2019

Sunday Services in June

OUR WORLD

The June sun evokes memories of other days- the scent of warm sand, the sound of the sea rippling with delight, the cries of the seagulls, terns and the red-winged blackbird.  The melodies of the earth and sea melding with all the creatures in our world.  Such exquisite harmony.

Let us learn now to listen with love, see with delight, and promise to hold all dear, to protect and keep safe, to the best of our human ability, this wonderful place we call our world.

DJ Thomas

June 2nd:  Melodies of Earth and Sea
Moderator:  Robert Winkenhower
Meditation:  Norm Smookler
Speaker:     Laura Lane
Greeter:       TBA
Co-ordinator:   D. Joan Thomas

June 9th: Love Is Round
Moderator: April Hambly
Meditation: Brian Martin
Speaker:  Sherry Morgan
Greeter:       TBA
Co-ordinator:   April Hambly

Since a spiritual experience in 1982 Sherry has been following her guidance. She met her principal human teacher in Mexico in 1996 (an elder Huichol shaman). With the help of this shaman Sherry met her principal ‘spirit’ teacher in 1997, the elemental Fire – our heart energy. Fire transmitted a program about prayer for her to teach that helps people return to the experience of connection and relationship with heart and through heart to aspects of the world around us. Sherry also helps people to receive their own spiritual guidance, which is our birthright. In 2016 Sherry received the words “Love Is Round” in her prayer time. She will share with us the great significance this has for each of us!

June 16th: Singing in a Joyful Spirit
There will be a very strong satisfaction from singing on this day.
Moderator: Laurence Beal
Music director: I hope we can all sing the whole of the usual talking time
Meditation: Laurence Beal
Greeter: TBA
Coordinator: Laurence Beal

June 23rd Focus: Living in the community
Moderator:  Chris Bullock
Meditation: Herb3rd
Speaker:   Ryefield Ford
Greeter:   Louisa Fiander
Coordinator: Sharon Ford
Speaker Bio.

Ryefield Ford has been a speaker before at Church of Truth when he shared with us his experience with the early days of his brain injury recovery. Today, he continues on his personal journey as he talks about coping and living in the community following brain injury. Now, in the field of Social Work, Rye works with brain injured men and women who need guidance in coping with everyday life. As well, he uses his gift as a creative writer to articulate to his audience his continuing struggle and growth within his own community.

June 30th Spiritual Reflection as Transitioning into Summer

Moderator: Peggy
Mediation: Marilyn Smando
Greeter: Jean
Coordinator: Marilyn Smando

 It a community sharing about the spiritual seeds planted during the spring and how to encourage each other to blossom in the summer

Sunday Services in May

CARE AND NURTURING AT THE BEGINNING OF LIFE

Chilling winds give way to Earth’s softer breath.

Beltane’s bonfires give chase to the last of Winter’s frigid embrace.

Naked branches cease shivering as Sun’s great furnace warms their blood sap.

Soft blossoms adorn sleepy wooden arms as flower garlands stream from Maypoles.  We now celebrate the long festival of fertility and Summer growth.

We dance and unite, safe in our quest for the season’s survival. Fire, Earth, Air, Water come together and create a new way of life once more.

Inside the living Earth, young seeds eagerly drink and laugh till they burst and push their new bodies upward, upward toward the Sungod who showers his love down upon the multitude of green and golden heads. A celebration of life!

Sharon Ford

Significant May Celebrations.
May 5 Ramadan begins
May 12 Mother’s Day
May 19 World Garden Day

May 5: Find words of healing insight to use during internal trials of valuation
Moderator:     Laurence Beal
Meditation:     D. Joan Thomas
Speaker:          Rowland Mak
Greeter: ?
Coordinator:    D. Joan Thomas

May 12: Dance, social connection and movement through Motherhood
Moderator:     Laura Lane
Meditation:     April Hambly
Speaker:          Alisa Kage
Greeter:          Louisa Fiander
Coordinator:    Marilyn Smando.

Alisa Kage. My childhood was spent in Tokyo, Japan in a bi-racial family filled with movement and music. My Paternal grandmother’s influence stays with me today from my early days in Tokyo, sitting with her in her prayer/meditation room listening to her recitation of the Heart Sutras etc, and being taken by the hand riding the subway to go to Classical Japanese dance of Fujima lineage since age 7. After immigrating with my family just before age 13, I continued to study dance, gymnastics and languages. Through my careers as a teacher of languages and next as an acupuncturist, the study of Ki or Chi (vital energy) took the forms of Japanese Taiko drumming, acupuncture/massage practice and lineage of Wild Goose Qigong spanning 30 years. I called myself a born-again Christian in my University days, and then on after visiting 7 Asian countries in a solo travel post university including Lhasa,Tibet; Da-Tong, China; and Brobodur, Indonesia;.. all three locations with the most iconic Buddhist monuments in each of those countries, my spiritual studies took a sharp turn Eastward.

Presently I am a staff member of Tao Cultivation group here in Victoria. I took a life long vow of vegetarianism called “Pure Mouth” where we not only pay attention to what we take in but also what comes out of my mouth..a discipline to clean my thoughts.

I am so very honored to be asked to speak at the Church of Truth where my daughter Kaiko  and I had been seen since her infancy till her tween years. Her mother had roped her into reciting poetry, playing a cello duet with Natasha, and a couple of dance numbers with her best friend Kama.

May 19: Cultural practices of relating under review for culling
Meditation:     Herb 3rd
Moderator:     Sharon Ford
Speaker:          Laurence Beal/Sharon Ford
Greeter:          Kirsty Inglis
Coordinator:    Sharon Ford

May 26  Community service plus Extended hour
Transmutation of appetites to higher integral expressions
Moderator:     Either TBA or L. Beal
Meditation:     Same as above
[I’ve been a bit overloaded this month with the absence of vacationers, but I am looking for people to play the two M roles-LB]
It is Community Service, small group discussions, with large group sharing
Greeter: Sharon Ford


Sunday Services in April

THE MANY FACES OF RESURRECTION

This year, Earth Day and Easter Monday are on the same day. This convergence from different traditions prompts deep reflection. What would we like to see born in the dimension of spirit, in the dimension of feeling, in the dimension of earth on this day, in this month, at this time? On the spirit level, we live in a world where religious dogma and an empty materialism prevail. On the feeling and earth levels, we live in a world where most feel disconnected from community, and from all the beings who make up the rest of the earth. Yet many too are rising up, often taking their lead from indigenous worldviews, and discovering a spirituality of connection with the inner divine, with each other and with the earth. Many are on a journey to compassion, moving beyond whatever filters have prevented them from perceiving others in their actuality, moving towards collective healing.  It doesn’t matter which face of resurrection we are inspired by first; it simply matters that we are part of the movement towards the new.

 Submitted by Chris Bullock, on behalf of SDC

April 7th Living in the normal world with the realities of non-normal awareness
Moderator:      Peggy  Muncaster
Meditation and presentation: Kirsty Inglis
Greeter:           TBA
Coordinator:    Laurence Beal

Biography: Kirsty Inglis is a shamanic practitioner based in Victoria, BC. She works with clients to help them remember who they truly are and what they want from life. Her healing practice focuses on supporting clients to reconnect with their bodies, to tap into their innate wisdom and in using their intuition to influence their life’s direction and choices. Kirsty’s practice is guided by her teachers in the Shipibo and Lasqueridas Shipibo traditions. The philosophy underpinning Kirsty’s work is the cultivation of ayni (pronounced eye-knee) or “right relationship” so that we can each walk in right relationship – with ourselves, our friends and family, the environment and our wider community – as a means of living a fulfilled life. For more information on Kirsty’s work see https://ayniwest.ca.

April 14th Re-envisioning the Death/Resurrection Journey
Moderator:      Pat Miller
Meditation and presentation: Michael Tacon and Chris Bullock
Greeter:           Louisa Fiander
Coordinator:    Chris Bullock

Biography: Michael Tacon lives in a cohousing community in Sooke and he is the president of Transition Sooke a non-profit society of active and concerned citizens working towards the adoption of a more resilient and sustainable lifestyle as the crisis of climate change and societal disruption hangs over us all. A key value in his volunteer work is working towards a more mutually enhancing and healthy relationship with the natural systems that support all life on this planet.

April 21st Easter – Resurrection:  Spiritual Revelation through Human Experience
Moderator:      Marie Logan
Meditation:     Marilyn Smando
Speaker:          Rev. Joan Hopper
Greeter:           Robert Winkenhower
Coordinator:    D.Joan Thomas

April 28th Community Service – Collective movement towards positive habits and openness.
Small Groups exploring how we’ve experienced collectively helping one another move towards positive new habits and more openness.
Moderator:      TBA
Meditation:     TBA
Greeter:           TBA
Coordinator:    April Hambly

Sunday Services in March

THE OPENING OF MANY PATHS

March, the month when Spring officially arrives. The month of varied winds. Traditionally, the month of change, and promise. Associated with the astrological sign of Pisces, it can be seen as the month where many waters begin to flow, many paths begin to open up. These may be the path of dreams, the path of following the promptings of one’s art, the path of opening up to the wisdom of young people, or of one’s environmental conscience, or consciousness of connection.  March beckons to us. How shall we respond?

March 3rd. Deep Listening With Compassion
Moderator: April Hambly
Greeter: Tba
Meditation: Tba
Speaker: Pearl Gregor
Coordinator: April Hambly

March 10th: Healing Sound
Moderator: Lorna Rennie
Meditation:  Eleanor McKinnon
Speaker: Laura Lane
Greeter: Marie Logan
Coordinator: D.J. Thomas

March 17: Listening to the Younger Generation
Moderator: Herb the Third
Presentation: Dreanna Picard, “Spiritual Bankruptcy, and Its Cure”
Meditation: Sean  (“Wool”) McLaughlin
Greeter: Marvelous Trudeau
Coordinator: Chris Bullock

BIO: Dreanna Picard works as a frontline mental health and addiction worker and has spent the last few years trying to make peace with her own idea of a spiritual connection. She will be sharing about her personal struggles with mental health and addiction as a young person and how at the root of that she believes is a lack of connection.

March 24. Theme. Art Therapy
Moderator: April Hambly
Meditation: Marilyn Smando
Community Service
Greeter: tba
Coordinators: April and Marilyn

March 31. Creativity builds social integration – Community service
May Spirit bring us into a rolling, dynamic exploration with “hands on” experience, and hopefully precipitate insights and refined directions.
Coordinator: Laurence Beal
Moderator: Laurence Beal
Meditation: silent

Invitation to Artists (and aspiring ones)”

On Sunday, March 31st, our Community will host an ‘Art Show after the service, from 1-3pm.

A cordial invitation goes out to everyone/anyone in our community who has created an art piece (whatever medium) to showcase your creative inspiration to the broader community. Details to follow. So bring your ‘art’ or get creatively working now.

We also need helpers to make this event happen and will have sign up lists at church on Sundays for artists and helpers.

You mustsign up on a list at church or by contacting one of the following members to let us know you would like to contribute:

Louise: ljfiander2@gmail.com / Laura: Lauras.myc@shaw.ca or John: sunvann@yahoo.ca

Sunday Services in February

RELEASING HIDDEN POTENTIAL

February is often a dark and dreary month in our part of the world, and once the excitement of Christmas and New Year celebration is over, many of the richer among us flee to warmer climes. But February is also the month where love is celebrated, and under the cover of darkness lies much potential for growth. In this month we can explore that potential, whether it be the breaking from routine into new growth, the role of water in cleansing static emotional and planetary situations, or the deeper realization of our connections to others and to our living world.

PS Dear Mother Earth, we’re sending you our love this month.

Submitted by Chris Bullock, on behalf of SDC.

Feb. 3rd  Learning to care about Humanity
Greeter:             Louisa Fiander
Moderator:       Marvelous Trudeau
Meditation:      Laurence Beal
Speaker:            Sharon Penney-Ford
Coordinator:    Sharon Penney-Ford

Speaker Bio: Originally from Nova Scotia, Sharon is the daughter of a Newfoundland father and Irish mother. After completing a degree at the  University of Victoria in English Literature and Theatre,  Sharon Penney-Ford taught English, Theatre and Creative Writing for 25 years at a small high school in the East Kootenay region of BC.

February 10:  Cleansing Waters: Navigating Grief in a Changing World
Moderator:         Chris Bullock
Meditation:         Sharon Ford
Presentation:      “Planetary Grief”– Jan Inglis
Greeter:                Louisa Fiander
Coordinator:       Chris Bullock

JAN INGLIS has a background in somatic psychotherapy, adult development, public engagement processes including the use of popular theatre and the creative arts. She has worked in the field of climate change education for 30 years both as a grassroots organizer and academic. Her PhD focused on the social economic paradigms of individualism underlying climate change. She has worked with Joanna Macy’s concepts of despair and transformation since the 1980’s, and seeks out ways to bring our best selves forward to face a changing world.

Feb. 17th Identity release and group cultivation
Meditation:         Alva Nolla
Moderator:                 Brian Martin
Speaker:            April Hambly
Coordinator:       April Hambly

Feb 24  Brainstorming on creating and manifesting social benefit
Greeter:             Lorna and ?
Mediation:          Marilyn
Moderator:         Sanjara or Laurence
Coordinators:      Marilyn and Laurence

Social Benefit? Within our community, or in the greater community at large?

Possible Discussion keynotes, things like: creating a support group from within Church with transport, visitation, etc.;  supporting non-profits like using our garage sale as a free sale for a organization that needs clothing and household items;  A bursary for someone who would love to go to school but has no money;   Food for Cridge cupboard; and as your group conceives.
Divide into groups and discuss what social benefit means and brainstorm ideas to share

Sunday Services in January

CREATING THE NEW

For many people, the arrival of the New Year is a simple matter; it’s a time to party on New Year’s Eve and then, in the morning, to make a raft of resolutions with the uneasy sense that the raft may sink not too long after launching.  Among those who hold to older traditions, there is the understanding that bringing a really new, New Year requires both hard spiritual work and celebration.

Many indigenous North American nations believed that the lighting of fires and the chanting of many prayers were necessary to bring back the light. Households in parts of the British Isles still follow the tradition of the “First Footer,” the belief that the first person to enter the house in the New Year should be a dark-haired man carrying a lump of coal, a loaf of bread, and a bottle of whisky. This tradition seems to signify the recognition that darkness will continue in the New Year, and that newness will require fire, good food, and celebration.

So let us acknowledge that the coming year will contain darkness, like all other years, and that we can create the new by bringing to 2018 the fire of spirit, the nourishment of community built on principles of equality and respect for nature, and the wonderful gift of celebration.

Submitted by Chris Bullock, on behalf of SDC.

January 6    Healing Through Feeling
Moderator:    Marvelous Trudeau
Meditation:    Sharon Ford
Speaker:       Ryefield Ford (biography below)
Greeter:        Louisa Johanna
Coordinator:  Sharon Ford

January 13  Open Relating:  “To Thine Own Self Be True…”
Moderator:   Lorna Rennie
Meditation:  Bill Israel
Greeter:       TBA
Speaker:      Mary White
Coordinator:  D. Joan Thomas

January 20: SONG AND CELEBRATION
Moderator: John Vanden Heuvel
Meditation: Siobhan Robinsong
Presentation: “Inspired Joyful Singing”: Siobhan Robinsong
Greeter: Joyanna Wilkinson
Coordinator: Chris Bullock

January 27 Building Compassionate Practice in Community (a Community Service)
Moderator: Laurence Beal
Meditation: Music Coordinator
Community Service: Topical discussions in small groups, building the compassionate practice in community relating, how can we?
Greeter: TBA
Coordinator: Laurence Beal

We already do favour compassionate expressions. But what can we do, what do we do to cultivate the attitude of compassion in our day to day expressions?  In this we can throw the nets far, so that we may all hear and share our own ways with our friends.  Expansion on a theme, this will be an opportunity to share takes or perspectives, alternatives from other people, a building of resource.  We may build compassion into the ways of our local subculture.

[Small groups of three or four.]

 Speaker’s Bio

 Demian Ryefield Ford spent the first phase of his life on Bowen Island with his parents, David and Sharon who practiced meditation, organic gardening while raising goats and sheep. At age four, Ryefield was initiated into Transcendental Meditation, and from that time, he has continued a lifelong spiritual quest. On October 14th, 2005, Rye’s life was drastically interrupted at a crosswalk when a car hit him at Cloverdale and Douglas here in Victoria. After a comatose period, long days, months and years were spent in his struggle to recover from a devastating brain injury. Now, Ryefield works in the field of Social Work where he helps men and women with brain injury cope with their lives on a daily basis. Today, Ryefield shares with us, the transformation that he has experienced in both emotional and spiritual life.    Welcome.  Demian Ryefield Ford.

Mary, a Minister’s daughter, was born in her father’s first mission field, in Emo, a Northern Ontario town.  Her Mother was a war bride from England.  Mary will tell us a little about her parents’ life before telling us about her personal journey to become a United Church minister when she was 40.

Siobhan Robinsong is co-founder of Hollyhock, founder of the Gettin’ Higher Choir and the High Noon Choir. She has been busting the myth of the non-singer since 1994