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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.


Presenter:  Andrew Quackenbush

In who or what do you trust?  When the trustworthy becomes untrustable, where do you turn?  Today’s presentation will explore our responses to the loss of trust.

Today we are exploring the theme of trust again with Andrew Quackenbush.  Andrew is a writer, teacher, musician, Unitarian, just to name a few of the roles he lives.  We always trust Andrew to give us a very thoughtful and thought provoking presentation.

Guest Speaker Liz James

Unitarian Universalist – what is that about?  We’ve learned about Unitarians but not so much about Universalists.  Today Liz James tells us about Universalists.

Christian universalism is a school of Christian theology focused around the doctrine of universal reconciliation – the view that all human beings will ultimately be “saved” and restored to a right relationship with God.  From its beginnings, Universalism challenged its members to reach out and embrace people whom society often marginalized. The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church included a freed slave among its charter members, and the Universalists became the first denomination to ordain women to the ministry, beginning in 1863 with Olympia Brown.

With Guest Speaker Jamie Lerat

 Jamie Lerat is a First Nations – Métis woman from the Cowessess First Nation. Lifelong learning is woven into the fabric of her life and she often reminds herself to pause and reach out to the Elders to listen to their wisdom.  Jamie believes that sharing creates respect and understanding – when asked about pieces of her culture she is honoured and humbled.   

A daughter whose mother is a residential school survivor, and whose father was incarcerated throughout his adult life, Jamie searches for the answer to the question, “how did my siblings and I manage to break the cycle of abuse and create a positive life that is not dependant on society?”

Guest Speaker:  Rev. Lara Cowtan

Rev. Cowtan originally hails from Winnipeg, but she has worked in several European Unitarian Universalist congregations as well as in the United States.  Rev. Lara says "Liberal religious people are no strangers to working for environmental justice, many of us live and act in ways that demonstrate our values of caring for land, water, animals, and plants.  Eco-spirituality looks beyond our sense of justice to connect us even more deeply with how we engage with nature on a personal and spiritual level"

Guest Speaker: Rabbi Jeremy Parnes

Rabbi Jeremy Parnes believes that antisemitism is unique among racist or hateful ac-tions. Most people can harbour hateful thoughts but we moderate our own behaviour and don't allow the thoughts to lead to hateful action. We need to go deeper to understand ourselves and each other. Listen to the stories of others.

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