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Drumming and Spirituality with Matt Meyer

Several of us were thrilled to experience Matt Meyer’s workshops at the Fall Regional Gathering.  Now we are delighted to bring Matt to Saskatoon!

Public Workshop “Drumming and Spirituality”

Saturday afternoon, May 24th, 1:30-3:00pm

A chance for people of all skill levels to participate in hands-on rhythm-making. 

Experience the spirituality of community music-making through different activities, stories, games and discussions. 

Explore the intersection between rhythm, music and values.

Invite your friends!

Bring your own drum if you have one, or use one of ours.

$10/ticket  $5/underemployed

 

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Saturday evening, May 24th, 7:00-8:30pm
“Rhythm and Worship Masterclass”

Open to all UCS members or friends who have been Service Leaders at least twice

and/or who have performed as musicians on Sunday mornings

 

 

Sunday service, May 25th led by Matt Meyer

Matt Meyer is a Unitarian percussion artist living in Boston.  He is experienced in a variety of styles, including latin-jazz, Brazilian, folk, funk, Hiphop and pop. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has studied in Cuba, Ghana, and Central America.

A love of music and a deep respect for its ability to stir and transform audiences is at the heart of Matt’s continuing devotion to understand more of the world’s cultures through the vocabulary of rhythm.

Matt is a member of the Tribal Rhythms performing arts company, an organization that uses the theme of the “Tribe” to teach children about community building and how the arts can be used to develop a culture of caring, cooperation and respect.

“Attending Matt Meyer’s workshop helped me to understand how to use music in ways that are more “alive”, with less reliance on the hymnal and more depth of emotional expression.  His workshop combined leading us through an experience of music that was very powerful with teaching us the tools for how to create that ourselves.”  - Liz James

Co-sponsored by the Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon Sunday Services and Social Action Committees

 

Song and Silence: A Chanting Circle

Join us on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – 7:00 pm  in the  lower hall at the Unitarian Centre for an hour of simple chants, led by Kathryn Green. The chants will come from varied traditions, all of them easy to learn.CropCircle

Communal song, alternating with short periods of silence, can take us deep inside ourselves, while connecting us with others in the circle. All are welcome–invite your friends! No charge, but donations to support the Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon will be gratefully accepted. Contact Kathryn if you’d like more information (kathrynlgreen@gmail.com).

UCS 1ST MISSION/PURPOSE Weekend, November 16th

What is the purpose of this congregation?

The purpose of a congregation can shift over time, as society changes and as members change.  If you participated in any of the canvass events last spring, you know that it is time for us to re-write our mission statement (or statement of purpose).

The weekend of November 16th and 17th kicks off this process with a fun, all-ages workshop on the Saturday and accompanying service and second hour programming on the Sunday.

 

Fun, All-Ages Workshop, Saturday, November 16th
Morning session, 10am -12noon
Fundraising Lunch, 12noon – 1pm, catered by our Youth group
Afternoon session, 1pm-3pm

 

Children’s programming runs during both morning and afternoon sessions.

Whether you join us for the morning or the afternoon or both, do plan to have lunch at UCS.  Our youth group is catering lunch as a fundraiser for their trip to Montreal this May to attend the national Unitarian youth conference (same weekend as the adult conference).  Invest in the future of Unitarianism, support our youth, and eat good food in great company, what could be better?!

RSVP for the Workshop and Lunch  to tessera ucs.office@sasktel.net or 306-653-2402, letting us know whether you are coming for the morning, the afternoon or both.

Please include the numbers of adults, youth and children attending, whether you are staying for lunch and whether you have any dietary restrictions.

It doesn’t matter whether you are 8 or 18 or 80, your voice is important and we want to hear from you!

 

 

Service Leading Workshop:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be one of those    people who stands up in front of the microphone on a Sunday morning and says “I am your service leader this morning”?  

The Sunday Services committee is organizing an orientation to service leading, which will be led by Liz James. Anyone with even a possible interest in trying out this role is encouraged to attend . . . you won’t be committing to anything! Those who have already been service leaders are also welcome to attend, to share their experiences (and questions) with other service leaders. We can all learn from each other, as we contribute to this vital part of our shared ministry. 

Please contact Kathryn Green (306-343-7363 or kathrynlgreen@gmail.com) if you have any questions, and to let us know if you plan to attend this workshop. 

Books and Beyond

Books and Beyond ~ brings you a new discussion group on Yann Martel’s award-winning novel Life of Pi.  

What is reality?  What roles do stories play in our lives?   What is the role of religion?

Come explore these questions, and more.

Three Thursday evenings, 

October 24, November 7 and 21,  2013

7-9:30pm at the Centre.  

 

Contact tessera to put your name on the list ucs.office@sasktel.net.