Fall 2017 Connection Circles

Connection Circles are an opportunity to deepen relationships with other members of CMUC through a shared interest. Registration sheets are in the main church office, or you can register by emailing christine @ canadianmemorial.org.

The Fall 2017 Connection Circles are:

Deepening Reconciliation

Led by Hilary Kitson
Dates: Mondays 7:00-8:30pm, Oct 23 to Nov 27th
Location: CMUC Library
Limit 8 people

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Spiritual Practice for Busy Lives

Led by Michelle Cobban
Dates: Mondays 7:00-8:30pm, Oct 16th to Nov 20th
Location: Michelle’s house in Kits (address will be sent to those who sign up)
Limit 8 people

Sometimes our lives are so busy that we barely have enough time to brush our teeth before falling into bed at night. How do we make time and space for God in our life when we are balancing kids, pets, caregiving, multiple jobs, hobbies, housework? Bring your ideas and challenges as we talk about ways to support each other in a daily spiritual practice in our busy lives. Please bring your busy lives with you—kids, pets, food, wine, piles of bills… Come late or leave early—in this circle, the chaos of our every day lives will be present; there is room for all.

Bible Study for Doers, Dreamers and Doubters

Led by Rev Beth Hayward and Seth Baker
Dates: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm, Oct 10th to Nov 14th.
Location: CMUC Sanctuary
Limit 15 people

A key part of nurturing our Christian faith is learning to wrestle with our texts. This six week study group will explore the biblical tradition of prophecy with an eye to how it can enlighten our response to today’s Pharaohs. Led by Rev. Beth Hayward and Seth Baker, this circle is intended to deepen our comfort with and knowledge of the scriptures. No experience required!

Active Witnessing – Challenging hate and intolerance in our everyday lives

Led by Carol Sutton
Dates: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm, Oct 10th to Nov 14th.
Location: Carol’s house near Cambie and Broadway (address will be sent to those who sign up). Wheelchair accessible space, with small washroom.
Limit 10 people

Following CMUC’s excellent workshop on Active Witnessing, this Connection Circle aims to bring the discussion into the Canadian context. The purpose of Active Witnessing, also called ‘Bystander Intervention’ is to provide practical ideas of words and actions any individual might take in the face of threatening racist, sexist, homophobic and other unacceptable comments and behaviours. As a circle we will learn, reflect and practice Active Witnessing in the types of everyday situations we have encountered and might encounter in our own lives.

Book Study: A God that Could be Real: Spirituality, Science and the Future of Our Planet

Led by Angie Gerst, Elisabeth Tanner and Stephen Tanner
Dates: Wednesdays 7:15-9pm, Oct 4th to Nov 8th.
Location: Stephen and Elisabeth’s home – near 20th and Main (address will be sent to those who sign up). Wheelchair accessible.
Limit 12 people

In this circle, we will engage in discussion about the nature of God, based on the book “A God that Could be Real: Spirituality, Science and the Future of Our Planet” (2015). In this book, “Abrams explores a radically new way of thinking about God. She dismantles several common assumptions about God, and shows why an omniscient, omnipotent God that created the universe and plans what happens is incompatible with science – but explains that this doesn’t preclude a God that can comfort and empower us…. Abrams finds something worthy of the name “God” in the new science of emergence… A God that could be real…. is what humanity needs to inspire us to collectively cooperate to protect our warming planet and create a long-term civilization.”

Developing a Meditative Practice

Led by Bob Russell and Sam Wyatt
Dates: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, October 12, 19, 26 and November 9, 16.
Location: CMUC Library
Limit 10 people

The intent is to introduce a variety of meditation practices (including contemplative prayer, which has strong traditional roots in Christianity) to help one to cultivate an inner silence and thereby move from being a victim to a witness.  The Circle is open for people with all levels of experience, from those with none at all to those with a daily practice.
Meditation practice has undergone a wide resurgence of interest as it has become recognized as not simply a luxury suitable for use within cloister walls, but a necessity to people living in a world hungry for the recovery of its spiritual roots.

Cinema Sophia

Led by Tom Little
Dates: Fridays at 7pm, Sept 29th, Oct 13th and 27th, Nov 10th and 24th, Dec 8th. (Winter/Spring dates to be announced.)
Location: CMUC Fireside Room (Oct 27th will be in the Meditation Rm)
Limit: 30 people

More than a film watching group, this is a chance to experience deep and moving (and sometimes fun and funny) films, and then discuss and reflect on them among spiritual community. Sophia is the Greek term for Wisdom. Let this experience deepen your Fall, with the wisdom of art, the wisdom of others, and the wisdom within.