Just Housing ~ With Justin Marchand and Dr. Dawn Harvard
With Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
later this week, our Sunday guest speakers will share with us their thoughts on the role housing plays in creating
a more just, and reconciled, society.
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There are two upcoming vacancies on the Nominating Committee this fall. This is a simple way to help the congregation, by getting to know other congregants and seeking new leaders. To find out more, you can contact Joe Connor or Brent Nicolle.
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We are all interconnected, interdependent and minister to each other in many ways. Our monthly Caring Contacts take your phone calls and emails when you wish to alert us to a need or a concern or have a joy to celebrate. We try to ensure no one is forgotten and that appropriate help is provided when requested.
Trivia Quiz Night Saturday, September 24 - 7:00pm
Join us for our Trivia Quiz! Questions are diverse, fun, and taken from several sources, and there is no need to feel embarrassed about getting an incorrect answer: players score themselves! All you need is a pen or pencil, paper and your "thinking cap". Play alone or team up with a partner or two!
For more information, contact Andrew Drake. ZOOM LINKMeeting ID: 841 2565 4674 Passcode: 222371
Mental Health Support and Action Group
Sunday, September 25 - 12:30pm
We offer a listening presence and mutual support for each other. We welcome you if you have mental health challenges and/or are a caregiver, or share an interest in these issues. The second part of our meeting is to discuss our advocacy work. For more information and the Zoom link, contact Rev. Linda Goonewardene and johnnie gall.
FirstU Virtual Discussion Circle
Thursday, September 29 - 1:30pm
Discussion circles are held weekly, with a different topic each week. This week, we plan to discuss: "The New Order of Things". No pre-registration is required, just drop in by clicking on the link. We look forward to seeing you! If you have ideas for future discussion topics, please email Andrew. ZOOM LINKMeeting ID: 638 009 136 Password: 897007
Solidarity Walk with Albert Dumont
Friday, September 30 - 8:45am
National Holocaust Monument
Please join us on September 30th to walk in solidarity with Albert Dumont who plans to "walk with optimism and confidence that the NCC will rename the SJAM Parkway as the Kichi Zibi Parkway."
Meet at the National Holocaust Monument, at 8:45am to begin walking at 9am OR join in anywhere between the Monument and the Parkdale entrance to the Parkway. Click here for details and route.
Friday Reading for Growth Book Club
Friday, September 30 - 1:30pm Contact Clea Derwent for Zoom details.
We will discuss Pastoral Song, by James Rebanks: An elegy to traditional farmers and farming methods, about how one farmer – guided by the past – made a legacy for the future. Wendell Berry: “Just about perfect. It belongs with the finest writing of its kind”.
First U Leadership Council presents:
Giving Up Racism... Together!
Tuesday, October 4th - 7pm
Giving up racism is an ongoing lifelong spiritual practice; as UUs committed to non-violence, liberation and belonging, we hold anti-racism as a core value which is the key focus of the 8th Principle.
This program, based on "Giving Up Racism for Lent", will launch on October 4th; and participants will be free to sign up for other upcoming sessions. All are welcome! Feel free to invite a friend!
Brought to you by the Widening the Circle Rumble Group. ZOOM LINKMeeting ID: 833 6691 3320 Passcode: 507310
Fall Fair needs your jewelry donations right now, so that Jewelry Room volunteers have time to sort, repair and clean items. Even your broken pieces are welcome! Please contact Ria Heynen at 613-828-8468 to arrange for drop-off.
September 30 is Orange Shirt Day in Canada, when we honour the survivors of the shocking Indian Residential School system. You can recognize this day, important in reconciliation with Indigenous communities in Canada, with a lawn/window sign. They are available from Pamela Naymark, for $20, with pickup near the church, or contact Katherine Gunn.
The FirstU Bridge Club is Restarting!
Online Bridge (using Zoom and BridgeBase.com) is on First Fridays, starting Friday October 7th at 7pm. New members are always welcome! Contact email@example.com for details.
FirstU's Fall Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 27, after Service.
Details to follow.
Unitarian Universalist nUUs
Information about events and activities at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa can be found by reading the latest UUFO Friday Notes.
Canadian Unitarian Council Information about all the upcoming CUC events can be found on their Events Page.
CUC National Worship Service
"Unsettled and Unafraid"
Sunday, September 25 - 1pm EST
Join the CUC for "Unsettled and Unafraid," a national service to honour Indigenous Peoples and ways of being. Elder-in-Residence Sharon Jinkerson Brass, Rev. Danielle Webber and Unitarian Universalists from across the country will explore what it means to uncolonize ourselves and our spirituality.
This will be unlike any Sunday service you have attended before. Prepare to be unsettled. Uncomfortable. Challenged.
Instead of a coffee hour, a free 2.5-hour Indigenized art therapy workshop—(un)settling our spirituality—will follow the service. Click HERE for more information and to get the zoom link.
News from Our Friends
Circles of Indigenous Worldviews presents: Oka: A Crisis or A Resistance of Indigenous Peoples? Thursday, October 6 – 7:30 pm on Zoom Pre-registration required
Initiatives of Change Canada is part of a global network devoted to 'Building Trust Across the World's Divides'. As a contribution to the learning and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, they are hosting a conversation with Marie-Émilie Lacroix from Mashteuiatch in Quebec to explore the 1990 Oka 'Crisis' from an indigenous perspective. More information available HERE. Click HERE to register for this event.
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