Minister’s Greeting

Rev. Wayne Walder

by Reverend Wayne Walder


Welcome to Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Neighbourhood). We are a relatively new congregation and we have done some amazing things in our short history. Maybe we have been able to do them by having open hearts and keen minds (at least we like to think so).

Religion is hard to define in the beginning of the 21st century. There are many places that offer “community.”  There are many places that offer fee-for-service “spirituality.” There are a lot of people who feel that they can be “spiritual but not religious,” and there are a lot of distractions in our culture that take time away from the deeper questions we sometimes need to ask.

Attending a spiritual community is difficult to justify to ourselves and our friends.

So at Neighbourhood we work against a broken-hearted culture by using the Buddha’s formula for a spiritual life. He suggested we first make time for insight. To this end, we offer activities and silence for genuine spiritual experience. The Buddha then suggested we articulate the insight. At Neighbourhood we make space for articulating those experiences so we understand them better. Then he asked us to share the insight so it can be used or discarded by the community. Here, we share those experiences so we can use them for the care of our world. We do this through more than twenty programs and activities we offer.

Our congregation’s mission is Spiritual Growth … Shared Action … For the care of Our World.

We invite you to join us, whatever your path and wherever you find yourself on life’s journey. We hope you enjoy the people, the spirit and the growth you may find here.

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Enjoy a collection of Ministerial Musings here.