Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017 – The Longer View

Sunday, August 20, at 11:00 a.m.  The Longer View – “Whatever discouragement, pessimism, and despair there may be today is often a result of too great absorption in the present,” wrote George R. Dodson in the early 20th century. “The gloom due to the short sight is dissipated by the courage, hope, and faith that come with the long view.” At this critical time in history, only a longer view will save us from despair. Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Services are in the Gimli Unitarian Church's landmark building at 76 Second Avenue, near Centre Street. Dress is casual — after all, it's summer!

Looking across Axarfjörður from Tjörnes. (Photo by Stefan Jonasson.)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017 – Thought and Memory

Sunday, August 6, at 11:00 a.m.  Thought and Memory – In old Norse mythology, the two ravens who perch of Óðinn’s shoulders are called Huginn and Muninn – “Thought and Memory” – and they fly over the world daily. According to an ancient verse, Óðinn says, “I fear for Thought, that he may not return / But I fear more for Memory.” On Íslendingadagurinn weekend, we will consider this wisdom from the ancient manuscripts. Rev. Stefan Jonasson 

Services are in the Gimli Unitarian Church's landmark building at 76 Second Avenue, near Centre Street. Dress is casual — after all, it's summer!


The Norse god Óðinn flanked by his ravens, Huginn and Muninn,
from an 18th-century Icelandic manuscript.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017 – How Much False Witness Can We Bear?

Sunday, July 16, at 11:00 a.m.  How Much False Witness Can We Bear? – According to author Damian Thompson, counterknowledge is “misinformation packaged to look like fact – packaged so effectively, indeed, that the twenty-first century is facing a pandemic of credulous thinking.” As barefaced lies have been rebranded as “alternative facts,” we may have reached a tipping point in the spread of misinformation and willful disinformation. Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Services are in the Gimli Unitarian Church's landmark building at 76 Second Avenue, near Centre Street. Dress is casual — after all, it's summer!

Calumny of Appeles by Sandro Botticelli (circa 1496), which depcicts King Midas, attended by Ignorance and Suspicion, extending his hand to Slander, accompanied by Fraud and Conspiracy.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Summer Sundays at Gimli Unitarian Church – 2017

Gimli Unitarian Church will open for the summer season on Sunday, July 16, 2017, and continue with services on August 6, August 20, and September 3. 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 16 How Much False Witness Can We Bear? – According to author Damian Thompson, counterknowledge is “misinformation packaged to look like fact – packaged so effectively, indeed, that the twenty-first century is facing a pandemic of credulous thinking.” As barefaced lies have been rebranded as “alternative facts,” we may have reached a tipping point in the spread of misinformation and willful disinformation. Rev. Stefan Jonasson

August 6 Thought and Memory – In old Nordic mythology, the two ravens who perch of Óðinn’s shoulders are called Huginn and Muninn – “Thought and Memory” – and they fly over the world daily. According to an ancient verse, Óðinn says, “I fear for Thought, that he may not return / But I fear more for Memory.” On Íslendingadagurinn weekend, we will consider the wisdom of the ancients. Rev. Stefan Jonasson 

August 20 The Longer View – “Whatever discouragement, pessimism, and despair there may be today is often a result of too great absorption in the present,” wrote George R. Dodson in the early 20th century. “The gloom due to the short sight is dissipated by the courage, hope, and faith that come with the long view.” At this critical time in history, only a longer view will save us from despair. Rev. Stefan Jonasson

September 3 Incomplete But Astonishing Journeys – In his book, The Immense Journey, anthropologist Loren Eiseley wrote, “We will travel as far as we can, but we cannot in one lifetime see all that we would like to see or to learn all that we hunger to know.” This unquenchable thirst lies behind both the spiritual quest and the pursuit of scientific discovery, yet still we undertake the journey. Rev. Stefan Jonasson


Friday, December 16, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016 – Ghosts of Christmas Yet to Come



SERVICE CANCELLED – Regrettably, the board has cancelled the Sunday evening candlelight service owing to bitterly cold temperatures. When it's too cold for the school buses to be on the road, the board doesn't want members and friends to take any chances with highway travel.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.Ghosts of Christmas Yet to Come – a celebration of candlelight and carols. Faced with the ghost of Christmas yet to come, Ebenezer Scrooge said, "I fear you more than any spectre I have seen. But as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope to live to be another man from what I was, I am prepared to bear you company, and do it with a thankful heart." Charles Dickens understood that we help create our own destinies and, despite our anxieties and fears, we are called to hopefulness and redemption.  Rev. Stefan Jonasson 


All are welcome. Refreshments will follow the service.

Gimli Unitarian Church is located at 76 Second Avenue, near Centre Street.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016 – The Friendly Neighbourhood Progressive Christian

Sunday, August 21 at 11:00 a.m. – The Friendly Neighbourhood Progressive Christian – Christianity is in the news a lot, but often for the wrong reasons. Discrimination, prejudice and closed-mindedness often accompany a declaration of these being in line with Christian teachings. David Kendall of the blog site The Friendly Neighbourhood Progressive Christian (fnpc.wordpress.com) will be speaking on what progressive Christianity is, and showing that belief in Jesus and his teachings are fully compatible with, and demand, acceptance, loving others, and education about the world around us. David Kendall

Services are in the Gimli Unitarian Church's landmark building at 76 Second Avenue, near Centre Street. Dress is casual — after all, it's summer!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016 – Outlaws, Then and Now

Sunday, August 7 at 11:00 a.m. – Outlaws, Then and Now – On this day in 1772, Fjalla-Eyvindur (Eyvindur of the Mountains) and his wife, Halla, were arrested on Sprengisandi. Fjalla-Eyvindur escaped and, two weeks later, freed Halla. They spent the next two decades living on the Icelandic highlands … and working their way into the nation’s folklore. What is it about the outlaw that captures the human imagination? Who are the outlaws today who will be the subject of legends a century or two from now? Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Services are in the Gimli Unitarian Church's landmark building at 76 Second Avenue, near Centre Street. Dress is casual — after all, it's summer!


"The Outlaws," a sculpture by Einar Jónsson, in Reykjavík.
(Photo by Stefan Jonasson.)