Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson

Nurturing Compassion Together

Our pledge drive kick-off lifts up the vision of our congregation and the deeper meaning and purpose which our community and religion bring into our lives. With the Chalice Choir and guest musician Tony Turner, former federal scientist and composer of folk hit Harperman. Order of Service Listen to the Podcast References: David Foster Wallace’s Kenyon College commencement address, This Is Water. New York Times story about the remains found in the Man Bac excavation in Vietnam.  

Adventures in Housing: A Personal Perspective

For sixteen years now, I have seen and experienced the strange, difficult, and confounding landscape of housing in Vancouver (and across urban Canada). I have some stories to tell! No doubt, many of us have.

An Invitation to Love and Justice

After having seen ways in which religion can run off the rails (March 18), you are invited to explore how it could be a force for love and justice in the world. An Invitation to Love and Justice is the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting and Conference of the Canadian Unitarian Council taking place in Hamilton, Ontario May 18-20. Order of Service

Easter Pageant: a Tale of Wheat

We celebrate Easter with an all–congregation worship service in story, music and pageantry. Join us as we present the unlikely and stirring story of the discovery of a distinctive Canadian strain of wheat: its birth, eclipse and return. The Chalice Choir sings. Order of Service

When Religion Runs Off the Rails

Having explored what religion may be good for in February, let’s follow that up with a walk on the wild, more forbidding side of it. People have been asking what the heck’s going on with the toxic brew of religion, culture and politics south of the border and elsewhere. Let’s see where the journey takes us. The Chalice Choir sings. Order of Service Listen to the Podcast

Intergenerational Solidarity and Us

Increasingly, it is becoming clear that young people, roughly between the ages of 18 and 35, who make up what’s called the “Millennial Generation” face a unique set of challenges. How is this cohort responding to them? How does it impact their future and spirituality? And how can other age groups respond generatively? This service will be a good run-up for our April 7th Metro Vancouver Gathering which will be exploring this and related issues. Order of Service Listen to the Podcast

What is Worship?

Every Sunday, we gather for worship services at UCV. But consider these questions: What do we think we’re doing when we do worship? What do we feel and experience? Is worship important, and why? This will be an all congregation/all ages worship service where we get to ask and explore the meaning of worshipping as a Unitarian congregation. We may be in for some surprises. The Chalice Choir sings. Order of Service

Religion: What Is It Good For?

…Absolutely something! Hint: it’s probably not dogma and theology; and if not, then what? Why do we do religion? Why does it endure in spite of everything even among people like Unitarians? Listen to the Podcast

Spring Awakening A whole congregation worship service

The seasons continue cycling through the year. We stand at the mid-point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Many cultures celebrate this occasion by saying farewell to winter and welcoming spring. We’ll be doing it too, drawing on Jewish, pagan and Japanese sources. Expect stories about trees, fish and incantations driving out demons and welcoming in happiness. Chalice Choir sings. Order of Service

Do Trees have Rights?

Unitarians promise to “affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Some recent, and truly remarkable, court cases and legislation are making this affirmation even more meaningful. In view of our principles and the sources of our living tradition, and in honour of Tu B’Shevat – the festival of trees and the environment – exploring the legal standing of trees, rivers and the land seems particularly relevant today. ( BTW it’s bring a friend Sunday.) The Chalice Choir sings Order of Service: Listen: