Sunday Services in January


For many people, the arrival of the New Year is a simple matter; it’s a time to party on New Year’s Eve and then, in the morning, to make a raft of resolutions with the uneasy sense that the raft may sink not too long after launching.  Among those who hold to older traditions, there is the understanding that bringing a really new, New Year requires both hard spiritual work and celebration.

Many indigenous North American nations believed that the lighting of fires and the chanting of many prayers were necessary to bring back the light. Households in parts of the British Isles still follow the tradition of the “First Footer,” the belief that the first person to enter the house in the New Year should be a dark-haired man carrying a lump of coal, a loaf of bread, and a bottle of whisky. This tradition seems to signify the recognition that darkness will continue in the New Year, and that newness will require fire, good food, and celebration.

So let us acknowledge that the coming year will contain darkness, like all other years, and that we can create the new by bringing to 2018 the fire of spirit, the nourishment of community built on principles of equality and respect for nature, and the wonderful gift of celebration.

Submitted by Chris Bullock, on behalf of SDC.

January 6    Healing Through Feeling
Moderator:    Marvelous Trudeau
Meditation:    Sharon Ford
Speaker:       Ryefield Ford (biography below)
Greeter:        Louisa Johanna
Coordinator:  Sharon Ford

January 13  Open Relating:  “To Thine Own Self Be True…”
Moderator:   Lorna Rennie
Meditation:  Bill Israel
Greeter:       TBA
Speaker:      Mary White
Coordinator:  D. Joan Thomas

Moderator: John Vanden Heuvel
Meditation: Siobhan Robinsong
Presentation: “Inspired Joyful Singing”: Siobhan Robinsong
Greeter: Joyanna Wilkinson
Coordinator: Chris Bullock

January 27 Building Compassionate Practice in Community (a Community Service)
Moderator: Laurence Beal
Meditation: Music Coordinator
Community Service: Topical discussions in small groups, building the compassionate practice in community relating, how can we?
Greeter: TBA
Coordinator: Laurence Beal

We already do favour compassionate expressions. But what can we do, what do we do to cultivate the attitude of compassion in our day to day expressions?  In this we can throw the nets far, so that we may all hear and share our own ways with our friends.  Expansion on a theme, this will be an opportunity to share takes or perspectives, alternatives from other people, a building of resource.  We may build compassion into the ways of our local subculture.

[Small groups of three or four.]

 Speaker’s Bio

 Demian Ryefield Ford spent the first phase of his life on Bowen Island with his parents, David and Sharon who practiced meditation, organic gardening while raising goats and sheep. At age four, Ryefield was initiated into Transcendental Meditation, and from that time, he has continued a lifelong spiritual quest. On October 14th, 2005, Rye’s life was drastically interrupted at a crosswalk when a car hit him at Cloverdale and Douglas here in Victoria. After a comatose period, long days, months and years were spent in his struggle to recover from a devastating brain injury. Now, Ryefield works in the field of Social Work where he helps men and women with brain injury cope with their lives on a daily basis. Today, Ryefield shares with us, the transformation that he has experienced in both emotional and spiritual life.    Welcome.  Demian Ryefield Ford.

Mary, a Minister’s daughter, was born in her father’s first mission field, in Emo, a Northern Ontario town.  Her Mother was a war bride from England.  Mary will tell us a little about her parents’ life before telling us about her personal journey to become a United Church minister when she was 40.

Siobhan Robinsong is co-founder of Hollyhock, founder of the Gettin’ Higher Choir and the High Noon Choir. She has been busting the myth of the non-singer since 1994