What we're about

Due to Covid-19 we have been blessed with the opportunity to meet online with people around the world. What a gift it has been to meet so many people. We will continue to meet via Zoom and in person as it is deemed safe to have personal contact again. We hope you'll join us. Stay Healthy and Stay Positive. We encourage you to find the silver lining in any challenges that come your way.

We hope you'll join us in our journey to a new and better future for all.

Are you craving deeper connections in life? Not only with other people, but within yourself, the environment around you, the physical world you live in, the infinite universe, or The Divine itself?

Whether you feel it through your mind, your body, or inner being, deep connection eludes many of us, in part due to the noise of the distractions around us every day. Technology, social media, cultural expectations, schedules too busy to manage, and more, can all dampen our ability to make the very connections we're craving for in our everyday lives.

Our goal is to create opportunities for you to experience these connections, that will allow you to find more satisfaction and wholeness in your life. Creating Connection BC is sponsored by Community of Christ Canada. For more information or to find a group near you, please contact info@CreatingConnectionBC.ca

Creating Connection Canada is a network of many inclusive communities committed to sharing authentic conversation and promoting meaningful activities, including: Coffee & Conversation, our Book club, Drumming Circles, Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga, Satsang: Singing into Silence, and An Afternoon of Nurturing Spirit. Our mission is to invite everyone into community, to continually learn & grow, to abolish poverty & end needless suffering, to pursue peace & justice, and to live life meaningfully together.

Would you like to be a guest on An Afternoon of Nurturing Spirit?

Do you have a talent you could teach in an introductory session that would nurture our spirits ? One that you think fits with our Afternoon of Nurturing Spirit group?

Please email Debra@CreatingConnection.ca with the following:

Brief description on what you would like to do on An Afternoon of Nurturing Spirit

Short Biography

Links to your website and social media.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Debra, Rhonda, and Barbara.

Upcoming events (4+)

An Afternoon of Nurturing Spirit - Ignite your Writing Process w/Vickie & Lana

Creating Connection presents: An Afternoon of Nurturing Spirit every Wednesday from 3 - 4:30 pm pacific time

Ignite Your Writing Process
Do you ever get the urge to write and then falter when setting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard? Do you crave a little guidance to get you going with a new or stifled writing practice? Perhaps you are curious to learn about what happens in writing groups? Explore how to dismiss the "inner critic" to get words fastened to the page.
Join Creating Connection for an autumn writing session that connects our writing practice with Spirit. This session will be co-facilitated by Lana Cullis and Vickie MacArthur. On October 22nd, you will have the opportunity to write with others and focus on simple, yet highly activating writing exercises. Be sure to come to the Zoom meeting with paper and pen or keyboard.
You need not be an experienced writer to participate. Everyone is welcome, whether new or established with writing. And please invite others who are seeking ways to ignite their writing practice. Registration is required.
Spirit

Biography
Lana Cullis
Lana Cullis has worked as a change advocate for over 25 years. She has a BA in English and Psychology and practices as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. She carries a Registered Rehabilitation Professional designation with VRA Canada. She understands trying to find and keep work while living with illness and injury. Lana has worked in the Individual Placement and Support IPS program with Mental Health and Substance Use Teams for over 10 years and has specialized with youth seeking employment in the Early Psychosis Programs. Before that, she practiced employment counseling and program coordination in the Downtown East side of Vancouver serving persons with complex needs and determined spirits. Most recently she has become a Surveyor with CARF (The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) where she helps recovery-focused agencies meet and maintain the highest industry standards in both Canada and the United States. Whether working with individuals or agencies, in her practice Lana utilizes the power of wonder to activate change in work, life, and play.

Vickie MacArthur
Vickie MacArthur fell in love with yoga as a spiritual practice in the 1990s and went on to develop a daily practice that has sustained her through life’s inevitable ups and downs. Both her practice and teachings have evolved from the vibrancy of an active flow-style practice to the restful peaceful presence of a deeply restorative practice. Vickie has a passion and a gift for teaching the “Art of Slowing Down” in a world that is constantly speeding up. She teaches smaller, personalized yoga and meditation classes to help people deal with complex health challenges, including cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. In 2020, Vicki finished a two-year training program with Pacific Jubilee to accompany and support people on their spiritual path. She teaches through her studio www.spiritinmotionyoga.com and is a sought-after teacher for workshops and classes in Alberta, on the West Coast, and online.
https://spiritinmotionyoga.com/

Everyone is welcome here.

Our format:
Welcome and Introductions
Short welcoming meditation
Guest Speaker followed by questions and answers
Closing meditation

NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only some folks who may join since this event is advertised across multiple media platforms.

People of every walk of life, culture, faith or tradition, participate in a myriad of connection groups, forming meaningful community within this diversity. As a result, these communities are multi-faceted - expressing the inspirations, aspirations, wisdom, practices and blessing of all. We are LGBTQ+ affirming.

*Please arrive on time to hear our opening introduction and instructions.

Coffee & Meaningful Conversation - This week's topic is Cooking

This week’s topic is Cooking
Are you good at cooking?
What are you the best at cooking?
What are you the worst at cooking?
What was your most epic cooking failure?
Who is the best cook you know?
What would others say your best ‘dish’ is?

"Creating Connection One Conversation at a Time" You are warmly invited for some meaningful conversation, to connect with others and to meet new friends, as we discuss a new topic each week and explore some deeper questions together. In this safe, inclusive, casual, and accepting environment, dialogue is encouraged over debate as each person has opportunity to share from their own diverse perspectives and experiences. Folks in this group enjoy going beyond small talk, reflecting both inward and outward, helping build pathways for more peace and understanding in the world... and your voice matters! Come, simply to discover yourself amidst a community on a common journey, or to leave just a little bit better then you came. Come, listen, share, and find meaning here. We welcome you."

**Video On. Please note that because everyone shares their thoughts and stories in this group we request that you keep your video on. It is much easier to understand what you're saying when we can see your face. When you log on, we ask that your name is visible and your video is on. Thanks!

Our format:

Introductions

Explanation of how we share in Coffee and Conversation

Ice Breaker topic - a light topic to get us warmed up

Featured topic - each person shares without interruption and is given time for thought. The rest of the group practice being active listeners.

Visiting and back and forth questions.

Hope to see you!

NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only some folks who may join since this event is advertised across multiple media platforms.

People of every walk of life, culture, faith or tradition, participate in a myriad of connection groups, forming meaningful community within this diversity. As a result, these communities are multi-faceted - expressing the inspirations, aspirations, wisdom, practices and blessing of all. We are LGBTQ+ affirming.

As a REGISTERED NON-PROFIT charity working to bring community together through like-minded interests, if you would like to support our ongoing efforts, we welcome and gratefully appreciate any contributions made through this link - https://creating-connection-canada.square.site/#MxlQIS. Tax receipts are provided.

You can also visit our PRODUCTS FOR PURPOSE online store (http://www.products4purpose.ca) and make a purchase that benefits our meaningful partner organizations, gifted artisans and local operations. Your support is gratefully appreciated!

An Afternoon of Nurturing Spirit - Tasting Chocolate for a Good Cause with David

"Tasting Chocolate for a Good Cause” How tasting chocolate is helping fund charity.

Just in time for Christmas! We will talk about the origin and history of chocolate and delve into the chocolate making process from the harvesting of the fruit, right up until it delights your senses. Learn how the social enterprise Caritas Chocolate Company, came into being. Discover how you can most enjoy chocolate made by someone that lists ‘love’ as the main ingredient. You’ll find out how to host a chocolate tasting for your friends that will support the World Accord International Development Agency by empowering people at the local level. To find out more go to www.worldaccord.org

David Barth has been a part time semi-pro chocolatier with his wife Sandy since 2019 when they started the social enterprise “Caritas Chocolate Company”. The whole idea behind the enterprise is to support their favorite charity in a fun way that brings joy to them and their customers. A true Bean-to-Bar operation, they take whole, unroasted beans and handcraft them into outstanding and delicious, single-origin chocolate. They are looking forward to hosting in-person and online chocolate tastings when get-togethers are, once again, a possibility.

David Barth is also the full-time Executive Director of World Accord – International Development Agency

David Barth
Email: [masked]
Phone: David[masked] Sandy[masked]
FB: https://www.facebook.com/caritaschocolateco

Everyone is welcome here.

Our format:
Welcome and Introductions
Short welcoming meditation
Guest Speaker followed by questions and answers
Closing meditation

NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only some folks who may join since this event is advertised across multiple media platforms.

People of every walk of life, culture, faith or tradition, participate in a myriad of connection groups, forming meaningful community within this diversity. As a result, these communities are multi-faceted - expressing the inspirations, aspirations, wisdom, practices and blessing of all. We are LGBTQ+ affirming.

As a REGISTERED NON-PROFIT charity working to bring community together through like-minded interests, if you would like to support our ongoing efforts, we welcome and gratefully appreciate any contributions made through this link - https://creating-connection-canada.square.site/#MxlQIS. Tax receipts are provided.

You can also visit our PRODUCTS FOR PURPOSE online store (http://www.products4purpose.ca) and make a purchase that benefits our meaningful partner organizations, gifted artisans and local operations. Your support is gratefully appreciated!

Coffee & Meaningful Conversation - This week's topic is Self-Driving Cars

This week’s topic is Self-driving cars
Would you buy a self-driving car if it was affordable?
Are you concerned about the rise of self-driving cars?
What will be some of the benefits of self-driving cars?
Will there be any drawbacks of self-driving cars?

"Creating Connection One Conversation at a Time" You are warmly invited for some meaningful conversation, to connect with others and to meet new friends, as we discuss a new topic each week and explore some deeper questions together. In this safe, inclusive, casual, and accepting environment, dialogue is encouraged over debate as each person has opportunity to share from their own diverse perspectives and experiences. Folks in this group enjoy going beyond small talk, reflecting both inward and outward, helping build pathways for more peace and understanding in the world... and your voice matters! Come, simply to discover yourself amidst a community on a common journey, or to leave just a little bit better then you came. Come, listen, share, and find meaning here. We welcome you."

**Video On. Please note that because everyone shares their thoughts and stories in this group we request that you keep your video on. It is much easier to understand what you're saying when we can see your face. When you log on, we ask that your name is visible and your video is on. Thanks!

Our format:

Introductions

Explanation of how we share in Coffee and Conversation

Ice Breaker topic - a light topic to get us warmed up

Featured topic - each person shares without interruption and is given time for thought. The rest of the group practice being active listeners.

Visiting and back and forth questions.

Hope to see you!

NOTE: The RSVPs here represent only some folks who may join since this event is advertised across multiple media platforms.

People of every walk of life, culture, faith or tradition, participate in a myriad of connection groups, forming meaningful community within this diversity. As a result, these communities are multi-faceted - expressing the inspirations, aspirations, wisdom, practices and blessing of all. We are LGBTQ+ affirming.

As a REGISTERED NON-PROFIT charity working to bring community together through like-minded interests, if you would like to support our ongoing efforts, we welcome and gratefully appreciate any contributions made through this link - https://creating-connection-canada.square.site/#MxlQIS. Tax receipts are provided.

You can also visit our PRODUCTS FOR PURPOSE online store (http://www.products4purpose.ca) and make a purchase that benefits our meaningful partner organizations, gifted artisans and local operations. Your support is gratefully appreciated!

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