October 5, 2014 at 10:30 am
Awakening to the Past
Speaker: Curtis Murphy
In these times of rapid social and institutional change, it is natural to look to our history for guidance, stability, and inspiration, Yet this can be challenging, given the sometime lack of clarity about who our spiritual ancestors really are. How can we learn from and embrace our history, even as we “trust the dawning future”?
Curtis Murphy grew up UU at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, and most recently lived in Montreal, where he attended seminary at the Montreal School of Theology. He is currently serving as intern minister at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto
October 12, 2014 at 10:30 am
Speaker: Lynn Harrison
Thanksgiving Sunday is a time of renewal and gratitude, when we re-awaken to the abundance of life. At the same time, we are roused to new purpose - alerted to others’ needs and our calls to respond. As we continue to explore the theme of “Awakening” in October, we celebrate the many ways we are waking up on the path toward love and justice.
Lynn Harrison is a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry. She was the Intern Minister at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto in 2013-14 and will complete her Master of Divinity studies at Emmanuel College (University of Toronto) in 2015. In addition, Lynn is a recognized singer-songwriter whose music has been heard on CBC Radio’s “Vinyl Café”, “Fresh Air” and other programs.
October 19, 2014 at 10:30 am
Sharing Courageously, Healing Slowly
Speaker: Nayani Thiyagarajah
"For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse. So collapse. Crumble. This is not your destruction. This is your birth." (Enjolras at the barricade, Book XVI)
This talk, by filmmaker Nayani Thiyagarajah, explores how sharing our stories gives way for healing. Though it takes us through the trenches, forcing us to come face to face with ourselves, what we create and share with others can ultimately change the course of our lives and help us move forward in ways we never could have imagined. Nayani takes us on her journey of producing and directing her film Shadeism, a four-year experience filled with many peaks and valleys, and shares with us how it taught her much more than she ever anticipated learning at the start of this journey.
Nayani Thiyagarajah is a daughter of the Yalpanam-Thamil diaspora. She first gives thanks to the ancestors and elders who came before us, building the foundations on which we continue to work for and with each other.
Nayani is a storyteller, who work focuses on advocacy and healing. Working primarily through film, journalism, grassroots organizing, and traditional healing arts, she believes that wholistic and transformational change can truly be birthed through collective and individual commitments to healthier and stronger communities.
Nayani holds a Bachelor's of Journalism from Ryerson University (minor in Political Science), and she is currently completing her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (refugee and migration studies; gender, feminist, and women’s studies; performance studies) at York University. She is also completing her training as both a provisional full-circle doula with the International Centre for Traditional Childbearing, and a holistic hatha yoga teacher and ayurvedic apprentice with Body Therapies Yoga Training.
Her personal philosophy focuses on supporting folks of colour, in telling our own narratives and sharing our own stories, recognizing that we’ve experienced too many silences. She believes we must continue carving liberatory spaces for all folks faced with oppression, to create innovative platforms for us to speak for ourselves, share our stories, and advocate for healthier ways of moving forward our communities.
In this lifetime, she hopes to keep building across individual and collective borders, and continue connecting and working with other souls through shared visions.
Nayani believes in love.
October 26, 2014 at 10:30 am
Personal Empowerment and Group Healing
Speaker: Sunshine Dave
Sunshine Dave will be talking about how to access the divine power that lies within and navigating the energies of the New Earth. After the talk Dave will be facilitating a group Reiki/Vortex healing session.
Sunshine Dave came to earth to assist with the shift in consciousness we are experiencing at this time. His mission is to assist in the healing of our planet along with all beings open to receiving healing and guidance to access the Love and Light that lies within us all. Sunshine Dave is a Reiki Master Level healer and a Vortex Healing® Divine Energy Healing practitioner. His specialty is Shamanic healing. Dave is passionate about connecting and supporting the healers of Toronto and creates many free and donation based community healing events to share his gifts with others. Dave is also an Inspirational Speaker and Intuitive Counsellor.
Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine