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Sunday, July 5
Presented by Leah Hokanson

Sunday, July 12
Presented by Bill Woolverton

Sunday, July 19
Presented by Dorothy Mandy

Sunday, July 26
Presented by Fenella Lotzer

It’s time for a change, yes, another change. This past year has been nothing but change and at the fellowship many people have stepped up to respond with ingenuity and a lot of hard work.  It’s now time for a summer break from emails and committee meetings and thinking about what needs to be done next. 

It’s time for a change from being vigilant. We have been good responding to the Covid 19 pandemic with careful social isolation, restraint and new hygiene patterns. We have been creative with how we greet friends, celebrate milestones and mourn our dead. We have discovered that we can still get things done, we can still meet most of our needs. But let’s be clear, it’s not the same as when we feel arms wrapped around our bodies, see a twinkle in the eye and sense the vibrations of our voices in harmony. This is not the way we are meant to be as a community. This change has been hard on us.  And, we will get through this, too. 

It’s time for a sea change in our society. The inequities of race and economics have been exposed, again. All racial colours march in the streets, chanting, singing, defying silence and death. This summer, the fire of justice flows in the streets, and with enough rain, hopefully not in the forests.  

I think of each of you, and each of the hundreds of thousands dying of Covid or of racism, the other pandemic, doing what each of us is called to do. Doing it well. Doing it bravely. Doing it with love for people we don’t even know.  I hope, I pray, that through the summer we will not stop from loving this world. That we won’t stop from loving each other, in all the ways open to us.  

You are each so precious and valuable. I ask that you take care of yourselves and each other, with all the means at your disposal. Take your rest, take your renewal, and find your joy. We’ll see you in September. 

Warmly, Rev Debra Thorne

Pastoral Care and Emergency Contact During July and August

During July and August the Connection Web Callers will be providing social contact and support such as shopping. Check the June 25th Weekly Update for contact information. 

In the event of an emergency you may call Rev. Debra. Her contact information will also be in the June 25th Weekly Update.  Her last office day before her vacation will be June 26th. Her regular office hours begin again August 20. 

Warmly, Rev. Debra Thorne

At FUFON we create spiritual connection and
bring compassion, discovery and social justice to life.

The Sunday Services Committee is pleased to announce FUFON’s Spiritual Odysseys 2020 program taking place Sunday mornings from 11am-noon throughout the Summer.

Each presenter will share their own special odyssey, exploring questions like:

What is the path that led them to FUFON?
How did they choose to become a Unitarian-Universalist?
Do they have practices which assist them on their journey?
How do they see themselves in relationship to the Cosmos?
And any other questions that the presenter sees as informing their journey.

There will also be time for Q&A. Join us and get to know some of your fellow FUFONers in a whole new way.
Here is our list of presenters for July:

Leah Hokanson (July 5th)
Bill Woolverton (July 12th)
Dorothy Mandy (July 19th)
Fenella Lotzer (July 26th)

August presenters will be announced soon and will be emailed to our subscribers.  Also check out the FUFON FB Members Facebook page.
June is continuing to be very busy for the Fellowship. Our beloved minister, Rev. Debra, recommends that we be gentle with ourselves and each other, and so your Board of Directors is looking forward to a well deserved rest for the month of July as are many others in the Fellowship.

The following recommendation presented by the Coordination Council were endorsed by the board:
  1. The Fellowship will not open the building for any use before September. 
  2. In order to meet the needs of some of our members for greater well-being through closer physical contact, designated FUFON Covenanted Groups will be established to meet at least once a month for a meal, conversation and ritual. 
These recommendations will be revisited in September when we have more information to reassess the needs of our community.

May your summer be one of good health, much sunshine and enough rain to make your garden grow.
The FUFON Membership Committee continues to meet online during this unusual time and search for ways to keep membership vibrant in a time of challenge. We joyfully welcomed 3 new members during the June 21st Flower Communion service, Charla Joiner, Carol Stanley and Gerry Jesberger. Please take a moment to get to know a bit about them by reading their bios. Each of them brings special talents and energy to our Fellowship and our community is enriched by their membership.

Care and concern outreach continues. We welcome and appreciate submission of the names of anyone requiring contact.

We thank Sharon Horncastle for her 6 ½ years as an invaluable member of our committee. She has been chair of the committee for several years and helped steer us through the creation of a comprehensive set of policies and updated procedures. We welcome Ilse Holling as a new committee member.

We wish everyone a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you soon.

Your membership team,
Karen, Sandy, Bev, Ilse, and Lise
Charla Joiner

My name is Charla and I have lived in Nanaimo since I was two years old. I went to Mountainview Elementary and NDSS high school. I currently attend the Nanaimo Association for Community Living day program and work at the Port Place Mall Dollarama. I am a Special Olympics athlete participating in track and field, bowling and downhill skiing. I also participate in several evening social groups through CLBC.

At home I run around the “block” four times per week which is three miles as we live in a rural setting.  I also help my parents with cooking, emptying the dishwasher, vacuuming, folding laundry, making the beds and yard work.  My favourite TV shows are Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

My family used to attend the Unitarian services and summer camps from 1991 to 1998.  Our friend, Brenda Stewart has been taking me to services since April 2015. I help with bringing out the pot luck lunch food and I attend “Messy Church.” I am happy to become a FUFON member.

Carol Stanley & Gerry Jesberger

Carol Stanley

I grew up in England, at the end of WWll. I was born on July 7th, 1944. German bombs dropping on my hometown of Croydon, just south of London.

Fast forward 70 odd years and I can finally write down why I belong to, what I still perceive to be a Unitarian philosophy (in a setting with people who are professionals, well spoken, think deeply and often send me running to the dictionary to find out what on earth that sermon was all about).

On September 7th, 1965 I left Liverpool, via the Empress sf Canada. Only ever returning to England for holidays...A new life......and on that voyage I met my first husband, Arnold, of the Jewish faith. Arnold and I were married and I converted to Judaism. I made this choice. It did not work well due to a complete convergence of different people with no idea how to accept the other.

Once, while living in Toronto, I met someone who invited me to a service at the Unitarian/Universalist gathering. I loved it. That day the main speaker spoke of the life of David Livingstone. Oh, I thought, this is the education I never received. l think I belong here. But once again I found all the congregants so well could I have anything in common with these educated people.

As my children aged and moved to different parts of the USA, my daughter, Naomi, attended the University of Pittsburgh and came out with a Masters Degree in Social Work. When I visited Pittsburgh I would attend Temple on Friday nights and on Sundays would visit the local Unitarian Fellowship. One day they were blessing the animals. I so love all the animals ..far more common sense than any human. I was hooked. I did not have to believe in anything I did not believe in, only what made sense to me.

Today, after many travels and travails, I live in Nanaimo, B.C. I found the Unitarian Fellowship...."A liquorice assorts of everyone" Some have coconut around the sides; some have liquorice in the middle, all colours, all creeds, one goal... RESPECT, TOLERANCE FOR ALL. That is my experience of choice.

Gerry Jesberger

Attended my first Unitarian Service in Nanaimo and appreciated that it was not highly religious (bible content) and the stories that the congregants were telling were down to earth, which I appreciated.

Gerhard Jesberger (Gerry) Born in Neustadt um Weinstrasse, Germany 1948.
Please note that our office administrator will not be in the office through July and part of August.

Phone messages will be checked and mail collected weekly.

Lise Smith will resume regular office hours on August 20th.

Enjoy your summer!!
While the library doesn’t normally accept donations of novels I’ve made an exception for three books donated by Janette Brière — Ishmael, My Ishmael and The Story of B. In Janette’s own words: “Ishmael looks at the origin and evolution of our dominant culture through the teachings of one who is outside of our human sphere. This is a revealing look at at the myths of our culture and how they developed out of the agricultural revolution, which took place approximately 10,000 years ago. It describes how and why some humans (takers) have diverged from the values of tribal cultures (leavers), which have persisted for over 300 million years, giving insight into the basis of our current ecological crisis.

The second book, My Ishmael, parallels the same time period as Ishmael but is told from the point of view of a twelve year old girl. The third book, The Story of B, is narrated by a student of Ishmael who is also a Catholic priest. It describes a classic conflict with traditional religion

While these books are novels, they provide an important perspective on how we got to where we are today — in a climate crisis that is already having a serious impact on our global climate and is threatening life as we know it. The books are located in the Environment section of the library. I hope you have a chance to take a look at them when the Fellowship reopens.

Sharon Reeves
Librarian, First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo
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In creating the beloved community here at FUFON,
we remember that relationships are more important than the issues

We, the members and friends of FUFON, commit to:

a) consider our personal responsibility in the community
b) come from a place of compassion and integrity in our communications with others
c) work to uplift congregational life
d) be mindful of the breadth of diversity in our congregation
e) engage in conflict respectfully


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