Kinder Morgan, We Still Say NO!

  Today members of the UCV Social Justice Committee and Environment Team took part in a rally to let Kinder Morgan  know that we are STILL against  bringing tar sands to the West Coast.  While we were happy to see the rains return to our parched city, we were equally happy that it held off for today’s event. The march started at the Vancouver Art Gallery then continued up Georgia, Burrard, and then Thurlow ending up at Sunset Beach. We walked with folks from the North Shore Unitarian Church, a big group of UBC C350 (divest) students, and many people carrying  beautiful artwork of marine animals or pushing large sculptures of pipelines. Creativity rules at rallies! We even boogied (ok, maybe just nodded our heads) to the chants, raps and music from a band of musicians! At Sunset beach there were First Nations activists, elders and others who spoke of … Continued

Unitarians Will March on September 9th – Join Us!

Unitarians will be joining in with this march. Join us! Kinder Morgan – We Still Say No! March for People and Planet Before Pipelines and Profit Saturday, September 9th, 1 to 4 pm at Vancouver Art Gallery We would like to invite the Vancouver Unitarians to participate in the Kinder Morgan – We Still Say No Vancouver Rally and March Against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline This march is being organized by Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver to bring together broad community and indigenous opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project in a single event. With Kinder Morgan planning to start construction in early September and governments having betrayed voters or waffling, we plan to come together in numbers to communicate that we are still fighting. Since our 5000 strong Vancouver march against Kinder Morgan last November, more than 20,000 people have signed the Coast Protectors Pledge to help stop this pipeline. We hope that this … Continued

LEAP Manifesto

We are planning two forums focused on the LEAP Manifesto. Check back for dates when they are confirmed.  

Michael Bomford

Michael led the Sunday service on “The Wicked Problem of: What’s for Dinner?” from Kwantlen Polytechnical University website: Dr. Michael Bomford Faculty, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Mike has returned to BC from Kentucky, where he spent 10 years at Kentucky State University (KSU), leading research, extension, and teaching programs related to organic agriculture, with an emphasis on small farms. Before going to Kentucky, he completed a PhD at West Virginia University, conducting companion planting research on a newly-certified organic farm. He grew up the son of a District Agriculturalist among the expansive grain farms of BC’s Peace River region and earned degrees in plant science and agricultural pest management at UBC and SFU. A passionate teacher, Mike helped launch a new Sustainable Agriculture degree program at the University of Kentucky in 2006; followed by a new Master of Science in Environmental Studies at KSU in 2010; and a new Bachelor of … Continued

Tamiko Suzuki

Tamiko Suzuki is Outreach coordinator with the Environment Committee. She enjoys being part of a group of people with passion and energy to make a difference in the world. She found it was inspiring to see people setting up the Oak Street Farmers Market because they wanted local organic food while others organized or took part in marches because they supported causes such as fighting pipelines, mines, and climate change.  With her connections to young activists (both my kids are activists) she hopes to be a bridge between young and old environmentalists and raise awareness of what the UCV is doing to a greater audience. Outside of church, Tamiko works in Pathology at Children’s Hospital. She enjoys skiing, cycling, Zumba and International folk dance.

All Ages Activists Gathering #2

Summer potluck picnic! Building on the interest of the All Ages (Intergenerational) Activists Dinner held at the church in January, let’s share a bit of food and continue the discussion! This time we’ll meet outdoors at Trout Lake, sit on blankets, meet old and new friends, and talk about what direction we’d like these and future gatherings to take. Rumour is that there may be some musical entertainment too! Date: Saturday Aug 12, 2017 Time: 2 – 4:30 pm Where: Trout Lake at the south end. Look for the white tents. Bring food to share (you can pick something up at the Trout Lake Farmers market!), your own plates and cutlery, and chairs if you are not comfortable sitting on the ground. For more information or if you would like to help out, contact: Tamiko Suzuki If the weather looks iffy, check this website on the morning of the event.

12th Annual Paddle for the Peace

On July 8th 2017, some  members of the congregation attended the Paddle for the Peace-Vancouver  in Vanier Park, Kits, to support the 12th Annual Paddle for the Peace  event  up in North Eastern BC which celebrates the beautiful Peace River. This was an opportunity for those of us in the Lower Mainland to show our solidarity with the Treaty 8 First Nations and  farmers  and show our opposition to the Site C Dam, a mega project that will affect all of us for years to come.  

Vancouver Unitarians Walk 4 the Salish Sea

HOW WE’RE CHANGING THE WORLD! At least 22 Vancouver Unitarians participated in the Walk 4 the Salish Sea that began in Victoria on May 25 and ended at the Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby on May 28. One of us was present at virtually every stage of this march. It was an all-nations gathering against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project and we were proud to be part of this public action.