Upcoming Events

Mad Hatter Show

May 26, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm | Arts & Heritage Centre
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Tibetan Meditation Retreat

Jun 7, 2019 - Jun 9, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Netloft
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Kundalini is Always Present

Jul 18, 2019 | All Day | Netloft
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Annual Summer Picnic

Aug 8, 2019 | 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm | Waterfront Home
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On April 24th, at the Golf Course, we celebrated a Passover Seder meal with about 40 members of our community. Like last year, it was facilitated by Amy Block and Paul Gellman.  A special thanks to all the volunteers who came early and helped plate and heat the traditional foods, all of which were prepared at home by members of our Ecumenical Society. The Golf Course staff also kept busy serving and keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes.

For over three hours, we followed a shorter version of the Passover Haggadah (the telling). During the Seder (order), we explored how Passover customs include telling and sharing of the Story of slavery to freedom, drinking wine, eating matza, and partaking of the symbolic foods. We also learned that Seder is performed using the same ‘order’ by Jews all over the world, and might be the most commonly celebrated of all the Jewish rituals.

Maureen Wild and Ray Appel, Gerald Larson did a couple of readings to further educate participants, and also to help move the Seder forward.  Throughout, Amy and Paul welcomed questions and stories that related to parts of the Haggadah. Those in attendance interpreted parts of the Exodus story in a variety of ways, including more modern contexts as they explained their particular ideas and understandings.

Two young girls were also present with their mother, and joyfully contributed by lighting the candles, handing out items to every member of the community, and finding the hidden afikoman (matzah that was broken and hidden at the beginning of the Seder). According to tradition, the Seder cannot be officially concluded until the afikoman is found. The two girls were overjoyed and excited when they found it because then everyone could have desert, (chocolate covered matzah, fresh fruit and macaroons!  

All in all a very informative, personal community-building experience. Thank you to Amy and Paul and all the volunteers and staff who helped put the event together!

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Is there a better way to spend a glorious early spring morning than softly chanting in harmony with the surroundings at the NetLoft?  I cannot think of one, especially when the circle of participants is led by Leah Hokanson, musician, choir director, and reader of the finest poems celebrating our spirit and connection with the natural world.  

The Ecumenical Society’s offering of two such mornings on March 30 and 31 was like Heaven on Earth, with everyone’s voices finding harmony, joy, and a natural togetherness. Our spirits did indeed flow freely, and with gratitude for the peace and beauty of this event.

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Wow! Song of Imbolc Sacred Sound Journey attracted a very full house to the Net Loft as carol weaver and Allannah Dow led us through a spiritual journey to honour the return of Spring and warming light.

We listened, we sang and we meditated in silence.

A large flock of gulls felt Heaven-sent and drawn to the music during a moving rendition of the song, Bring To Me Your Light (written by Pat Mayberry). Reflecting on this experience, weaver said it felt like “such a holy, sacred affirmation,” as they swirled overhead, and disappeared as the music ended.

Saint Brigid must have been smiling down on us.

Welcome back Spring!

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Unsung Hero of Compassion

January 25, 2019

On Jan. 3, 2019 at 2:00 Maggie Doyne, co-founder of the BlinkNow Foundation, shared her compelling story of how she came to open a home for over […]

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Evening of Caroling

December 27, 2018

This 14th Annual “Caroling with Care” community event took place on December 6, 2018 with close to 45  Carolers this yer! We  gathered  at 5:30 in the […]

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Poetry and Music

December 27, 2018

Approximatly 45 people attended our Poetry and Music event at the Netloft on November 25th, 2018.  The ambiance of the Netloft was the perfect venue, warm and […]

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Light to the World

December 27, 2018

A group of people gathered at the Roxy on November 10 to view the video “Light to the World” about the life of Baha’u’llah, Prophet Founder of […]

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Many thanks!

October 19, 2018

Our 15th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, held on Sunday Oct 14, 2018, was truly an evening of Unity in all of our Diversity as 70 Gabriola Ecumenical Society […]

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Joyful Sounds of the Spirit

October 5, 2018

The Gabriola Ecumenical Society thanks this creative and enthusiastic group of six who brought a night of “Joyful sound of the Spirit” to the crowd of about 65 […]

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The Spirit Flows Freely

September 14, 2018

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Important GES Membership Information

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Lifting Our Spirits – Turning towards Joy -Arinna Weisman

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GES Picnic 2018

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Thursday July 26 2018 – 2015 Stalker Rd, Gabriola Once again, and for 15  years running, GES members and friends gathered to enjoy the great weather, entertainment, company, and […]

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Do you want to volunteer for GES?

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As a volunteer operated society, we are always looking for new ideas and enthusiastic participation in planning our events. We are inviting anyone with an interest in […]

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Buddhist Teachings and Meditation Retreat with Lama Losang Sampten, July 2018

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This 9th  presentation in our GES Lifting the Spirit Theme for 2017-2018 was truly an outstanding experience.  “Spending a few days with Lama Losang is a delightful […]

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Lifting our Spirits – Finding the Sacred

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“Very good!  Five very good presenters from very different experiences of spiritual questing, questing for meaning in life and freedom of Spirit, discovering meaning and still discovering …” […]

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Lifting our Spirits – Do It By Chants

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“To create a spiritual community, even if for a little while, is a magnificent thing”. By the end of the Spring Forum weekend, I witnessed a most […]

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