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Speaker: Rabbi Jeremy Parnes 

Rabbi Jeremy Parnes, who is the rabbi at Beth Jacob Synagogue in Regina, speaks on peace. Is peace, as it is discussed today, a good thing?

Is it in fact productive or does it achieve the opposite effect?

Is there a better process?

Speaker: Francine Proulx-Kenzle

We are celebrating Pride Month and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. The Fellowship’s vision is to be more inclusive. What does that mean?  Listen as Francine Proulx-Kenzle joins us in open conversation about building inclusive environments. Pflag Regina will help us explore what it takes, what behaviours we might use to be truly welcoming. Curious about Pflag Regina? Check out their new bilingual website!

 

Speaker: Jockie Loomer-Kruger

Jockie Loomer-Kruger and her husband, the late Herb Kruger, were involved-friends of the Unitarian Fellowship of Regina when they lived some of their retirement years here, from 1995 – 2002. Now, Jockie is back in her home province of Nova Scotia, and at 85, has just had her debut novel, Until the Day We Die, published. Drawing on the Krugers’ own long affiliation with Unitarianism, Humanism, Agnosticism and Atheism, Jockie shares excerpts from the novel which highlight these religious views—or absence thereof—in fictional form.

Jockie's website is www.jockie.ca

If you want to purchase her novel "Until the Day We Die" go to www.moosehousepress.com/coming-soon

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.

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