July 3rd at 10:30 am
Presenters: Meghan Edmunds and Owen Smith
Service Leader: Janis Daly
Improvizational acting is a way of connecting with others playfully and “being in the moment”. We will cover basic improv exercises that are fun and freeing. To understand the importance of play in our lives, watch this TED Talk by Stuart Brown about his enlightening research on play.
Meghan Edmunds and Owen Smith are Bad Dog Improv Alumni. Meghan is a social worker and Owen is a teacher.
July 10th at 10:30 am
Don’t Let Your Pane Be Their Pain - Preventing Bird Collisions With Windows
Presenter: Michael Mesure
Rosemary Sheppard and Sharyn Devine
Since founding the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada organization in 1993, Michael Mesure has spearheaded efforts in Canada to preserve migrating birds from injurious and fatal collisions with manmade structures. More than two decades later, the issue of preventing window collisions is a global initiative and raising public awareness is now a major component of FLAP’s work.
July 10 – Michael Mesure has presented to numerous groups from architects, to nature groups, to kids of all ages, in an effort to make the migratory journey for millions of songbirds a little safer. Michael is an artist and conservation advocate and has inspired a global movement to prevent birds colliding with windows. On his rare "down time" he takes great pleasure in enjoying birds in their natural habitats.
July 17th at 10:30 am
Bee-lieve It ~ Bees Matter!
Sharyn Devine, Laura Tarver and Lorna Weigand
Sharyn, Laura and Lorna will lead a talk on the importance of bees to the "web of all life of which we are a part". We will include a tasting of local, unpasturized honey.
July 24th at 10:30 am
Presenter: John Sproule
Service Leader: Lidia Labate
The 16th century town of Rakow, Poland; Samuel Coleridge’s pantisocracy; Amos Alcott’s Fruitlands; the Transcendentalists’ Brook Farm; Adin Ballou’s Hopedale; and a little farm north of Kingston called Dandelion.
Join us for a slide show tour of former Unitarian Utopian communities and reflect on what it means for us.
July 31st at 10:30 am
To Be Announced
August 7th at 10:30 am
The Starch Solution
Presenter: Judy Newman
The Starch Solution is a way of eating based on the principles of Dr. John McDougall's book The Starch Solution : Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good. This low fat, whole foods, plant based (WFPB) way of eating centres on starches such as whole grains, beans, lentils, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squashes, parsnips, pasta, and so on, augmented with smaller proportions of green, yellow and orange (non-starchy) veggies prepared and served without added fat and eaten with a plethora of delicious, fat free condiments and sauces, in quantities that are satisfying. Feeling hungry or deprived is discouraged. No starvation or sacrifice required!
Stay after church for a delicious potluck lunch and a chance to mingle with some new folks. If you need suggestions for what to bring, see Dr. McDougall's website for recipes or check with Judy Newman.
August 14th at 10:30 am
CBC’s 8TH FIRE PART 1
Presenter: John Sproule
8TH Fire is an acclaimed CBC series describing Canada's Aboriginal community today. As the CBC says, "8TH FIRE is a provocative, high-energy journey through Aboriginal country showing you why we need to fix Canada's 500 year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples; a relationship mired in colonialism, conflict and denial." This is the first of a four part series. The balance will be shown evenings in the Fall.
August 21st at 10:30 am
UU and YouTube
Presenter: John Sproule
Service Leader: Alexandra Sproule
Learn how you could (but almost certainly won’t) make a million dollars with your own YouTube channel. We’ll look at some viral videos, review the channels of John's YouTube heroes and discuss the economics of YouTube. In the end, we’ll upload a new video to John's YouTube channel, “UU A to Z”. We won’t make a million dollars, but we may have a million laughs!
August 28th at 10:30 am
Hiking in Milne Hollow
Hike Leader: Germaine Kovary
Germaine Kovary, one of our experienced Don Heights hikers, will lead us east from Don Heights to the south end of Milne Hollow Walk starting from Wynford Heights Crescent. We will go down into the valley and walk north to the Lawrence Avenue access point. Those who do not wish to take this walk will be given rides to the north end of Milne Hollow where we will have a brief celebration of our interdependent web of life followed by a potluck picnic. In the event of rain, the potluck will be eaten at Don Heights. Come prepared with rain gear as we will walk even if there is a light rain.
Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine