What We Offer Through the Lifespan
Unitarian Universalist congregations provide opportunities to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community. We offer opportunities for:
- Ethical growth – internalizing enduring values like justice, equity, and compassion, and gaining tools to act on them in everyday life.
- Social growth – connecting with peers and people of all ages on a deeper level. Finding acceptance among people who see beyond the superficial.
- Spiritual growth – feeling a connection with the sacred within, among, and beyond us.
Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Through Film
The Truth Healing and Reconciliation (THR) Resource Team of the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) invites you to engage with themes of colonization and Indigenous resilience through film with our second edition of online national film screenings.
Last year the THR team hosted 2 screenings of Reel Injun, a documentary by Cree director Neil Diamond. The purpose of this film was to encourage us to think about stereotypes and resilience from a personal place and to engage in truth-telling and truth-hearing with a better understanding of the history of Indigenous Peoples in film.
The CUC has partnered with the National Film Board of Canada to present 3 Indigenous films highlighting the stories that shape the complex relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Our selection this year includes:
Trick or Treaty by Alanis Obomsawin: learn about the history and present reality of treaties between First Nations and the Canadian Government.
Angry Inuk by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril presents an inside perspective to the war on seal hunting.
The Road Forward by Marie Clements is a musical documentary connecting “a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history by examining the connection between Indian nationalism in the 1930s and First Nations activism today.” (NFB)
How does it work? Based on the successful Young Adult THRRG format, participants are given 2 weeks to view a film, read supporting materials and then come together for a scheduled video conference calls to debrief. Reflection Groups follow a facilitated sharing circle format that continues the themes and Enduring Understandings developed by the THRRG Task Force. To join the conversation, click here.
The Ripple Effect
Erin Horvath, Canadian Unitarian Council Social Justice Lead, has this message for you:
We are pleased to announce that our two-year water campaign, The Ripple Effect, is officially underway! We invite you to take a look at our Kick Off Video and the resources posted on the CUC website – The Ripple Effect, including our growing pool of resources that will help you learn about various issues impacting water and engage in action on personal, local, provincial, national, and international levels.
On the front page of our Resource Site, you will find a step-by-step guide to getting involved, including links to posters, surveys and FAQs. There is an introductory questionnaire that we urge groups to fill out as soon as possible as it allows us to know who is getting involved, their interests, and any knowledge or support they might need, or be able to offer other groups who are working on a similar water issue.
We also encourage everyone to join our Facebook group to follow the ripples of action that are happening across the country, ask questions, share resources, and highlight issues of importance. As people share links to resources we will add them to our resource site, which we hope will further facilitate connections between faith groups, communities and organizations across the country. Do you know specialty groups or organizations dealing with specific water issues? Please invite them to join the Facebook group as well as their input is invaluable.
As the National Social Justice Team, we are committed to walking this journey with you and look forward to seeing what ripples of change we can create together!
CBC Radio’s “Ideas”
(from the CBC Radio website) IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. Anchored in a powerful legacy and expansive archive spanning over five decades, its topics are boundless. The nature of consciousness. The history of toilets. The roots and rise of authoritarianism. Near death experiences. No idea is off-limits.
Each episode cracks open a concept to see how it’s played out over place and time — and uncovers why it still matters today.
Launched in 1965 as “The Best Ideas You’ll Hear Tonight” — and soon shortened to its present name — IDEAS features documentaries, illustrated interviews, and panel discussions which have earned it a raft of international and national awards and distinctions. It’s also home to Canada’s preeminent public lecture series, the CBC Massey Lectures, which showcase a Canadian thinker “to communicate the results of original study on important subjects of contemporary interest.”
In the age of clickbait and superficial headlines, IDEAS is an oasis for people who like to think.
Explore the many thought-provoking programs on the Ideas website: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas