June 5th at 10:30 am
Together We Can Do So Much
Presenter: Brett Tarver
Service Leaders: Sharyn Devine and Glenn Tarver
Brett will speak to us about hope ~ helping people in difficult circumstances struggling against extreme need. With media focusing on problems everywhere in the world, he will talk about how the public latches onto particular issues and how World Vision responds to the greatest needs and, finally, the myths contributing to the "Why bother?” attitude. He will describe his recent work on maternal health in Tanzania and Kenya, child health in South Sudan, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon and how World Vision responds to humanitarian emergencies.
Brett Tarver is the son of member, Glenn Tarver, and the father of Glenn's granddaughters, Paris and Violet. Brett is the Manager of Advocacy and Emergency Communications for World Vision. World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. Most importantly it promotes child health and child protection, working both in Canada and in 100 other countries. Brett's previous work has been in telemarketing, journalism and TV broadcasting.
June 12th at 10:30 am
Flower Communion: A Circle of Life
Presenter: Rev. Lori Kyle
Service Leader: Sandra Morgan
Musicians: Sheila White and the Don Heights Singers
Flower Communion is a cherished annual ritual for our congregation. This year, our focus will be on how our lives can reflect a flower's life in it's seedling beginnings that culminate with beauty and then return to the Earth to begin the circle of life again.
Rev. Lori Kyle has been the spiritual leader at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Durham since October, 2014 and lives in eastern Toronto with her spouse Margaret, and her children Nathan and Maddie. Lori was ordained at Toronto First on June 14, 2015.
June 19th at 10:30 am
Rays of Light in the Darkness of the Israel/Palestine Situation
Presenter: Robert Holmes
Service Leader: Jake Javanshir
Christian Peacemaker Teams have their origins in the traditional Christian Peace Churches - Mennonites, Brethren and Quakers. CPT stands in solidarity with unarmed victims of violence offering accompaniment to threatened communities, organizations and individuals in the hope that their presence will reduce the level of violence.
Robert Holmes is a Roman Catholic Basilian priest/teacher, who has been active in social justice ministry for several years. He is the Basilian Coordinator for Peace & Justice and heads up the Basilian Centre for Peace & Justice in Toronto. Since January 2000, Bob has been a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and has served in Canada, USA, Israel/Palestine, Chiapas, Vieques, Colombia, Uganda, Congo, Iraq and Kurdistan. He is currently a member of the CPT Palestine Team.
June 26th at 4:00 pm
Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy
Presenters: Bob and Anna Barnett
Service Leader: Michael Kenny
Bob will share the geological history of the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy, what the Conservancy does including how and why they conserve land, why donors donate land and money and how a few simple steps will make a big difference to Ontario's rare species, your ability to spend time in nature and Ontario's hidden ecosystem economy of clean air, clean water and reduced carbon dioxide.
Bob and Anna Barnett started hiking the Bruce Trail with their 6 and 8 year old kids in 1984. That 2.5 year adventure hiking the whole thing got Bob volunteering at the Bruce Trail and helping find 15 properties to get their trail off the road. In 1996, Bob and a few friends decided that the protection needed to be expanded to the whole Escarpment ecosystem, so they started the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy which protects land east of the Escarpment right over to the Huron shore, including Manitoulin Island. One project is even in Mattawa on the Ottawa River. Today they have reached 150 nature reserves protecting 11,430 acres with 64 rare species.
Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine