Meet Our Members
Meet some of our active members here. To see all of the posted testimonials, click here.
I'm an actor, writer, college student and life-long Unitarian. Originally from Victoria BC, the traditional territory of the Leqwungen Nation, I grew up in First Unitarian Church of Victoria.
After taking an extended break from service attendance and being awake on Sunday mornings, although not from my UU identity, I began attending services here in 2010, when I moved to Vancouver as a young adult. (More about Leonie)
spiritual freedom to seek and explore
-Book circulation (book returns)
-Bulletin Board featuring current topics
-Meeting and greeting people
-discovering new books
-camaraderie of team
I’m proud of
-weekly circulation of sermons at the Literature Stall.
-Book Bashes - quality books from the congregation so reasonably available to the congregation and community.
(environmental- reduce, reuse, recycle) magazines
- Available to all (on local, global concerns)
I wish more people would visit the library and discover the broad variety of current available books (individual interests/ current topics, spirituality, religion, environment, social justice, health
I enjoy the pleasure in working with others in the congregation and with visitors.
Why I’m here
- spiritual freedom to seek and explore
-opportunities to meet, socialize, learn, expand horizons
(interest groups, speakers, courses, discussions )
Chris Pearce is a watercolourist, a grandma of two and very active fundrai$ing for the Vancouver GoGo’s.
Music Assistant to the Minister
Elliott began studying piano at an early age in Montreal with Bob Silverman, but drifted into choral singing when he came to Vancouver in 1980. He was a founding member of Phoenix Chamber Choir and in 1988 returned to Montreal to sing with the Tudor Singers, a professional group.
In the later 1990s, inspired by Harold Brown, he returned to the piano and began accompanying choirs – Vivaldi Chamber Choir, the Peretz Folk Choir and the Unitarian Chalice Choir. As well, he accompanies solo singers and instrumentalists. He is also part of the a cappella folk quartet Quattro and arranges some of their music.
Kiersten is our Director of Children's and Youth Religious Exploration. At the recent (first annual) Hogwarts Summer Camp, Kiersten taught the herbology classes. Helping kids make echinacea tincture as well as exploring the various herbs and "weeds" around the congregation's grounds that can be used for salves and "potions".Kiersten was Professor of Herbology and head of Hufflepuff House. The picture of Kiersten in the hat and square glasses was when she played the part of Professor McGonagall.
This will be Kiersten's third year as director of the children's and youth program. She strives to find the Fun with Meaning and directs our children, youth, and family programs with a focus on building community, exploring what it means to be Unitarian, questioning, and developing personal relationships with stillness and wonder.
Catherine Stewart, also a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and Coffee Service team, is currently having a show of her work at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. The exhibition, entitled SKIN & BONES, includes photo-based lightboxes by Catherine as well as display cases of historical animal-sourced fashion accessories from the collections of Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke. More about the exhibition can be found at:
Catherine’s Venus Takes Flight prints will be on display in the UCV Sanctuary in March and April 2019.