WORSHIP AT UCM

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

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.

Fiona can be contacted at  minister@uucm.ca.  Fiona’s personal blog can be found at emptychalice.com.

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.



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THEME MINISTRY

From October to May we seek to deepen in spirit by focusing on a theme, explored through on-line resources, spiritual exercises, thought provoking questions, services and in small groups.  On the third Sunday of the month, we have a drop-in theme group, for anyone who would like to share their experiences.

Themes like sanctuary, resistance, and balance have been the catalyst not just for insightful discussions but for transforming ourselves, providing the starter for living with greater integrity and purpose.  

We will post resources on-line here on the website, and a limited number of paper copies will also be available in the foyer.   

 

For the first two years of theme ministry materials (September 2015 – May 2017), check out the archives  at the previous website.

Sanctuary. Haven. Refuge. At some point in our lives, we all need a safe harbour, a place where we can relax, simply be ourselves, and
be nourished. We can’t spend our lives here, but it is still a necessary space to refresh. How can we provide a sanctuary to one another?
Read more.

What we remember, who we remember, shapes history, culture and our personal stories. Who are the ancestors you honour? Or has your history been lost?  This month we consider the challenges of memory, what we need to hold onto and what gets lost over time. Read more.

Pema Chodren says true compassion begins when we realize our kinship with all beings. With connection, comes responsibility. How can we live better, all together? We will and explore celebrate our interdependence with the people and the planet. Read more.

As we enter 2019, the future is unknown and filled with possibility. When we are open to change, even in the face of the seemingly impossible, what might become possible? We consider the possibilities of possibility.

Being in a state of flow is to be deeply immersed and focused in creative activity. It’s an experience of connection with the larger whole, which can bring great happiness. What does it mean to live in a more fluid, flowing way? This month we also honour the elemental force of water.

People are both migratory and deeply rooted in place. This month we look at what it means to be rooted in a particular place. We put down roots into local connections, culture, and ecology. What do we gain from long term participation in a place?

Never lose a holy curiosity, said Albert Einstein. Questioning and learning is a way to stay open and engaged to all the world has to offer. Unitarian Universalism has a history of curiosity leading to innovative thinking. What does it mean today to be a people of curiosity?

The world is terribly beautiful. Beauty is everywhere, both within us and beyond us, if we choose to see it. This month let beauty gladden your heart as we celebrate the wonders of life.


SOURCEFIRE

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Please note that SourceFire is on hiatus during 2018-19.

SourceFire is the Pagan circle of The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga.  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.

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.

Check out our CalendarSourcefire Past Events

LAY CHAPLAINCY

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.

Read more about our Lay Chaplains


WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONNECTING WITH YOU


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.


COMING EVENTS

16Dec

Sunday Service: Kith and Kin

Sunday, The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga
16Dec

Theme Ministry Drop in Group: Kinship

Sunday, The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga
17Dec

Yoga

Monday, The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga
18Dec

Young Adult Theme Group

Tuesday, The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga
19Dec

Table Talk: Holiday Memories – a special Table Talk

Wednesday, Rev. Fiona’s Home
20Dec

Theme Group: Kinship

Thursday, The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga

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Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga

84 South Service Road
Mississauga, ON
905-278-5622
info@uucm.ca