Here are your announcements for the week of June 27th:

Next Sunday Service (July 3rd) will be online only.  Hosted by Rev. Jess from Grand River Unitarian Congregation. (NUUC in-person July 17/ Aug 21). See schedule: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h6OM6aZ9Y2dlPKOle1o9uL3GTCpXJ459/view?usp=sharing

Watch this past Sunday’s service on our website here. Did you know that our website calendar is kept up-to-date with information on all activities including our Sunday Services. You can also see when the building space is unavailable. Let Hala our Office Manager know if you wish to book any of our spaces and she will manage this for you. 

Interim Minister Search Update: Unfortunately, NUUC did not get a match for an Interim Minister in round two. The Board has decided to operate under a Mosaic approach to meeting our ministry needs and to expand our search for a Contract Minister. All interested candidates will have until September 6th to apply. For more information, please contact Allison at president@nuuc.ca

Volunteers are needed here at Neighbourhood to help us grow:
The Communications Committee is still looking for someone with skills in social media management to help build Neighbourhood’s brand on Facebook, Instagram, etc. Contact Michelle Lalonde for more info at vp@nuuc.ca

The Lifespan Learning Committee is seeking new members. You don’t need any particular experience, just the ability to attend one meeting per month (currently on Zoom), and to help out occasionally with the Sunday children’s program. You will be warmly welcomed! Contact Nishe Catherine. 



On Wed, Sept 21, 6-9pm, the SEA / DMC committees will be hosting a Kairos Blanket Exercise here in our Rafos Sanctuary for the 3 congregations to learn more about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada as a step toward reconciliation. For more information on how to register and cost to attend, please contact Laura Thomas.

Small Groups are an excellent way to deepen our spiritual exploration and care for one another. Are there small groups on themes or topics that you would like to join or can offer to lead? Please share your ideas for small groups which could begin in the Fall. Contact Allison at president@nuuc.ca



Next Sunday (July 3rd) will be ONLINE only  
Theme: Woven in a Single Garment of Destiny / Speaker: by Rev. Jess from Grand River Unitarian Congregation. 
The summer Zoom link will be the same each week: https://tinyurl.com/SummerUUSundays

Last Sunday’s Reading from Service Weaver Debb Bertazzon:
May the drag stage rise to meet you
May the world rise to accept and embrace you
May the rainbow of love enfold you
May your fluidity never be hindered
May your pronouns always be supported and your deadname forgotten
May those you invite into your life remain loyal
May your chosen family lift you up and catch you when you need it
May you be able to catch others when they need it
May you remember sensitivity is not weakness,
but instead a great strength welling up inside you
And until we meet again,
may you remember that you are loved and
you are divine.
– Cricket Hall

Here are your announcements for the week of June 20th:

Watch this past Sunday’s service on our website here.  Did you know that our website calendar is kept up-to-date with information on all activities including our Sunday Services. You can also see when the building space is unavailable. Let Hala our Office Manager know if you wish to book any of our spaces and she will manage this for you. 

Interim Minister Search Update: Unfortunately, NUUC did not get a match for an Interim Minister in round two. The Board has decided to operate under a Mosaic approach to meeting our ministry needs and to expand our search for a Contract Minister. All interested candidates will have until September 6th to apply. For more information, please contact Allison at president@nuuc.ca

Spirit Choir rehearsals every Monday evening (In-person or Zoom) from 7 to 9pm. New members are always welcome. Contact Susanne for more information (music@nuuc.ca). 

Volunteers are needed here at Neighbourhood to help us grow:
The Communications Committee is still looking for someone with skills in social media management to help build Neighbourhood’s brand on Facebook, Instagram, etc. Contact Michelle Lalonde for more info at vp@nuuc.ca

The Lifespan Learning Committee is seeking new members. Two of our former members have recently moved away. You don’t need any particular experience, just the ability to attend one meeting per month (currently on Zoom), and to help out occasionally with the Sunday children’s program. You will be warmly welcomed! Contact Nishe Catherine.

 

Embodying the 8th Principle Workshop 1: Awareness of our own Privilege and Bias. Wednesday, June 22nd, 7-9pm. The 8th Principle working group is offering our first community workshop. We will offer activities that help us become more self-aware and a safe community space for sharing and learning from each other. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact Bruce Lyne or Susanne Maziarz, music@nuuc.ca for more info.

On Wed, Sept 21, 6-9pm, the SEA / DMC committees will be hosting a Kairos Blanket Exercise here in our Rafos Sanctuary for the 3 congregations to learn more about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada as a step toward reconciliation. Contact Laura Thomas.
Last meeting before summer break for SEA committee will be June 26th after service. All are welcome. 

Small Groups are an excellent way to deepen our spiritual exploration and care for one another. Are there small groups on themes or topics that you would like to join or can offer to lead? Please share your ideas for small groups which could begin in the Fall. Contact Allison at president@nuuc.ca



Next Sunday (June 26):  
Theme: PRIDE /  Speaker: Rev Danielle Webber / Service Weaver: Debb Bertazzon / Music: Spirit Choir

Last Sunday’s Readings 
“Children, language, lands: almost everything was stripped away, stolen when you weren’t looking because you were trying to stay alive. In the face of such loss, one thing our people could not surrender was the meaning of the land. In the settler mind, land was property, real estate, capital, or natural resources. But to our people, it was everything: identity, the connection to our ancestors, the home of our non-human kinfolk, our pharmacy, our library, the source of all that sustained us. Our lands were where our responsibility to the world was enacted, sacred ground. It belonged to itself; it was not a gift, not a commodity
…”Robin Wall KimmererBraiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

2nd short reading by Robin Wall Kimmerer and this blessing from Allison
…”Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return the gift.”May you experience joy as part of being on this earth and may you find ways to return the gift.

Here are your announcements for the week of June 13th:

Watch this past Sunday’s service on our website here. Did you know that our website calendar is kept up-to-date with information on all activities including our Sunday Services. You can also see when the building space is unavailable. Let Hala our Office Manager know if you wish to book any of our spaces and she will manage this for you. 

Spirit Choir rehearsals every Monday evening (In-person or Zoom) from 7 to 9pm. New members are always welcome. Contact Susanne for more information (music@nuuc.ca). 

As mentioned at last week’s service, we will be screening the film “The Singing Revolution” in our sanctuary. This is a wonderful film on how choral singing helped to restore independence to the Baltic nations from the Soviet Union. Next Sunday, June 19 @7:30pm. All are welcome – bring your own snacks. For more info contact Susanne – music@nuuc.ca

Volunteers are needed here at Neighbourhood to help us grow:
The Communications Committee is looking to create a team of individuals to help in the creation of content for our website, newsletters, publicity statements, and other outward and inward focused communications. Priority need for someone with skills in social media management to help build Neighbourhood’s brand on Facebook, Instagram, etc. Contact Michelle Lalonde for more info at vp@nuuc.ca

The Lifespan Learning Committee is seeking new members. Two of our former members have recently moved away. You don’t need any particular experience, just the ability to attend one meeting per month (currently on Zoom), and to help out occasionally with the Sunday children’s program. You will be warmly welcomed! Contact Nishe Catherine at nishe.catherine@gmail.com

Share your ideas and help to shape next year’s guest speaker line-up by becoming a member of the Sunday Service Coordination Team. We have a few members already — Moira MacDonald, Peter Marmorek, and Susanne Maziarz — and are looking for more! We’ll start by envisioning our Sunday Services for September and October. Contact Peter.



Embodying the 8th Principle Workshop 1: Awareness of our own Privilege and Bias. Wednesday, June 22nd, 7-9pm. The 8th Principle working group is offering our first community workshop. We will offer activities that help us become more self-aware and a safe community space for sharing and learning from each other. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact Bruce Lyne or Susanne Maziarz music@nuuc.ca for more info.

On Wed, Sept 21, 6-9pm, the SEA / DMC committees will be hosting a Kairos Blanket Exercise here in our Rafos Sanctuary for the 3 congregations to learn more about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada as a step toward reconciliation. Contact Laura Thomas.
Last meeting before summer break for SEA committee will be June 26th after service. All are welcome. 



Small Groups are an excellent way to deepen our spiritual exploration and care for one another. Are there small groups on themes or topics that you would like to join or can offer to lead? Please share your ideas for small groups which could begin in the Fall. Contact Allison at president@@officenuuc-ca

Next Sunday (June 19th):  
Theme: Inuit Spirituality /  Speaker: Nauluq LeDrew / Service Weaver:Allison Kabayama / Music: Kim Knuston

Last Sunday’s Readings
In the words of Rebecca Anne Parker
Your gifts, whatever you discover them to be
Can be used to bless or curse the world.The mind’s power,
The strength of the hands,
The reach of the heart,
The gift of speaking, listening, imagining, seeing, waiting
Any of these can serve to feed the hungry,
Bind up wounds
Welcome the stranger,
Praise what is sacred,
Do the work of justice or offer love.Any of these can draw down the prison door,
Hoard bread,
Abandon the poor,
Obscure what is holy,
Comply with injustice or withhold love.You must answer this question:
What are you going to do with your gifts?

Here are your announcements for the week of June 6th:

Watch this past Sunday’s service on our website here. Did you know that our website calendar is kept up-to-date with information on all activities including our Sunday Services. You can also see when the building space is unavailable. Let Hala our Office Manager know if you wish to book any of our spaces and she will manage this for you. 

Spirit Choir rehearsals every Monday evening (In-person or Zoom) from 7 to 9pm. New members are always welcome. Contact Susanne for more information (music@nuuc.ca). 

Volunteers are needed here at Neighbourhood to help us grow:
The Communications Committee is looking to create a team of individuals to help in the creation of content for our website, newsletters, publicity statements, and other outward and inward focused communications. Priority need for someone with skills in social media management to help build Neighbourhood’s brand on Facebook, Instagram, etc. Contact Michelle Lalonde for more info at vp@nuuc.ca

As of June 3rd, our latest update on the Interim Minister search is that we do not have a match at this point and have entered the second round. There is a very small chance that we may yet get the match we want but we may not find a candidate to start Aug 1st. The Board struck a committee to consider Plan B options and met after service this past Sunday to meet with other members of the congregation to discuss all options and ideas. Excellent ideas were brought forward and we will continue to keep the congregation informed on new developments.

 

Embodying the 8th Principle Workshop 1: Awareness of our own Privilege and Bias. Wednesday, June 22nd, 7-9pm.
The 8th Principle working group is offering our first community workshop. We will offer activities that help us become more self-aware and a safe community space for sharing and learning from each other. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact Bruce Lyne or Susanne Maziarz, music@nuuc.ca for more info

On Wed, Sept 21, 6-9pm, the SEA / DMC committees will be hosting a Kairos Blanket Exercise here in our Rafos Sanctuary for the 3 congregations to learn more about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada as a step toward reconciliation. Contact Laura.
Last meeting before summer break for SEA committee will be June 26th after service. All are welcome. 

Summer is almost here and so is our calendar of Neighbourhood Summer Events. A separate email will be sent with details tomorrow. The first event will take place this Thursday (June 9th) with a labyrinth walk at Fairmont Park starting at 7:30pm. Our website calendar also shows details. 

Small Groups are an excellent way to deepen our spiritual exploration and care for one another. Are there small groups on themes or topics that you would like to join or can offer to lead? Please share your ideas for small groups which could begin in the Fall. Contact Allison at president@nuuc.ca



Next Sunday (June 12th):  
Theme: Lessons learned from a Humanitarian’s journey around the world / Speaker: Marie-Pier Montigny / Service Weaver: Gordon Thorne / Music: Spirit Band

Last Sunday’s Readings from Service Weaver Doug Crozier

Song: Imagine by John Lennon

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Living for today, I

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world, you
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one