aside Theme Based Ministry

Welcome to the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga’s theme based ministry website. At the beginning of each month we will provide new resources, experiences and questions to ponder on the month’s theme. After last year’s successful run, we are delighted to begin again in 2016-17. We have moved to 8 themes, beginning in October and running until May.

We join with over one hundred UU congregations across North America in shaping our spiritual community through monthly themes. Through the Soul Matters sharing circle, we gratefully access years of themes and resources.  The content on this site includes Soul Matters curated material and new additions. Special thanks to the Rev. Scott Tayler, who began this initiative several years ago at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, New York.

Each year we address an overarching question which shapes our approach to each theme.  “What does it mean to be a people of…?”  What does it mean to be a people of blessing?  What does it mean to be a people of love and justice?

Themes for 2016-17:
October        Blessings
Count your blessings!  As Unitarians, blessings are those people, things, and experiences which enhance life, offering joyful meaning.  What does it mean to be a people of blessings?

November       Endings
This month we deal with the difficult theme of endings.  The painful reality of living is that all things – the good and the bad – come to an end.  Sometimes they are transforming into something new and better, sometimes it is a final ending.  How do we live gracefully with all the endings?

December         Wonder
The first of our six sources is the “Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.”  This month we celebrate the wonder of life.

January       Music
“My Life flows on in Endless Song”.  We celebrate the deep human need for music, which expresses the inexpressible experiences of living from the heights of love to the depths of pain.

February      Love & Justice
Last year the national denominational body affirmed a new vision – our interdependence calls us to love and justice.  Cornel West said that justice is what love looks like in public. How can we – in public and private – live into this UU vision of love and justice?

March        Simplicity
What does it mean to be a people of simplicity?  Living more simply in modern society means making conscious choices about how we use our time, energy and resources in ways that express our  values.  Simplicity helps us to see what is essential to live well.

April         Reconciliation
The art of reconciliation is to be able to share difficult truths with kindness in order for mutual respect to be restored.  What does it mean to be people of reconciliation? With one another? With the indigenous people of Canada?

May           Compassion
Compassionate feeling and action help us understand one another.  Karen Armstrong calls compassion “the heart of religion”.  We will explore the complexity, challenges and joys of compassion.

2015-2016 themes:  UCM Themes Poster