Services at the church have resumed along with Zoom
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October 3 Service: Brian Appreciation/ Roast
In the many recent months in which we have had to change the format of our Sunday services, Brian Martin has been the mainstay for these times together. He has moderated the services, usually providing a theme which has been taken up in the community circle discussion; he has provided music for the Church songs, sometimes ably assisted by Michelle Ginting and Laura Lane. And he has managed the complex business of combining Zoom with live attendance. When he leaves for several months in Morocco on October 6, he will not be leaving the church forever, but many of us feel it appropriate to appreciate his service to the Church at a time we were acutely in need of it. So this, the first service moderated by Troi—aided eventually, we hope by others—will include a Brian appreciation. Please bring your comments and memories, if you have them, and share them with us all. And feel free to roast as well as appreciate; we want this to be a joyous rather than a pompous or gloomy occasion!!
October 24, 2021
Virgil Sampson will be returning to the church as a guest speaker on October 24, 2021. Virgil is First Nations, from the T’sartlip Reserve in Brentwood Bay. He is going to be speaking on the Residential School tragedies and the Reconciliation movement going on in Canada today. Virgil wants us to ask lots of questions, regardless of how painful or difficult they may seem to be. Answering these questions will form a big part of his talk.
Because our Church is very limited in funds, Virgil suggests that money for his talk be raised “in the First Nations way.” This means that you throw money in the pot after he has finished, based on how valuable the session was for you.
Please come on the 24th with money in hand and be prepared for an enriching morning!
September 12, 2021 Come help raise the roof!
It’s going to be a Gospel Singalong Service to uplift and inspire.
We’ll let our voices unite and our Spirit soar in honour of this great tradition.
Time to reflect on last week’s meditation on commitment and dedication will be interspersed between old favourites and fun new ones.
Come sing, clap or dance your joy and add to our spirit of community.
September 19, 2021 “The Blessing of Reflection”
We embrace The Blessing of Reflection at the time of the Fall Equinox and the Celtic Festival of Mabon.
Equinox means equal night. It is a time of perfect balance. Night and day are of equal length and in perfect equilibrium – dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer, in balance. This is the perfect time to reflect on balance in our own lives.
Mabon celebrates the second harvest, the Fruit Harvest, and the start of winter preparations, and it is the time to respect the impending dark while giving thanks to the sunlight.
Mabon also marks the time of the Celtic Thanksgiving. It is a time to reflect on what we have received this year and to give thanks for all we have received.
On Sunday, September 19th we will look at how Mabon is traditionally celebrated and the role that Reflection plays in our lives.”
June 20 – Summer Solstice service which will be focused by Barry Hunt
On Sunday, June 20th we will celebrate Light in our lives at the time of the Summer Solstice, the Celtic Festival of Midsummer or Litha, when the sun is at it’s zenith.Litha is a time to listen to the whispering of time and once more gather round the bonfire to celebrate the changing seasons.
Barry Hunt will share with us how Litha is traditionally celebrated and will lead a discussion on how we acknowledge and celebrate Light in our lives.The sun has reached its peak. It has completed its cycle of growth and the days are the longest they will be all year. This a powerful time to mark peak moments that have occurred in our own lives.This is also the moment when the power of the Sun begins to wane. At 7:30PM on Wednesday, June 23rd we will continue our discussion and look at how we prepare for the waning light and how we hold light when we encounter dark times in our lives.But before we welcome the return to the Dark side of the year, and acknowledge this great turning point of the Wheel, we celebrate! See you on Sunday, June 20th!Barry Hunt Profile for COTBarry has a passion for connecting with the natural world and celebrating the changing seasons. He is a poet, workshop facilitator and life coach. He is excited to share some of his passions with the Church of Truth! You can find out more information about him and his passions at www.afocusonhappiness.com
On Sunday May 2, my friend and author/speaker Laurie Mueller will be joining us on zoom to share about her book (just re-published) titled, “The Ultimate Guide on What to do When Someone You Know Dies.”
It is practical, and at the same time is filled with spiritual gems of wisdom. She felt called to bring it forward again at this time. There will be time during the session for questions, comments and sharing.
Please join us.
March 7th will include a brief presentation by Jennifer Sagar on her explorations in consciousness.
Please join Jennifer to talk about her experiences with Quantum Hypnosis Healing Technique/Illumined Quantum hypnosis which can be done on line. Yea! After a brief outline she’ll be happy to take any questions about these techniques. Looking forward to “seeing” you all there
On March 14 we will host two young dedicated Victoria Climate Activists, Grace Sinats & Emma-Jane Burian.
Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A opportunity.
Grace Sinats (age 15) & Emma-Jane Burian (age 18) will speak about their involvement with Climate Action Initiatives and the importance of Lowering the Voting Age. They will speak for about 20 minutes, followed by a Q & A session.
Grace is currently preparing for her first TedTalk on March 27 so you will hear her first here on Sunday before her big debut!
Emma-Jane & Grace will also be speaking on Frances Litman’s Creative Solutions for a New World webcast Series soon.
Grace Sinats is a 15 year old climate activist, and passionate advocate for lowering the voting age in Canada. From a young age, Grace found herself infuriated with the government’s actions around the Site C dam, and the Kinder Morgan pipeline. She found herself feeling powerless, as the environment and her future slipped away. Through watching this destruction, Grace strived to make her voice heard. She decided to no longer be silent, and found herself involved with a local climate striking group near the start of 2019.
She joined Our Earth Our Future, a climate strike group demanding intersectional and just climate action through all areas of governance. In 2019, during a global week of action, her group mobilized over 20,000 people to the streets of Victoria BC. Soon after, Grace found herself in a meeting with the current minister of Climate Change Strategy. She felt excited for this meeting as she finally felt her voice being heard. However, what she didn’t expect is that even though she was able to speak, she still felt silent. This didn’t discourage Grace, and since then she has organized over 4 successful climate strikes.
Although Grace was able to share her message to the general public, she still felt that her MP’s and MLA’s were still not listening. Soon Grace found the Vote16 movement and finally saw a way to be heard. Grace is currently set to deliver a TEDx talk late march. Her talk centres on her vision for a more just, equitable society, where all voices are heard. She urges that the reason young people do not vote isn’t because they think politics is boring, it’s because we as a society make it inaccessible.
For February 7 and 14th, everyone is invited to share a poem, or other short writing they have authored, an art piece they have created, a song they have composed about the essence of love of just talk from your heart.
Love can be approached from many angles. Here are a few ideas to consider:
- Manifestations of Love you have experienced: affecting physical body, emotional body, spiritual or mental body.
- Love as an analogy for God;
- Expressions of Love as a powerful healer.
Or choose anything about LOVE you feel drawn to that has meaning for your life.
We hope you will join us and share, you!
for our Spiritual Directions Committee