March 29, 2015 at 10:30 am
Free to Be, You and Me
Speaker: Christopher Wulff
In practicing our fourth principle, the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, we often get hung up on that first adjective, and ignore the second. Online trolls are the strongest modern example of what goes wrong when we exercise freedom without responsibility, but the problem exists offline too. How do we counter a culture of saying whatever you want, without thinking about who it affects?
Christopher Wulff is a seminarian at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto, preparing (maybe) for ordination (someday) as a Unitarian Universalist minister. A fifth-generation UU, he grew up at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, spent ten years at Kingston Unitarian Fellowship and now is back in Toronto. In addition to his being an OWL teacher and a Lay Chaplain with the congregation, he runs a small web development firm for community nonprofits and teaches in the Journalism degree program at Humber College.
April 5, 2015 at 10:30 am
Speaker: Lynn Harrison
On Easter Sunday, we pay tribute to the egg: an important part of both ancient and modern springtime rituals and a perennial symbol of fertility, transformation and rebirth. How do we find and hold the precious new beginnings in our lives? Do any of our “eggs” have to be lost (or even broken) before they are found? Whether or not we celebrate Easter in a traditional way, this Sunday morning service will offer a special gift for each of us.
Lynn Harrison is a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry. She was the Intern Minister at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto in 2013-14, is graduating from Emmanuel College (University of Toronto) in May and will be ordained in 2015/16.
April 12, 2015 at 10:30 am
Now We See Through a Glass Darkly
Speaker: Paul Hellyer
We live in a world that is in turmoil thanks to a few greedy, power-hungry individuals who benefit from the chaos. They work in collaboration with visitors from other realms whose agenda may be incompatible with our own. In the end there is no solution that works for us except a spiritual one.
Paul Hellyer was first elected to the House of Commons in 1949 at age 25. He subsequently served in the governments of Louis St. Laurent, Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau.
April 19, 2015 at 10:30 am
Building Seed Security in Canada
Speaker: Aabir Dey
As farmers, food activists, and citizens, we are getting better at knowing where our food comes from and who grows it, but how well do we know where our seed comes from and who grows it? In 2013, the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, launched a series of farmer support programs focused on developing regionally-adapted high-quality seeds suitable to ecological production systems. Aabir will talk about this innovative program, its successes and challenges, and discuss ways in how to effectively move forward to build a Seed Secure Canada.
Aabir Dey graduated from York University’s Master of Environmental Studies program, where he researched the viability of organic vegetable seed co-operatives in Southwestern Ontario. Since then, he has been working for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security by connecting with seed producers and farmers across Canada to better understand the challenges they face in producing organic seed. Aabir is working at Everdale, in Hillsburgh, Ontario, a teaching farm that provides hands-on, solution-based food and farming education to build and engage healthy local communities. Aabir’s passion for seeds began while he was completing the Sustainable Farming Certificate at Everdale, by helping Bob Wildfong harvest 120 varieties of garlic as part of Seeds of Diversity’s Great Canadian Garlic collection project.
April 26, 2015 at 10:30 am
Just Another Day on Earth
Speaker: Curtis Murphy
Earth Day comes once a year, and yet this planet sustains us every moment of our lives. What would true gratitude look like, and how can we make our lives an expression of this appreciation?
Curtis Murphygrew 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.
Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine