Past Services

The Gift of Intentional Connection

January 09, 2022

During this pandemic, we have learned the importance of finding new ways to remain connected with friends, family, and community. In this challenge, we find gifts in the practice of slowing down and paying attention to the quality and intent of our interactions with one another.

Living With Intention – Fire Communion

January 2, 2022 @ 10:30 AM

One of the traditions of the Calgary Unitarians as we enter the New Year is a Fire Communion. This ritual is a shared acknowledgement of the experiences and lessons of the past year and an opportunity to make intentional choices for the year to come. We do this with gratitude for what has been experienced and hope for the future. Come join us in the celebration.

Christmas Eve: Unitarian Lessons and Carols

Friday, December 24 at 7:00 pm

Join us for stories of hope and joy, Christmas carols galore, and our candlelit singing of Silent Night.

Observing Winter Solstice

Sunday, December 19, 2021.

The Quiet Joy of Stillness. A time for reflection and planting the seeds of renewal.

Our Pets Bring Us Joy! A Service for All Ages

Sunday December 12, 2021

Come celebrate the holidays with photos, video greetings and stories about our beloved pets!

An all ages service celebrating our love for our pets and sending one another holiday greetings. Lots of Fun and joyful singing!

Joyful Possibilities

Sunday, December 5, 2021

We’ll be exploring the ways that CU may choose to work towards greater inclusion and welcome.

National Sunday Service.

Worship for Sunday Nov. 28 11:00 am 

Led by youth and young adults, this service’s theme is “Change is Nature.” Come for a delightful and spiritual experience!

Changing When Change is Hard

Sunday November, 21 

As we work to become more accountable and welcoming as a congregation, let’s talk about the process of change and why it’s often harder than it seems.

Our Stories, Ourselves

2021-11-14

Who are we, and who are we becoming? We’ll explore how the stories we tell have a powerful influence over how we see ourselves and others.

Guest Preacher: Ryan Anderson, executive director of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good.

2021-11-07

Guest Preacher: Ryan Anderson, executive director of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good.
CACG is our November recipient of our “For Others” sharing the offering program.  Pastor Anderson will share with us some of the chanting that he learned while staying with the monastic community inTaize, France.  His message centers around the joy we feel when we serve others and work together for the greater good.

Samhain and Halloween

Sunday Oct. 31st

We gather to celebrate the spooky fun that we know as Halloween. We also explore the ancient roots of this tradition in Celtic culture. Samhain is a day to honor the ancestors, celebrate the harvest and prepare for the dark half of the year.

The 8th Principle is all about Relationship, Relationship, Relationship!

October 24, 2021 at 10:30 am

Just say Yes! It’s a powerful statement of solidarity, love, and justice all in one little word.

The 8th Principle: Accountability for Collective Liberation

October 17, 2021 at 10:30 am

As a member congregation of the Canadian Unitarian Council, Calgary Unitarians is participating in the process of adopting the 8th Principle. Today we will talk about what it means to take accountability for practicing this principle together.

Food that Warms the Heart

October 10, 2021 at 10:30 am

This Sunday we will celebrate Thanksgiving with the joy of cooking! Worship will include conversations about favorite recipes and professional chef, Sabrina Del Ben will show us how to make a delicious Pumpkin Jelly Roll!

Cultivating Relationship

October 3, 2021 at 10:30 am

This Sunday, October 3rd, we will re-launch theme-based worship. We begin our exploration of this month’s theme, Cultivating Relationship by taking a look at “hybrid” ministry-both live and live streaming.

The Spiritual Practice of Welcome:  Come, Come, Whoever You Are

September 26, 2021 at 10:30 am

Our staff and wonderful audio visual volunteers are working hard to bring you quality “hybrid” online and in-the-building worship services on Sundays.  Our experience the last few Sundays has led us to decide that we need yet another week of learning with no audience participation. Therefore, next Sunday Sept 26, only the staff/av team will be in the building. We will have our usual Zoom links for the coffee chat before and after the service and will use our Zoom Webinar link for the service itself.  We appreciate your patience and support as we all adapt to the current situation. We hope to see you on Zoom!

Autumn Equinox

September 19, 2021 at 10:30 am

Keeping Our Balance with Laughter and Beauty.
Covid has thrown our world out of whack. It’s difficult to maintain our balance as individuals and as a congregation.  Perhaps a shift in perspective will steady us as we go. Join us as we embrace the laughter and beauty we find when we engage in a life-affirming community.

Water Communion Service

September 12, 2021 at 10:00 am

Please join us on Zoom for this annual service to welcome and bless the congregation as we start a new year of shared ministry together!
If you would like to participate in the water ritual, please send a photograph of you and your water to Rev. Shelly minister@calgaryunitarians.ca There will be a slide show of the photos during the service. I encourage you to write out a short message about the spiritual significance of your water and include the message in the photo.

City Wide Pride

September 05, 2021 at 10:00 am

We will have interfaith reflections from Affirming faith communities, music, special guests, and more! We invite all to attend!
Presenter: Affirming Connections

What is interim ministry?

August 29, 2021 at 10:30 am

Welcome our new interim minister, Reverend Shelly Thompson and get to know what the 2 year interim ministry will be all about.

Find out what is in store from the board, committee on shared ministry, and transitions team.

There will be time for questions during coffee hour.

Presenter: Board

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Designing Space for Social Justice

August 22, 2021 at 10:30 am

As we begin to repopulate our physical spaces in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, our new member Lillias Cowper, will address the opportunity to consider the ways in which space can be designed to foster social justice. An especially important topic for our community as we make plans to improve or change our physical home.
Presenter: Lillias Cowper

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UU Hysterical Society

August 15, 2021 at 10:30 am

Sometimes humour is the best messenger.  Come prepared to laugh while you learn. Mary-Anna Louise will present comedy sketches with deep meaning from the UU Hysterical Society.
Presenter: Mary-Anna Louise

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Goddesses & Feminist Spirituality

August 08, 2021 at 10:30 am

Not just for women! This service will explore the role of goddesses in ancient spiritual traditions, the journey (often disguised) of  Sophia, or wisdom, through the history of western religions, the recent rise of a feminist religiosity, and what a re-embracing of godesses and feminine archetypes could bring to people along the entire gender spectrum in today’s world.
Presenter: Pam Rickey

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Laughnassa

August 01, 2021 at 10:30 am

The Celtic tradition of the Lammas Fair, stories of Lugh of the long arm. Everyone to bring some “first fruits” (could be raspberries, peas or beans, rhubarb, or the like), and a little piece of bread.
Presenters: Brandis Purcell & Daria Skibbington-Rofel

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Social Justice

July 25, 2021 at 10:30 am

The Social Justice Team will be updating us on their activities and plans. We will be also be talking about our affiliation with Calgary Alliance for the Common Good and how our community organizing training with CACG can help us develop our leadership skills within our own Calgary Unitarians community.
Presenter: Pam Rickey and the Social Justice Team

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Special service with Peter Mayer

July 18, 2021 at 10:30 am

The Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax and Peter Mayer, composer of the hymn, Blue Boat Home, have generously made their June 6, 2021, service available to all Canadian Unitarian congregations. This Sunday we will take advantage of that offer, visit the UU Church of Halifax,  and enjoy Peter’s reflections and his beautiful music.
Presenter:  Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax and Peter Mayer

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Stampede Breakfast

July 11, 2021 at 10:30 am

Join us safely online ( next year in person for sure), at 10 am on Sunday July 11th to hear our wonderful Greg ONeill and his brother, Jinks, perform a Stampede concert for us live from Dartmouth. This will be followed by a selection of country songs where you can sing-a-long with slides provided by Ev Dewar. Please join me in your cowboy gear, with your pancakes and sausages in hand, ready for some fun this Sunday at 10am. Jane Ebbern
Stampede Online Breakfast Concert and Sing a long July 11th:

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Truth, Healing & Reconciliation

July 4, 2021 at 10:30 am

In the wake of the discovery of 215 children’s bodies buried on the grounds of the Kamloops residential school, we will be engaging in looking at the truth of the residential school system. On Friday, June 25, at 7 pm we will be showing the documentary, Muffins for Granny, which deals with this shameful Canadian policy.  On Sunday, July 4, Canada Day, Indigenous Elder Barb Barnes will help us see Canada through Indigenous eyes, by reflecting on the experiences of the women in the film.
Presenter: Pam Rickey with guest Elder Barb Barnes

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