Past Services

The Sacred Now

October 2, 2022. 10:30 am

Our theme for October is COURAGE! It takes courage to hold fast to our mission and our vision when the future is uncertain.  This is precisely why we need one another to nurture and sustain our connections and sense of community.  Come, let us worship together!

Orange Shirt Day and the Orange Path

September 25, 2022. 10:30 am

At Calgary Unitarians, we are committed to continuing our participation in Truth and Reconciliation with our First Nations siblings. Today we will remember and reflect on the history of the residential schools and the creation of Orange Shirt Day.
We are all able to advocate and show our support and advocate for greater awareness and action. I encourage you to check out The Orange Path site.
The Orange Path

START YOUR OWN PERSONAL JOURNEY ON THE ORANGE PATH

The Orange Path is a movement that helps each person shape their path toward reconciliation. Your journey is unique to you. The Orange Path is here to provide support to our Indigenous survivors and community members on their journey to heal and to help Canadians on their journey to truth, reconciliation, and allyship.

On this webpage, you will find tools and resources to start or continue your journey to truth and reconciliation.

Shared Ministry as a Spiritual Practice

September 18, 2022. 10:30 am

In his book, Serving with Grace, Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom invites us to “Imagine church not as a place led by a few overly taxed people but one where leadership is a broadly shared ministry that members of the community undertake for the deep joy of it.”  Today we’ll begin to explore what this means to us as we emerge from the pandemic and work to re-energize the ministry teams that make Calgary Unitarians a joyful place to serve and belong with one another.  All are Welcome!

WATER COMMUNION and INGATHERING

PLEASE JOIN US Sunday Sept 11th FOR WATER COMMUNION and INGATHERING
Don’t Forget to Bring Your Water for our annual ingathering ritual blending of the waters.  As we start another year of shared ministry, this celebration renews our covenant to “dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.”
We hope to see you there! All are welcome!

Pride Parade

The parade is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Sunday, September 4, 2022. It is scheduled to conclude by 12:00 PM. The parade route is along 9 ave south, in downtown Calgary. The viewing areas are between 6 st SW and 4 st SE.

In lieu of worship on Sunday Aug. 4th, please join us at the parade! Look for other CU’ers at the corner of 3rd St SE and 9th St. SE near the accessible viewing area. (Near the Library) Note: We are not marching this year.

4th Annual Calgary Citywide Pride Service

August 28, 2022 at 10:30 am

Many Voices, One Heart
Sunday, August 28, 10:30 am MDT

Address: Scarboro United Church 134 Scarboro Ave, Calgary, AB T3C 2H1 

In person at Scarboro United Church and live-streamed. Calgary’s Network of Affirming Faith Communities and Affirming Connections are hosting Citywide Pride IN PERSON for the first time since 2019! Join us for interfaith reflections from Affirming faith communities, music, special guests, and more!

You can attend in person (*masks are required and will be provided for those who need one) or watch from anywhere through our livestream!

Conversation on a Current Event

August 21, 2022 at 10:30 am

From: Calgary Unitarians
Presented by Janice Braden

Janice will share a video that provides insight into a current issue, and then she will facilitate a conversation.

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Can Poetry Change the World?

August 14, 2022 at 10:30 am

From: Calgary Unitarians
Presented by Mary-Anna Louise Kovar

Can Poetry Change the World? Join Mary-Anna Louise Kovar, a member of the Calgary Unitarians Worship Associates Team, as we toss about some thoughts and questions about poetry. We might even find some answers ( but don’t count on it. For UUs it’s all about the questions- right?) We will enjoy a reprise of the spoken word performance by Wakefield Brewster, Calgary’s current Poet Laureate. In April 2022, we had the privilege of having Wakefield as guest speaker in a Worship Service to celebrate Poetry Month.

Reflections of a Guest and Treaty Relative

August 3, 2022 at 10:30 am

From: Saskatoon Unitarians
Presented by Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz

As the descendant of people who were active participants in the settlement of Canada, and as a person now living in Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis, Karen will reflect on her experience of re-storying her family history and unsettling her identity and spirituality.

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Building Our Emotional First Aid Kits

July 31, 2022 at 10:30 am

From: Westwood Unitarian Congregation Edmonton
Presented by Heather MacLean-Smith and Jacqueline Willette

First Aid kits are located all over the place, but what about the first aid for our mental health and well-being? Join Heather and Jacqueline in this personal, introspective service with rich poetry, modern music with video, and a chance for personal self reflection. Please bring pen, paper and an open heart. Shout out to The Canadian National Youth and Young Adults for inspiring me to write this service. Your heart is a star I can see even on the darkest nights. Thank you for sharing yourself with me. I love you

The Danger of A Single Story: Widening the Circle of Concern

July 24, 2022 at 10:30 am

Making Sense of Suffering: A Personal View – Linda Guebert

June 17, 2022 at 10:30 am

Zoom Service From Kelowna Unitarians

Making Sense of Suffering: A Personal View
When we are faced with tragedy or loss, it is only natural to ask, “Why did this happen?” and particularly “Why did this happen to me?” In this service Linda Guebert reflects on her journey after the sudden death of her husband in 2000 and shares some of the insights she gained from the experience. Linda is a member of Kelowna Unitarians currently serving as chair of the Worship Committee. Her memoir “The Hardest Thing I’ll Ever Do: A Journey of Sorrow, Healing and Hope” was published in 2013.

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The Genocide Memorial Service — Rev. Audrey Brooks

June 10, 2022 at 10:30 am

From Unitarian Church of Edmonton

The Genocide Memorial Service
began as a witness to violence committed against human beings because of war, greed, ethnic cleansing, slavery, gender bias, colonial expropriation of land and people, religious persecution, neglect and political oppression that resulted in the deaths of family members. Each year people from all nations are invited to come, tell their stories and place a stone in a dry riverbed with the name of their family or country. This year’s theme is “The Lives of Our Children Matter”, for if the children are killed the nation ceases to exist. Participants include: Father Greg Faryna, Rector of the Edmonton Ukrainian Seminary; Lewis Cardinal, Trustee of the Parliament of the World Religions; Sofia Yaqub, Executive Director of the SHAAMA Centre; Satya Das, author and activist; Ukrainian Trio Zemlia; Jasmina Colic to speak about her son who was taken from her at Srebrenica; Metis poet Naomi McIlwraith to talk about bringing the children home. The Ubuntu Soul Singers will sing, “Angel Wash”. And “The Storm is Passing Over.”

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Meeting ID: 977 7945 3314 Passcode: 243251 Dial: 1-587-328-1099
Hosted by: Unitarian Church of Edmonton

A Balance of Nature — Rev. Rosemary Morrison

June 3, 2022 at 10:30 am

From Unitarian Church of Edmonton

As we approach the summer season, let’s reflect on how being in Nature effects us. Also, how we can balance our need of what the earth offers with how much the earth can give. Where do we find that balance?

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Meeting ID: 977 7945 3314 Passcode: 243251 +1 587 328 1099
Hosted by: Unitarian Church of Edmonton

Celebrating Summer!

June 26, 2022 at 10:30 am

Join us virtually for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship.

Sunday Worship  (event page with YouTube embedded) 
Sunday, June 26, 2022, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:30 a.m. CDT / 10:30 a.m. MDT / 9:30 a.m. PDT
Join us virtually for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. YouTube link https://youtu.be/66NdjDRPvhU

Celebrating Summer!

June 19, 2022 at 10:30 am

Join us for our final worship of the church year! We’ll celebrate all that we have done together this year. Plus, it’s Father’s Day, and we will honor the Summer Solstice, and National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Celebrating Blessings

June 12, 2022 at 10:30 am

Join us as we count our blessings and explore how gratitude helps us stay hopeful and resilient.

Flower Communion

June 05, 2022 at 10:30 am

Please bring some flowers to share for our annual celebration! This will be an all ages worship with activities for everyone to enjoy. We hope to see you there!