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Presenter: Rabbi Jeremy Parnes

Yom Kippur, also known as "Day of Atonement", is the holiest day of the year for the Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25 hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period in Judaism known as the High Holy Days. As one of the most culturally significant Jewish Holidays, Yom Kippur is observed by many secular Jews who may not observe other holidays. Rabbi Jeremy Parnes is the spiritual leader of the Beth Jacob synagogue and helps us understand this most important of days.

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A participatory discussion facilitated by Andrew Quackenbush
Recently we’ve seen news stories about civil disobedience and the value of same. What sorts of resistance are most fruitful? When do you speak up and dare to be different?

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Speaker: Jamie Struthers

Unitarian Universalist congregations throughout Canada and the U.S. affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We strive to live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.
As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.” Today Jamie Struthers, a Regina Unitarian, will reflect on our First Unitarian Universalist Principle and his belief that it be applicable without exception.

 

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Presenter: Erin Wood

Erin Wood is a clergy member for the Congregationalist Wiccan Association of Saskatchewan (CWAS).  Today, she discusses the significance of the Autumn Equinox for Wiccans.  This festival is also known as Harvest Home or Mabon, and is part of the Wheel of the Year, a cycle of seasonal festivals celebrated by Wiccans and many other modern Pagans. The Autumn Equinox is a time of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth, and the second of three harvest festivals.  The CWAS is an incorporated non-profit organization that offers free public Wiccan rituals and services to the general public in Saskatchewan (www.cwasask.ca)

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Presenter:  Hira Zahid

Hira Zahid speaks about her experiences as a Muslim woman.  Hira is currently a student at the University of Regina and is the VP External Affairs in the U of R Muslim Students Association.

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Presenter: John Whyte

It is not clear that belief in God is an essential aspect of pursuing a religious life or of being alive to spiritual experience. In fact, the God idea – no doubt generated and adopted for the good reasons of reflecting our need for bewitchment, our craving to understand human experience and our sense that human liberty must be tempered by accountability –  creates a divide in human experience that can separate us from a  rich and ennobling engagement with life’s full spiritual possibilities. While God can be a harmless metaphoric interface with experience, the causal improbabilities associated with dominant conceptions of God probably serve to drive the modern mind away from spirituality and away from the undoubted good of following the gospel’s central mandate to live mercifully.
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Quoting from her own poems, June Mitchell reflects on the Poetry Path and what puts the wind beneath her wings on her journey.

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Presenter:  Joan Carolyn, Canadian Unitarian Council

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A message from our Canadian UU Youth Gatherings- HRA are desired and done.
Are you ever ready to kick in the “flight” response when you hear about a HRA? We celebrate the relationships which draw us and keep us here. We explore the value in creating a welcoming space which acknowledges that we all have room to grow and encourage people to risk “buy-in” with a process we feel is fair and appropriate when we address our growing edges.

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Presenter: Victor Lau

What is the Unitarian way? Victor Lau presented a sermon written by Rev. Brian Kiely of the Unitarian Church of Edmonton. Describing our Fellowship is a problem for many Unitarians because we are a religion without a formal creed. We don’t have that easy handle to hang onto. In our church school you will find no catechisms. You will hear no absolute pronouncements on what you must or must not do. After the presentation, fellowship members weighed in on their thoughts about Rev. Kiely's views.  Some in agreement, some at odds.  Normal in a Unitarian setting.

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Presenter:  Jane Knox

Jane describes her long journey to beginning to understand the issues that have created the injustices that continue to affect First Nations peoples at the hands of successive Canadian governments from the time that treaties were signed to the present day.

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