Unitarian Connections

Tolerance and Toleration

This is our annual Partner Church service, expressing our partnership with Unitarians not only in one place but around the globe. Annual Partner Church Service. Homily written by the late Rev. Dr. Phillip Hewett; read by Gavin Grandish. Special collection following the service to support Burundian refugee students studying in Rwanda. Partner Church Committee Order of Service Listen

Intergenerational Solidarity and Us

Increasingly, it is becoming clear that young people, roughly between the ages of 18 – 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

An Experience in Shared Ministry

As UUs we are keenly aware of the Interdependent Web of Existence. The concept is enshrined in our core seven principles. When it comes to ministry, interdependence means that we all share the ministry of the church and minister to each other. I recently was on the receiving end of this collective ministry when I was critically ill and hospitalised for an extended period of time. In this service I will share my experience with you along with some thoughts about shared ministry. Order of Service: Listen:

Connections and Conversations

Where do you find inspiration? Some find it in books, others in the deeds of brave individuals, while others in the beauty of nature. I have recently been inspired by Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed. He was raised in the Unitarian Universalist faith and ordained in 1979. His messages are clear, sometimes hard to hear, and always filled with love. This service will explore his writings and historical discoveries, along with implications for the future of Unitarian Universalism. Speaker: Rosemary Morrison Read the sermon: RosemaryMorrison_ConnectionsandConversations   Writings in UU World Magazine by Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed Mark Morrison-Reed was President of the CUC when the CUC and UUA separated. Here’s a speech he gave at that time.

Fulgence Ndagiljimana Visits Vancouver

After escaping Burundi Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana came to Canada as a refugee. He will share his experience of how partnership has the potential to help all concerned grow and adopt different perspectives. He strongly believes that that the Unitarian movement holds a collective power.

Interdependence Interrogated and Affirmed?

A year ago, Canadian Unitarians affirmed a new Vision Statement for our denomination with the concept of interdependence at its core. The Chalice Choir sings. Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson Listen:  Order of Service:  Read:  As Canadian Unitarian Universalists, we envision a world in which our interdependence calls us to love and justice. These 5 Aspirations guide us in living out our faith: As Canadian Unitarian Universalists, we are Deeply Connected, Radically Inclusive, Actively Engaged, Theologically Alive, and Spiritually Grounded.

Stories From Away: What Other Unitarian Communities Are Doing

In this service, a week before the Canadian Unitarian Council Annual General Meeting, we’ll have a look at some of the activities and back stories of the Unitarian Universalist movement across Canada and globally. Keith Wilkinson is president of the Canadian Unitarian Council.