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Presenter:  Denise Séguin Horth
Denise Séguin Horth is an End-of-Life Doula, Educator and advocate for Hospice and Palliative Care in Saskatchewan.
She is drawn to work with those who are facing transitions in life, to help navigate deathcare options, work through logistics, in a safe, compassionate environment. End of Life Doulas help clients reflect on their values and wishes in how they would like to spend their last days.
In her presentation “Bringing Death Home”, Denise gives us insight on how we and our families can more fully participate in deathcare decisions, how to open conversations, and learn what funeral options exist in Saskatchewan.
 

Speaker: Liz James

Since the age of 20, Liz James has had friends from various countries in Africa.  Many were refugees, and their relationship has often focused on helping them.  But every time two cultures mix, both parties learn things.  Some of the biggest challenges we are facing right now, Liz believes, would be helped significantly by employing some of the strategies she learned in those cross cultural relationships.

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Sally Mahood

Dr. Mahood discusses the issue of child poverty in Canada and Saskatchewan.  Who is impacted and how?  What are the implications for educational and health care systems, and public policies that might address the issue?  Dr. Mahood is a long time academic family physician in Saskatchewan who has a special interest in Women's and Children's health, and has been involved in advocacy for many years.

Guest speaker: Anne Campbell

When Ms. Campbell’s sixth book, The Fabric of Day, was published in 2017, she thought of it as a kind of summing up, a relief even - not to “have to write.” But life had other plans: a cancer diagnosis at the end of that year, followed by surgery and on-going treatment. But surprisingly, also a surge of energy, somewhat like a coda. Without intention poems asked for voice, and practically wrote themselves. It was as though life was saying, “You might have thought you were finished, but I’m not finished with you.” She hopes the poems she will read from the suite, called Poet’s Body, will evoke your own riches, thoughts and feelings, and remind that an unexpected turn in the path can provide unexpected depth to life.

Guest Speaker: Gord Barnes

Amnesty is well known around the world and in Canada for conducting research and generating action to protect human rights. Gord Barnes of the Regina Amnesty group will give us an update on some changes at Amnesty in Canada, as well as some of the current Amnesty campaigns. We’ll learn about the new Secretary General at Amnesty Canada, Ketty Nivyabandi and how the Write for Rights campaigns are being conducted during Covid. Two of the important campaigns at present are climate change (Amnesty is an intervener in the carbon tax challenge) and the mining of lithium which is used in batteries.

A Book Review by Jamie Struthers

Rev. William Schulz is a well-known UU minister, human rights advocate and author of many books, including Making the Manifesto: The Birth of Religious Humanism.  In a 2002 quote from the New York Review of Books: “William Schulz… has done more than anyone in the American human rights movement to make human rights issues known in the United States.”  In a February, 2017 article in the UU World about Humanism the author writes: “.. as the third Humanist Manifesto asserts, Humanism encourages us to distinguish things as they are from things as we might wish or imagine them to be.”   Jamie Struthers gives us an overview of Humanism based on the book by Rev. William Schulz.

Presented by:  Mooky Cornish

(Clown: witty, wise, warm)

Humour has been part of humanity’s fold for millennia. Even the animal kingdom has its forest jesters, tricksters, and instigators of play. Sometimes, as individuals, or all together, we are faced with such challenge we don’t know what to do next. That’s when the clowns step in, offering us a break, a laugh, a breathe. Reminding us we are all fallible, and in doing so inspiring hope.

Mooky has ‘clowned around’ the world and understands us well. As principal clown with prestigious circuses and on world-famous stages, Mooky works to keep up the spirits of both audiences and circus staff.

Presenter: Jamie Struthers

Jamie Struthers talks about his research and personal discoveries when doing research for a paper at Vancouver School of Theology.

 

As a side note, this is from our fellowship's first service presented on the internet using "on-line meeting" technology necessitated by constraints re: COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Guest Speaker: Liz James

When it comes to putting our energy into working for a better world, strategy matters. Liz gives an overview on the thinking and research on how to be effective in pushing for social change (and how do not burn yourself out), using stories both from Unitarian Universalism and from other types of activism. Liz draws on her work with political and media media campaigns, legal work, writing, and direct activism.

PS: Liz prefaced this recording (which she did at home 10 days later) by saying "things got crazy and we forgot to press record" on the 15th. Just to be clear, it was the operator (hand raised here) who was the guilty party. Thanks to Liz for taking the time to record this for us.  JH

 

Guest Speaker Barb Byers

Why do we need to keep our attention on feminist approaches to problems, to raise awareness about women’s history, rituals, and perspectives? Barb Byers, well known in Regina as one of the most influential women in the Saskatchewan and Canadian labour movement, shares her views on women’s issues in the context of International Women’s Day.

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