2021 Wednesday Archives

April 2021

Wednesday, APRIL 20, 2021, 7 p.m. TUESDAY FOR TREES: POEMS, SONGS, READINGS AND ARTWORK EVENT, 

The Poetry and Song circle at the Church of Truth invites you to be part of this event celebrating the major role that trees play in our lives by poems, songs, readings, photographs, paintings, and other artwork. There are only a few slots for presenters left, but there will be several opportunities during the evening for audience members to dialogue with presenters

The evening will be on Zoom, and will run from 7-8.30 p.m on Tuesday, April 20. To get further information, and/or to register for the event and eventually receive the Zoom link, please contact  chrisbullock@shaw.ca .  Zoom host is Barry Hunt.

This event is held in support of the Tuesday for Trees campaign developed by the Climate Action Research team in the activist coalition Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT).  GVAT’s “ask” to government is to end logging of at risk productive old growth , to support sustainable forestry, and to  provide a green new deal for individuals and communities who need to transition from unsustainable practices, all in accordance with UNDRIP and in an anti-racist manner. A speaker from the Climate ART will conclude the event.  The Church of Truth (COT), a member organization of GVAT, aims to be a “community of conscious living” supporting all spiritual paths. This Tuesday for Trees event is part of Earth Week.

March 2021

Wednesday, March 24, 2021  Ostara and the Blessing of Love. (7.30  pm on ZOOM)

The day will come when, after harnessing space, winds, the tide and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, [humanity] will have discovered fire.Teilhard de Chardin

We celebrate the vital life energy of Love at the time of the Spring Equinox and the Celtic Festival of Ostara, the origins of Easter.  When we look at Nature at this time of year we see all matter of life emerging, revealing all that it can be, singing a song for the world to hear. Hildegard of Bingen described this vibrancy as Viriditas or ‘greening’.

In this online exploration (possibly involving an audiovisual dimension) we will look at how Ostara is traditionally celebrated. We will also look at the relevance that this vital life energy of Love – the fundamental theme of Ostara – has in our lives and relationships.

Facilitator and Zoom host: Barry Hunt. Coordinators: Chris Bullock, Catherine Kinsella.

This session is exclusively on Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting by clicking on:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86245631871?pwd=WG5DMFRtN2M4dEJ0ZUZCY0RQaHZaZz09

Meeting ID: 862 4563 1871
Passcode: 298994
You can also join by calling the following number
778-907-2071 (check your phone plan for long distance charges)
and then entering the Zoom ID # and Password above.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 The Changing Winds of March: Poetry and Song Circle.

An old saying about March, referring to the strong winds associated with this month, is that “it comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb,” though sometimes this order was reversed. A way of interpreting this expression is to see March as the month of changes, often with the accompanying chaos that change brings with it, as least temporarily. It’s the month of Easter and the resurrection. It’s the month of the Ides of March, the date on which Julius Caesar’s assassination threw the Roman Empire into chaos.
In the circle, presenters and audience interact in an intimate and safe setting. Bring a poem or song—either your own or someone else’s—or simply come to listen. Your offerings may be inspired by something about this theme of change and/or chaos, but, as usual, the theme is offered as an invitation, not an essential requirement.

Facilitators: Hendrik de Pagter, Chris Bullock, Terence Stone. Zoom host: Barry Hunt. Coordinator: Chris Bullock
This session is exclusively on Zoom at 7.30 p.m.. Zoom link:

Topic: Poetry & Song Circle
Time: Mar 17, 2021 07:30 PM Vancouver

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87184872284?pwd=Qm5EQ0R2bzFmUkIxMzB2OFJCWEtCZz09

Meeting ID: 871 8487 2284
Passcode: 526306

You can also join by calling the following number
778-907-2071 (check your phone plan for long distance charges)
and then entering the Zoom ID # and Password above.

February 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 The Many Varieties of Love: Poetry and Song Circle. (7.30 on ZOOM)

Three days after Valentine’s Day, it still seems appropriate to reflect on the wide variety of meanings and kinds of experience covered by this four-letter word. Love gained, love lost. Forbidden loves, respectable loves. Love as illusion, love as the deepest reality. Leonard Cohen, The Sound of Music. Love of intimate others, love of relations, love of animals, love of ladybirds, love of children, love of mountains, love of shoes newly polished.  In the circle, presenters and audience interact in an intimate and safe setting. Bring a poem or song—either your own or someone else’s—or simply come to listen. As usual, the theme is offered as an invitation, not an essential requirement.

Facilitators: Hendrik de Pagter, Chris Bullock, Terence Stone. Zoom host: Barry Hunt. Coordinator: Chris Bullock

This session is exclusively on Zoom. Zoom link:

Topic: The Many Varieties of Love: Poetry and Song Circle. (On ZOOM)
Time: Feb 17, 2021 07:30 PM Vancouver

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83141833650?pwd=NjNBa1hLblVZL3pTVTdSdmxWLzF3dz09

Meeting ID: 831 4183 3650
Passcode: 339333

*Wednesday, February 3 at 7.30pm:  IMBOLC AND THE BLESSING OF COMPASSION

This session takes place close to the time of the Celtic Spring Festival of Imbolc. The Festival of Imbolc is celebrated at the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox,  as the days are getting longer and Mother Earth is waking from her slumber. This time can be seen as a time of letting go of what no longer serves us and opening to the gifts of Spring. In the course of this session,  we will look at how we can let go of our inner clutter,  and, in letting go, begin to see our true nature revealing itself. In his Daily Meditation, Your True Self is Love, Richard Rohr writes: “The True Self does not teach us Compassion as much as it is Compassion.”

This is an exclusively ZOOM meeting beginning at 7.30; Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81353222318?pwd=QU5sMVE5SzlOV1ZzdTN2MmVDQ2p3QT09
Meeting ID: 813 5322 2318          Passcode: 482618

Email barrymhunt@gmail.com for any link problems or further information.

Facilitator and Zoom host: Barry Hunt. Coordinator: Chris Bullock

January 2021

Zoom only
Wednesday, January 27: POETRY AND SONG CIRCLE: NEWNESS/RENEWAL
In local parks, crocuses and snowdrops are emerging and flowering, pushing themselves up from the dark underworld of soil and stone. And maybe newness or renewal is important to us human folks too. Whether you are inspired by this theme, or by some other theme closer to your heart, you are invited to bring a poem, song or reading, either your own, or someone else’s to the Circle, and dialogue with the audience after the reading (or singing). You are also just to be part of the audience and enjoy the discussion.
This is an exclusively ZOOM meeting beginning at 7.30; please contact barrymhunt@gmail.com for the link, or chrisbullock@shaw.ca for further information.
Facilitators: Chris Bullock, Hendrik de Pagter, Terence Stone. Zoom host: Barry Hunt.