Islam and religious extremism - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Islam and religious extremism - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
KUUF LINKS Sept. / Oct. 2015 Seeking Spirituality Practising Community With Freedom of Religious Thought 1 We had some interesting programs just before the summer break. I would like to share a few on this page and page 6. The June 7, 2015 service was titled Direct experiences of that transcending mystery and wonder … and was led by Rosemary Morrison. Rosemary was the music director for our Fellowship. Now her home congregation is the Capital Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Victoria though she is currently a full-time student at Vancouver School of Theology. The mystics have been a special area of interest and study for Rosemary at V.S.T.
She shared with us some of the teachings and writings of mystics through the ages and included Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, Etty Hillesum, Mary Oliver and others. It was a new area to explore for some of us and a very interesting service. The Chalice service the next Sunday, led by Barbara B., continued the topic with some good discussion and thought sharing. Our May 31, 2015 service was led by Imam Mazhar Mahmood of the Ayesha Mosque. The Imam gave us some personal background on his education as an Imam, what it entailed and his life journey to his position in Kamloops.
He then described his personal views on why there is such extremism in the world today. We thank him for his thoughtful presentation and this opportunity to hear his views and hope that there will be other chances to share ideas and discussion with him and other Muslims. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF KAMLOOPS Islam and religious extremism Exploring the teachings and writings of the mystics
News from the B.C. Fall Regional Gathering Host Team in Nanaimo The First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo welcomes everyone to the Regional Fall Gathering Nanaimo, October 2-4, 2015.
Adult accommodations and program will be at the beautiful Grand Hotel where we will meet, learn, worship, and have fun. The Grand Hotel Nanaimo www.thegrandhotelnanaimo.ca The Youth sessions will take place at the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo www.ufon.ca. Stay tuned for program details. INDEX: Cover - Spring Services 1 Planks from the Board / Lunches / Index 2 Upcoming Services for May & June 3 SEA - Science Talk/Air Quality Monitoring 4 Support Principle #7/Support Principle #5 5 June 21, 2015 Solstice Service 6 Ministerial Search Report / BID NIGHT 7 Book Club News 8 Unitarian Men’s Gathering 9 Contact Us / From the Editor’s Desk 10 Planks from the Board – September 3, 2015 Thanks to everyone who responded with comments on the Bylaw revisions.
The suggestions will go to the Bylaw Revision committee for review. Please send any further suggestions to the Board a.s.a.p. We would like to have all concerns addressed before we call an EGM to approve the new bylaws.
The Board approved a motion to invite Rev. Helen McFadyen to come to the Fellowship as a guest minister for thirty days beginning in October. The Board approved the submission of a funding request to the West Trust Fund to support a portion of the expenses of the guest minister. Bid Night will be held October 17th at Roland and Anne N’s home. The Board will hold its planning day on September 12th at 4 p.m. at the home of Janet K All are welcome to attend and offer input. “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step backward into safety.” Abraham Maslow Barbara B.
co-chair UUFK 2 Women’s Lunch: The next UU Women’s Lunch will be at 11:45 am, Wednesday, September 16 @ McArthur Island restaurant.
The October UU Women’s lunch will be at 11:45 October 21 @ the Ploughman’s Lunch on Victoria Street/ Heather Men’s Lunch: The next UU Men’s lunch will be on Wednesday, September 16 @ Shanghai Mandarin restaurant, 14a – 1315 Sunset Drive. Phone 250-828-0571. The October Men’s lunch will be on Wednesday, October 14 @ Scott’s Motor Inn. Wes
Upcoming Services September 2015 September 13 – Home Coming Water Service The Homecoming Water Ceremony has been part of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kamloops tradition for almost twenty years. It began in 1980 and is now an integral part of Unitarian services everywhere, often at the beginning of the new church year in September when people return to their church home after summer break.
Please bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to you. During the appointed time in the service, one by one, we will pour our water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, please be prepared to tell why this water is meaningful to you. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. September 20 – The More Than Human World Led by Wendy W. Wendy will be leading the service on September 20th and the Chalice Circle the following Sunday. David Abram, author of "The Spell of the Sensuous" and "Becoming Animal", is a world renowned philosopher and cultural ecologist.
In August, Wendy attended his workshop called "Wilderness and Shadowed Wonder" at the Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre on Cortez Island. She will be basing her service and the Chalice Circle on his visionary philosophy, how to reconnect with the natural environment followed by an exploration of how we might engage our gifts to help our wounded planet.
If you google David Abram there is information and a uTube presentation by him. September 27 – Chalice Circle – Connecting with Spirit through Nature led by Wendy W. Join our discussion circle as we revisit the theme presented at last week’s service. SET-UP team for September = Buzzards SET-UP team for October = Canaries October 2015 October 4 – Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. ~ Antonio Machado - led by Rosemary Morrison, student minister. Join Rosemary as she explores life's ups and downs through the lens of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. The characters and story are rich with redemption and forgiveness, reflection and new beginnings.
We are all on a metaphorical journey, some like Harold are trying to save someone, others looking to figure out who they are, and some just trying to keep it together. It's never too late or too early to embark on a new journey.
October 11 – Thanksgiving Chalice Circle or Contemplative Service. October 18 – Service on the Covenant of Right Relations - led by Joan G. October 25 – Chalice Circle Discussion on the Covenant of Right relations. 3
Are They Talking About Science in this Election? Here is a message from Katie Gibbs, Executive Director for Evidence for Democracy, www.evidencefordemocracy.ca Did you know that there has never been a question on science policy asked during a federal election leaders' debate? We looked at all the leaders' debates between 1968 to 2011 to see which topics were discussed.
Shockingly, there was not one question on science. This needs to change and you can help make it happen. Here are five things you can do right now to help make sure science and smart decision-making get the attention they deserve this election: Read and share our op-ed in The Toronto Star calling for a national debate on science -- http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/08/12/we-need-a-national-deb ate-on-science.html Take the Science Pledge to show your support for science and commit to vote for candidates who will choose evidence over politics.-- https://evidencefordemocracy.ca/en/sciencepledge Share a picture of your signed Science Pledge with your social media networks (you can download your Pledge Form here).-- https://evidencefordemocracy.ca/sites/default/files/civicrm/persist/contrib ute/files/sciencePledgeForm_02.pdf Visit the True North Smart + Free website and share the stories that show why a strong democracy needs strong science.--http://truenorthsmartandfree.ca/ Please take action today to make sure that the candidates and parties know that Canadians care about public-interest science and want smart public policies built on strong science.
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. - John Ruskin Air-Quality Monitoring Site for Kamloops Construction is now underway on a new air-quality monitoring site for Kamloops residents at Pacific Way Elementary school in the Upper Aberdeen neighbourhood.
The Ministry of Environment, along with KGHM-Ajax and School District 73, are installing a mobile air- quality monitoring station to continuously measure air quality and weather parameters including: coarse particulate matter (PM10), fine particulate matter (PM2.5), ozone, Nitrogen oxides (NOx), wind speed, wind direction and air temperature. The Upper Aberdeen air station will be owned and operated by the Ministry of Environment and is expected to be operational beginning in September. The ministry will be responsible for all maintenance, calibration, and collection and quality assurance of data.
A funding agreement was completed in June 2015 between the Ministry of Environment and KGHM-Ajax to cover the costs associated with installing the station. This mobile station was previously located at Firehall #2 on Kamloops North Shore from June 2011 to October 2013. KGHM-Ajax will cover the costs of maintenance and twice-yearly audits of the PM10, PM2.5 and NOx monitors at the new site. The data will be used both for ongoing air-quality research in the Kamloops airshed, and for baseline data to be used for future air-quality compliance monitoring if the proposed Ajax mine receives an environmental assessment certificate and other necessary approvals to proceed.
The station will also be used in educational activities for both students and the public. Social & Environmental Action Committee (SEA) 4
Air-Quality Monitoring Site for Kamloops, continued The station will remain in this location for at least two years after which the ministry will decide whether to keep it there, modify it, or move the station elsewhere. This decision will be based on analysis of the data collected. The measurements will be available in real time to the public through the ministry s dedicated air-quality site: http://www.bcairquality.ca/readings/index.html Quotes: Mary Polak, Minister of Environment: “This station will play an important role in education and awareness for Kamloops residents about air quality in their community.
We want to balance any economic development with the appropriate environmental protection and this station will help achieve that goal.” Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson: “I’m pleased to know that South Kamloops residents will now be able to monitor real-time data and use this information to keep themselves informed. Our government has listened to concerns from the community and this station will help ensure we have the best air-quality data available.” Learn More: For more details about air quality in B.C., please visit: www.bcairquality.ca In support of Principle # 7: The City has asked residents to reduce water consumption by 30 %.
This is to protect the water levels in our rivers which are critical especially for fish. What are you doing to reduce? I have cut back the front yard by 30%, and the back yard I will only water once a week (& hand watering the vegetable boxes when needed). Interestingly, my sister who lives in Chilliwack has been on water meters and water regulations for years - but their regulations are different from ours. They are allowed to water only twice a week, 3 hr. in the morning, and 3 hr. in the evening - compare to Kamloops usual regulations of every second day, 5 hr in the am, and 6 hr. in the pm.
Now in Chilliwack at drought level 4, they are once a week for 3 hr. only. This makes our 30 % look paltry! Let's share how were are cutting back on our water usage. Anne In support of Principle #5: Voters go to the polls on Oct 19 to elect their MPs. The 4 candidates in Kamloops are: Conservative - Cathy McLeod - campaign office 285 Seymour St. Green - Matt Greenwood - campaign office TBA Liberal - Steve Powrie - campaign office Centennial Building, 153 Seymour St NDP - Bill Sundhu - campaign office 538 Tranquille Rd. Elections Canada office - corner of Summit Dr. and Columbia St , in the building adjacent to Sahali Mall that formerly housed Scotiabank.
Open Mondays to Fridays, 10 am - 5 pm. Returning office is Nancy Plett and her phone # is 1-866-545-0619.
Social & Environmental Action Committee (SEA) 5 Are you keen to take our UU principles forth into our community and beyond? Then you will want to take part in our Social and Environmental Action Committee! We are having a planning meeting on Saturday, September 12, 2 pm, at my house, 2068 Sifton Ave. We try to keep our meetings to 1 hour only! Goodies provided. Please let me know if you are coming & any ideas you want to add to the agenda! If you want to participate but can't attend this meeting, phone me - 374-2351 - I'd like your thoughts on the agenda items we have so far.
The June 21 Solstice service was enjoyed by everyone! The service was led by Dennis B.
and guest, Tomas Bijok. Tomas is an internationally known tenor who performs and puts on workshops throughout B. C. He teaches at T.R.U. He is a great violin player and makes his own instruments. With help from the choir, choir director Sabrina T., soloist Rhiannon, and the Fellowship participants, it was a marvellous musical service. June 21, 2015 Solstice Service 6
Do you remember once we had a minister? Rev. Wendy McNiven was with us in at least three different roles from the very beginning of our Fellowship. She retired from her final position with us to be a full time grandma in December 2013. In late 2014 we decided to search for a "developmental" minister. This is a 2 year contracted position for "one quarter time" with a focus on assisting us to sort out what the "next steps" are in our life's journey as a UU Fellowship. Quarter time means 4-5 days/month for 9-10 months and it also means a quarter of a salary. In the hopes that we would have greater likelihood of attracting applicants we have attempted to coordinate our search with the Kelowna Unitarian Church who is also looking for a quarter time developmental minister.
The plan is that these would be two completely separate contracts but taken together they might better provide a viable financial package for an individual minister. We placed our ad through Canadian Unitarian Council in February 2015. Kelowna placed theirs in May. To date, we have had two applicants for the positions. Each applicant has some strengths and each has some vulnerabilities. As in all of life, nothing is perfect. It has been challenging to try to imagine an essentially unknown person in the midst of our small group. In some respects it feels like "internet dating" and wondering if it's safe to do more than meet for coffee.
It has also been challenging to coordinate the search process with Kelowna. They, like us, have quite a new Board, and I think they too, are struggling a bit to imagine their way forward. Where are we in the whole process right now? Waiting. Neither applicant can consider the Kamloops position on it's own. It isn't financially practical. I am reluctant to pursue our own process of "selection" separate from Kelowna because that might mean we could be in the position of each choosing a different candidate - which isn't practical. Perhaps this is akin to trying to find a new partner in a "polyamorous" relationship and getting everyone to agree.
I don't know - haven't been in that particular situation, but I wonder if it would be any less complicated than where we are now in our ministerial situation. Janet K., Ministerial Search Committee Ministerial Search Bid Night, Saturday, October 17 Come and participate in UUFK's biggest fundraising event of the year! Bid Night 2015 will be at Roland and Anne's house on Saturday, October 17 . Potluck dinner will start at 6 PM (please bring your food to share, your own plates, glasses and utensils), with the bidding to commence at 7 PM.
Plan to arrive early so you can check out the items on the Marketplace Table. This is for small items such as baking, homemade preserves or wines, crafts, etc., anything under $15 value. Please label all items with your name and sale price. Roland needs auction offers by October 5, so he can complete the list of offers and distribute to everyone in advance of the event. PLEASE MAKE AN EFFORT TO SUBMIT BY THE DEADLINE - adding late entries is time-consuming and delays getting the final list out to everyone. Please email the information listed below to Roland at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 250-374-2351.
*name of donor *description of your offer *how many people the offer is for *for a dinner or date-specific events, list the date that it will be offered *starting price for bidding Thank you for your ongoing support! 7
Join Our Book Club! We have a great line-up of interesting books for the coming year. If you would like to participate, call the host for information about the upcoming meeting. *September 17 - "Ru" by Kim Thuy (host - Kay) Ru. In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow - of tears, blood, money.
Kim Thúy's Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec. There, the young girl feels the embrace of a new community, and revels in the chance to be part of the American Dream. As an adult, the waters become rough again: now a mother of two sons, she must learn to shape her love around the younger boy's autism.
Moving seamlessly from past to present, from history to memory and back again, Ru is a book that celebrates life in all its wonder: its moments of beauty and sensuality, brutality and sorrow, comfort and comedy.
*October 22 – The Dinner by Herman Koch (host - Eleanor) **Note there are other books of the same name by different authors! An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives -- all over the course of one meal. It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse -- the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays.
But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.
Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love. Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.
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For a weekend... Connect with Life and Others Purpose - Strength - Connection For 26 years, men of varying backgrounds and faiths have gathered for a weekend of respect, camaraderie, sharing, good times, music, humour, campfires, workshops and strongly connecting with real people. This event is a rare opportunity to reflect on your quality of life, work with and learn from other wise, witty and strong gentlemen, to discover more of yourself, and build relationships both new and old. "My Wife Made Me Go. She Was Right" "As soon as the weekend ended, I registered for the following year" "I've made life-long friends" Until July 31 Regular Sponsor 1st Time $130 $160 $180 $115 The weekend includes lodging and food at a great facility reserved solely for our group from Friday Evening Oct 2 to Sunday afternoon Oct 4.
Register and More Info at: www.heyuu.ca & email@example.com Unitarian Men's Gathering Sasamat Outdoor Centre, Belcarra BC, Canada Oct 2-4, 2015 Unitarian Men's Gathering Sasamat Outdoor Centre, Belcarra BC, Canada Oct 2-4, 2015 9
Goodyera oblongifolia (Rafinesque) It has been a hot summer for the wild orchids this year so many will not last very long in bloom. The giant rattlesnake orchis is widespread in B. C. and should be in bloom about now. In spite of its name, blooms are very tiny – about 4 x 5 mm. There can be 10 to 30 blooms on a stalk. Enlarged pictures will show how beautiful the blooms are.
Look at the leaves for some fancy reticulata instead of just the centre stripe. Leaves are year round so you can look for the plants anytime. CONTACT US . .
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kamloops meets on Sundays at the Valleyview Community Hall (2288 Park St.) in Kamloops, B.C. during the months of September through June. (Services start on the Sunday after the Labour Day weekend.) Services are usually at 10:00 am @ Valleyview Hall. For details on individual Sunday schedules, please see the details on the newsletter Upcoming Services page, the monthly calendar, or go to our website: www.uukam.bc.ca We are a welcoming community, believing in the dignity of every individual and in freedom of religious thought. Contact us by phone: 250 – 374 – 5594 Contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org From the Editor’s Desk 10