The Gimli Unitarian Church will open for the summer season on Sunday, July 4, 2010, continuing on the "odd" Sundays of the month (1st, 3rd, 5th) until the final service of the season on Sunday, September 5. Services are at 11:00 a.m. in the congregation’s landmark building at 76 Second Avenue. Dress is casual -- after all, it's cottage season!
July 4: Looking Earth in the Eye – “A lake is … earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. In ancient times, many people believed they could look into others’ souls by gazing deeply into their eyes, while today some people believe they can measure another’s health in the same way. If we gazed into the world’s lakes and oceans, what would they tell us about Earth’s health? And what might change if we gazed upon the earth as its lovers? Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson
July 18: Deep-Sea Unitarians – An active Unitarian lay leader and incurable lover of ocean cruises (not to mention a few lakes and canals), Don McKinnon will reflect on what he has learned while on the high seas and while safely anchored at port. What inner yearnings lead a person to sea? Or to church? Don McKinnon
August 1: Living on the Volcano – Although the Icelandic volcano has been off the front pages for a while now, it lives as an archetype and ever-present reality in the consciousness of Icelanders. The unpredictability of the natural world, which is our home, has long caused Icelanders to ask "on what can we depend?” Rev. Wayne Arnason & Rev. Kathleen Rolenz
August 15: Half Measures – We’ve been taught to think of half measures negatively, as though they are always of a “cup half empty” variety. But what if our half measures were a reflection of abundance and generosity? In their book The Power of Half, Kevin and Hannah Salwen invite us to consider our power to change the world if we invest half of something we treasure—anything!—for the benefit of others. Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson
August 29: The Restless Imagination – “The imagination is always restless and suggests a variety of thoughts,” wrote John Locke. Advocating the quest for knowledge, mass education, and loving truth for its own sake, Locke saw how we make incoming knowledge our own by reflecting on what we learn with restless imaginations. Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson
September 5: Living Along the Back Roads – The poet of the autumn spirit, Robert Frost, spoke for all who travel the back roads of life when he wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by.” In travel and in life, leaving the superhighway to stroll along the side streets and back roads can indeed make all the difference. Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson