Location and Times

Camp Dragonfly August 23-25

Summer Camp for Trans+ and Gender-Creative Kids 6-13


July 18, 2019

SSUC Podcast Ep. 2.4- “Treaty Talk and Indigenous Peoples Day.”

SSUC Podcast Ep. 2.4-Treaty Talk and Indigenous Peoples Day Episode 2.4 of the SSUC Podcast is now available, featuring audio from the June 23 gathering for Indigenous Peoples Day and the screening of Treaty Talk: Sharing the Water of Life. Alongside Minister Chris New was Metis and Indigenous elder Elsie Paul and Dr’s Pat Makokis and Diana Steinhauer. Dr. Makokis is the producer of the film Treaty Talk. Treaty Talk – Sharing the River of
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July 12, 2019

Featured Book: The Gnostic Gospels

Elaine Pagels “sees in gnosticism a ‘powerful alternative to…orthodox Christian tradition,’ an alternative she clearly finds attractive,” a Kirkus Reviews’ critic writes about her book, The Gnostic Gospels. Trouble is, “gnostic tenets were repressed by mainstream Christianity because, Pagels claims, they constituted a political threat to the [church] hierarchy.” In The Guardian, the former archbishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway concurs: “…scholars like Pagels are beginning to regret that the victory was so overwhelming and one-sided.” It’s no wonder the church fathers were
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July 2, 2019

Indigeneity—now a “Library Learnings” focus, Part 1: Reconciliation

“Ripped from the headlines,” the saying goes.    Perhaps that can be said for what’s now begun in “Library Learnings,” and what will continue right through to year’s end: a series of six interrelated essays about Indigeneity in Canada. After all, does a day go by in which the media don’t report on Indigenous peoples in this country, and their relationship to others of us who are non-Indigenous?    In the first of these jottings, the
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June 27, 2019

Featured Book: The Gifts of Imperfection

On a recent Sunday, Chris New, in his preaching, pointed up this book…as well he might. Publishers Weekly calls it “a guidebook for pilgrims on the journey to wholehearted living.” And Niklas Goeke, for the website fourminutebooks.com, where he insists that professor, researcher, and author Brene Brown “never fails to deliver,” calls this the book “that really put her on the map.” “Part of what makes this book so appealing,” critic Carrie Cheadle writes, “is how the author
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June 14, 2019

Featured Book: The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church

Historian Diana Butler Bass is unwilling to write off mainline Protestant churches as a lost cause. In fact, after having “done the serious research,” as the Hearts & Minds website puts it, she tells, in her 2004 book, of a transformation going on within at least some congregations: they’re showing, as her publisher, the Alban Institute observes, “an unexpected vitality, adaptability, and faithfulness.” The Practicing Congregation results from a study of 50 churches “that have
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Gathering 10AM Sunday