Deepening through …
Our monthly theme for April 2017
Theme-Based Ministry Resources from the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg
Of all the themes we’re looking into this year, Blessing is the most explicitly religious. One of the reasons why non-members traditionally looked to our movement’s Lay Chaplains or ministers at times of birth, death, and marriage, has been the search for blessing.
With apologies ...
your Interim Minister creates the monthly theme packet largely from scratch, rather than relying on pre-chosen themes and theme packets provided by the Soul Matters program, based out of the United States.
This month, due to time constraints, no theme packet was able to be produced.
What is it?
Theme-based ministry is a new way of doing church and faith development that brings Unitarian Universalists together across differences of life experience, age, or beliefs. It’s a way of helping us focus and deepen, both in our spiritual lives, and in our connections to one another.
Each month, we look at a new monthly theme – past themes have included Hospitality, for example, or Compassion. A monthly theme packet is made available with questions for reflection, links to books or film clips to explore, spiritual exercises to try out, and ideas for integrating aspects of the theme into parenting, justice work, personal study, and so on. Some people like to consider each theme in relation to the question, “What would it mean to live a life of … ?”
Throughout the month, the entire community explores dimensions of this theme though aspects of our common life at the church, such as music, meditation, and reflections from the pulpit.
Like many North American UU congregations, we'll focus our activities around monthly themes during the upcoming year. Theme-based ministry assists us to deepen on our individual spiritual paths, and still grow as a multigenerational community, as we explore themes of shared interest together.
This themes for 2016-2017 are listed below, along with a link to the theme packet.
- September 2016: Welcome
- October 2016: Identity
- November 2016: Purpose
- December 2016: Expectation
- January 2017: Shadow
- February: Love & Justice*
- March: Journey
- April: Blessing
- May: Growth
- June: no monthly theme
*In order to help deepen our national connections, Love & Justice (from the Canadian Unitarian Council's new statement of vision and purpose) will be February's theme across most of our Canadian UU congregations.