The Chalice – October 2023

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2023 UFL FALL FUNDRAISER​

IT’S BACK! Yes folks the SERVICES AUCTION is back. We are dusting off the cobwebs hovering over the UNI-BUCKS, and creating and evening of fun, food and frolic. This year’s major fundraiser and community-building event will engage your imagination, ignite your passion for fun, satisfy your hunger, offer time to enjoy the company of your friends and provide you with an opportunity to generously support the Unitarian Fellowship of London.

Your free-will donation can be made by cheque or cash at the door on November 18th. Hmmm, the questions are: What SERVICE will you contribute to the auction and what items will you BID your $500 Uni-bucks to win? Auction Service forms will be available as of Sunday, October 16 th and must be submitted by November 5th.

This will be an in-person event being held at UFL. If you usually attend services by Zoom a ride can be arranged if you would like to attend in person. This year’s theme is Country Western so dig out your Boot Scootin’ attire and join in on this social evening of fellowship. Tune in for more information over the coming weeks.

SADDLE-UP SOIREE

Saturday, November 18th , 2023.

5:30 – 9:00 PM

This event is brought to you by the UFL Board of Executives, the Social Committee and the many volunteers who contribute their time, talent and gifts.

Sunday Services

The Power of an Abundance Mindset

Worship Leader, Laura-Beth Falter

Harvest season is a time of abundance. In this service, we’ll explore the benefits of an abundance mindset for ourselves and our communities. What do you have in abundance? How can you share it to benefit others? How have others shared their abundance with you?

If you are participating on Zoom, bring a small handful of soil from a place that is meaningful to you.

01 Oct
10:45 am - 11:45 pm
Unitarian Fellowship of London
557 Clarke Road,London, ON N5V 2E1

Understanding Failure to Achieve Abundance

Worship Leader: Suzanah Sarafin

Service Leader: Bill Ratcliffe

Betterup.com says, "failure is defined as a lack of success or inability  to meet an expectation. Too often we tie it our sense of self worth, self esteem, and self acceptance." What if you could look at failure in a whole new way that frees you from the expectation and fear to live more fully?

08 Oct
10:45 am - 11:45 pm
Unitarian Fellowship of London
557 Clarke Road,London, ON N5V 2E1

Can We Give What We Get?

Presenters: Rev Debra Faulk & Rev Danielle Webber

In these liminal times how does our Unitarian Universalist faith sustain us? So much loss and change has diminished our feelings of wellbeing and connection while heightening the sense of scarcity and amplifying anxiety. What commonly held values can we call on to inform our responses, motivate actions and provide some ease?  Could generosity be a response that expands to reciprocity?

15 Oct
10:45 am - 11:45 pm
Unitarian Fellowship of London
557 Clarke Road,London, ON N5V 2E1

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Report

Worship Leader: Alison Konrad

 I’ll be sharing is the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Report, and the goal of that report is identifying solutions to climate change.  To some extent the report is optimistic, which is why I connect it to abundance.  Spoiler alert: they don’t have a quick answer, however, they begin with over 1200 answers and narrow them down to a set of actionable items that are both highly effective and feasible

22 Oct
10:45 am - 11:45 pm
Unitarian Fellowship of London
557 Clarke Road,London, ON N5V 2E1

Things to Do in Church When You’re Dead

Worship Leader: Rev. Fred Wooden

To call these 'challenging times' is to risk cliche.  Setting aside politics and climate change and the perverse persistence of racism, if these can ever be set aside, liberal religion is facing challenging times of its own.  Is there any wisdom out there about how to do that?  Fred Wooden is retired UU clergy, having served six churches over 42 years.  While none of them were north of the border, he has Canadian colleagues, has preached in Canadian congregations, and knows the words of both "O Canada" and "The Mapleleaf Forever

29 Oct
10:45 am - 11:45 pm
Unitarian Fellowship of London
557 Clarke Road,London, ON N5V 2E1
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Upcoming Events

Hands in the center with the text Gathered Here, A monthly check in for Young adult Unitarian Universalists (18 - 35)

Gathered Here – UU Young Adult Check In

Join other UU 18 to 35 year-olds on Zoom for sharing of joys and sorrows, deeper check-ins, prayerful reflections, and an opportunity to process the events of our lives with a spiritually grounded community. Each month we are joined by a member of the Young Adult Pastoral Care Team

These monthly gatherings have become highly valued touchstones in the lives of many young adults. While so much in our lives is unknown and unknowable, we can find comfort in familiar rituals and faces. By sharing our joys, our concerns, our sorrows and our gratitudes, we know ourselves to be held in a loving community. Exploring themes and spiritual practices helps us each remember our own creativity and resilience. We are all in this together, a part of a larger story. 

These are drop-in gatherings, so you don’t need to sign up in advance and there is no fee. See event details for zoom link.

13 Oct
2:00 pm
Online
Indian food on a table

Men’s Lunch Group – October

A warm welcome is extended to men within our Congregation who would like to join other Unitarian Universalist men for food and conversation on Monday, October 16 at 1:00 pm., at the Family Circle Restaurant, at 147 Wellington St. London.

The UU Men's Lunch Group meets monthly for lunch, on the third Monday.  We have been trying different restaurants over the last year or so.  We are returning to the Family Circle Restaurant until a decision can be made on the regular site, as well as, the day of the month and time of the day.  Try to make this lunch so that as many as possible will be a part of this decision.

As a reservation is made for each lunch, please email Tom Orchard,

16 Oct
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Family Circle Restaurant
147 Wellington St. London
book

UFL Book Club meeting at the UFL

The UFL book club has been around for 36 or 37 years, just slightly more than half of the ULF's existence. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 200 pm. Our October 2023 meeting will be on Tuesday, October 17th, from 200 pm to 400 pm at the UFL and the book is 'Homes: A Refugee Story' by Abu Bakr Al-Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung. If you are interested in joining our book club please contact Alice Wehlau, the coordinator of the book club

17 Oct
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Unitarian Fellowship of London
557 Clarke Road,London, ON N5V 2E1
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