Archives: Testimonials

Catherine Stewart

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.

Lorimer Shenher

Lorimer Shenher is a Canadian writer living and working in Greater Vancouver, BC.

This One Looks Like a Boy is Lorimer’s second book, to be published March 2019 by Greystone Books. It tells the story of his life as a transgender man coming to terms with his fear of transitioning to male.

That Lonely Section of Hell — Lorimer’s first book — was published in 2015 by Greystone Books and tells the story of Vancouver’s Missing Women from Lorimer’s perspective as the lead investigator on those cases. It was named a 2015 Globe & Mail Top 100 Book, as well as a 2016 nominee for the Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award and was short listed for the 2016 BC Book Prizes Hubert Evans Award for non-fiction, the KOBO 2016 Emerging Writer Prize, the 2016 Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction, and the 2016 City of Vancouver Book Award.

Lorimer is a dynamic and insightful public speaker and storyteller, speaking on a wide range of topics, from the toxicity of police culture and its impact on our society to the fight for human rights of marginalized people and the plight of “other” in an increasingly polarized political climate.

Recently retired from a 27-year career in policing and the recipient of a Master of Arts in Professional Communication in 2017, Lorimer ecstatically embraces a full-time writing career in multiple media.

He and his partner Jennifer and their three children have been proud UCV members since 2008. Lorimer currently sits on Reverend Epperson’s Committee on Ministry.

Jean Stanton

My role
-Sunday Librarian

-Book circulation (book returns)

-Bulletin Board featuring current topics
-Meeting and greeting people
I enjoy
-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 )

Aphrodite Harris

I very much enjoy much working with members of the Library team. Everyone is pleasant to work with and David Buchanan provides good leadership

Everyone on the team is collegial and does his or her best to share responsibilities.

We try not to complain too much, and make a good effort of “getting the work done!”
What you should know
I think most members of the church enjoy using the library and are most complimentary to us.
Why I’m here
I am a Unitarian because it is the only faith group my husband and I can affiliate with and we have made good friendships at the church. Thank you. — Aphrodite and Mason Harris

Frances Anderson

Role: Librarian on third Sundays
I enjoy meeting members, helping them make book selections and sharing reading experiences.
I’m proud that the library team consists of many long-term dedicated members, who are very serious about maintaining a high quality library for use of members and adherents.
What you should know

Cataloging in our library is done to a professional standard, requiring many devoted hours by those volunteers who have professional library training. They are willing to train non-librarians to help with this work. Book bashes, taking place several times a year, require extra volunteers. Those who help with the book bash on a regular basis learn how the operation works and add greatly to the success of the book bashes. Many hands are needed, including some who are still fit enough to lift boxes of books.

Why I’m here

I have been a Unitarian since the late 1950s, having discovered the movement in a story in the long since gone Star Weekly. I first found a fellowship in Wolfeville, N.S. about 1970, joined the Halifax church a few years later and the Vancouver church in 1979. It has been a rich part of my life throughout.


Barb Taylor

Role: Library book cataloguer
I enjoy the collegiality of working with other library team members; also getting good reading material out to congregation members, be it books on Unitarianism, other subjects or current fiction and poetry, especially by church members.
I’m proud of always having the library open before and after Sunday services to welcome new and old members alike, to provide help in finding what people are looking for, and also providing copies of sermons and books for sale at the literature stall.

We have so many resources available on a whole spectrum of personal and religious development, humanities and current issues — all free for the borrowing. In addition to our magazines and catalogued books in the library, there are now more books available in the Fears Collection, located in the hall cupboard, on loan by the honour system. Our bi-annual book bash raises funds that make the Library self-sufficient.
One of the things I like about Unitarianism, as with living in Vancouver, is the multi-cultural aspect, regarding and drawing on all world religions, including earth-centred spirituality. We have lots of books on these subjects, too!

David Buchanan

Our library committee, chaired by David Buchanan, is an active and committed group. They’d love for more people to come in and borrow books. Open to new members and especially eager for additional volunteers during the twice-a-year book bash weekends.

I enjoy setting up the book sales.
I’m proud of the money we have made from the book sales.

David also coordinates the monthly Amnesty International writing group at UCV.


Louise Bunn

Louise has a particular interest in nature religions, wrote the Unitarian Universalist adult religious education curriculum “Paganism 101”, which is used across the denomination, and recently completed her master’s degree in “Myth, Cosmology, and the Sacred” at the University of Canterbury in the UK. She has been an active member of Unitarian Church of Vancouver since 1996. She has been a lay chaplain, on a ministerial search committee and an active member of the worship committee, among other involvements.

She (along with Mairy, Mary and Huguette) have recently revitalized the Earth Spirit Council (previously known as the Paganism committee). The group offers a monthly earth spirit circle and hopes to offer additional workshops and celebrations as volunteer resources permit.

Louise works as a sculptor and painter with a busy studio on Granville Island. In her artwork, she is inspired by the processes of change and transformation, and is interested in how we, as human beings, embed ourselves in the world, and find meaning during our time here.

Click here for Louise’s homily presented at the North Shore Unitarian Church on Paganism and Unitarian Universalism. Pagan UUism

“The realm of the artist is the frontier between the tangible world and the intangible one.” Federico Fellini

Melody Mason

Melody Mason is an economist and consultant who worked for many years with the World Bank. She has an MBA, an M.Sc in Development Economics, and a BSc in Sociology.

She’s on the boards of Early Music Vancouver and BC Civil Liberties Association.

At UCV, she’s on the Environment and Social Justice teams, chairs the Outreach Opportunities Fund committee and is a regular greeter and a “Connector” as part of the Connect and Engage Team.

She is also on the Care and Concerns team and Reconciliation Working Group.

Cayla Naumann

Cayla grew up in San Jose and attended the UU congregation there with her family.  For most of the past 15 years she’s lived in Victoria and moved to Vancouver in May. After attending the annual women’s gathering in January, Cayla joined a group planning to start two new women’s groups at UCV. Here’s what she said at the initial gathering, “As someone new to Vancouver, I want to join a Women’s Group to get support from women.  I think it’s important to foster that for myself and for other women.”
She says she’s kept the Unitarians on her radar and kept intending to go. As a biologist, she says, she’s been to our “church” when she’s attended Nature Vancouver events.
Cayla is a biologist, very passionate about social justice and environmentalism. This weekend she’ll be marching with the Victoria Women’s March Canada, which she organized last year. She’d like to help  get the Vancouver chapter up and running.
Cayla’s also interested in gardening and reading/book club (some friends and she started a “Badass Ladies Book Club” in Victoria and would love to find a similar group in Vancouver).
Cayla lives not far from UCV in Marpole and is tthe volunteer admin for the Buy Nothing Marpole FB group. The motto is “give where you live.”