Elora & Fergus Unitarian-Universalists
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Elora & Fergus
Unitarian Church

P.O. Box 3
Fergus, Ontario
Canada N1M 2W7
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April 26. 2016

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SUNDAY SERVICES FOR 2010-2011 - with some yet to come
Most recent and future services listed at the top.

Sunday June 19 - Sunday Sept 11 NO SERVICE!!

Sunday September 18 - Water Ceremony and Breakfast

Sunday June 12, 2011

Our Annual Flower Communion and Potluck Picnic will be held at Ineke Booy's and Martin de Groot's Mapleton's Organic Farm RAIN OR SHINE! If we are lucky we will have a tour of the land with Martin. However, no guarantees, only that we will  have a great time!

The celebration will mark the end of our season in a very meaningful and colourful way. Gathering at 10:30 a.m. start of ceremony 11:00
Service on June 5, 2011 - The Fostering Perspective
Jennifer (Resource worker), Yvonne (Foster Parent) and Heather (Children's Service Worker) of Family & Children's Services of Wellington County and Guelph will give the fostering perspective from their respective positions.
Address: Jennifer, Yvonne and Heather - Service leader:  Jim

Sunday Service on May 29, 2011 -
It takes... 1300 plus Unitarians to....
make a Sunday Service? screw in an environmental responsible light bulb by committee after a long balanced discussion? or just enjoy, sing, and remember? It took 1300 plus UUs to survive the predicted rapture even though visitors to our church and many other congregations might have thought we were taken... as we were instead at Convocation Hall in Toronto at the "Trust the Dawning of the Future" service. Come and join us for stories and memories of some of our members' adventures at the Unitarian Conference in Toronto.
video of that service:
http://tinyurl.com/3zeklhp or
Address: members - Service leader: Jim Sannes

Sunday Service on May 22, 2011 - NO Service in Fergus, but going to the Annual Unitarian Conference Meeting, this time in Toronto. Meet up with us at 10:30 at Convocation hall in Toronto to have a service with over a 1000 unitarians at Convocation Hall. See this page and look for a map as well and make sure you get a ticket too (read up):


Sunday Service on May 15, 2011 -
Exploring Our Yearning to Belong

Inspired by John O'Donohue's Book "Eternal Echoes".

Service leader: Ineke Booy

Sunday Service on May 8, 2011 -

An Ethicist Looks at The Golden Rule

Dr. Craig Beam from the Waterloo congregation talks about the Golden Rule from the perspective of an Ethicist.
Address: Craig Beam - Service leader: Ellen Papenburg

Sunday Service on May 1, 2011 - The Humble Life of a Seed

Faris Ahmed is the lead in USC's policy and campaigning work, and has worked extensively in Canada and South Asia on food and seed sovereignty issues for many years. Join the discussion about the roots of our global food crisis and the reasons why there are almost one billion hungry people on this planet..  (See Poster Below)
  Address: Faris Ahmed - Service leader: Jim Sannes

Sunday April 10, 2011 - The Creative Power of the Divine Masculine and Feminine
In search of our spirituality Susan will give a brief overview of Unity's principles and then talk about how we can more effectively use our creative power to create the lives we want.
Address: Susan Howard - Service leader: Jim Sannes

Sunday April 3, 2011 - A Special Programme with Mairy and Judy
As always, knowing Mairy and Judy, this will be a very interesting service
Address and Service: Mairy and Judy

Sunday March 27, 2011 - How can we use the Earth's Resources wisely?
second UU Principle calls for justice, equity and compassion in human relations. As an economist I am frequently called on to make recommendations about how to use natural resources efficiently so costs and wastage are minimized. However, decisions about natural resource usage have implications for equity and fairness in the sharing of the earth’s resources amongst current and future generations.
Address: Margaret Insley - Service leader: Terisa Turner

Sunday February 20, 2011 -
KIPPelora - Kitchen in the Park Project
Trish van Katwijk of the Kitchen in the Park Project in Elora is going to tell us all about this community project.
Address: Trish van Katwijk - Service leader: Mairy Beam

Sunday March 13, 2011 - Tolerance

The UU faith is firmly rooted in the actions of heretics whose reactions to intolerance resulted in beneficial creativity: conversely, does the "politically correct" process whitewash differences, so that anything and everything is 'tolerated?' Tui Torrie (UU United Nations Representative from the Unitarian congregation in Waterloo) leads us into this discussion probing the paradox of tolerance and the tension of boundaries.
Address: Tui Torrie - Leader: Carolyn Crozier

Sunday March 6, 2011 - Hope and Renewal
Helen Armstrong, Congregational Services Programmer for the Central Region, will speak to us about hope and renewal. Helen will discuss the role of the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) and how we can work together. She will encourage us to join with other UUs at our 50th anniversary gathering and  Annual Conference Meeting in May right close to us this time in Toronto!
Address: Helen Armstrong - Leader: Ellen Papenburg

Sunday February 27, 2011 - Local and Slow Food
Chris Jess, a chef who teaches Hospitality (the Food School) at the Centre Wellington District High School, will be speaking to us about about local food and its importance.
Chris is a leader in the slow food movement promoting the proper preparation of real food, instead of using packages from the super market. In the summer we can find him at farmers markets selecting fresh food items.
More about Chris and Food In Your Face at
and follow him on
A nice article about him in Inside Wellington: front page and page 3:
(click on it and zoom in to read the very interesting article.
Address: Chris Jess Service - Leader: Chris Nye

Sunday February 20, 2011 - What is the Mennonite Disaster Service?
Orlan Martin, Chairperson for MDS Ontario will introduce us to the workings of the Mennonite Disaster Service, which is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States. While the main focus is on clean up, repair and rebuilding homes, this service touches lives and nurtures hope, faith and wholeness. More background info: http://mds.mennonite.net
Address: Orlan Martin - Service leader: Jim Sannes

Sunday February 13, 2011 - The Importance of Trees in our Lives
Toni Ellis from Neighbour Woods will tell us about the value of trees from every angle (economic, social, environmental) and how they might just be the next blue box -- the thing we can all do. She will explore "forest bathing" as well.
Address: Toni Ellis - Service leader: Ellen Papenburg

Sunday, February 6, 2011 - "Celebrate with Music"
Most of us are in one way or another connected to music, listening or playing an instrument. Our returning guest musicians singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Guy Stefan and guitarist Don Beals will celebrate life, the universe and everything with music performance and discussion.
Note: Bring your own instruments to partake in this music fest!

Sunday, January, 30, 2011
Interconnections of Earth Rights and Human Rights.
We focus on the concept and practice of ‘Earth Democracy' in this report-back from the climate talks in Cancun, Mexico of November-December 2010.
Bringing ‘voices from below' into the debate on climate change, the peoples' forum that paralleled the United Nations talks in Cancun carved out a realistic path through a thicket of false solutions (such as carbon credits).
Service: Terisa Turner and
Leigh Brownhill

Sunday, January 23, 2011 - Sacred Circle Dancing
Evolving from folk dancing, Sacred Circle Dance emphasizes participation as community building, rather than just enjoyable physical activity.  All ages are welcome;  ability to follow the steps is optional.  Most dances are done in a circle holding hands.  After showing the steps, the facilitator blends back into the circle, indicating all are equal.
Service leaders: Mairy Beam and Audrey Fyfe

Sunday, January 16, 2011 - Equine facilitated experiential learning
The use of the horse as a co-facilitator helps us gain better understanding of ourselves.
Human-Horse relationships, with the horse as a teacher, have existed for centuries but only recently it has become an actual therapeutic discipline.
Marilyn Vaccaro - Service Leader: Jim Sannes

Sunday, January 9, 2011 - Fire Ceremony and Stone Soup.
Join us for the Fire Communion to remember those issues in our lives we would like to resolve or forget. Dissolve them into flames, sharing them with the universe, to be ready to deal with them in Real Life, or forget them.
Followed by Stone Soup, and Potluck lunch, a communal event.  -
Ceremony: Ellen Papenburg - Lunch all of us.

Sunday, December 19th, 2010 - Celebrate the Season with MUSIC!!
Celebrate the Season with Music and Christmas carols and many readings.
After this there will be a potluck of snacks, foods and just happy times.
Service / Music: Heather - Service Leader: Ellen

Sunday, December 12th, 2010 - A Cognitive Approach to Healing 
Kate Crozier will discuss what trauma is, and what is does to the brain.  I will cover several strategies for healing from trauma including, "stories that heal", self-regulation, resiliency, and building self-esteem.
Speaker: Kate Crozier - Service leader: Janice Ferri

Sunday, December 5th, 2010 - We Can Make a Change
We will hear about several current cases of Amnesty International and write letters during the service. Bring envelopes and paper, we will supply the stamps. It is amazing what a letter can accomplish!
Service: Amnesty International, Leigh Brownhill, Ellen Papenburg and YOU!

Sunday, November 28th, 2010 - Learning the Law
Susan Deefholts. of the First Unitarian Congregation of the Waterloo Region,  will talk about discovering a new way of seeing the world--through the invisible, intangible framework of the law. Our legal system is both beautiful and tragic. It speaks to our humanity, as a living reflection of our own best aspirations and the ways in which we fall short.
Address: Susan Deefholts - Service Leader: Mairy Beam

Sunday, November 21st, 2010 - Diving off the (Spiritual) Deep End
Rev. Jessica Purple Rodela, First Unitarian Congregation of Waterloo: 'On a summer excursion to the Bruce Peninsula, my friend Kandis and I debated the nature of a "spiritual experience."  What do we mean by "spirituality"?  How is it related to "religion" in general and our reasonable Unitarian faith in particular?'
Service and Address: Rev. Jessica Purple Rodela

Sunday, November 14th, 2010 - Visiting Kenya -
followed by New Membership Ceremony

Leigh Brownhill will present a brief reflection on her recent visit to Kenya. Slides and anecdotes illustrate how Unitarian Universalist principles informed her experiences and illuminated what turned into a spiritual journey.
This will be followed by a ceremony in which the congregation welcomes and acknowledges our newest members, before we join together for special snacks.
Address: Leigh Brownhill - Service Leader: Ellen Papenburg

Sunday, November 7 , 2010 "Bare Tree Religion"
Rev Peter Hughes, UU minister from Toronto, talks about having a faith that will sustain one in hard times as well as good ones, one that we can turn to in the November of life.
Address: Rev Peter Hughes - Service Leader Jim Sannes

Sunday, October 31, 2010 - "Our hearts respond to music"
Our hearts respond to music in inexpressable and unquantifiable ways.
Singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Guy Stefan and guitarist Don Beals will explore this through music performance and discussion.
Note: Bring your own instruments to partake in this music fest!

Sunday, October 24, 2010 - "The Painting at the Front"
We have traditionally covered the painting on our wall with our banner.
Janice Ferri, a painter herself, thinks it's time to have a bit of history and an introduction to the painter.
(..and p
erhaps we would have to find another place for our banner...)
Address: Janice Ferri - Service Leader: Ellen Papenburg

Sunday, October 17, 2010 - "Green or Natural Burials"
Allan Grose president of the Kitchener Waterloo Memorial Society will enlighten us on options of arranging for a Green or Natural Burial for our loved ones who passed on and return to our planet and nature in an environmentally friendly way.
The Memorial Society of K-W is an organization about achieving efficient low cost funerals or cremations instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars to the corporate funeral industry just when we are in a very vulnerable state, and help us making the passing more human and more truly spiritual.
Address: Allan Grose - Service Leader: Jim Sannes

Sunday, October 10, 2010  "Environmental Sustainability: Utopian Dream or Achievable Reality?"
Many writers and activists have worked to raise awareness about the importance of living in a more environmentally sustainable fashion.
But how and, perhaps more importantly, CAN this be achieved?
Alisa McClurg - Service Leader: Mairy Beam

Sunday, October 3rd
, 2010
  "Stepping Into Freedom"
From the front lines of activism in war-torn Vietnam to worldwide prominence as a Buddhist teacher, every step of Thich Nhat Hanh's 80+ years of life has been for peace and the dharma.
Melina Bondy from Guelph will be leaving Canada in the fall to undergo the discernment process for ordination as a Buddhist nun. 

Address: Melina Bondy - S
ervice Leader: Leigh Brownhill

September 26th, 2010
That second "U" in "UU". Universalists in Canada.
Brief references to other Universalist congregations including the story of the Lutheran Icelanders, who founded the Winnipeg Unitarian congregation.
Louise Foulds - Service Leader: Jim Sannes

September 19th, 2010
Listening to your inner guide
The quiet intuitive voice can lead to a more fulfilling life of creativity and service.

The speaker's story will be based on real "experiences" and how she ended up in Haiti earlier this year simply by paying attention to her intuition which was brilliantly guiding the pathway.
Mandip Kaur Sandher - Service Leader: Chris Nye

Sunday, September 12th, 2010 @10:00 AM
Please join us for our first Sunday of the season, the annual Pancake Breakfast and Water Communion to share water of our special, meaningful, places that are of spiritual or emotional value to you. This can be from your summer camp, from a cruise, from the North Pole or just your favorite back yard. Welcome Back!
Pancake breakfast Bill, Frank and Paul and many many others
Water ceremony - Ellen Papenburg

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