Volume 28 Number 3
We respectfully acknowledge that we meet on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation.

Monthly Theme for November – PURPOSE

The Comox Valley Unitarians’ Community Gatherings
We gather as a community weekly, at 250 Beach Drive in Comox. All are welcome! We are pleased to offer a variety of topics for your spiritual and intellectual exploration.

Community Gatherings

Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Gathering Leader: Rev. Meg Roberts Giving purpose and Life to our Dreams
What does it mean to live a life of purpose and meaning? How can we focus our energies so we can live our dreams? These questions apply to us as individuals, as families and as an intentional Unitarian community. Today, we’ll explore these questions and our answers in a fun, creative and engaging way – come join us!
Following our service, please join us for the Fellowship’s monthly potluck, including a Celebration cake to thank all who support this community with their time, talents and treasure – today kicks off our Canvass for 2020.
Saturday, Nov. 9, at 5:00 in the Hall: One World Chant and Meditation
A multi-faith One World Chant and Meditation gathering will be held in the church hall. The gathering will consist of meditation periods, chants, and short readings from the various spiritual traditions. In addition to seating, the venue has open floor space for prayer rugs and kneeling benches. One World Chant and Meditation is co-hosted by Comox United Church, the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship and the Comox Valley Unity Church. Peggy Zimmerman, Arlene Bell and Vicki Vanderhoof

Sunday, Nov. 10, at 4:00 pm in the hall: Gathering Coordinator: George Penfold
“Once you learn to discern the voice of Mother Culture humming in the background, telling her story over and over again to the people of your culture, you’ll never stop being conscious of it. Wherever you go for the rest of your life, you’ll be tempted to say to the people around you, “how can you listen to this stuff and not recognize it for what it is?” Daniel Quinn from his novel Ishmael
What messages did Mother Culture give you about the purpose of your life? How do those messages serve us given the challenges we face today?

Community Gatherings continued

Sunday, Nov. 17, at 4:00 in the hall: Gathering Coordinator: Juliana Leahy
Speaker: Sabina Acheson
Sabina has been a Psychiatric Care Nurse in the Valley for 9 years. She has also spent five years of half-time work as a community health nurse in Dzaawada’enuxw Nation at Kingcome Inlet. In 2016 she took on the position of Coordinator of the Care-a-Van Society. In line with this month’s theme of Purpose, Sabina will share with us what it means to live a life of purpose, finding purpose, and the impacts of purposeful work.
Following our Gathering, please join us for refreshments.

Saturday, Nov. 23 at 5:00 pm in L1 (lower level): Taizé service with Arlene Bell and Peggy Zimmerman
A Christian prayer service with readings, songs and silence. Please enter the building through the right-hand side entrance off the parking lot and go straight ahead through the double doors. The Taizé services are co-sponsored by Comox United Church and the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship.

Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary: TED Talk – facilitator Rachel McBryan
What is your purpose or mission in life? This question goes well beyond simply what we do as a job and occupies our entire life. Join us as we watch a short video on finding your mission in life, and then discuss what that means in our own lives together.

Our Sept. to Dec. 2019 ‘Transforming Our World’ Offering’
Will be donated to the Comox Bay Care Society Care-A-Van. https://www.cvcareavan.ca/
This organizations’ work is in line with our Unitarian principle affirming and supporting justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.

Visitors are welcome to all our community gatherings, other meetings and programs. We would like to continue to share our “About Us” newsletter with you. The online version is free. If you would like to receive it, write your e-mail address in our guestbook or email our Administrative Coordinator at cvufcoord@gmail.com. If you would like a paper copy mailed to you, we are happy to provide complimentary copies for three months, after which an annual contribution of $30 is requested to cover the costs of producing, mailing and staff time. Please identify the contribution with your name and address. Thank you for your interest in our community and please let us know if there are any activities you would like to join.
If you have been attending the Gatherings and would like to be listed on the CVUF Fellowship List (a directory of those who attend CVUF) please contact cvufcoord@gmail.com for the necessary forms.

Musings by Meg

November’s theme is Purpose.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

I’ve always found this line from Mary Oliver’s poem “The Summer Day” compelling. To me, it speaks of purpose. What do I think is the purpose of my life? How do I live that?

I know that some people write a mission statement to help focus their ideas about what matters to them. I remember doing that at a couple of times in my life. The one that comes to mind as I write this came during a spiritual retreat about 13 years ago. I was spending time up in the Rocky Mountains – it was a crisp February day and I was looking at the blue sky and towering mountains, in awe of their beauty. And what came to me was:
Live love. Love life.
When I write about “love,” I’m not thinking of the sentimental kind of love that comes in greeting cards. I mean showing up and being present to another person or being. Showing that I recognize their worth, their dignity, that I value and care for them. I bring my compassion and attention to who they are and treasure the gifts they bring to this world because of the unique creature that they are. When I can bring this kind of love, it adds such a richness to living. I more easily experience loving the life that I have been blessed with. It reminds me to not get too caught up with the minutia of life and focus instead on the preciousness of life – my own and others’.

What do you plan to do with your wild and precious life? What do you think is your purpose in this life at this time? I look forward to exploring these questions with you and hearing your thoughts, feelings and life experiences.

My next visit to the Comox Valley is Nov. 2-3. The rest of the time, I stay in contact through email, phone and via online conference calls. You can contact me at mroberts@uuma.org and 778-870-9015. My regular Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship business day is Tuesdays, and I’ll check email on Fridays as well. If you need a quick response, please start the subject heading with “NB” (the abbreviation for the Latin “nota bene” – meaning “take special notice”) or mention it in the voice message on my cell phone.

In the spirit, Rev. Meg Roberts

Soul Matters Sharing Circle – A Place to Find Inspiration, Meaning and Connection

Come join our Soul Matters Circle, a small group that meets once a month to explore how the congregation’s monthly theme can be woven into our lives. Our group welcomes new members at any point during the year – come once to see what it’s like and see if it is a fit for what you’re looking for.

We meet in room L7 in the lower level at Comox United Church—entrance off the lower parking lot (the one on the right hand-side of the building when you’re facing it). Our next meeting will be on Saturday, November 2, from 3:30-5:30pm. We will be discussing October’s theme of Inspiration and Meaning.

Our three facilitators will be taking turns during the year: Heather Kennedy-MacNeill, Deb Howard, Keith Wallace, and Rev. Meg Roberts. If you would like more information, contact the coordinator: Rev. Meg Roberts (mroberts@uuma.org, 778-870-9015). We hope to see you there!

What We Wish People Knew About Unitarian Universalism
Earlier this year, my colleague, Rev. Steven Epperson, encouraged ministers to write up what they wish people about Unitarian Universalism. He created a wonderful booklet. Over the coming months, I’ll include some of those quotes in our newsletter for you to read and consider. What do you wish people knew about us? Here are three responses. – Rev. Meg Roberts
I wish everyone knew that Unitarian Universalism is a faith tradition that is totally unlike any other. We do not define ourselves by a limiting set of beliefs. We affirm that people of good will, regardless of individual spiritual and religious orientation, can have their lives enriched, as we work to heal the world and learn from each other—building relationships across cultural, social, economic and religious boundaries. – Rev. Norm Horofker
I wish that everyone knew that UUs have rich conversations about all manner of things religious, theological, ethical and that we know how to listen deeply and stay curious even when we don’t understand or when we disagree. – Rev. Debra Thorne
We do not judge people by their theologies and beliefs, but by the way they live those theologies and beliefs. – Rev. Brian Kiely

New to the Comox Valley Unitarians and Want to Learn More About Us?

We will be having an Introduction to Unitarianism gathering on Saturday, Nov.2 starting at 6:30pm at Juliana and Dan Leahy’s in Comox. We’ll get to know each other a bit better, talk about Unitarianism and this fellowship (explore Unitarian principles and sources, and some history), and answer your questions. Childcare available on request, just let us know by the RSVP date the number and age of the kids; and if you have any food sensitivities.

Please RSVP if you are interested in attending by Wednesday, October 30:
Jane Fox (250-339-9536) janefoxincomox@gmail.com.
Look forward to connecting with you.

Dreams and Dollars: what is it? In October we got together to look at how we think and feel about the sharing of money and other gifts in our own lives. In November we will use that knowledge to begin a shift away from focusing on scarcity of money to look at the abundant strengths and gifts we share as a community, strengths and gifts that we can use in building more of what we want as we go forward.
How will it be delivered? In November two workshop sessions will be led by May Partridge and Arlene Bell.
Sessions: when and where?
Saturday, November 9, 10am-noon (for all): What are the challenges we face in our fellowship with respect to money? What are the strengths this community brings to these challenges?
Sunday, November 24, 2:00-3:15 (for all): What is our mission? How do we put it into action?
And coming in January: How do we begin to shift our community culture of money in general?

All sessions will take place at Comox United Church, 250 Beach Dr.
The Communicator and our monthly newsletter will carry reminders of each session and more details.

Why are we doing this? There’s a song we sing as grace before we eat together in this community: “From you I receive, to you I give; together we share, and from this, we live.” This song beautifully illustrates how we can think of money, as well as other talents, in this community. Because when we make an offering of money (or time and effort) here, we are not giving it to some agency beyond our control, something out there that does not consider our individualities. We are giving it to this community. We are giving it to people that we know and care about. In doing so, we give back that gift’s power – to ourselves. There’s a very deep sharing here, and if we can focus on that, we will come to see money contributed to our shared activities in a very different light.

“From you I receive, to you I give; together we share, and from this, we live.”

Comox Valley Drawdown Ecochallenge comes again! November 9 – 30th just for those in the Comox Valley…watch for details coming soon! Last spring, we created a team to do the Ecochallenge and the Unitarian/United Church team came second in all of Canada! Plus, we all learned lots about individual and collective solutions to climate change which helped motivate us and become more knowledgeable when advocating for government, community and business changes. If you’d like to participate or help out, please contact Heather Kennedy-MacNeill at heatherk-m@shaw.ca or 250 338-1947.

The CUC’s National Conference 2020 will be held in Halifax, NS from May 15 – 17. Hosted by the UU Church of Halifax, the conference’s theme is “Making Waves.”
This call for proposals invites you to submit your ideas for programming. Please read all the details carefully before sending in your proposal. Deadline is Oct 31, 2019.
Theme description: Our interdependence calls us to love and justice, to be a more intentionally inclusive community of belonging with adaptive skills and responses to face the challenges of a changing world. The waves we make should be far-reaching, have impact beyond UU communities, and affect diverse areas of social justice and equity: racial justice; truth, healing and conciliation; refugee sponsorship and migrant justice; environmental concerns; assisted dying; radical inclusion of LGBTQ2+ people; disability justice; underserved communities; economic and social inequalities; multi-generational engagement, and more. How do we make waves that will challenge the status quo, and have implications for our relevance into the future?
All programming will focus on the “Making Waves” theme, including streams and workshops. Only those proposals that adhere closely to the theme will be considered.
Submit your proposals here by Oct 31. The Program Planning Committee will be in contact with proposers during November.
Questions about the conference? Email conference@cuc.ca. Information and registration will be available at the end of January 2020.
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The Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship
c/o 250 Beach Drive, Comox BC V9M 1P9, Phone 250 890-9262
Website: www.cvuf.ca
Consulting Minister: Rev. Meg Roberts mroberts@uuma.org Phone 1-778-870- 9015
Administrative Coordinator: Lorna Tutte cvufcoord@gmail.com
Music Director:Matt Maxwell matt@dreamsinger.ca
YPSE Program Facilitator: Caroline Shannon caroline_shannon@yahoo.co.uk

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