Power and Money

Sermon by Tanya Cothran.

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As we continue to reflect on our March discussion theme of “money,” we are thrilled to welcome First Unitarian member Tanya Cothran to our online pulpit this Sunday. Tanya is deeply committed and involved in life at First and she brings a message on financial giving that is timely, compelling and practical. Tanya writes:

“When faced with a world crisis or act of injustice, one of the ways to contribute to a solution is by putting our dollars behind the causes we believe in. However, donors and non-profits can fall into roles that exacerbate power dynamics rather than address them. This week, I’ll be sharing from my fourteen years of experience running an international charity to explore how we can make our donations more justice-oriented. I’ll also talk about why people donate, and how to deepen vulnerability and trust in our giving.”

Along with Tanya, Sunday’s service will include Worship Leader Paul Bognar, Director of Lifespan Religious Education Angela Klassen, and Resident Musician Danny Fong. As well, Nancy Lee will offer an inspiring testimony in support of our current pledge campaign, and we are pleased to welcome once again Guest Pianist Michel Ross. I will be away for professional development this weekend and back next Sunday as we return to “hybrid” in-person and online services.

After the morning worship service, make sure to attend the Congregational Conversation at 12:00 noon at this link, to hear important updates on all the exciting renovation plans for our new location at 473 Oakwood Avenue. Before the meeting, take a look at the presentation package and floor plans sent out by email earlier this week. Also, plan to arrive about ten minutes before the meeting, to prevent a long wait in the waiting room.

As always, Sunday at First promises to be deeply thought-provoking and inspirational, as we strengthen the many ways we come together in community and serve the wider world.


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