Topic: Social Justice

Building a Failure Muscle

In the immediate aftermath of failure, be it personal or professional, we languish in a gully of desperation and hopelessness, convinced that we will never taste competence, let alone success, again.
Bouncing back from failure is a practice. Author and UCV member Lorimer Shenher explains how his life’s personal and professional challenges led him to believe in a failure muscle. He explores ways to strengthen ours, not only building our individual resilience, but enabling us to embolden our global quest for justice and peace.

Speaker: Lorimer Shenher

Refugees and Distress Migration – Where are we in 2019?

This service explores the historical background and the current issues of conflict, climate change and poverty that are fueling the migration crisis we are witnessing. Do we have a duty of care, and to whom?

We will examine religious attitudes and philosophical approaches to ethics of hospitality and explore how modern international mobility and immigration control adds to the problems to find workable and humane solutions.

Huguette has been involved with our refugee committee extensively for many years.

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May 19 2019 - Refugees Distress Migration (493.5 KiB)




Labour and Capital in Canada

One hundred years ago, working women and men staged strikes across Canada (with its epicentre in Winnipeg) in protest against unemployment, inflation, bad work conditions, low wages and in favour of collective bargaining. Management and government responded with massive obstruction and violence. It would take another three decades before Canadian workers secured union recognition and collective bargaining rights.

Consider this a May Day sermon.

Music by the Fraser Union

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April 28 2019 - Labour And Capital (449.3 KiB)

Sanctuary and the Vision of Religion

The principle and practice of providing sanctuary has been a lesser known but core feature of the religious vision from the beginnings of cultures down to the present.
Exploring the rites and right of sanctuary is a fitting way to commemorate this year’s Martin Luther King Day.
Music: Luke Moore (clarinet) and friends

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January 20 2019 - Sanctuary (580.7 KiB)


No One is Illegal?

What did Egyptian border guards say to Mary, Joseph and their infant son when they fled a murderous tyrant and sought refuge in the land of Egypt?
In an age when millions are on the road and high seas in search for a better world, how do we respond?

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December 16 2018 - No One Is Illegal (467.3 KiB)

Seventy Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights We Have Only Just Begun

Seventy years ago the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations, with Canada voting in support. But to what extent have we realized the Declaration’s just and lofty principles, and how can we work towards a Canada, and a world, in which human rights are granted fully and robustly for all?
Stephen von Sychowski is the President of the Vancouver & District Labour Council.

Image result for Stephen von SychowskiStephen von Sychowski was elected President of the Vancouver and District Labour Council in February of this year. However, many of you may know him as a Union Representative with MoveUP, a union he became a member of in 2007 when he started working at Coast Mountain Bus Company. He is also a member of United Steelworkers Local 2009. Stephen has been active and held positions at all levels of the labour movement. He was born in Prince George and today resides in Maple Ridge with his wife Erin, daughter Coraline and dogs Molly and Daisy.

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December 9 2018 - 70 Years Of Human Rights (450.9 KiB)


ARRESTED! One Settler’s Journey To and From

Through snapshots of turning points in her life, Nan Gregory will attempt to reconstruct her journey to the Kinder Morgan Tank Farm Gates to stand up for a just and honourable Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. She’s grateful to share with you her discomfort and excitement transiting countless open questions regarding culture, history and honour, ever seeking the ideal of a moral world.


Indigenous Peoples and the Law: Stories of Resistance and Hope

Dr. Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Bruce represents First Nations across Canada. His recent and ongoing work includes litigation involving treaty rights, the duty to consult and Aboriginal title. He also works with numerous clients across Canada to negotiate agreements based on consent and recognition of their Indigenous laws and jurisdiction.

Bruce is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba.

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October 14 2018 - Resistance And Hope (521.7 KiB)

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2018-10-14 Indigenous Peoples And The Law (Dr Bruce McIvor) (80.7 KiB)

Indigenous Peoples and the Law: Stories of Resistance and Hope

Peak Bull

It’s no secret that we’re contending with a world awash in bullying, post-truth, and alternative facts. Unitarians are committed by covenant to a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”

We’ll look at what’s being called the new war on truth and consider how we could and should fight back

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September 23 2018 - Peak Bull (557.0 KiB)

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2018-09-23 Peak Bull (82.9 KiB)