Services are held Sunday mornings at 10:30AM at 5065 Sherbrooke, Lachine.
Milda is both a student and teacher of Yoga and Meditation, and is very concerned with the practiced cultivation of peaceful qualities. Is this a naïve approach in view of reports in the media almost daily of deplorable events? Or rather could a strengthened inner compass help to counter cynicism and despair? While Practice is not world peace, nor will it directly save the environment, ancient eastern philosophy and spiritually oriented practices can connect us internally to our own innate discernment, wisdom and health, building an empathetic steadfastness for those within our circle and ourselves.
A quick glance at the greeting card racks at this time of year signals much of what is most challenging about motherhood these days. Accolades to the one who holds it all together, keeps the peace, mother as the great nurturing "therethere" who makes everything, with a kiss and a band-aid, all better for everyone. Instead, we'll take a quick tour of family systems theory, with the more realistic notion of either or both parents (of whatever gender) as team leaders.
Social justice was a regular topic around the dinner table when I grew up, and a big part of our life as a family. No one was surprised when I enrolled into Woman’s Studies at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia in my early 20s. As I learned about the intersectionalities of different oppressions, I began to contemplate my impact on this world. What would be my participation in making this world a better place? How could I become a better person, a kinder person? Those questions are at the core of my spirituality and at the core of my feminist values. Those same questions have lead me to be a vegan, and they have also lead me here, to LUUC. The talk will be about my personal journey to veganism, but will also feature incredible stories about animals and inspiring quotations from world leaders who have chosen to consider animal rights in their work.
Carole Allen, our special Plattsburg friend, brings her years of experience in meditation and yoga to bear on the quest for personal enlightenment. She will speak to us about being “an artist with an eye.”