AT THE UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
AT THE UNITARIAN CONGREGATION
The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga is a religious community of individuals who are guided by compassion, reason and love on an individual search for truth and meaning. We are a growing and diverse congregation. We find meaning and value in the rich and deep history of Unitarianism because our religious tradition draws inspiration from many sources including the wisdom of the world’s faith traditions, nature, science, and contemporary thought.
Unitarians have a message of acceptance to share worldwide. Born from a belief in freedom of religious thought, Unitarians come together in to live our principles and to build a better, more peaceful, world. Our community in Mississauga is welcoming to all, and respects and celebrates all diverse identities.
Ministry in the Unitarian Universalist tradition has four elements: to be a messenger of wonder, reminding us that we all are part of the greater whole; to be a facilitator of community, helping us to develop healthy systems; to be a witness to the ups and downs of our lives; and to be a catalyst for change, in ourselves and in society.
The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga is served by Reverend Fiona Heath. Rev. Fiona believes Unitarian Universalism has a message worth sharing, one that challenges us to live by our principles, nourished by our connections to the earth.
While Rev. Fiona is the spiritual leader of this chalice community, ministry is more than the work of the minister. As Unitarian Universalists we support shared ministry, members also offer ministry to each other and the wider world through caring for one another, working towards a better society, and participating in services.
We impose no dogma and encourage a free and responsible search for truth intersecting with the seven principles of Unitarianism with which we find no conflict.We are a diverse and multi-generational group that provides a community and place of worship for area Pagans and Pagan families. We celebrate in a ritual circle monthly in the Great Hall on the third Thursdays of each month at 7:30 pm.
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The high points on the wheel of the year are marked with special rituals as well as services at UCM We celebrate and honour the earth and the Wheel of the Year with meditation, dance, drumming, singing and ritual. We have an Administration Council that helps small groups take turns crafting each meeting by sharing their talents and experiences.
Each month is devoted to a theme, which will be explored through services and in small groups.
We will post resources on-line at uucmthemes.wordpress.com, paper copies will also be available. There will be questions to ponder and spiritual exercises to try.
Covenants – mutual agreements – hold a vision for how to live in this complicated, beautiful and broken world. It is a vision that says we are most human when we bind ourselves in relationship. How do we stay together and care for one another when we disagree or disappoint?
Our lives are not just made up of stories; they are also made by stories. The stories we tell shape the world and ourselves. As Unitarian Universalists we tell a story of interdependence, love and justice. Let’s share our stories for a better a world.
The world is full of unnoticed gifts and grace. Being present in the moment helps open our eyes to the wonders of the world, one another and ourselves. This month we cherish a sense of presence to all that is.
“Emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions.” Turning to organic, ecological, emergent processes might provide a way forward into a healthier way of being.
Sometimes resistance involves struggle and requires us to disobey; other times it asks us to be ourselves and not hide our truth. Sometimes it involves defeating an enemy; other times it is realizing that treating others as the enemy defeats us all.
Life rarely feels in balance, a perfect mix of all that we love and need. What we want and need shifts over time and reality provides surprises at every turn. What does it mean to live in balance? Why is balance even important?
“Courage doesn’t always roar.” This month we explore acts of courage, big and small, from taking a risky stand to just getting out of bed in the morning. How are courage and love intertwined?
Creativity is central to the spiritual life. Creating can be an authentic expression of the self and a source of connection to the whole. Whether you dance, create computer code, build birdhouses or write novels, we all have a creative side.
The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga has experienced Lay Chaplains who are licensed under the Marriage Act of Ontario, serving the Peel and Halton Regions and surrounding areas. Fees for ceremonies are discussed in advance with the Lay Chaplain. Our Lay Chaplains lead various Rites of Passage for the general public in the area, in many different locations such as private homes, public or home gardens and rented halls. Preparations for services are in consultation with the parties involved.
What else do lay chaplains do? Lay chaplains also officiate at weddings, child dedications, memorial services, house blessings, coming out celebrations, coming of age rituals, and other milestone ceremonies. Lay Chaplains craft a custom service for you which is reflective of your personal circumstances and beliefs. In each case, they work with the individuals involved to create a ceremony that is rich in metaphor and meaning, drawing upon the religious or other values of the people who have come to them for support.
Who trains lay chaplains? Unitarian lay chaplains are licensed through the CUC, by their respective provinces, to legally solemnize weddings. The CUC provides the training for new lay chaplains and its Lay Chaplaincy Program Steering Committee oversees the program. There are nearly 90 lay chaplains across Canada (an average of two for every congregation). The program is foremost one of ensuring the “right to a rite” for anyone – Unitarian or not, who wants a religious ceremony including multicultural or mixed faith ceremonies, custom designed for them to mark a significant passage in their individual or family life. What about same-sex weddings? Unitarians have led the way, literally for decades, on same-sex unions and marriages. In 1974, the Rev. Norm Naylor, a Unitarian Universalist minister in Winnipeg, officiated at the first same-sex marriage performed in Canada. In the intervening years, lay chaplains performed hundreds of “services of union” even though they weren’t legally recognized by the provinces. At the national level, the CUC was part of the lobbying effort that led to the legalization of equal marriage in 2005. Today our lay chaplains perform marriages in every part of Canada regardless of gender expression and sexual orientation.
We are people of all ages, people of many backgrounds, and people of many beliefs. We are brave, curious and compassionate thinkers and doers. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and more love in our own lives and in the world.