Upcoming Events

St. Francis of Assisi with Maureen Wild

Oct 3, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm |
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For the past 16 years GES has presented to the Gabriola community a great number of excellent programmes that range from spiritual faith-based awareness to practical spiritual application.

Our past 18 months have forced us to reconsider the ways in which we approach our programming and continue to maintain commitment to diverse, interesting, and relevant spiritual experiences.

What that means and how that happens is changing, and based on our previous article (July 2021), “We are creating a new paradigm as we transition into a world where we all have had worldwide pandemic as part of our history. We are changing the way we are thinking about how we live in the world. No one anywhere remains unscathed by the last 16 months.”

What does that mean? How do we each of us go about finding our way? Where do we turn when it becomes necessary for us to shift? On whom do we rely to find solace, support and ‘truth’? In times such as these, questions for us become more profound and the answers even more important to seek.

Hopefully, GES as a community of spiritual seekers can support one other as we ponder these issues. Maya Angelou said, “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” How many of us have, lately, been saying “With most people being vaccinated we are getting back to normal.” The GES is considering a “new normal” at this point and looking at new ways of touching our spiritual souls.

To Come Home To Yourself

May all that is unforgiven in you be released.
May your fears yield their deepest tranquillities.

May all that is unlived in you blossom into a future graced with love.

John O’Donohue

This summer the GES hosted three developmental pilgrimages created and facilitated by Rev. Karen Hollis. The content offered was intended to resonate with various and diverse spiritual beliefs and practices. Much of the success of this programme was due to the flexibility of its design. Time alone, walking in Nature, self-reflection through journaling and a gathering of Zoom meetings and outside circle gatherings to share our experiences were designed specifically to accommodate the restrictions and challenges presented by Covid. In the end we “came home”.

The coming year is ripe with programming possibilities for our Gabriola Community. You can learn more about the GES leadership (board and programme committee) meeting earlier this month and the theme ideas we’re working with.

We are committed to making the coming year rich, wholesome, exciting, diverse and wonderful!  Please consider joining us.

Participate in our programmes. Engage with others in discussion and activities that promote and enhance our spiritual growth. Perhaps even become a member of our Gabriola Ecumenical Society.

Check out our September event with Maureen Wild presenting Hildegard of Bigen, and stay tuned to our list of future programmes for 2021- 2022. We would love to share meaningful time with you together. Enjoy the rest of the summer!


Early in August the GES Board and Program Committee gathered at the Netloft to reconnect and talk about what kind of theme for this year could possibly capture the current spiritual dimensions human experience. As we sat in the shade we were warmly welcomed by Brenda Gaertner. Brenda told us the land has been resting and waiting; the land has been ok with this time of rest and welcomes the return of the people.

It was in that spiritual container that we explored in conversation the realities of the human experience right now and the impacts of these things on our spirits. We discussed the centrality of climate change to our lives and our world. We discussed spiritual resilience, sacred texts, respectful dialogue, story, language and culture. We wondered about the movement from separation (because of COVID) to togetherness, knowing that our togetherness is different than before . . . and we are different too. What are we becoming? What could we become? What could we cultivate? How could we collaborate with Spirit? How do we need to be nourished by Spirit?

We think somewhere within these ideas is a theme for this year . . . it is still working in us, perhaps now it is working in you too. Feel free to be in touch if you want to participate in birthing this year’s theme . . . it feels like a poignant moment.


Change is Constant

July 6, 2021

Our lives continue to change here on Gabriola. According to Buddhist consciousness, “change is constant”. We are creating a new paradigm as we transition into a world […]

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Reflections from Pilgrimage Gathering 2

July 5, 2021

We had a wonderful in-person gathering on Tuesday night with Reverend Karen Hollis to share our Pilgrimage #2 experiences together. Below is just one reflection from one […]

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Pilgrimage in our Traditions

June 1, 2021

Pilgrims are persons in motion – passing through territories not their own – seeking something we might call contemplation, or perhaps the word clarity will do as […]

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Pilgrimage Journeys

May 3, 2021

With all its sham drudgery and broken dreams it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful, Strive to be happy. Desiderata by Max Ehrmann On Gabriola right […]

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The Spirituality of Action with Pandit Tejomaya March 21, 2021

April 9, 2021

You are a Divine being.  You have been created out of Divinity through Divine actions and are the physical embodiment of Divinity itself walking upon the Divine […]

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Mind, Body, Spirit

April 9, 2021

We are all connected in this world. As individuals, as community and as we create reciprocal relationships with our natural environment. We are all connected in this […]

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Spirituality of Action

March 8, 2021

We hope this last month was a good one for all of us here on Gabriola. The winter months have the potential to be bleak, depressing, anxiety […]

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The Guest House

February 18, 2021

This month’s article highlights a deep and meaningful poem from Rumi. It is entitled “The Guest House” and calls to us because it invites us to consider […]

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GES Carolling Event

January 23, 2021

Since it was impossible to gather in person for the Ecumenical Society Annual Carolling evening, it was decided by the GES Board that we would keep the […]

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Buddhist – Christian Perspectives on Contemplative Practices and Religious Belonging

November 25, 2020

Gabriola Ecumenical would like to introduce this online event which may be of interest to some of our members. December 1-2, 2020 | RSVP Required Contemplative practices […]

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Weekly Devotional Gathering with Gary

September 26, 2020

Now is the time for upliftment, joy and devotion. You are invited to a weekly online Devotional Gathering. Share an uplifting prayer, poem, quote, song, chant, or […]

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“Spirit in Action, in Times Such As These”

September 26, 2020

 Gabriola Ecumenical Society Still Here – Still Planning – Still Dreaming Wow!! Times have been really crazy lately! Our comfortable ways of connecting in person have been […]

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All Events Postponed

June 9, 2020

Due to this season of social distancing, all Gabriola Ecumenical Society events are postponed until further notice. As Bonnie Henry says, “This is our time to be […]

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Easter Sunrise Personal Retreat

April 11, 2020

Sunday, April 12 is Easter Sunday in the Christian tradition and the beginning of a 7 week Easter season. Under ordinary circumstances, churches hold various different celebrations, […]

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Reclaiming Dance for our Spirit

January 8, 2020

Drumming the Earth with our Feet . . . that was Don Buskirk’s description of the Gabriola Ecumenical Society’s first event for 2020, at the NetLoft on […]

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