will take you along from the beginning of his personal, life-long journey to answer the question: What really is the right thing to do, and the best way to live one's life?

In a post-modern world where we question tradition and multiple sources of moral authority compete for our attention and allegiance, and some say there is no answer or everyone can live in their own subjective version of reality with their own ideas of right and wrong, finding an answer to these questions can be very difficult. But Myron's been a weirdo thinking weirdly hard about these things since he was 5, and while he doesn't subscribe to any one person or group's idea of moral goodness, he's come across some principles from various sources both ancient and recent that seem widely applicable and come together to provide him a sensible path forward - most of the time.

Bonus: Email your tough or interesting moral dilemmas to m_hedderson@hotmail.com until the Friday before the service, and he will pick a few for analysis and discussion during the service, and stick around for a discussion afterwards.


DATE: January 21, 2018
TITLE: Where did Unitarianism Come From?
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Clear pixel for spacing On January 13, 1568, in the city of Torda (Transylvania/Roumania), a gathering of religious leaders and politicians presided over by Unitarian King John Sigismund proclaimed religious freedom in the Edict of Torda. Through this act, Unitarianism was officially recognized for the first time in the history of the world. It also signals the beginning of the UU legacy to be a spiritual tradition that resists hatred, oppression, and the narrow view that there is only one way to be faithful, to be religious, to be free.

DATE: January 14, 2018
TITLE: Where Are We Going Now?
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Clear pixel for spacing At the beginning of a new calendar year, many of us feel the need to make changes to our lives. What are you leaving behind? What are you beginning and in what direction are you moving in 2018? We will watch a homily by Reverend Meg Riley, Senior Minister at the Church of the Larger Fellowship, in which she reflects on the tension between loving ourselves as we are and being challenged to change for the better, and have an opportunity to think about change and new beginnings

DATE: January 7, 2018
TITLE: Who do Men Say that I am?
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2017

DATE: December 31, 2017
TITLE: Open House
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Clear pixel for spacing Watch for news of our Open House on Sunday, Dec. 31, as we say goodbye to 2017 and look ahead to 2018. The theme for January is Beginnings, so watch for more information about that in the next TouchStone, on our website page, or on facebook.

DATE: December 24, 2017
TITLE: NO SERVICE!
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There will, however, be an open house at the Fellowship on Christmas afternoon from 2 to 4pm. See the Timely News tab for details.


DATE: December 21, 2017
TITLE: Blue Christmas Service
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Clear pixel for spacing Third Thursday, December 21st, 7 until 9 pm. Join Najat Abdou-McFarland for our annual Blue Christmas event. In her words Fellowship members and friends will learn about the dark night of the soul experience in various religious and spiritual figures. There will also be time for meditation and reflection. Bring friends who you think may be interested.

DATE: December 17, 2017
TITLE: Carol Sing!
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Clear pixel for spacing Join our pianist, Margaret Fitzgerald, selected soloists from our congregation and others as we sing in the holiday season. There will be music from various traditions and sources. All are welcome. Warm cider will be served, along with holiday treats.

DATE: December 10, 2017
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Clear pixel for spacing The term historical Jesus refers to attempts to reconstruct the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth by critical historical methods, in contrast to Christological definitions (`the dogmatic Christ') and other Christian accounts of Jesus (`the Christ of faith'). Heather Lunergan will introduce us to the basic research and scholarship surrounding one of the most intriguing mysteries of humankind.

DATE: December 3, 2017
TITLE: Multifaith Service: Presence and Wonder
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Clear pixel for spacing The loss of daylight and warmth during the winter season has given rise to sacred ceremonies in many religions and cultures. At this multifaith celebration, we will read words and stories from many traditions to deepen our sense of presence and connection with the natural world, and to remind ourselves that we share our sense of wonder and awe with people of many faiths.

DATE: November 26, 2017
TITLE: GFAW: The Greater Fredericton Area Witches
SPEAKER:  Members of GFAW
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DATE: November 19, 2017
TITLE: War or Global Warming? Comparing Canada's new Defence Policy and Climate Action Plan
SPEAKER:  Tamara Lorincz
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DATE: November 12, 2017
TITLE: Stories of Remembrance
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DATE: November 5, 2017
TITLE: A fine Mess of Fish
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Linda Thomson
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OPEN HOUSE: Who are Unitarians? Some are Humanist, Agnostic, Christian, Buddhist, or Atheist. Are you one of these and feel the lack of a supportive and nurturing community? Rev. Linda Thomson, of the Canadian Unitarian Council, will lead a discussion about Unitarians, a liberal, open and questioning congregation in Fredericton. All Questioners are welcome to attend. Friday, November 3rd at 7 pm. Unitarian Fellowship, 874 York St. For information call Sheila Moore 450-9021


DATE: October 29, 2017
TITLE: Grandmothers Helping Grandmothers
SPEAKER:  Paula MacQuarrie
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DATE: October 22, 2017
TITLE: The Fredericton Community Kitchens
SPEAKER:  Therese Murray
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DATE: October 15, 2017
TITLE: Finding The Way
SPEAKER:  Deby Nash
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Clear pixel for spacing One of our Lay Chaplains, Deby Nash, will talk about her own healing process. Her title is Finding The Way.

DATE: October 8, 2017
TITLE: Thanksgiving Day
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: October 1, 2017
TITLE: Laboratories for Democracy: Five Habits of the Heart
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The way people in democracies think of the government as something different from themselves is a real handicap. And, of course, sometimes the government confirms their opinion.

LEWIS MUMFORD (QUOTED IN PHILOSOPHERS OF THE EARTH: CONVERSATIONS WITH ECOLOGISTS, 1972 BY ANNE CHISHOLM).


DATE: September 24, 2017
TITLE: What Does it Mean to Be a People of (Covenant/Principles/Fill in the blank)?
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DATE: September 17, 2017
TITLE: Promises We Make and Promises We Keep
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DATE: September 10, 2017
TITLE: Annual Ingathering and Corn Boil
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DATE: September 3, 2017
TITLE: No Service: The Fellowship will be closed for Labour Day Weekend

DATE: August 27, 2017
TITLE: Summer Sunday:
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DATE: August 20, 2017
TITLE: Summer Sunday: Finding the Spiritual in Your Travels
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DATE: August 13, 2017
TITLE: Summer Sunday:
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DATE: August 6, 2017
TITLE: Summer Sunday: NB Art and Heritage
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DATE: July 30, 2017
TITLE: Summer Sunday: Anna Russell
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DATE: July 23, 2017
TITLE: Summer Sunday: Bill C-59
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Bill C-59 was introduced right before summer recess. While it will not be back in Ottawa for a few months, it is a topic that interests many Canadians since it deals with various aspects of security in Canada, terrorism prevention and with how the RCMP and CSIS interact with government and the public. The bill is lengthy and full of legal jargon (you can find it on the Government of Canada's website if you want to read it). However, several useful articles have appeared that give us an overview of the bill - what it aims to correct, what it could do and what problems it might face. If you are interested in some general background on the bill, check out this link:

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/the-roses-and-thorns-of-canadas-new-national-security-bill/


DATE: July 16, 2017
TITLE: Summer Sunday: Omar Khadr
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DATE: July 9, 2017
TITLE: Summer Sunday: What Would Happen If Humans Disappeared?
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There are 3 more Sundays in July, waiting for you to volunteer to host. Please reply to Heather with your choice of July 16, 23, or 30.

All Summer Sunday spaces in August have been filled. Thank you to everyone for keeping our presence known in Fredericton all year long.


DATE: July 2, 2017
TITLE: Summer Sunday: Canada Day
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DATE: June 25, 2017
TITLE: Annual General Meeting
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DATE: June 18, 2017
TITLE: Active Love, An Antidote to Anthropocene Angst
SPEAKER:  J.D. Stillwater
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The speaker will be leading a workshop on Saturday evening, see the Timely News page for details.


DATE: June 11, 2017
TITLE: Flower Communion
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DATE: June 4, 2017
TITLE: Growth and Transitions
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DATE: May 28, 2017
TITLE: Some Notes on Compassion
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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CUUWA Women's Tea following at 1:30 p.m


DATE: May 21, 2017
TITLE: Lay Chaplaincy
SPEAKER:  Sheila Moore, Debi Nash and Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: May 14, 2017
TITLE: Mothers and Ancestors: a program for all ages
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DATE: May 7, 2017
TITLE: Beating to death non-violent communication, non-violently
SPEAKER:  David Brown
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DATE: April 30, 2017
TITLE: Journalism Ethics in a Time of Trump
SPEAKER:  Stephen Ward
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DATE: April 23, 2017
TITLE: A Covenant With the Earth
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DATE: April 16, 2017
TITLE: What Easter Means for Unitarians
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DATE: April 9, 2017
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DATE: April 2, 2017
TITLE: The Simple and the Sacred
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DATE: March 26, 2017
TITLE: Theme Service on Simplicity
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(Women and Faith Faith in Diversity Celebration at STU in the afternoon, See Timely News)


DATE: March 19, 2017
TITLE: Sacred Places beyond Bricks and Mortar
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DATE: March 12, 2017
TITLE: Sacred Spaces in Downtown Fredericton
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Note: Board meeting follows service, see Timely News for details.


DATE: March 5, 2017
TITLE: International Women's Day
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DATE: February 26, 2017
TITLE: They Will Know We are U*Us by Our Love
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DATE: February 19, 2017
TITLE: The Love People
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DATE: February 12, 2017
TITLE: Sharing Our Faith Service
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DATE: February 5, 2017
TITLE: Interactive Multigenerational Theme Service
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DATE: January 29, 2017
SPEAKER:  Dorothy Diamond
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DATE: January 22, 2017
TITLE: Halifax Service
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DATE: January 15, 2017
TITLE: Multigenerational Theme Service
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DATE: January 8, 2017
TITLE: Creation Stories
SPEAKER:  Carlos Gomes
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DATE: January 1, 2017
TITLE: New Year's Day Open House
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2016

DATE: December 25, 2016
TITLE: No Sunday Service This Week

DATE: December 18, 2016
TITLE: Holiday Music Service
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CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME:
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DATE: December 11, 2016
TITLE: Multifaith Celebration
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DATE: December 4, 2016
TITLE: Expectation
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DATE: November 27, 2016
TITLE: Covenant: Another Perspective
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DATE: November 20, 2016
TITLE: Finding Our Way
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Linda Thomson
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Note: Linda will be leading a workshop in the afternoon of the day before. See the Timely News Page for more information.

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DATE: November 13, 2016
TITLE: Peaceful Communication
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DATE: November 6, 2016
TITLE: Interactive Theme Service: Covenant Groups
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DATE: October 30, 2016
TITLE: Interactive Theme Service: Quest
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Halloween: Tricks and Treats.

DATE: October 23, 2016
TITLE: The New Year Cometh!
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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Samhain is approaching and falls on November 1st of the Roman calendar. In the Pagan tradition, the day of celebration starts at sunset of the previous day, October 31st.

Tony will speak a bit about this celebration and a bit about how an atheist has found fellowship with his Pagan side.

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DATE: October 16, 2016
TITLE: The Only Good Quest is a Doomed Quest
SPEAKER:  Rodger Wilkie
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DATE: October 9, 2016
TITLE: Geography of Hope
SPEAKER:  Najat Abdou-McFarland and Myron Hedderson
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DATE: October 2, 2016
TITLE: The Seeker
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergam
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DATE: September 25, 2016
TITLE: Church of the Larger Fellowship Service
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DATE: September 18, 2016
TITLE: Theme Service: Invitation
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DATE: September 11, 2016
TITLE: Ingathering
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Our 2016-2017 Fellowship year begins with a Water Communion. Please bring a small container of water collected from your travels or your home. You will be invited to merge it with that of others to mark our coming together for the first time of this year. The service will be followed by a corn boil and pot luck. If you are able, please bring a dish to share with others.


DATE: September 4, 2016
TITLE: Looking Ahead (Summer Sundays, 11 am)
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Summer Sundays are a time for members and friends to meet informally on Sunday mornings at the Fellowship, to check in with each other, share their joys and sorrows, or take part in a poetry reading or conversation.

Please note that the children's program will be on break from June 19 until September 4 inclusive, unless otherwise noted.

Regular Sunday Services resume on September 11, with a multigenerational Ingathering and Corn Boil.


DATE: June 19, 2016
TITLE: Installation of Board and Committee Chairs
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DATE: June 12, 2016
TITLE: Installation of Lay Chaplain followed by AGM
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DATE: June 5, 2016
TITLE: Theme Sunday: Meaning in Life
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DATE: May 29, 2016
TITLE: Flower Communion
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DATE: May 22, 2016
TITLE: CUC AGM in Vancouver
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Members may like to gather at 2 pm for the live streaming of the Sunday Worship service at the AGM in Vancouver. After the service , members of the Hospitality Committee will serve a Victorian Tea. Tea and scones.


DATE: May 15, 2016
TITLE: People of the Rainbow
SPEAKER:  Cherie MacLeod
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DATE: May 8, 2016
SPEAKER:  Reid Lodge
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DATE: May 1, 2016
TITLE: Theme Service
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DATE: April 24, 2016
TITLE: In Celebration of Mother Earth Day
SPEAKER:  Najat Abdou-McFarland and Myron Hedderson
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DATE: April 17, 2016
TITLE: Mirroring policies and practices: The case of rural landscapes
SPEAKER:  Dr. Susan Machum
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DATE: April 10, 2016
TITLE: Journeying Within
SPEAKER:  EagleSpirit
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― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky.

Najat will host our guest speaker, EagleSpirit. For over 15 years EagleSpirit, a Contemporary Shaman, has empowered hundreds to learn to live each moment from their deepest truth and as their most authentic Self. She is often referred to as a Healer's Healer, sought out by other health and wellness professionals who work with her to remain centred and balanced as they help others.


DATE: April 03, 2016
TITLE: Theme Sunday: Stewardship / Taking Care of the Earth

DATE: March 27, 2016
TITLE: Easter Sunday
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DATE: March 20, 2016
SPEAKER:  Sophie Lavoie
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DATE: March 13, 2016
TITLE: The View from Krishna's Teeth: Self-Awareness in Classical Indian Philosophy
SPEAKER:  Dr Rodger Wilkie
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DATE: March 06, 2016
TITLE: Women's Day
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DATE: February 28, 2016
TITLE: Sharing Our Faith Sunday
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DATE: February 21, 2016
SPEAKER:  Carlos Elder-Gomes
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DATE: February 14, 2016
TITLE: Eleven Years Out of the Closet
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: February 07, 2016
TITLE: Theme Sunday: Faith
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The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors will begin at 12:45 on February 7. Board meetings are open and all may attend.


DATE: January 31, 2016
TITLE: Thoughts following a workshop on "Covenants and Commitments" in religious communities
SPEAKER:  Joan Brewer and Sheila Moore
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The 2016 Budget meeting will follow the service. Please get a coffee and join us to make important decisions about our plans for this year.


DATE: January 24, 2016
TITLE: More than Marking time: A Reflection of Life in Transition.
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mary Tingley
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DATE: January 17, 2016
TITLE: The Lay Chaplaincy
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: January 10, 2016
TITLE: Theme Sunday: Growth and Aging
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2015

DATE: December 27, 2015
TITLE: Talking Circle
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DATE: December 20, 2015
TITLE: Winter Holiday Music
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DATE: December 13, 2015
TITLE: Theme Sunday: Music and Inspiration
SPEAKER:  Pat Daley & Margaret Fitzgerald

DATE: December 06, 2015
TITLE: Canadian Immigrant Women dealing with Family Violence
SPEAKER:  Cathy Holtmann
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For Dec. 6, the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, Cathy will be speaking about her thesis work on the role of social networks among Canadian immigrant women from various ethno-religious groups in dealing with family violence.

As a wonderful singer and musician, Cathy has also agreed to lead us in some songs during the service.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME:
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DATE: November 29, 2015
TITLE: The Story of a House, with a Mouse
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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Clear pixel for spacing Returning home is always a jouney, but Heather's return was to an actual house. Come hear how a childhood dream became part of the Lunergan family story. The Seeker: Heather Lunergan will discuss her ongoing journey through educational and spiritual awakening.

DATE: November 22, 2015
TITLE: Ourselves and Our Stories: The Beginnings
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DATE: November 15, 2015
TITLE: Ourselves and Our Stories: Growing Up UU / Finding UU
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DATE: November 08, 2015
TITLE: A Group of Five, and More, the Jairi Family and the UFF
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Please also bring brief remembrances of family or friends as we commemorate the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.


DATE: November 01, 2015
TITLE: Theme Sunday
SPEAKER:  Judi Day
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In November, our theme is Ourselves and Our Stories. Throughout the month, we will be hearing from different members and friends who will share their personal journey (how they came to Fredericton, to Unitarian Universalism, to their work or a special interest, to create relationships, families or other works of art, etc) or a story about our community.

This Sunday, Jo-Anne will offer a reflection on the theme and Judi Day will talk about her month-long birthday celebration. Services start at 11:00 am. Children join us at the start of the service and then participate in a program which combines play, activities and worship elements. We hope that people of all ages, identities, beliefs, and backgrounds will find a respectful and inclusive environment in our Fellowship gatherings.


DATE: October 25, 2015
TITLE: United Nations Day, UU-UNO
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DATE: October 18, 2015
TITLE: Holy Curiosity
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Linda Thomson
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DATE: October 11, 2015
TITLE: Food Justice
SPEAKER:  Edee Klee
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DATE: October 04, 2015
TITLE: Theme Sunday: Empathy and Acceptance
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DATE: September 27, 2015
TITLE: Mabon, the Fall Equinox
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DATE: September 20, 2015
TITLE: UN International Day of Peace
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DATE: September 13, 2015
TITLE: Ingathering and Congregational Meeting
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Please make every effort to attend the meeting. It is important for all to make an effort to attend in order to have a quorum; proxies may also be sent with a member. In keeping with our Bylaws, the Nominating Committee will post and send out the proposed slate prior to the meeting.

If you wish, collect water from your travels or your local area to bring to the service. As part of our Ingathering, we traditionally add these offerings of water to our common bowl. Each person is invited to say where the water is from and briefly explain what that place means to them.

Last but not least, please plan to bring a potluck dish to share for lunch. We have some volunteers to shuck and boil the corn, but please talk to Sarah Richard if you want to help with the lunch.

Jo-Anne, for the Sunday Service Committee


DATE: September 06, 2015
TITLE: Informal Book Discussion
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Here is what he says about them: Zealot offers a good opportunity to discuss just what evidence there is for the actual Jesus. Those who write about this all have basically the same evidence to work with and they each give their own interpretation of it.

Malala is a most impressive young woman, now 18, shot by the Taliban and youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Besides her many activities, including the Malala Foundation and speaking engagements she has made her schoolwork a priority and has received a string of A grades at her school in Birmingham, England.

Whether or not you have read the books, please join us for conversation and coffee. All are welcome! To request child care, please contact Jo-Anne by Friday at noon:eldergomes@yahoo.com


DATE: August 30, 2015
TITLE: On the UFF Bylaws

DATE: August 23, 2015
TITLE: The Kindness of Strangers
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If you would like to have child care, please contact Jo-Anne by Friday at noon.


DATE: August 16, 2015
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Please join us for a relaxed Summer Sunday as we think about what we would like to do together on Sunday mornings in the coming year. Bring your ideas for speakers and topics, help us choose our monthly themes, find out how you can share your passion for music, poetry, meditation or story-telling.Those interested in taking part in the Sunday Services will meet briefly after the conversation.


DATE: August 09, 2015
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Joan promises to finish promptly at noon on Sunday so that those who plan to participate in the pride parade which is leaving City Hall at 1pm can make it in time. I am going to bring a sandwich to have with my coffee after service so that I can go directly from the Fellowship to City Hall.


DATE: August 02, 2015
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DATE: July 26, 2015
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DATE: July 19, 2015
TITLE: Bread: A Common Story
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- Yiddish proverb

Join us for a video and discussion. All are welcome.


DATE: June 28, 2015
TITLE: Annual Picnic

DATE: June 21, 2015
TITLE: Generations

DATE: June 14, 2015
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale
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DATE: June 07, 2015
TITLE: Theme Service: Holding On and Letting Go
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DATE: May 31, 2015
TITLE: Theme-based Ministry Service: Possibilities
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: May 24, 2015
TITLE: Breaking the Silence's Solidarity Work in Guatemala: reflections from a recent visit
SPEAKER:  Joan McFarland
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DATE: May 17, 2015
TITLE: Homelessness: No Safe Place to Be
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: May 10, 2015
TITLE: The Smell of Success
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In a complex and competitive world how do we define success for ourselves or for an organization? What does success look like? May I suggest we also utilize our olfactory skills and ask the question, What does success smell like?


DATE: May 03, 2015
TITLE: Celebrating Volunteerism
SPEAKER:  Najat Abdou-McFarland
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DATE: April 26, 2015
TITLE: CFB Toxic. The Environmental and Human Impact of War at Military Bases.
SPEAKER:  Gloria Paul

DATE: April 19, 2015
TITLE: The 5 Word Secret
SPEAKER:  The Reverend David Hutchinson
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At one of his talks in the latter part of his life, J. Krishnamurti surprised his audience by asking, Do you want to know my secret? Everyone became very alert. Many people in the audience had been coming to listen to him for twenty or thirty years and still failed to grasp the essence of his teaching. Finally, after all these years, the master would give them the key to great understanding. We will take a look at this teacher's five word answer and see now it applies to our understanding of The Four Agreements and the challenges of living modern life.


DATE: April 12, 2015
TITLE: On Bill C-51
SPEAKER:  Myron Hedderson

DATE: April 05, 2015
TITLE: Easter - Theme-based Ministry Service: Poetry and Creativity
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DATE: March 29, 2015
TITLE: Crossing the Losada Line
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Based on psychologist Marcial Losada's mathematical modeling, 2.9013 is the ratio of positive to negative interactions necessary to make a corporate team successful. This means that it takes about three positive comments, experiences, or expressions to fend off the languishing effects of one negative. Of course a higher ratio is even more beneficial. Today we take a look at how the agreements we make with each other help us to achieve our goals and overcome our inevitable challenges.

The Four Agreements

  1. Be impeccable with your word.
  2. Don't take anything personally.
  3. Don't make assumptions.
  4. Always do your best.

NOTE This is also the STU Diversity in Faith Sunday so the Reverend Hutdhinson will try to expedite the workshop so that as many people who wish should be able to get to STU without missing too much of the presentations.


DATE: March 22, 2015
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale
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DATE: March 15, 2015
TITLE: Sharing Our Faith: Nurturing Unitarian Universalist Initiatives
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We had planned to lead a discussion following the Service on the topic of What are your hopes for the Canadian Unitarian Council? Instead, we will have an opportunity to share some of our hopes and expressions of gratitude during the Service. A further discussion of the CUC's plans and projects will take place at the monthly Discussion Night, Thursday, March 19, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.


DATE: March 08, 2015
TITLE: Gratitude
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DATE: March 01, 2015
TITLE: The Bounce-Back Effect
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Here, as a refresher, are The Four Agreements:

  1. Be impeccable with your word.
  2. Don't take anything personally.
  3. Don't make assumptions.
  4. Always do your best.

Informal post-service workshop: After coffee hour Dave will lead a 45 minute workshop that includes Q&A and apply aspects of The Four Agreements to the day's topic.


DATE: February 22, 2015
TITLE: Each One a Sacred Path
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Priscilla Geisterfer

DATE: February 15, 2015
TITLE: Vandana Shiva's Navdanya
SPEAKER:  Joan McFarland
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I have just returned from a visit to Vandana Shiva's Navdanya, a 26 acre organic farm in Northern India. Vandana Shiva is a tireless environmental activist who has been leading the fight, in India and around the world, against the patenting of seeds by companies like Monsanto. At Navdanya, there is a seed bank with a vast collection of traditional seeds, including 700 varieties of rice. They also have a program which gives out free seeds to farmers who agree to go organic. In my talk, I will share my experience of visiting Navdanya.
Thanks all
Joan


DATE: February 08, 2015
TITLE: Theme is Community
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes

DATE: February 01, 2015
TITLE: A Trip Up Wisdom Mountain
SPEAKER:  The Unitarian Chamber Readers
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Following the service is the Annual Budget Meeting, see Timely News.


DATE: January 25, 2015
TITLE: Service Cancelled Due to Storm

DATE: January 18, 2015
TITLE: Experiences as a Lay Chaplain
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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Note: this service is rescheduled from storm cancelled January 4th service.


DATE: January 11, 2015
TITLE: From the CUC
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Linda Thomson
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DATE: January 04, 2015
TITLE: Storm Cancelled: Experiences as a Lay Chaplain
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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Tony talks about experiences to date as Lay Chaplain, the special joys and spiritual moments sharing significant events in life.


2014

DATE: December 28, 2014
TITLE: Talking Circle
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DATE: December 21, 2014
TITLE: Winter Songs
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DATE: December 14, 2014
TITLE: Winter Holidays
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DATE: December 07, 2014
TITLE: Spirit of Music
SPEAKER:  Sarah Bartlett
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DATE: November 30, 2014
TITLE: Here I Stand
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DATE: November 23, 2014
TITLE: Climate Change: Where are we now?
SPEAKER:  Carl Duivenvoorden
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DATE: November 16, 2014
TITLE: Interspiritual Dialogue: Inspirations from Diverse Traditions
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Priscilla Geisterfer

DATE: November 9, 2014
TITLE: Christian Pacifism and UU Peacemaking
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DATE: November 2, 2014
TITLE: Nichiren Buddhism
SPEAKER:  Idania Carcamo
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DATE: October 26, 2014
TITLE: Reviewing the Film of our Lives
SPEAKER:  Janice Ryan
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DATE: October 19, 2014
TITLE: Letting Go
SPEAKER:  Lorna Drew

DATE: October 12, 2014
TITLE: The Seeker
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: October 5, 2014
TITLE: Miriam and Community Living
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DATE: September 28, 2014
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Linda Thomson
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DATE: September 21, 2014
TITLE: World Peace Day: Challenging Consent to War
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: September 14, 2014
SPEAKER:  The Reverend David Hutchinson
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DATE: September 7, 2014
TITLE: Ingathering Service
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DATE: August 17, 2014
TITLE: Summer Sunday
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DATE: August 10, 2014
TITLE: Summer Sunday
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DATE: August 3, 2014
TITLE: Back to Basics... The Ten Commandments
SPEAKER:  Judi Day

DATE: July 27, 2014
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DATE: July 20, 2014
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Sylvia Hale


DATE: July 13, 2014
TITLE: Summer Sunday
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DATE: July 6, 2014
TITLE: Summer Sunday
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For further information, or to book your Summer Sunday, please email Heather at hlung1@bellaliant.net


DATE: June 29, 2014
TITLE: End of Season Picnic Celebration
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Coffee, tea, and juice will be provided. Please bring your picnic treats to share. Since it is close to Canada Day, red and white clothing, or food, is appropriate. And remember that your financial support of our religious home is welcome any time of year.


DATE: June 22, 2014
TITLE: Home Care - Issues and Concerns
SPEAKER:  Jeremy Rickards
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The AGM of the Fellowship will be held following the service to approve the new Board, renew the Lay Chaplain contract, review Annual Reports, etc... Please make every effort to attend.

DATE: June 15, 2014
TITLE: Coleridge and Unitarianism
SPEAKER:  Alan Bentley

DATE: June 8, 2014
TITLE: Learning From Our Tree/True Self--Growing Where We Are Planted
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Priscilla Geisterfer
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DATE: June 1, 2014
TITLE: Processing Ageing: A Personal Journey
SPEAKER:  Lorna Drew
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The Unitarian Readers will be performing Animal Farm in Houlton, Maine.

DATE: May 25, 2014
TITLE: No Ordinary Time
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Kitsy Winthrop
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DATE: May 18, 2014
TITLE: Compassion
SPEAKER:  Malcolm Miller

DATE: May 11, 2014
TITLE: Society for Rural Improvement
SPEAKER:  Dr. Prabhakar
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DATE: May 4, 2014
TITLE: Seed, Cutting and Seedling Communion
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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To that end, I invite you, and especially I invite the children, to start something green and living. You can bring a cutting from a house plant, or some seedlings from your window sill or even some real seeds, either gathered from last fall or brought into your home in other ways.

Please start thinking about this now, since we have several weeks until May 4. With luck, Mother Nature will have received a memo about spring and by then, we can have good plans for our spring/summer plantings.

It is my hope that some of the contributions will go home with others, and perhaps some can find their way into the grounds of the UFF.

Happy Spring!


The Unitarian Readers will be performing Animal Farm in Saint John.

DATE: April 27, 2014
TITLE: Physical Activity and Emotional Health
SPEAKER:  Judi Day

DATE: April 20, 2014
TITLE: What Makes Music Spiritual
SPEAKER:  Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. Miller is an Emeritus professor of Music at Mount Allison University

The Unitarian Readers will be performing Animal Farm after the service.


DATE: April 13, 2014
TITLE: Passing over: Crossing faith traditions and sharing meals
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Priscilla Geisterfer

DATE: April 6, 2014
TITLE: Witnessing Suffering in Ministry
SPEAKER:  Janice Ryan
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DATE: March 30, 2014
TITLE: (Postponed due to storm cancellation) What Makes Music Spiritual
SPEAKER:  Dr. Michael Miller
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DATE: March 23, 2014
TITLE: Travelling Together
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Linda Thomson
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There is a workshop, Forward Focus Workshop, on Saturday, more information on the Timely News page.


DATE: March 16, 2014
TITLE: Self-hypnosis
SPEAKER:  Malcolm Miller

DATE: March 9, 2014
TITLE: Spring
SPEAKER:  Lorna Drew
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DATE: March 2, 2014
TITLE: Carrying the Chalice Sharing Our Faith Sunday
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: February 23, 2014
TITLE: Charles Hartshorne: Process Philosophy, Panpsychism, and Panentheism
SPEAKER:  Pat Daley
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Charles Hartshorne (1897-2000) was an American process philosopher. After two years at Haverford College, a couple of years as a medical orderly in WWI, he went to Harvard, where he got his BA in 1921, his MA in 1922, and his PhD in 1923. After studying 2 years in Europe on a fellowship, he returned to Harvard as an instructor and assisted Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), who gave technical development to process philosophy. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1928-1955, at Emory University from 1955-1962, and at the University of Texas from 1962 until he retired in1978. He attended Unitarian services for many years. He wrote many books and articles and a volume of the Library of Living Philosophers was devoted to him. He also was also well-known as an ornithologist and published a study on bird songs, Born to Sing, in 1973

Like Whitehead, he was a process philosopher. He was a panpsychist and held that everything individual had a psychic aspect. He and Whitehead developed very interesting concepts of a God who is a sort of coworker in the world. He developed a classification of concepts of God, and regarded the process God as the most comprehensive. John B. Cobb called Hartshorne "the Einstein of Religious Thought," which I think is over the top, and Alan Gragg called him a "God intoxicated philosopher," which is probably apt.

Hartshorne was a severe critic of classical theism. Though I am a Thomist,I won't have time to get into that. It gets fearfully technical. I want to say something about his panpsychism and process views, and also something about his panentheistic idea of God and its religious significance.


DATE: February 16, 2014
TITLE: Charles Hartshorne: Process Philosophy, Panpsychism, and Panentheism
SPEAKER:  Pat Daley
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Like Whitehead, he was a process philosopher. He was a panpsychist and held that everything individual had a psychic aspect. He and Whitehead developed very interesting concepts of a God who is a sort of coworker in the world. He developed a classification of concepts of God, and regarded the process God as the most comprehensive. John B. Cobb called Hartshorne the Einstein of Religious Thought, which I think is over the top, and Alan Gragg called him a God intoxicated philosopher, which is probably apt.

Hartshorne was a severe critic of classical theism. Though I am a Thomist,I won't have time to get into that. It gets fearfully technical. I want to say something about his panpsychism and process views, and also something about his panentheistic idea of God and its religious significance.


DATE: February 9, 2014
TITLE: The Interspiritual Journey--From Fragmentation to Wholeness
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Priscilla Geisterfer
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Rev Priscilla Geisterfer will speak to this movement from fragmentation to unity using examples of her own spiritual journey. She will also offer a group experience of how to practice non-dual awareness. She will lead those in attendance in a sacred practice of wholeness.


DATE: February 2, 2014
TITLE: Prostitution and the Charter
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: January 26, 2014
TITLE: The Beaverbrook: Enriching Life Through Art
SPEAKER:  Bernard Riordon, OC.,Hon DFA.
Director Emeritus. Beaverbrook Art Gallery

DATE: January 19, 2014
TITLE: Kindness and Community
SPEAKER:  Lorna Drew

DATE: January 12, 2014
TITLE: Observations of a Fredericton Street Poet
SPEAKER:  Andrew (Muppett) Spencer

DATE: January 5, 2014
TITLE: Carolyn McDade and Spirit of Life
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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2013

DATE: December 29, 2013
TITLE: Community Food Centre
SPEAKER:  Vadini Mahabir Volunteer Coordinator, A Greener Village Community Food Centre
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DATE: December 22, 2013
TITLE: Intergenerational - Children's Christmas Program

DATE: December 15, 2013
TITLE: SERVICE POSTPONED DUE TO SEVERE STORM FORECAST --- Carolyn McDade and Spirit of Life
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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One of the best known songs within UUism is Spirit of Life. I will explore the music and activism of author Carolyn McDade, who describes herself simply as a woman of faith seeking with others to touch what matters.


DATE: December 8, 2013
TITLE: Islamophobia
SPEAKER:  Dr. Sylvia Hale

DATE: December 1, 2013
TITLE: Why the Peace Talks will fail
SPEAKER:  Jack Gegenberg
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DATE: November 24, 2013
TITLE: Protector
SPEAKER:  Angee Acquin
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DATE: November 17, 2013
TITLE: Meanwhile, in Canada...
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: November 10, 2013
TITLE: Water in the Wine
SPEAKER:  John van Abbema
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DATE: November 3, 2013
TITLE: Re/Constructing the Fifties Musical
SPEAKER:  Lorna Drew

DATE: October 27, 2013
TITLE: The Seeker
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DATE: October 20, 2013
TITLE: Unitarian Universalist United Nations
SPEAKER:  allison calvern & youth members

DATE: October 13, 2013
TITLE: Christian Unitarianism
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes

DATE: October 6, 2013
TITLE: Africa's Triple Heritage in the Era of Religious Extremism
SPEAKER:  Dr. Fikru Gebrekidan
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DATE: September 29, 2013
TITLE: Climate Change Fast

DATE: September 22, 2013
TITLE: Missing Aboriginal Women
SPEAKER:  Dr. Sylvia Hale
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DATE: September 15, 2013
TITLE: Healthy Congregations
SPEAKER:  Sheila Thompson and Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: September 8, 2013
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DATE: September 1, 2013
TITLE: Summer Sundays
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DATE: August 25, 2013
TITLE: Summer Sundays
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DATE: August 18, 2013
TITLE: Summer Sundays
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DATE: August 11, 2013
TITLE: Circle conversation: Who or what is it that they say we are?
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DATE: August 4, 2013
TITLE: NB Day Weekend
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DATE: July 28, 2013
TITLE: Fredericton
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DATE: July 21, 2013
TITLE: Introduction to Devotional Yoga
SPEAKER:  Ckhyamoj Townsend
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DATE: July 14, 2013
TITLE: Picnic Stories
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DATE: July 7, 2013
TITLE: Much Ado About Nothing
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: June 30, 2013
TITLE: Bridge to Unity
SPEAKER:  Janice Ryan

DATE: June 23, 2013
TITLE: Feminist Child Rearing
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: June 16, 2013
TITLE: The Wisdom of Confucius and His Disciples
SPEAKER:  John van Abbema

DATE: June 9, 2013
TITLE: Loved it AND Listed it
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: June 2, 2013
TITLE: Spiritual Guide
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Priscilla Geisterfer

DATE: May 26, 2013
TITLE: Betraying the Nashwaak for Tungsten: Water, the Sisson Mine and You
SPEAKER:  Lawrence Wuest

DATE: May 19, 2013
TITLE: Alternate Justice in Ireland
SPEAKER:  Stephen Pidwysocky

DATE: May 12, 2013
TITLE: Promises I can Keep - Single parenting
SPEAKER:  Dr. Sylvia Hale

DATE: May 5, 2013
TITLE: Drumming Spirituality
SPEAKER:  Carlos Gomes

DATE: April 28, 2013
TITLE: Everything!
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Kitsy Winthrop

DATE: April 21, 2013
TITLE: Miracles
SPEAKER:  John Larmer
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DATE: April 14, 2013
TITLE: The Idle No More Rally
SPEAKER:  Darcie Dunbar
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DATE: April 7, 2013
TITLE: Go into the Inner Chamber of Your Soul: The Legacy of May Sarton
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: March 31, 2013
TITLE: The Office of Religious Freedom
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan

DATE: March 24, 2013
TITLE: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault
SPEAKER:  Jennifer Richard
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DATE: March 17, 2013
TITLE: The Secret Epidemic
SPEAKER:  Judi Day
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DATE: March 10, 2013
TITLE: Eternal Life in the Vision of Bishop Spong
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mary Tingley

DATE: March 3, 2013
TITLE: Review of Jan Wong's Book - Out of the Blue
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale
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DATE: February 24, 2013
TITLE: Endeavours
SPEAKER:  Luke Randall

DATE: February 17, 2013
TITLE: CUC Sunday and Sharing our Faith

DATE: February 10, 2013
TITLE: A Cuba Experience
SPEAKER:  Sharon van Abbema

DATE: February 3, 2013
TITLE: Adult Literacy Learners
SPEAKER:  Heidi O'Donnell

DATE: January 27, 2013
TITLE: Steady-state Economy
SPEAKER:  Janice Harvey
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DATE: January 20, 2013
TITLE: Pilgrimage to Panama
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The Unitarian Chamber Readers will be staging a reprise of their All I Need to Know performance in Saint John.


DATE: January 13, 2013
TITLE: Hospice Fredericton
SPEAKER:  Daryl Branscombe (President of Hospice Fredericton)
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DATE: January 6, 2013
TITLE: The Inner Borealis
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January 6th is named Epiphany Sunday and the theme of the Judeo-Christian story for this day points to the universal love of the divine for the whole of creation and beyond. And yet, it is one of the most neglected events in Christian Calendar.

Today we explore our love of darkness and the act of rising to greet the new day, we may even marvel at the brilliance of Orion that shines brightest in the darkened months of winter!


2012

DATE: December 30, 2012
TITLE: The New Year
SPEAKER:  Talking in the Round
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DATE: December 23, 2012
TITLE: Christmas: Joy vs. Adversity
SPEAKER:  John van Abbema
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Further questions, just give John a call..454-1551 or email <jva1940@gmail.com>


DATE: December 16, 2012
TITLE: Local Food Movement
SPEAKER:  Susan Machum
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DATE: December 9, 2012
TITLE: Tree Trimming Service
SPEAKER:  Intergenerational

DATE: December 2, 2012
TITLE: Reflections on the Day of the Dead in Mexico
SPEAKER:  Daniel Ruiz

DATE: November 25, 2012
TITLE: Limits to Growth
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale
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DATE: November 18, 2012
TITLE: The Ins and Outs of Faith
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mary Tingley

DATE: November 11, 2012
TITLE: Endeavours
SPEAKER:  Luke Randall
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DATE: November 4, 2012
TITLE: I Learned It All in Kindergarten
SPEAKER:  Unitarian Chamber Readers

DATE: October 28, 2012
TITLE: Remember Who You Are
SPEAKER:  the Reverend Priscilla Geisterfer

DATE: October 21, 2012
TITLE: What we are Thankful for - Three voices from the Congregation

DATE: October 14, 2012
TITLE: Habitat for Humanity
SPEAKER:  Ellen Black

DATE: October 7, 2012
TITLE: Lay Chaplains
SPEAKER:  Sharon van Abbema and Tony Fitzgerald
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There will also be a brief installation ceremony for Tony Fitzgerald, the junior member of the Lay Chaplain pool.


DATE: September 30, 2012
TITLE: Diversity and Confluence in Faith
SPEAKER:  John van Abbema
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DATE: September 23, 2012
TITLE: Living Love in a World of Fear
SPEAKER:  the Reverend Priscilla Geisterfer
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DATE: September 16, 2012
TITLE: Starved and Stuffed
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: September 9, 2012
TITLE: Poverty and Policy: NB's Great Leap Forward??
SPEAKER:  Sue Rickards
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DATE: September 2, 2012
TITLE: Water Ceremony and Corn Boil
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DATE: August 26, 2012
TITLE: A Unitarian Survival Kit
SPEAKER:  allison calvern

DATE: August 19, 2012
TITLE: DVD documentary on work of Jim Merkel
SPEAKER:  David Brown

DATE: August 12, 2012
TITLE: Is religion harmful?
SPEAKER:  Glenna Hanley

DATE: August 5, 2012
TITLE: Stand with Pride: Pride Week 2012 in Fredericton
SPEAKER:  Barb MacMullan

DATE: July 29, 2012
TITLE: Nonesuch Poeticus
SPEAKER:  Charlene Coburn & Lorna Drew
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DATE: July 22, 2012
TITLE: Toxic-free Living
SPEAKER:  Heidi O'Donnell

DATE: July 15, 2012
TITLE: Conflicts around nursing-home placement
SPEAKER:  Stephen Pidwysocky

DATE: July 8, 2012
TITLE: The Student Loan System - unequal access
SPEAKER:  Cheryl Saunders

DATE: July 1, 2012
TITLE: A Universe from Nothing
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: June 24, 2012
TITLE: American Politics From a Canadian Perspective
SPEAKER:  John van Abbema
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DATE: June 17, 2012
TITLE: The Coop Movement
SPEAKER:  Kevin Matthews (Conservation Council)

DATE: June 10, 2012
TITLE: A Bird-Friendly Garden
SPEAKER:  Tony Diamond

DATE: June 3, 2012
TITLE: About Faith and Our Diversity of Beliefs
SPEAKER:  Tom Hanley

DATE: May 27, 2012
TITLE: Buddhism, punk rock and poetry. Bring the noise!
SPEAKER:  Andrew Titus

DATE: May 20, 2012
TITLE: Nuns and Other Church Women: Where Are They?
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: May 13, 2012
TITLE: The Unitarian Messiah
SPEAKER:  Malcolm Miller

DATE: May 6, 2012
TITLE: Light in Dark Spaces: Voiceless and Nameless Women of Sacred Scriptures
SPEAKER:  Priscilla Geisterfer

DATE: April 29, 2012
TITLE: Art and Crime
SPEAKER:  Josephine Savarese
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DATE: April 22, 2012
TITLE: Science, proof and truth?
SPEAKER:  Dr. Michael Clow

DATE: April 15, 2012
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: April 8, 2012
TITLE: Thoughts from Gretta Vosper: With or Without God
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: April 1, 2012
TITLE: Capitalism is ending - So Now What?
SPEAKER:  Lorna Drew

DATE: March 25, 2012
TITLE: Ingonish Poetry
SPEAKER:  Stewart Donovan

DATE: March 18, 2012
TITLE: Recognition: A Path to Extinction
SPEAKER:  Chief Hugh Akagi
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DATE: March 11, 2012
TITLE: Clashing Gospels: Different stories of Gospel Writers
SPEAKER:  The Reverend John Baros Johnson

DATE: March 4, 2012
TITLE: The End of the (Capitalist) world: What next?
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: February 26, 2012
TITLE: Take this cup: How to deal with pain
SPEAKER:  allison calvern

DATE: February 19, 2012
TITLE: Occupation Movement
SPEAKER:  Matthew Hayes

DATE: February 12, 2012
TITLE: House as Mirror of Self
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: February 5, 2012
TITLE: Eco Art
SPEAKER:  Sheila McPhee

DATE: January 29, 2012
TITLE: Sierra Club Atlantic
SPEAKER:  Najat Abdou-McFarland

DATE: January 22, 2012
TITLE: Access to Justice
SPEAKER:  Gail Wylie

DATE: January 15, 2012
TITLE: Guatemala
SPEAKER:  Joan McFarland and Najat

DATE: January 8, 2012
TITLE: Spirituality in Photography
SPEAKER:  Janet Crawford

DATE: January 1, 2012
TITLE: Talking in the Round: New Year Resolutions

2011

DATE: December 25, 2011
TITLE: Carols and songs for the season

DATE: December 18, 2011
TITLE: Solstice Celebration
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: December 11, 2011
TITLE: Intergenerational Service
SPEAKER:  Children's RE

DATE: December 4, 2011
TITLE: Searching for Meaningful Death
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: November 27, 2011
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Maury Landry

DATE: November 20, 2011
TITLE: Peace Studies
SPEAKER:  Stephen Pidwysocky

DATE: November 13, 2011
TITLE: Long Ago and Far Away
SPEAKER:  Wayne Curtis

DATE: November 6, 2011
TITLE: Fracking
SPEAKER:  Tom Hanley

DATE: October 30, 2011
TITLE: Effective Treatment for Aphasia
SPEAKER:  Darin Quinn, MSc.
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DATE: October 23, 2011
TITLE: On the fringe of religion
SPEAKER:  Joost Von Weiler
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DATE: October 16, 2011
TITLE: Eastern Regional Gathering
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DATE: October 9, 2011
TITLE: Judging Judi
SPEAKER:  Judi Day
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DATE: October 2, 2011
TITLE: My trip to Ethiopia: Memories and Moments
SPEAKER:  Najat Abdou-McFarland
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This Sunday, Oct 2, I will be describing my trip to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.  Pictures will also be shown. The audience may ask questions after my presentation.


DATE: September 25, 2011
TITLE: How Shall We Keep from Singing
SPEAKER:  Sharon van Abbema
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DATE: September 18, 2011
TITLE: Zorba the Greek
SPEAKER:  Malcolm Miller

DATE: September 11, 2011
TITLE: Water Ceremony
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DATE: September 4, 2011
TITLE: Corn Boil
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DATE: August 28, 2011
TITLE: In Search of the Muse
SPEAKER:  Josephine Savarese

DATE: August 21, 2011
TITLE: Religion and Science
SPEAKER:  Susan Steen

DATE: August 14, 2011
TITLE: Refusing to be Enemies
SPEAKER:  Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta
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DATE: August 7, 2011
TITLE: Small Group Ministry
SPEAKER:  Janet Crawford

DATE: July 31, 2011
TITLE: Aya from Israel
SPEAKER:  Haifa Miller

DATE: July 24, 2011
TITLE: The Highway Man Came Riding
SPEAKER:  Lorna Drew
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DATE: July 17, 2011
TITLE: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
SPEAKER:  John van Abbema
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DATE: July 10, 2011
TITLE: Could you live without your daily newspaper? Or maybe you already do.
SPEAKER:  Glenna Hanley
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DATE: July 3, 2011
TITLE: Complexity, Self-Reference and Consciousness
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: June 26, 2011
TITLE: Installation of Board & Committee Chairs followed by traditional end of season picnic

DATE: June 19, 2011
TITLE: Fundamentalism and other ideologies
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Eldon Hay
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Liberals are acquainted with religious fundamentalism; the dangers of that ideology are well documented. Are there other ideologies of which we are less aware? Contemplative meditation is not the answer, though it offers intriguing suggestions.

Reminder: the annual general meeting of the Fellowship will take place following the service.


DATE: June 12, 2011
TITLE: Reflections on the 50th anniversary CUC Annual Congress and Meeting in Toronto

DATE: June 5, 2011
TITLE: My Yellow Brick Road
SPEAKER:  John van Abbema
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DATE: May 29, 2011
TITLE: In Search of Food Justice
SPEAKER:  Susan Machum

DATE: May 22, 2011
TITLE: Why Good People Support War
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: May 15, 2011
TITLE: Observations on Arab Spring
SPEAKER:  Samira Farhoud

DATE: May 8, 2011
TITLE: The End
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DATE: May 1, 2011
TITLE: Beltane
SPEAKER:  Debi Skidmore

DATE: April 24, 2011
TITLE: The Role Food Plays in Religion (fasting and feasting)
SPEAKER:  Dr. Alexandra Bain

DATE: April 17, 2011
TITLE: What Drew Me to Unitarianism
SPEAKER:  Judi Day, Betty-Lou Daye and Allison Gorrill
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DATE: April 10, 2011
TITLE: What Lifts Me Up
SPEAKER:  Sue Steen
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DATE: April 3, 2011
TITLE: New Member Sunday

DATE: March 27, 2011
TITLE: Exploring New Brunswick Culture
SPEAKER:  Tony Tremblay

DATE: March 20, 2011
TITLE: Clutter: food for the soul, or soul-destroying?
SPEAKER:  Sheila Thompson
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DATE: March 13, 2011
TITLE: Where to Now?
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Ray Drennan
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DATE: March 6, 2011
TITLE: Is Your God Giving You the Silent Treatment
SPEAKER:  Doug Devine

DATE: February 27, 2011
TITLE: Degrees of Disagreement
SPEAKER:  Maury Landry
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The social sciences offer a model for understanding this phenomenon. Acknowledging differences in personality type and temperament may provide a method of managing the chaos, if not resolving the tension.

This message will look at the vast differences between psychological tendencies, such as introversion and extraversion, abstract reasoning and concrete thinking, to see if we can gain a more effective way of framing this problem, and its possible solutions.


DATE: February 20, 2011
SPEAKER:  Tony Tremblay

DATE: February 13, 2011
TITLE: Reading the Landscape
SPEAKER:  Paula Keppie

DATE: February 6, 2011
TITLE: Life and Faith
SPEAKER:  Judy Coates

DATE: January 30, 2011
TITLE: What We Have Left Behind
SPEAKER:  Tom Hanley, Anne Leslie, Jeff Frooman
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Many people come to Unitarian Universalism from other religious or faith groups, often because of perceived misalignments between what those faiths offer and what we need. Today we will look at some of the things we miss about the faiths we have left behind.


DATE: January 23, 2011
TITLE: Tell Me a Story - A New Story
SPEAKER:  Sister Eleanor McCloskey

DATE: January 16, 2011
TITLE: Technology and Me: Dispatches from the Technologically Challenged
SPEAKER:  Lorna Drew

DATE: January 9, 2011
TITLE: United, Unitarian, Uniting: Who do they say we are?
SPEAKER:  allison calvern

DATE: January 2, 2011
TITLE: Looking Forward
SPEAKER:  Listening Circle

2010

DATE: December 26, 2010
TITLE: Looking Back
SPEAKER:  Listening Circle

DATE: December 19, 2010
TITLE: Would You Like to Hold the Baby
SPEAKER:  Intergenerational Service

DATE: December 12, 2010
TITLE: Chanukah
SPEAKER:  Rabbi Yosef Goldman

DATE: December 5, 2010
TITLE: Chaos Is Your Friend
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Bill Main

DATE: November 28, 2010
TITLE: Spiritual symbolism in Blake's poetry
SPEAKER:  Alan Bentley
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DATE: November 21, 2010
TITLE: Healing and Spirituality: Finding your Inner Health
SPEAKER:  Brune Clavette

DATE: November 14, 2010
TITLE: UU History / Identity
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes

DATE: November 7, 2010
TITLE: Being Reminded
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Ray Drennan
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DATE: October 31, 2010
TITLE: Samhein
SPEAKER:  Debi Skidmore
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DATE: October 24, 2010
TITLE: The Tale of Bisclavret and the Cases of R. v. A. (2005) and R. v. B. (2008)
SPEAKER:  Josephine Savarese

DATE: October 17, 2010
TITLE: Standing at the Threshold a Reflection on Arriving Home and Setting Out
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Kitsy Winthrop
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DATE: October 10, 2010
TITLE: Tides of Ministry
SPEAKER:  Janice Ryan
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DATE: October 3, 2010
SPEAKER:  Charles Leblanc
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DATE: September 26, 2010
TITLE: Oneness Blessing
SPEAKER:  Joan Doyle
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Joan will give a brief presentation about her experience with the Oneness Blessing and her journey to the Oneness University in South India.


DATE: September 19, 2010
TITLE: The Best Unit (York Manor Alzheimer's unit)
SPEAKER:  Lorna Drew

DATE: September 12, 2010
TITLE: tUFF's Fiftieth Anniversary Service of Celebration
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Charles Eddis

DATE: September 5, 2010
TITLE: Ingathering and Water Ceremony

DATE: August 29, 2010
TITLE: Christianizing Israel
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: August 22, 2010
TITLE: The Fire of Commitment
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Stephen Atkinson
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DATE: August 15, 2010
TITLE: Lesser Miracles and Greater Miracles
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Fred Cappucino
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DATE: August 8, 2010
TITLE: Women in the Early Church
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: August 1, 2010
TITLE: In GUS We Trust: Our Need for Awe and Wonder
SPEAKER:  John van Abbema
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DATE: July 25, 2010
TITLE: The Boy from Waterhole
SPEAKER:  Paul McConnell

DATE: July 18, 2010
TITLE: Discussion on Religion: Our True Nature
SPEAKER:  Haifa Miller & Mary Louise Luck

DATE: July 11, 2010
TITLE: Joint Picnic at Oak Point
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DATE: July 4, 2010
TITLE: Impressions of the CUC Annual Conference & Meeting in Victoria

DATE: June 27, 2010
TITLE: Seasonal Wrap-up and Pot Luck Picnic

DATE: June 20, 2010
TITLE: Lay Chaplaincy .. What is it all about?
SPEAKER:  Sharon van Abbema

DATE: June 13, 2010
TITLE: Moving On Up: Multigenerational Service
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DATE: June 6, 2010
TITLE: To Endeavor in the Face of the Impossible
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Glenn Turner
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DATE: May 30, 2010
TITLE: Freedom from Nostalgia - A Poetry Reading
SPEAKER:  Stewart Donovan

DATE: May 23, 2010
TITLE: Confession of a Deep Agnostic
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Maury Landry
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Maury's reflections will examine the markers of the enlightened life based upon a profound agnosticism. From this point of view, I don't know is not only a complete sentence, but a perspective on life.


DATE: May 16, 2010
TITLE: Pilgrim House - a retreat from militarism to peace
SPEAKER:  Gloria Paul

DATE: May 9, 2010
TITLE: Mother's Day: Our Foremothers, Our Futures
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DATE: May 2, 2010
TITLE: Gretta Vosper - a new Paradigm for Christianity
SPEAKER:  Malcolm Miller

DATE: April 25, 2010
TITLE: OPAL
SPEAKER:  Trisha Mersereau

DATE: April 18, 2010
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mary Tingley

DATE: April 11, 2010
TITLE: Habitat for Humanity

DATE: April 4, 2010
TITLE: Eternal Life a New Vision by Bishop Spong
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: March 28, 2010
TITLE: Singing For Strength & Solace
SPEAKER:  Nasnan Noqtoq
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DATE: March 21, 2010
TITLE: Passover
SPEAKER:  Rabbi Josef Goldman

DATE: March 14, 2010
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Ray Drennan

DATE: March 7, 2010
TITLE: Poetry from the Ground Up
SPEAKER:  Andrew Titus
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DATE: February 28, 2010
TITLE: Watch where you're going!
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mac Campbell
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DATE: February 21, 2010
TITLE: Self Consciousness and Spirituality
SPEAKER:  Michael George

DATE: February 14, 2010
TITLE: Valentines for Fred
SPEAKER:  Tony Tremblay

DATE: February 7, 2010
TITLE: Friends for Zambia
SPEAKER:  Patricia Ellsworth
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Here in Fredericton we have worked with 2 middle schools, some churches, and have held several community events. Friends For Zambia is starting to be known and its ongoing campaign to raise funds is supported by an increasing number of generous people in Fredericton and across Canada.


DATE: January 31, 2010
TITLE: In the Dog House
SPEAKER:  Kathy McConnell

DATE: January 24, 2010
TITLE: Theism in Question
SPEAKER:  Ron MacDonald

DATE: January 17, 2010
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Murray Landry (UU Minister, Bangor, Maine)

DATE: January 10, 2010
TITLE: Journey into Ministry
SPEAKER:  Janice Ryan
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DATE: January 3, 2010
TITLE: Resolving to be Human
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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2009

DATE: December 27, 2009
TITLE: Talking Circle

DATE: December 20, 2009
TITLE: Intergenerational Service

DATE: December 13, 2009
TITLE: The Edict of Torda
SPEAKER:  Malcolm Miller
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DATE: December 6, 2009
TITLE: The Brunswick Street Community Health Clinic
SPEAKER:  Margaret Dykeman

DATE: November 29, 2009
TITLE: The Christmas Imperative

DATE: November 22, 2009
TITLE: Chinese Traditional Faith
SPEAKER:  Larry Shyu

DATE: November 15, 2009
TITLE: Who Do You Say That You Are?
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mac Campbell
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DATE: November 8, 2009
TITLE: The Afghanistan Mission
SPEAKER:  Bob Lockhart

DATE: November 1, 2009
SPEAKER:  Élisabeth Elder-Gomes and Elizabeth Vickers-Drennan

DATE: October 25, 2009
SPEAKER:  Elisabeth Bailey, UU minister from Nova Scotia
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DATE: October 18, 2009
TITLE: This Pale Blue Dot
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mac Campbell
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DATE: October 11, 2009
TITLE: Food Security and Gratitude
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes

DATE: October 4, 2009
TITLE: Belief, Knowledge, Reality: The Journey
SPEAKER:  John Dillon

DATE: September 27, 2009
TITLE: I doubt ... therefore, I am
SPEAKER:  Malcolm Miller
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DATE: September 20, 2009
TITLE: International Day of Peace
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes

DATE: September 13, 2009
TITLE: The Empire Strikes Back ... Again
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mac Campbell
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DATE: September 6, 2009
TITLE: Ingathering and Water Festival

DATE: August 30, 2009
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald

DATE: August 23, 2009
TITLE: On Our Need for Lesser and Small Gods
SPEAKER:  Fred Anderson
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DATE: August 16, 2009
TITLE: Plants and Music
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DATE: August 9, 2009

DATE: August 2, 2009
TITLE: Oak Point Picnic with Saint John congregation
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Note: the Fellowship will be open for those who can not or do not wish to travel. The service in Fredericton will be simple, along the lines of a small group ministry.


DATE: July 26, 2009
TITLE: Songs and Readings
SPEAKER:  John Dillon

DATE: July 19, 2009
TITLE: The Fullness of Life
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DATE: July 12, 2009
TITLE: The Glorious 12'th
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: July 5, 2009
TITLE: Congregational Picnic

DATE: June 28, 2009
TITLE: Going Upstream
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Kitsy Winthrop
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DATE: June 21, 2009
TITLE: Fathers' Day, Family, Relationships...
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DATE: June 14, 2009
TITLE: Presenting Walt Whitman, Poet, Transcendental Realist, Humanist
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Anne Treadwell
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DATE: June 7, 2009
TITLE: Challenging the Face of Power: the life of a social activist
SPEAKER:  The Reverend George Feenstra
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DATE: May 31, 2009
TITLE: The Incredible world of Insects -- Humankind's primary competitor
SPEAKER:  Bill Seabrook
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DATE: May 24, 2009
TITLE: The Caine Mutiny
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Maury Landry
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The Reverend Maury Landry is the Unitarian Universalist minister from Caribou, Maine.

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DATE: May 17, 2009
TITLE: Walking the Boundaries
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mac Campbell
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DATE: May 10, 2009
TITLE: Family Configurations
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DATE: May 3, 2009
TITLE: Mental Health
SPEAKER:  Pat Price
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DATE: April 26, 2009
TITLE: Maliseet-Passamaquoddy Dictionary
SPEAKER:  Robert Leavitt
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DATE: April 19, 2009
TITLE: This Jesus fellow
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mac Campbell
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Note: This same weekend, in Bouctouche: After a weekend in retreat with fellow U*Us from the Eastern Region, the Sunday service will be led by Rev. Ray Drennan. (If you would like to attend, contact George DeMille: / 459.1436)

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DATE: April 12, 2009
TITLE: Who has a bee in their bonnet over Easter bonnets?
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DATE: April 5, 2009
TITLE: Fostering Children
SPEAKER:  Jean Johnson
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DATE: March 29, 2009
TITLE: Going Around In Circles
SPEAKER:  the Reverend Mac Campbell
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DATE: March 22, 2009
TITLE: When a Country Loses a Generation of Children...
SPEAKER:  Carol Ann Hanley
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DATE: March 15, 2009
TITLE: Gone to the Fields to Be Lovely
SPEAKER:  the Reverend Peter Short
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DATE: March 8, 2009
TITLE: Late Blooming Women
SPEAKER:  Nancy Bauer
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DATE: March 1, 2009
TITLE: Medical Errors
SPEAKER:  Larry Lacey
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DATE: February 22, 2009
TITLE: Nourishing Our Roots
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Ray Drennan
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DATE: February 15, 2009
TITLE: Canadians and Same-Sex Marriage
SPEAKER:  Former MP Andy Scott
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DATE: February 8, 2009
TITLE: Set Yourself Free
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mac Campbell
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DATE: February 1, 2009
TITLE: The Gift of Tongues: Mother Tongues and Other Tongues
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: January 25, 2009
TITLE: What does having Barack Obama as President of the United States mean to Black refugees, and Black people all over the world?
SPEAKER:  Saa Andrew Gbongbor
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DATE: January 18, 2009
TITLE: Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, Lost His Head
SPEAKER:  Robert Hawkes
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DATE: January 11, 2009
TITLE: How Aunt Bessie took care of her family and the world
SPEAKER:  Virginia Bjerkelund
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DATE: January 4, 2009
TITLE: Shambhala Meditation Centre: How does ones life change when meditation becomes part of ones daily discipline?
SPEAKER:  Spiritual Leader Veit Weber
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2008

DATE: December 28, 2008
TITLE: Listening Circle
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DATE: December 21, 2008
TITLE: Finding the Holy Among the Holly
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mac Campbell
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Rev. Mac Campbell will explore these and related questions.

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DATE: December 14, 2008
TITLE: Intergenerational service with participation by the Children's RE
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DATE: December 7, 2008
TITLE: Searching for God in the Space-Time Continuum
SPEAKER:  Fred Webster
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DATE: November 30, 2008
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DATE: November 23, 2008
TITLE: Fowler's Seven Stages of Faith
SPEAKER:  John van Abbema
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DATE: November 16, 2008
TITLE: Finding Healing in a Broken World
SPEAKER:  The Reverend Mac Campbell
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DATE: November 9, 2008
TITLE: Buy Nothing Day
SPEAKER:  Haifa Miller, Sue Steen and Gail Moore
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DATE: November 2, 2008
TITLE: A Quaker on Euthanasia
SPEAKER:  Edith Miller
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DATE: October 26, 2008
TITLE: Working in Burundi: a Spiritual Journey
SPEAKER:  John McKendy
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DATE: October 19, 2008
TITLE: Finding Hope in a World Gone Mad
SPEAKER:  the reverend Mac Campbell
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Rev. Mac Campbell, our Affiliate Minister (part-time) will explore these questions, and offer some possibilities for hope in a world gone mad.

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DATE: October 12, 2008
TITLE: Right Speech
SPEAKER:  Anne Leslie
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DATE: October 5, 2008
TITLE: Beyond the Awe-lite Life
SPEAKER:  the reverend Ray Drennan
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DATE: September 28, 2008
TITLE: Spiritual Journeys II
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DATE: September 21, 2008
TITLE: Finding a Compass in the Middle of a Whirlwind.
SPEAKER:  the Reverend Mac Campbell
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DATE: September 14, 2008
TITLE: I Wish Lao-Tzu Hadn't Said That
SPEAKER:  the Reverend Ray Drennan
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A good Baptist minister friend of mine once preached a series of sermons titled, I wish Jesus hadn't said that. It almost got him drummed out of his Church. Most days I have a similar love-hate relationship with words that come from the Tao Te Ching. They challenge me so let's be challenged together.

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DATE: September 7, 2008
TITLE: Ingathering and Water Ceremony
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DATE: August 31, 2008
TITLE: Committee Work at TUFF
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DATE: August 24, 2008
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DATE: August 17, 2008
TITLE: Small Group Ministry at TUFF
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DATE: August 10, 2008
TITLE: Land of Rocks and Saints: the Sanctity of Place
SPEAKER:  Roger Moore
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After a brief introduction to the theory of the sacredness of space, the author of Land of Rocks and Saints will read and commentate a series of selected poetic texts that illustrate this theory.


DATE: August 3, 2008
TITLE: To Lose a Father
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DATE: July 27, 2008
SPEAKER:  Cliff Gunn
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DATE: July 20, 2008
TITLE: EXERCISING FORGIVENESS
SPEAKER:  Sue Steen
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DATE: July 6, 2008
TITLE: Joint Picnic with Saint John
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There will be a simple service of poetry, music and conversation at 874 York St at the normal time for those who choose not to travel to Saint John.


DATE: June 29, 2008
TITLE: End of season picnic
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DATE: June 22, 2008
TITLE: Putting the Beat Back into Beatitudes: Transcendentalists and Other Rebel Poets
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: June 15, 2008
TITLE: Father's Day
SPEAKER:  Carlos Elder-Gomes
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There will be a cleansing smudge conducted outside prior to the start of the service. People who wish to partake in the smudge should be at the Fellowship no later than ten minutes before the normal start of the service at eleven.

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DATE: June 8, 2008
TITLE: Rwanda - Community engagement, Leadership and Action
SPEAKER:  Laura Maynard
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DATE: June 1, 2008
TITLE: The RAVE Project: Religion and Domestic Violence
SPEAKER:  Cathy Holtmann
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Cathy Holtmann is a Catholic feminist who resides on Harvey Station with her family. Since her arrival in the Maritimes seventeen years ago, she has worked in a variety of lay ministries, including music, campus and youth ministry, religious education, ecumenism and social justice. She has taught part-time for the departments of Religious Studies and Education at St. Thomas University since 1999. She is currently a full-time graduate student in sociology at UNB and is studying the relationship between faith and social action in the lives of Catholic women.

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DATE: May 25, 2008
TITLE: The Food Miles Challenge Project
SPEAKER:  Shannon Herbert
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DATE: May 18, 2008
TITLE: The Play's the Thing
SPEAKER:  Malcolm Miller
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DATE: May 11, 2008
TITLE: People who have played the Mother Role in Our Lives
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DATE: May 4, 2008
TITLE: Making Music - Music and Spirituality
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DATE: April 27, 2008
TITLE: Literal to Living
SPEAKER:  the reverend Mac Campbell
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DATE: April 20, 2008
TITLE: In Search of Religious Freedom
SPEAKER:  Will van den Hoonaard
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DATE: April 13, 2008
SPEAKER:  Alice Finnamore
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DATE: April 6, 2008
TITLE: The Lay Chaplaincy
SPEAKER:  Dave Warman and Anne Leslie
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DATE: March 30, 2008
TITLE: Local Food Miles Challenge
SPEAKER:  Shannon Herbert
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DATE: March 23, 2008
TITLE: Easter Service
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DATE: March 16, 2008
TITLE: Women's Issues
SPEAKER:  Wendy Robbins
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DATE: March 9, 2008
TITLE: In Search of Religious Freedom
SPEAKER:  Will van den Hoonaard
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DATE: March 2, 2008
TITLE: Our Place in the Web (SOF Sunday Service Designed by Rev. Wendy McNiven)
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: February 24, 2008
TITLE: The Fredericton Interfaith Dialogue
SPEAKER:  Dr. John Valk
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DATE: February 17, 2008
TITLE: Epiphanies, Large and Small
SPEAKER:  the reverend Kitsy Winthrop
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DATE: February 10, 2008
TITLE: Three Years Later
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: February 3, 2008
SPEAKER:  Dr. Noureddin Elbakali Kassimi
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DATE: January 27, 2008
TITLE: Environment
SPEAKER:  Valerie Hillier
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DATE: January 20, 2008
TITLE: Victoria (Claflin) Woodhull
SPEAKER:  Sue Steen
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Victoria (Claflin) Woodhull

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DATE: January 13, 2008
TITLE: The Argentine Desaparecidos
SPEAKER:  Karen Robert
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DATE: January 6, 2008
TITLE: Promises and Possibilities: Universalism in World Religions
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2007

DATE: December 30, 2007
TITLE: In the Spirit of Janus
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DATE: December 23, 2007
TITLE: Yule/Christmas/Chanukkah
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DATE: December 16, 2007
TITLE: Advent: Expect More Waiting / Wait More Expectantly
SPEAKER:  the reverend Ray Drennan
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DATE: December 9, 2007
TITLE: Living with Ability
SPEAKER:  Sharon van Abbema
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DATE: December 2, 2007
TITLE: In Memory of Women Engineers
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DATE: November 25, 2007
TITLE: Engineers Without Borders
SPEAKER:  Chelsea and Bryn Ferris
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DATE: November 18, 2007
TITLE: Buy Nothing Day
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DATE: November 11, 2007
TITLE: Poetry and Songs of War
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DATE: November 4, 2007
TITLE: War Brides
SPEAKER:  Melynda Jarratt
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DATE: October 28, 2007
TITLE: Yellow Ribbons
SPEAKER:  Lorna Drew
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World Religion: Buddhism

DATE: October 21, 2007
TITLE: Courage and Reconciliation
SPEAKER:  David Dickson
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DATE: October 14, 2007
TITLE: We are a Justice-Seeking People
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: October 7, 2007
TITLE: Stone Soup and Things for Which We Are Thankful
SPEAKER:  Geneviève Laloux, Betty Ponder, Sheila Moore
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DATE: September 30, 2007
TITLE: The Acorn Theory
SPEAKER:  Anne Leslie
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World Religion: Islam

DATE: September 23, 2007
TITLE: The Autumnal Equinox and Aging
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: September 16, 2007
TITLE: Hippo Eats Scott Alexander: What is the Meaning of Life?
SPEAKER:  Rev. David Hutchinson; Unitarian Society of Houlton
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DATE: September 9, 2007
TITLE: Global Warming/Climate Change in Perspective
SPEAKER:  Angus Hamilton
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If you are expecting a talk on efficient light bulbs and hybrid cars, you're going to be disappointed. What I am going to do is touch lightly on many related things that will, I hope, put global warming and climate change in perspective.

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DATE: September 2, 2007
TITLE: Ingathering
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DATE: August 26, 2007
TITLE: Volunteerism
SPEAKER:  Tom Hanley
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Following a pot luck after the service, will be the board August meeting and retreat for board members and committee chairs and any other interested parties.


DATE: August 19, 2007
TITLE: Finding Patterns, Context and Direction
SPEAKER:  Mary Scott

DATE: August 12, 2007
TITLE: Interdependent Web
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: August 5, 2007
TITLE: Talking Circle

DATE: July 29, 2007
TITLE: My License Plate
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: July 22, 2007
TITLE: Blessings by the Dozen

DATE: July 15, 2007
TITLE: Angels and Demons
SPEAKER:  Barb Fairweather
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DATE: July 8, 2007
TITLE: Tigger spirituality
SPEAKER:  Barbara Fairweather

DATE: July 1, 2007
TITLE: Annual End-of-Season Pot-Luck Picnic

DATE: June 24, 2007
TITLE: On Courage
SPEAKER:  The reverend Anne Treadwell
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DATE: June 17, 2007
TITLE: What is Worship?
SPEAKER:  The reverend Anne Treadwell
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DATE: June 10, 2007
TITLE: Reflections on Fathers and Fatherhood
SPEAKER:  Gary Hay, Gary Manuel and Paul McConnell

DATE: June 3, 2007
TITLE: Exploring Catholic Feminist Ministries
SPEAKER:  Cathy Holtmann
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DATE: May 27, 2007
TITLE: Music Making with Moon, Carolyn and Reg
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Bernice Johnson Reagon from The Songs are Free

Why is it that singing has been a significant element in every faith practice we know and in almost every organized effort for social justice throughout history? How can music that is sung together build community, raise consciousness, sustain collective energy, and lift the spirit? WHY IS IT THAT SINGING CAN DO WHAT TALKING OFTEN CANNOT? Moon will speak about the strategic use of singing in a number of significant historic movements and will demonstrate how music, and singing in particular, enables the building of community through our various spiritual practices. She will demonstrate with song and story.


DATE: May 20, 2007
SPEAKER:  Chris Aalder

DATE: May 13, 2007
TITLE: Mother's Day for Peace
SPEAKER:  Brigid Toole Grant

DATE: May 6, 2007
TITLE: Apples, Immortality & Romance
SPEAKER:  Daryl Hunter

DATE: April 29, 2007
TITLE: In Search of Spirit
SPEAKER:  Tom Hanley

DATE: April 22, 2007
TITLE: Ministry of the Earth
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DATE: April 15, 2007
TITLE: The Spirituality of Fly Fishing
SPEAKER:  Peter Cronin
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DATE: April 8, 2007
TITLE: New Growth, Roots Dug Deep. Branches Wide
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DATE: April 1, 2007
TITLE: The Honduran YMCA's Leader Corps
SPEAKER:  Rick McDaniel
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Honduras is a poor country. 80% of the population lives in poverty; 60% of these live on the equivalent of less than $1 [US] per day. The very poorest of all in Honduras are referred to as ``Los Miserables'' -- young people who live on the street, often affiliated with gangs, the marginalized who live in constant danger not only from the effects of poverty but from Death Squads who hunt them down.

Fomer President, Ricardo Maduro, ran for office promising to take action to address crime in Honduras. After he was elected to in 2002, he turned internal security in the country over to the military. The army began to focus on gang members, or supposed gang members, as one of the easiest and most visible targets. During Maduro's presidency, more than 1000 young people were the victims of ``extra judicial executions.'' Maduro personally led dawn raids to round up young people suspected of being gang members. Since gang members could be identified by tattoos, any young person with a tattoo was be subject to arrest. Honduran prisons are crowded with nearly twice as many prisoners as they had been designed to hold. Incarcerated young have died in fires while guards watched without intervening; in other situations, young prisoners were shot in mass execution by police firing into the cells at close range.

These young people come from various backgrounds. Some had grown up in the United States, where their families had fled as refugees. In cities like Los Angeles, refugee families often continued to live in poverty and young people became affiliated with local gangs. When arrested, these youth could then be deported back to a country they no longer knew.

Other young people come to the two major cities, Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, seeking work in order to escape the poverty of rural living. But because they do not have adequate education they remain unemployed. There are estimates that in this nation of 7 million persons, there are some 300,000 young people who are neither working nor employed.

Starting in 2000, the YMCA of Honduras and the British Save the Children Program formed a National Youth Forum seeking ways of protecting these youth. They worked for six years to have a law enacted in the country which recognized the rights of children and youth. Now the YMCA continues to work to see that those rights are upheld.

Working in both the major cities and in rural areas, the YMCA provides a ``Citizenship Formation'' program which helps young people acquire a sense of social responsibility and helps them become involved in the political process. In an environment which has often been hostile to young people, the YMCA is seeking to bring about societal change through youth formation.


DATE: March 25, 2007
TITLE: Genocide in 21st centruy
SPEAKER:  Richard Wiggens

DATE: March 18, 2007
SPEAKER:  Carlos Elder-Gomes and Jo-Anne Elder
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DATE: March 11, 2007
TITLE: Madagascar
SPEAKER:  Ashley Sprague
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DATE: March 4, 2007
SPEAKER:  Allison Brewer
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DATE: February 25, 2007
TITLE: Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will
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DATE: February 18, 2007
TITLE: What Will You Leave Behind?
SPEAKER:  Rev. Kitsy Winthrop:
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DATE: February 11, 2007
TITLE: New Spring Festival: Chinese New Year
SPEAKER:  Betty Lee
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DATE: February 4, 2007
SPEAKER:  Susan Shalala
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We had on loan from Regina Clarke a five page typed letter. Regina describes it as "Mum's History of the Universalist Church in Harvey". Regina says her mother, Mrs. Howard M. Little (Lottie) gave this address to The Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericton at a Sunday service while we were located on Charlotte Street. I have keyed it in verbatim.

The letter is available at http://uff.ca/talks/19881116.html.


DATE: January 28, 2007
TITLE: Retirement
SPEAKER:  Joan McFarland, Tom Hanley, Ken Moore
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DATE: January 21, 2007
TITLE: Go-4-It: Service as Worship, Worship as Service
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Pot-Luck and Workshops: January 21 and January 28, 1:00 - 2:30


DATE: January 14, 2007
TITLE: Religion, Faith and Truth for Me.
SPEAKER:  Neil MacLean
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DATE: January 7, 2007
TITLE: Top Ten: what was great about 2006?
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2006

DATE: December 31, 2006
TITLE: The Turn
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DATE: December 24, 2006
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DATE: December 17, 2006
TITLE: Christmas Reverence for Unitarians
SPEAKER:  Rev Ray Drennan
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DATE: December 10, 2006
TITLE: Cosmology/the Creation Myth
SPEAKER:  Al Sharp
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DATE: December 3, 2006
TITLE: Celebrating the Piano
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DATE: November 26, 2006
TITLE: Identity as a Faith Community
SPEAKER:  Eldon Hay

DATE: November 19, 2006
TITLE: Hope
SPEAKER:  Mary Scott
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DATE: November 12, 2006
TITLE: Quakers and Peace
SPEAKER:  Michael Miller
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DATE: November 5, 2006
TITLE: Reclaiming Language
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes

DATE: October 29, 2006
TITLE: Women's bodies and the Creative Spirit
SPEAKER:  Carlos and Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes with special guest White Feather
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DATE: October 22, 2006
TITLE: UN Sunday
SPEAKER:  Sharon Flatt
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DATE: October 15, 2006
TITLE: Written by Herself
SPEAKER:  Betty Ponder and Geneviève Laloux
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DATE: October 8, 2006
TITLE: Bread and Rainbows
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DATE: October 1, 2006
TITLE: Feast of St. Francis
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DATE: September 24, 2006
TITLE: Love, Hugs and Tickles
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: September 17, 2006
TITLE: Riding the U*U Tide
SPEAKER:  Al Sharp
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DATE: September 10, 2006
TITLE: Ingathering/Water Ceremony
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Here then is the blurb (located from last year and reprinted for you---that's recycling at its most convenient, thanks to George who never deletes):

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September 10, TUFF Ingathering/Water Ceremony Service, 2006---Bring water, and/or stones. The story of creation is not over once it is told, for it is really a story of re-creation, that happens continually, uninterruptedly, and always. Join us September 10 for our Ingathering/Water Ceremony Service, wherein we regroup from our summer busyness, re-creating our congregation. Bring to this service the water and/or stones you have collected from your trips and activities over the summer months-or bring tap water and local stones that represent your summer. Individually we will place these waters and stones into a common vessel, thereby merging the spirit of our comings and goings, into the spirit of our re-creation as a congregation.


DATE: September 10, 2006
TITLE: Ingathering Water Ceremony
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Here then is the blurb (located from last year and reprinted for you---that's recycling at its most convenient, thanks to George who never deletes):

September 10, TUFF Ingathering/Water Ceremony Service, 2006---Bring water, and/or stones. The story of creation is not over once it is told, for it is really a story of re-creation, that happens continually, uninterruptedly, and always. Join us September 10 for our Ingathering/Water Ceremony Service, wherein we regroup from our summer busyness, re-creating our congregation. Bring to this service the water and/or stones you have collected from your trips and activities over the summer months-or bring tap water and local stones that represent your summer. Individually we will place these waters and stones into a common vessel, thereby merging the spirit of our comings and goings, into the spirit of our re-creation as a congregation.


DATE: September 3, 2006
TITLE: Corn Boil

DATE: August 27, 2006
TITLE: Hymn Sing

DATE: August 20, 2006
TITLE: When is Traveling Pilgrimage?
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Family reunion, summer cottage, or factory outlets---a pilgrimage is a journey to a distant sacred goal. Pilgrimage is found in all the great religions of the world (as well as in capitalism). It can be a journey both outwards to hallowed places and inwards to spiritual improvement. It can express penance for past evils, or embody the search for future good. The pilgrim may pursue spiritual ecstasy in the sacred sites of a particular faith, or seek a miracle through the medium of God or a saint. Throughout the world, pilgrims move invisibly in huge numbers among the tourists of today, indistinguishable from them except in purpose.

Perhaps the first truly European experience, pilgrimage was a spontaneous, popular movement. It involved people from many different classes and from all the nations of today's Europe. The reasons for undertaking pilgrimage varied from person to person; but the motive usually had something to do with sin and a desire to avoid the spiritual consequences of having committed it. There is evidence of pilgrimages taking place as early as the 4th century, from Bordeaux to Jerusalem; but pilgrimage was most important from the 11th to the 14th century. During this time, pilgrims traveled to holy sites all over Europe. They visited the places where religious heroes had lived and died, where miracles had been performed and where physical evidence of both heroes and miracles (relics) remained.

Secular and civic pilgrimages are also practiced. For example, many people throughout Canada travel to the graveyards of Normandy in order to see the cross that marks the grave of a family member killed during World War II.

And one cannot ignore the pull of Hershey, Pennsylvania for those who value chocolate. ( ;


DATE: August 13, 2006
TITLE: Memories of the Rock
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: August 6, 2006
TITLE: Picnic
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DATE: July 30, 2006
SPEAKER:  allison calvern

DATE: July 23, 2006
TITLE: Joint Picnic
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DATE: July 16, 2006
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DATE: July 9, 2006
TITLE: The Unsexing of Emma Edmonds
SPEAKER:  Hugh MacKinnon
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DATE: June 25, 2006
TITLE: Picnic
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DATE: June 18, 2006
TITLE: Flower Communion Service: a Unitarian tradition
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DATE: June 11, 2006
TITLE: Memorable Moments: Reflections on the ACM
SPEAKER:  various
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DATE: June 4, 2006
TITLE: Spirituality of Wine
SPEAKER:  Ed Leslie
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DATE: May 28, 2006
TITLE: Magnolia Festival
SPEAKER:  Debbie Peck
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DATE: May 21, 2006
TITLE: My Big Fat Buddhist Practice: Personal reflections on Buddhism
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DATE: May 14, 2006
TITLE: Roads: Taken and Not
SPEAKER:  Stephen Atkinson
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DATE: May 7, 2006
TITLE: The Raging Grannies
SPEAKER:  Patricia desChamps
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DATE: April 30, 2006
TITLE: Inward Gardens, Let a Thousand Varied Flowers Bloom!
SPEAKER:  Rev Anne Treadwell
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DATE: April 23, 2006
SPEAKER:  Sharon and Don Flatt
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DATE: April 16, 2006
TITLE: Music and Poetry through Poetry and Music
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Bring your suggestions to either Linda or me and we will do our best to organize everything and wrap it in an order of service.


DATE: April 9, 2006
TITLE: The Courage to Leap
SPEAKER:  Rev Ray Drennan
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DATE: April 2, 2006
SPEAKER:  Rev Kitsy Winthrop
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DATE: March 26, 2006
TITLE: Sharing Our Faith Sunday
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: March 19, 2006
TITLE: Growing Healthy Communities
SPEAKER:  Rev Ray Drennan
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DATE: March 12, 2006
TITLE: U*U Eucharist
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DATE: March 5, 2006
TITLE: A Service of Thanks and Dedication
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DATE: February 26, 2006
TITLE: Shaman Healers?: A Talk with Gwen Bear
SPEAKER:  Gwen Bear
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DATE: February 19, 2006
TITLE: Rational Thought: What a Concept!
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: February 12, 2006
SPEAKER:  Jack Henstridge and Murray Neilson
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DATE: February 5, 2006
TITLE: Which Witch is which? ---Finding your way around modern paganism
SPEAKER:  Debi Skidmore, Angela Day and Bridget Phillips
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DATE: January 29, 2006
TITLE: Memoirs of a Sensei: My Time in Japan
SPEAKER:  Molly Demma
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DATE: January 22, 2006
TITLE: Ministry with the GLBTQI Community
SPEAKER:  Eldon Hay
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Clear pixel for spacing Eldon Hay, retired United Church minister, has written a sermon in which he has tried to make religious sense of his ministry with the GLBTQI community. This sermon, while basically Christian, is unwelcome in Christian churches because of its unorthodoxy. Gladly we U*Us welcome him and his commentary to our Sunday service. Join us for a smoothly delivered unorthodoxy, presented by a pro whose commitment to justice and integrity has profoundly affected life for all New Brunswickers.

DATE: January 15, 2006
TITLE: A Dream Come True: Journey to the Top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
SPEAKER:  Adam Harris
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Clear pixel for spacing ---Ernest Hemingway wrote: and there, ahead, all he could see, as wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square top of Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano reaching an elevation of 19,335 ft. Called Kilima Dscharo, and Kilima Njaro---meaning shining mountain in Swahili---it has three cones. The highest and youngest is named Kibo, from which sulphur and steam are still emitted. Shira is the western cone, and Mawenzi is the eastern one. Shira is called by the Masai, Ngaje Ngai, the House of God. Join us for this over-the top Sunday service, led by Linda Sprague, and enthusiastically presented by Adam Harris. (p.s. Tanzanians use three types of bananas: one for cooking, one as a fruit, and one for making pombe. Perhaps Adam Harris can tell us all what pombe is.)

DATE: January 8, 2006
TITLE: The Shape of Families
SPEAKER:  Ed Leslie, Bruce Allen Lynch and Sheila Moore
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DATE: January 1, 2006
TITLE: New Year's day
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DATE: December 25, 2005
TITLE: December 25
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DATE: December 18, 2005
TITLE: The UU Ewes & the Fellowsheep
SPEAKER:  Sabine Campbell
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DATE: December 11, 2005
TITLE: The Beaver and the Dragon
SPEAKER:  Al Sharp
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Clear pixel for spacing The Chinese Dragon has been shaking itself awake and paying greater attention to the world about it. Al Sharp will reflect upon what Canada and China can learn from each other through deeper mutual understanding, and why Unitarians can benefit by contributing to the dialogue.


DATE: December 4, 2005
TITLE: Reflections on a Trip to China
SPEAKER:  Mary Scott
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Clear pixel for spacing As one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations, China has a wealth of inherited culture. The country, home to a fifth of the world's population, is now undergoing rapid social and economic change. Seeing the changing face of China was an eye-opening, yet humbling, experience for this Western visitor (who had neglected to learn Mandarin before the trip). With pictures (taken by Al) and narrative, Mary Scott will convey some of her impressions and reflect on some potential implications for us.

DATE: November 27, 2005
SPEAKER:  Ray Drennan
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DATE: November 20, 2005
TITLE: Different Minds: Living with Alzeimer Disease
SPEAKER:  Lorna Drew and Leo Ferrari
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DATE: November 13, 2005
TITLE: Exuberance, and the Beauty of a Life Lived Fully
SPEAKER:  Paul LeBlanc

DATE: November 6, 2005
TITLE: The History of Marriage
SPEAKER:  Pat Daley

DATE: October 30, 2005
TITLE: Scary Spaces / Safe Spaces
SPEAKER:  Jackie Webster & Safe Spaces Fundy
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DATE: October 23, 2005
TITLE: Desmond Tutu and Restorative Justice
SPEAKER:  Al Sharp
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DATE: October 16, 2005
TITLE: When Storm Meets City:
SPEAKER:  Tom Hanley
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Clear pixel for spacing While the Red Cross does not conduct search and rescue operations, they do provide an enormous amount of disaster relief. Currently they are operating 149 shelters throughout the state of Louisiana and elsewhere, for 93,000 residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. Fredericton's Tom Hanley, part of the Red Cross relief effort, will be speaking to Unitarians and friends, Sunday, October 16, at 11am. Come to 874 York St. to hear thoughtful commentary from this seasoned relief worker on life after the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.

DATE: October 9, 2005
TITLE: Culturally Relevant Education: The Authentic Path to Enlightenment
SPEAKER:  Judy Loo & Heremias Tecu
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Come hear presenters Heremias Tecu and Judy Loo tell us the story of Nueva Esperanza, where courage and perseverance resulted in a school built to educate its students within the values of their own Maya-Achi heritage. Robert F. Kennedy said: "Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of those acts will be written the history of our generation." The school of New Hope gives us the chance to contribute to the written history of our generation; we can send a Guatemalan child to that school, if we put our minds to it.


DATE: October 2, 2005
TITLE: Our Whole Lives Training Weekend
SPEAKER:  George DeMille and allison calvern
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DATE: September 25, 2005
TITLE: Never Discuss Religion or Politics
SPEAKER:  Jacqui Gerenz
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DATE: September 18, 2005
TITLE: Natural Connections
SPEAKER:  several
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DATE: September 11, 2005
TITLE: In-gathering Service
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DATE: September 4, 2005
TITLE: Corn Boil
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Clear pixel for spacing Join us for our annual corn boil ! ! TUFF members and friends greet the September schedule with food ! ! Come for corn, bring a lunch dish to share, and enjoy our first gathering of the (pre-)fall season ! !

DATE: August 28, 2005
SPEAKER:  Various
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DATE: August 21, 2005
TITLE: Connecting with the Bay of Fundy: Our Endangered, Unsung Hero
SPEAKER:  David Thompson
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2. We would meet at the Kiosk entrance at 10:30am. There is an entrance charge. The group rate is $2.50 per person. Everyone would pay their own way.

2. We will have the service at Fuller Falls Lookout parking lot 4. We will have Bay Fundy Keeper David Thompson as a guest speaker. The title of the service will be "Connecting with the Bay of Fundy: Our Endangered, Unsung Hero"

3. After the service we will have a picnic. At Fuller Falls there are picnic tables with a roof.

4. After this we can do serveral different things. We can visit the sea caves on Saint Martin's Beach together or alone (but it has to be before 3pm, when the tide is out) After that we can visit the suspension bridge and interpretive center. There are both hiking and driving options for exploring the coast. We can organize who wants to go where when we get there.

This is a very flexible schedual. If some people want to go home right after the picnic or even the service they may do so. I suggest that who ever you carpool with, you are aware of when that person wants to leave as well as when you want to leave. I, myself, am a serious hiker and swimmer, so I will be there for a good 4-5 hours, at least.

That's it for now.

Najat


DATE: August 14, 2005
TITLE: What's Up With Happiness, Anyway?
SPEAKER:  Various
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DATE: August 7, 2005
TITLE: Nobody Gets Out Alive
SPEAKER:  Carlos Elder-Gomes, Haifa Miller, and Ken Moore
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Yesterday's ashes are/ tomorrow's flowers./ Spring comes wild/ on goosewings. .
.Yesterday's words are/ tomorrow's song. . . I am because I sing
winter / so forever into spring.
---Henry Beissel, poet, playwright, from Cantos North

I know, death gets a lot of bad press. But i'm reminded of a conversation i had with Henry Beissel, who said we should all be very glad of the cycle of life, which includes death, the final chapter: "If it were not for death, the surface of the earth would be 600 miles deep in paramecia." He has a point, of course, but i happen to know that he, like all of us, also struggles with that final chapter.

Our service on sunday is about death and dying. Titled Nobody Gets Out Alive, it features Carlos Elder-Gomes, Haifa Miller, and Ken Moore, who will be sharing their insights and wisdom on death and dying. Including the music of Nasnan Noqtok, the service will be an opportunity to reflect on the grief and loss that accompanies this final journey. Perhaps also, we can remember to look for the moments of joy that all life experiences, however fraught, bring to those wise enough to catch them.


DATE: July 31, 2005
TITLE: Gender and Society (a reprise of the Feb 14 service)
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: July 24, 2005
SPEAKER:  allison calvern
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DATE: July 17, 2005
TITLE: Picnic with Saint John congregation
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The picnic is being held at Oak Point, a Kiwanis camping, picnic ground on the St. John River near Saint John. George and allison scouted the place, and it is very lovely, with lots of amenities -- Including beach, playground, picnic tables, and a hall, available should the weather be uncooperative. Although it is a commercial site, the fees are very reasonable, $2.50 per adult and $1.00 per child, not much more than a visit to ``Timmy's ''.


DATE: July 10, 2005
TITLE: Board Retreat Service
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DATE: July 3, 2005
TITLE: End of Year Picnic
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July 3'rd marks the end of our winter programming and the beginning of our summer season.


DATE: June 26, 2005
TITLE: Welcoming Congregation Celebration Service

DATE: June 19, 2005
TITLE: Personal Values vs. Your Job
SPEAKER:  Carl Chesal
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DATE: June 12, 2005
TITLE: Building on Best

DATE: June 5, 2005
TITLE: Nationalism, Fundamentalism, Unitarian Universalism, and many other isms
SPEAKER:  Al Sharp
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DATE: May 29, 2005
TITLE: The Law and Ethics
SPEAKER:  Dennis Klinck
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DATE: May 22, 2005
TITLE: The Turning Point, Yin and Yang
SPEAKER:  Rita van Groenewoud
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Clear pixel for spacing The turning point, Ying and Yang: from real religion to Unitarianism, to real religion.

DATE: May 15, 2005
SPEAKER:  Dr. John Valk
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DATE: May 8, 2005
TITLE: Intergenerational Service
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DATE: May 1, 2005
TITLE: Citizenship
SPEAKER:  Dr. Gerry Clarke
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DATE: April 24, 2005
SPEAKER:  Dr Dev Gupta
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DATE: April 17, 2005
TITLE: International Earth Day Celebration
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DATE: April 10, 2005
SPEAKER:  Dr. Linda Eyre
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DATE: April 3, 2005
TITLE: Empty Bowls
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: March 27, 2005
TITLE: Power for the People!
SPEAKER:  the Flatt family
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DATE: March 20, 2005
TITLE: Our Good News
SPEAKER:  the Reverend Kitsy Winthrop
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DATE: March 13, 2005
TITLE: An Existential Smörgasbord
SPEAKER:  Ron Bourdon
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MARQUEE: Cosmic Zoom, a National Film Board production, will be playing as the Story for All Ages.


DATE: March 6, 2005
TITLE: International Women's Day
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DATE: February 27, 2005
TITLE: Welcoming Congregation
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DATE: February 20, 2005
TITLE: The Social, Cultural and Spiritual Value of Masks
SPEAKER:  George Fry
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Secial General Meeting Immediately following the service, a special general meeting to receive the report of the Lay Chaplaincy Committee on its search for a second lay chaplain.


DATE: February 13, 2005
TITLE: Gender: Spirit vs Society
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: February 6, 2005
SPEAKER:  Valerie Kilfoil
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DATE: January 30, 2005
TITLE: Sharing our Faith Sunday: Getting to know U and U
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan (CUC Atlantic's Congregational Networker)
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DATE: January 23, 2005
TITLE: Sharing our Faith Sunday
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: January 16, 2005
SPEAKER:  Lorna Drew
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DATE: January 9, 2005
TITLE: Developing Security
SPEAKER:  Mary Scott
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DATE: January 2, 2005
TITLE: Picnic on the Beach, pot-luck
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2004

DATE: December 26, 2004
TITLE: Boxing Day
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DATE: December 19, 2004
TITLE: Intergenerational service
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: December 19, 2004
TITLE: Intergenerational service
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: December 12, 2004
TITLE: The Heartbeat of the World's First Peoples
SPEAKER:  Carlos Elder-Gomes
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DATE: December 5, 2004
SPEAKER:  Dr. John Baros-Johnson Minister, Universailist Unitarian Church of Halifax
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DATE: November 28, 2004
TITLE: King John Sigismund and the Edict of Torda
SPEAKER:  Malcolm Miller
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DATE: November 21, 2004
TITLE: The Steinway and the Campbell House
SPEAKER:  Steven Peacock

DATE: November 14, 2004
TITLE: Dr Lotta Hitschmanova, founder of the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada
SPEAKER:  Anne Leslie

DATE: November 7, 2004
TITLE: Armistice Day
SPEAKER:  Bob Lockhart

DATE: October 31, 2004
TITLE: Samhain
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DATE: October 24, 2004
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: October 24, 2004
TITLE: Congregational Conversation
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DATE: October 17, 2004
SPEAKER:  Zita Nyarady and Jill Delaney
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DATE: October 10, 2004
TITLE: Spirit Rising
SPEAKER:  Mama Alice Mokoena (Honorary chair: Fredericton AIDS Walk)
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DATE: October 3, 2004
TITLE: Why Are There Homeless People in Fredericton
SPEAKER:  Dot Stevens (Advocate for the F'ton Homeless)

DATE: September 26, 2004
TITLE: Building your own Theology: Atheism and Spirituality: One Person's View
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: September 19, 2004
TITLE: The Richness of Life
SPEAKER:  Al Sharp
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DATE: September 12, 2004
TITLE: Water Service
SPEAKER:  allison comeau
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DATE: September 12, 2004
TITLE: Water Service
SPEAKER:  allison comeau
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DATE: September 5, 2004
TITLE: Opening Corn Boil
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DATE: August 29, 2004
SPEAKER:  allison comeau

DATE: August 8, 2004
TITLE: The Earth from Above
SPEAKER:  Mary Scott
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DATE: August 1, 2004
TITLE: Lugh's crossing to the otherworld
SPEAKER:  Debi Skidmore
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The August 1 service has been booked to acknowledge Lugh's crossing to the otherworld, and celebrate the first of the 3 harvest festivals.

This e-mail is an invitation to anyone who wants to be involved in planning this, or who wants to be more involved in the ritual itself.

Please contact the speaker through the Fellowship office if you are interested in helping.


DATE: July 25, 2004
TITLE: Board Retreat Sunday
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DATE: July 18, 2004
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: July 11, 2004
TITLE: Remembering Fred Cogswell
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DATE: July 4, 2004
TITLE: Oh to be in England, Now that April's there!
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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Tony will show some slides from the trip that Margaret and he took to London in April. There are some nice shots at Stonehenge.


DATE: June 27, 2004
TITLE: Annual Potluck Picnic

DATE: June 20, 2004
TITLE: Board/Committee recognition and new volunteers
SPEAKER:  Anne Leslie and others

DATE: June 13, 2004
TITLE: Music and More
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan

DATE: June 6, 2004
TITLE: Flower Communion
SPEAKER:  Colleen Henderson

DATE: May 30, 2004
TITLE: The Work of Chrysallis House
SPEAKER:  Irene Brennan

DATE: May 23, 2004
TITLE: Women in U*Uism
SPEAKER:  Anne Leslie

DATE: May 16, 2004
TITLE: Consciously Creating Your Life
SPEAKER:  Tim Finley

DATE: May 9, 2004
TITLE: Service led by participants of Dreams and Dollars

DATE: May 2, 2004
SPEAKER:  Brun Clavette

DATE: April 26, 2004
TITLE: Local Economic Trading Systems
SPEAKER:  Kate Boyle

DATE: April 18, 2004
TITLE: An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith
SPEAKER:  Kurt Stephen

DATE: April 11, 2004
TITLE: Intergenerational Service
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes

DATE: April 4, 2004
SPEAKER:  Brun Clavelle

DATE: March 28, 2004
TITLE: Why Do We Sing
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan

DATE: March 22, 2004
TITLE: CUC Social Responsibility Resolutions for the ACM
SPEAKER:  Rita van Groenewoud

DATE: March 15, 2004
TITLE: Empty Bowls Sunday and Lunch
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DATE: March 7, 2004
TITLE: More Than Just Holding Hands
SPEAKER:  Rev. John Baros Johnson
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DATE: February 29, 2004
TITLE: Annual Sharing Our Faith Service and New Member Sunday
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan and Sheila Moore

DATE: February 22, 2004
TITLE: Simone Weil
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: February 15, 2004
TITLE: Love Is All You Need
SPEAKER:  Colleen Henderson

DATE: February 8, 2004
TITLE: Reflections on Relating
SPEAKER:  Mary Scott

DATE: February 1, 2004
TITLE: Disciples of the Unknown
SPEAKER:  Ron Bourdon

DATE: January 25, 2004
SPEAKER:  Carol Anne Hanley and the Young Adults

DATE: January 11, 2004
TITLE: Who is ``The Other''
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan

DATE: January 11, 2004
TITLE: Reconstructive Surgery on the Third World
SPEAKER:  Dr. Bill Cook

DATE: January 4, 2004
TITLE: Happy New Year
SPEAKER:  Various Voices

2003

DATE: December 28, 2003
TITLE: Christmas Music and Memories
SPEAKER:  Eric Stevenson

DATE: December 22, 2003
TITLE: Greet the Solstice
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There will be a women's solstice ceremony the evening before.


DATE: December 21, 2003
TITLE: A Festival of Light
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder Gomes

DATE: December 14, 2003
TITLE: Preparation for Solstice
SPEAKER:  Several voices

DATE: December 7, 2003
TITLE: Celebrating Human Rights
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan

DATE: November 30, 2003
TITLE: Autumn Meditaion: The Spiritual Tradition of Mindfulness
SPEAKER:  Colleen Henderson and Craig Schneider

DATE: November 23, 2003
TITLE: Literacy: Reading Words and the World
SPEAKER:  Anne Leslie

DATE: November 16, 2003
TITLE: Widowhood
SPEAKER:  Deborah van den Hoonaard

DATE: November 9, 2003
TITLE: My Two Cents Worth
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan

DATE: November 2, 2003
TITLE: From Hallowe'en to Remembrance
SPEAKER:  Bob Young
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Bob's talk is on "From Hallowe'en to Remembrance" and will draw in part from a book of his own poetry.


DATE: October 26, 2003
TITLE: In Praise of Wanderers
SPEAKER:  Geneviève Laloux

DATE: October 19, 2003
TITLE: Social Action, Past and Present
SPEAKER:  Rita van Grouenewoud

DATE: October 12, 2003
TITLE: Theodore Parker, Unitarian Maverick
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald

DATE: October 3, 2003
TITLE: Current Happenings at the Multicultural Association of Fredericton
SPEAKER:  Anais MacInnis, Settlement Worker at MCAF

DATE: September 28, 2003
TITLE: The Scottish Reformation and Enlightenment: A Consideration
SPEAKER:  Katherine DeMille

DATE: September 21, 2003
TITLE: Centered Space: Common Ground
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder Gomes
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DATE: September 14, 2003
SPEAKER:  Guillermo Chen Morales
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DATE: September 7, 2003
TITLE: Annual Corn boil and Ingathering Service

DATE: August 31, 2003
TITLE: Music Weekend with Steve Finner
SPEAKER:  Steve Finner
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DATE: August 24, 2003
TITLE: The Science and Spirituality of Dr Rev Penney Allterdice
SPEAKER:  Sheila Moore

DATE: August 17, 2003
TITLE: Summer Meditation
SPEAKER:  Colleen Henderson

DATE: August 11, 2003
TITLE: Intergenerational Service
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes and the children of Fredericton and Saint John

DATE: August 3, 2003
TITLE: The Age of Grace?
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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The topic was inspired by a relatively minor exchange at the Citizens' Forum on Gay Marriage rights this past spring, sponsored by Andy Scott at the Wu Centre.

Yet another person had quoted Leviticus 20:13: ``If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination'' and another noted that the verse actually ends with ``they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.'' then asked the first speaker whether he believed in capital punishment for homosexuality. The first speaker mumbled something about ``Age of Grace'' as though that explained everything. It left this person curious and eventually resulted in the research and the talk.


DATE: July 28, 2003
SPEAKER:  Rev. Ray Drennan

DATE: July 20, 2003
TITLE: What Social Responsibility Means to Me
SPEAKER:  Rita van Grouenewoud

DATE: July 13, 2003
TITLE: Thoughts about Politics and Religion
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: July 6, 2003
TITLE: A Spiritual Place For All Seasons
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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This is a repeat of the July 21, 2002, service.


DATE: June 29, 2003
TITLE: Fellowship Picnic
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DATE: June 22, 2003
TITLE: Metaphor and Myth
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes

DATE: June 15, 2003
TITLE: The Unitarian Journey
SPEAKER:  Stephen Atkinson

DATE: June 8, 2003
TITLE: Music and Poetry
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald and Linda Sprague
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Please contact either Linda or Tony with your suggestions.


DATE: June 1, 2003
TITLE: J.S.Woodsworth and the Social Gospel
SPEAKER:  Al Sharp

DATE: May 25, 2003
TITLE: Growing up in Australia
SPEAKER:  Leo Ferrari

DATE: May 18, 2003
TITLE: Howling at the Moon: The Myths and Stigma of Mental Illness
SPEAKER:  Colleen Henderson & Eric Stevenson

DATE: May 11, 2003
TITLE: Freedom
SPEAKER:  Anne & Ed Leslie

DATE: May 4, 2003
TITLE: Living the Changes: An Intergenerational Service
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes

DATE: April 27, 2003
TITLE: 12 Step Spirituality
SPEAKER:  Stephen Atkinson

DATE: April 20, 2003
TITLE: Spring
SPEAKER:  Nancy Beltrandi, Sheila Moore & Vera Watts

DATE: April 13, 2003
TITLE: Elizabeth's Ashes (with apologies to Frank McCourt)
SPEAKER:  Tony Diamond

DATE: April 6, 2003
TITLE: The Day the Dalai Lama Visited Fredericton
SPEAKER:  Dr. Thom Parkhill

DATE: March 30, 2003
TITLE: What a spiritual community means to me.
SPEAKER:  Evensong participants

DATE: March 16, 2003
TITLE: Grace Notes: The Sirituality of Popular Music
SPEAKER:  Rev. Wilfred Langmaid

DATE: March 9, 2003
TITLE: Morals and Ethics as Fundamentals of Human Survival
SPEAKER:  Dr. Leo Dionne

DATE: March 2, 2003
TITLE: Growing up in Beijing: The Role of Spirituality
SPEAKER:  Liping Sun

DATE: February 23, 2003
TITLE: Our First Year on Our Own
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan (Congregational Networker) and Linda Thomson (Director of Regional Services)
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DATE: February 16, 2003
TITLE: Charles R. Darwin: His times, his ideas, his influence
SPEAKER:  Nadine Ives
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DATE: February 9, 2003
TITLE: Juliette & Romeo or Mary and the Kid: A subversive look at love
SPEAKER:  Anne Leslie, allison comeau
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DATE: February 2, 2003
TITLE: BIG BANG OR DIVINE SPARK?
SPEAKER:  Stephen Atkinson
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DATE: January 26, 2003
TITLE: Unitarians and the World: Religion Out of the Box
SPEAKER:  Al Sharp

DATE: January 19, 2003
TITLE: Responding to the AIDS Epidemic in Trinidad
SPEAKER:  Frances Stewart and Gail Pool

DATE: January 12, 2003
TITLE: Reading the Shopping Mall
SPEAKER:  Sylvia Hale

DATE: January 5, 2003
TITLE: Why We Believe in God
SPEAKER:  Anne Leslie
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2002

DATE: December 29, 2002
TITLE: The fUUture is now: TUFF youth during tough times
SPEAKER:  Jeremy Elder, Katherine Elder and others

DATE: December 22, 2002
TITLE: Festival of Lights, Festival of Joy
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: December 15, 2002
TITLE: My Other Church
SPEAKER:  Tom Beckley
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DATE: December 8, 2002
TITLE: Connecting with Nature
SPEAKER:  Graham Thurston
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DATE: December 1, 2002
TITLE: Remembering the Montreal Massacre
SPEAKER:  Carlos Elder-Gomes

DATE: November 24, 2002
TITLE: Growing Spiritually
SPEAKER:  Kim Edmondson

DATE: November 17, 2002
TITLE: The Art of Everyday
SPEAKER:  Rev. John Baros Johnston

DATE: November 3, 2002
TITLE: Pilgrim House
SPEAKER:  Gloria Paul

DATE: October 20, 2002
TITLE: Spirits, Ghosts and Goblins - Drumming, Chanting and Stories
SPEAKER:  Dr. Jo-Anne Elder Gomes and Dr. Fred Cogswell

DATE: October 13, 2002
TITLE: Poetic License à Deux: Having Fun with Poetry
SPEAKER:  Dr. Lorna Drew and Dr. Leo Ferrari

DATE: September 8, 2002
TITLE: Everything your grandmother wants to know about transgenders
SPEAKER:  allison comeau
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DATE: September 1, 2002
TITLE: Welcome Potluck Picnic and Cornboil
SPEAKER:  Haifa Miller
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DATE: August 25, 2002
TITLE: What exactly is so racy about a kilt? A discussion accompanied by the skirl of bagpipes.
SPEAKER:  Ken Moore
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DATE: August 18, 2002
TITLE: Songs of Peace
SPEAKER:  Allan Sharp
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DATE: August 11, 2002
TITLE: Botswana and a Crossroader: Then and Now
SPEAKER:  Mary Scott
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DATE: August 4, 2002
TITLE: Informal get-together
SPEAKER:  N/A
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DATE: July 28, 2002
TITLE: Education and the Community
SPEAKER:  Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes
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DATE: July 21, 2002
TITLE: A Spiritual Place for all Seasons
SPEAKER:  Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: July 14, 2002
TITLE: Adolescent Idealism
SPEAKER:  Leo Ferrari
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DATE: June 30, 2002
TITLE: How to Avoid Being Eaten by a Hippopotamus
SPEAKER:  The Rev. Nancy Anderson
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Today is my last Sunday service with the Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericton. Let's discover and unleash the power of joy we have had together these past six years!


DATE: June 16, 2002
TITLE: ...foot bone's connected to the leg bone...
SPEAKER:  Tne Rev. Nancy Anderson
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DATE: June 9, 2002
TITLE: Nature's Extravagance
SPEAKER:  The Rev. Nancy Anderson
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We will also recognize those who have completed the Lay Chaplaincy Training offered at our fellowship this week end, and provide a Bridge for those graduating from high school this year. A busy day!!


DATE: June 2, 2002
TITLE: A Celebration of Music and Poetry
SPEAKER:  Linda Sprague & Tony Fitzgerald
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DATE: May 26, 2002
TITLE: A Cosmological Moment of Grace
SPEAKER:  The Rev. Nancy Anderson
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DATE: May 19, 2002
TITLE: The Plight of Afghani Women
SPEAKER:  Kay Nandlall
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With the rise the Talaban , Afghan women independence was severely restricted. Policies that was placed was woven in the law according to Islamic Jurist Prudence. The war on terrorism has also been disastrous to women and children.

The presentation will focus on the war and examine how the social, cultural and natural disasters together severely restrict the rights of women and children.


DATE: May 12, 2002
TITLE: Mothers' Peace Day
SPEAKER:  The Rev. Nancy Anderson
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Clear pixel for spacing What is today celebrated as Mothers' Day originated in 1872 as a day for mothers to rally for peace. Over time the peace emphasis was lost, but in the 1980's a movement began to bring back Mothers' Peace Day. Project Ploughshares Fredericton, a Canadian group which promotes peace, encourages church bells to ring for peace on May 12. Our building has no bell, and some do not wish to call us a church, but we can participate nevertheless. I invite each of you to bring a bell to ring for peace on Sunday, May 12.

DATE: May 5, 2002
TITLE: Opal III: The Giving of Hope
SPEAKER:  Mary van Gaal
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DATE: April 28, 2002
TITLE: Life's Allies
SPEAKER:  The Rev. Nancy Anderson
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Clear pixel for spacing ``We live in a universe where relationships are primary'' writes Margaret J. Wheatly. In her discussions of how modern science challenges us to create organizations which respond to his new world of relationships, Wheatley's words touch on the theological. In allying ourselves with the dynamic relationships of life, we can become more ``graceful'' in living.

DATE: April 21, 2002
TITLE: Holocaust Literature
SPEAKER:  Dr. Stewart Donovan
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Clear pixel for spacing Dr. Stewart Donovan will talk on holocaust literature, and specifically the book by Bernhard Schlink The Reader. This novel explores the experiences of one woman - an ordinary, passionate, and lovable woman, became an SS officer, involved in the concentration camps and in the death of several hundred Jewish women prisoners. It raises profound questions concerning our understanding of the nature of evil. Stewart would like to encourage interested Unitarians to read the novel ahead of the service, so as to share more fully into the discussion of his talk.

DATE: April 7, 2002
TITLE: C.P. Snow on High and Low Culture
SPEAKER:  Dr. Tony Tremblay
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Clear pixel for spacing Dr. Tony Tremblay will speak onC.P. Snow's notion of "two cultures" &173; the popular and the higher or traditional culture, as exemplified in the work of Marshall McLuhan and Louis Dudek. While McLuhan glories in the postmodern popular culture and its diverse meanings, Dudek dismsses it as "clutter" and sees himself as the guardian of old values. Tremblay explores how he and we as audience can place ourselves in this juxtaposition of high and low culture.

DATE: March 31, 2002
TITLE: Symbols of the Season
SPEAKER:  Rev. Nancy Anderson
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Please join us for this joyous Easter celebration of story, song and sharing.


DATE: March 24, 2002
TITLE: Standing For Nothing
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan
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DATE: March 17, 2002
TITLE: You Must Be Present to Win
SPEAKER:  Rev. Nancy Anderson
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DATE: March 10, 2002
TITLE: Alternatives to Violence
SPEAKER:  Stephen Pidwysocky
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Clear pixel for spacing Stephen Pidwysocky will bespeaking on a program run by Quakers within the New Brunswick prison system for people convicted of violent offences. The workshop that Stephen, along with John Kendy and Michael Miller, runs, involves prisoners in a three&173;day program of activities and reflection designed to build understanding of the roots of violence and alternative responses. It is part of a broader support program for individuals released from prison.

DATE: March 3, 2002
TITLE: The Great Puzzle
SPEAKER:  The Rev. Nancy Anderson
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Clear pixel for spacing "I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? ..If I'm not the same, the next questions is, 'Who in the world am I?' Ah, that's the great question." Lewis Carroll.

John Leonard wrote, "It takes a long time and a lot of practice to become a human being." Today we explore together one of the great questions; what does it mean to be human?


DATE: February 24, 2002
TITLE: War as a Social Institution
SPEAKER:  Dr. Michael Clow

DATE: February 17, 2002
TITLE: Rewriting the Book of Life: Genetics and Meaning
SPEAKER:  The Rev. Nancy Anderson
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DATE: February 10, 2002
TITLE: The Religious Dimension / The Times We Live In
SPEAKER:  Rita van Groenewoud
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DATE: February 3, 2002
TITLE: Turning Points
SPEAKER:  Heather Lunergan

DATE: January 27, 2002
TITLE: Festival of Light
SPEAKER:  JoAnne Elder-Gomes and the energetic ones
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DATE: January 20, 2002
TITLE: The Web of Life
SPEAKER:  Tony Diamond
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DATE: January 13, 2002
TITLE: Inspiring Words
SPEAKER:  Rev. Nancy Anderson
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Clear pixel for spacing One of my favorite UU writers, Robert Fulghum, has written a book entitled, Words I Wish I Wrote. He has collected, for our consideration, writing that has inspired his ideas and beliefs. Recognizing that few ideas are truly original, he credits those who have come before him with providing the foundation of his life's direction. Today we ask with Fulghum, "What do I believe? and Where do those beliefs come from?"

You are invited to bring a brief reading from some piece of writing which has inspired you. We'll make time for sharing those in some way.


DATE: January 6, 2002
TITLE: Still Searching
SPEAKER:  Rev. John Baros-Johnson, Halifax UU Church
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Clear pixel for spacing Our guest speaker, Rev. John Baros-Johnson, is minister with the Universalist Unitarian church of Halifax. His sermon will focus on the evolutionary nature of the individual search for truth and meaning.

2001

DATE: December 30, 2001
TITLE: Nature's Destabilization of Social Order
SPEAKER:  Leo Dionne

DATE: December 23, 2001
TITLE: Would You Like to Hold the Baby?
SPEAKER:  Christmas Pageant

DATE: December 16, 2001
TITLE: Intentionality
SPEAKER:  Roger Comstock, NED Executive Director

DATE: December 9, 2001
TITLE: Ecology and Spirituality
SPEAKER:  Roger Davies, Halifax UU

DATE: December 2, 2001
TITLE: Questions about Angels
SPEAKER:  the Rev. David Hutchinson, First Church of Houlton, UU

DATE: November 25, 2001
TITLE: Spiritual Journey with Cancer
SPEAKER:  Sister Dr. Rebecca McKenna

DATE: November 18, 2001
TITLE: Giving From the Heart
SPEAKER:  Rev. Nancy Anderson and Members of the Finance Committee
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Today we will talk about what we could and should do, not about paying for what already is.


DATE: November 11, 2001
TITLE: Pieces of Peace: Creating a Chain of Love
SPEAKER:  Anne Leslie, Geneviève Laloux, Heather Lunergan, Sheila Moore, and Dawn Wallace
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DATE: November 4, 2001
TITLE: 40th Anniversary: Growing Up, Moving On
SPEAKER:  Rev. Nancy Anderson and others
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DATE: October 28, 2001
TITLE: Science and Religion, a Mutual Relevance
SPEAKER:  Rev. Nancy Anderson
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DATE: October 21, 2001
TITLE: Are there Universal Ethics?
SPEAKER:  Dr. Michael George and Sylvia Hale
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DATE: October 14, 2001
TITLE: Excursions into the Ridiculous: Computers, Education and Language in the TechnoIllogical World
SPEAKER:  Dr. Ellen Rose and Sylvia Hale
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DATE: October 7, 2001
TITLE: Giving Back to the World
SPEAKER:  Rev. Nancy Anderson & Allison Comeau
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Clear pixel for spacing ``Go in Peace, go FOR Peace'' writes Robert Mabry Doss. This Thanksgiving weekend we count our blessings and discover what we have to offer the world. Let this be the harvest of Peace.