One of the hinges of the year is upon us, as we stand in the balance between the season of light and the season of dark. At the Fall Equinox, we turn to the cooler days and longer nights of autumn, bundling up in sweaters and enjoying pumpkin spice chai lattes! I need these simple comforts as we face the challenges of today and it seems fitting that we start this season with the first of our Family Services on Wellness.
We begin this Sunday at 10:30am with a consideration of intellectual wellness – how do we distinguish fact from fiction in this age of disinformation – and how do we uncover the deeper, underlying concerns?
As our monthly Family Service, all ages attend the service, afterwards children and youth attend Spiritual Exploration activities and adults can join a conversation on the wellness topic.
The chalice will look a little different this Sunday. In cleaning the sand and the copper bowl, we’ve decided to see how it feels to have water around the flaming chalice. We will light our chalice as usual, and then use floating candles for joys and sorrows. Let a member of the Worship Team know how this feels. If you are a member who has joined us on a Sunday using the YouTube livestream, please talk to myself or Worship Chair Devin about the experience. We will be reviewing our platforms in October.
The YouTube livestream of the Service will be available to subscibers to the UCM channel:
To subscribe, find the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga on YouTube, and hit the subscribe button. The livestream will appear on the main page when it begins. Live Streaming without a Zoom gathering is an experiment for September, please let us know what you think.
As part of our 8th Principle work, I am hosting a watch party next Thursday in the Great Hall to share a pre-recorded Canadian Unitarian Council service “Unsettled and Unafraid” in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. See below for details, and please keep scrolling to see all that is happening in our chalice community.
Last Sunday was joy filled with children and dogs for our Animal Blessing service. My dog Tikko was tired out after being a service leader!
May blessings be everywhere,