Social Justice

Woven Together – Registration Form

Signup for Woven Together here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd5Pkib_7eZl7Pf7VmPcfA3eeVXAkieRfeQW46s4G_ghbT2fA/viewform Woven Together Registration The children’s Religious Exploration Team at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver is preparing to lead “Woven Together”, the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Upper Elementary 8 Session Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide. This guide is designed to be used for children in Grades 4-6/ages 9-12 and uses resources that provide age-appropriate Indigenous ways of knowing. The dates of the Truth and Healing series are: October 1, 15, and 22 November 5, 19, and 26 December 3 (at 9:30 am), and 10. Because of the complexity of this work it is important that all participants make a commitment to attending the series as each session builds upon the previous ones. Unforeseen events arise, but we should begin together with the goal to see it all the way through. The series will be held by trained facilitators during our regular 11 am Sunday services and … Continued

Woven Together – Register Now

Woven Together Register Now The children’s Religious Exploration Team at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver is preparing to lead “Woven Together”, the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Upper Elementary 8 Session Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide. This guide is designed to be used for children in Grades 4-6/ages 9-12 and uses resources that provide age-appropriate Indigenous ways of knowing. The dates of the Truth and Healing series are: October 1, 15, and 22, November 5, 19, and 26 and December 3 (at 9:30 am), and 10. Because of the complexity of this work it is important that all participants make a commitment to attending the series as each session builds upon the previous ones. Unforeseen events arise, but we should begin together with the goal to see it all the way through. The series will be held by trained facilitators during our regular 11 am Sunday services and RE class time at the … Continued

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

CUC National & International News – Sep 2017

Feedback to CUC requested from member congregations The CUC Board is seeking thoughts from members across the country on three main subjects for further discussion this fall. The three subjects are as follows: a) CUC vision implementation suggestions Vision – “Our interdependence calls us to love and justice.” Suggestions: Can we do better at fostering interdependence amongst non-Unitarian organizations or other faith communities that share some of our values (e.g. groups focussing on climate action, environmental protection, civil liberties, affordable housing, global peace, animal rights, democratic practices…) b) consideration of revising the CUC Sources statement similar to what UUA did and perhaps changing the Principles statements as well. Sources – In Source #2, should we replace “women and men” with “people”? Principles – In Principle #1 should we replace “person” with “being”? What do we think of the proposal to add an eighth principle opposing white supremacy? c) identification of … Continued

Stand Up to Racism

From Rev. Steven Epperson, Parish Minister Photo and story from the UUA President Stand Up to Racism Metro Vancouver Please join me at the anti-racism rally at City Hall this Saturday sponsored by Stand Up to Racism Metro Vancouver. The rally begins at 12:45 pm. (Facebook Event click here.) Thanks, Steven Some thought on “False Equivalence”  (Rev. Steven Epperson) Given what many of us have been reading/seeing in the media this past week regarding events in Charlottesville, Virginia , I wanted to share some thoughts. On Tuesday, August 15th, the sitting President of the United States said: “You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent.”   Subsequently, I’ve read the expression “false equivalence” to describe his remarks. When I hear the expression “false equivalence,” the first thing that comes to mind is messed up ways … Continued

Overdose Prevention Society

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES FUND The Overdose Prevention Society is the organization receiving funds from our Outreach Opportunities Fund from the beginning of June until the end of September. OPS was founded in September 2016 by three women who were concerned about how little was being done about the growing fentanyl crisis in Vancouver. In potential violation of the law, they set up a drug injection site in an alley in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside to combat the many overdose deaths and have saved hundreds of lives. Their peer-based services are beneficial to the health authority, to the community, and to the participants themselves and ensure access to health and welfare services to excluded, vulnerable and marginalized people. One half of all Sunday morning offerings are sent to the organization chosen by the Outreach Opportunities Fund Committee. Here’s the group’s gofundme page with lots more information and an opportunity to donate directly.

Civil Liberties + Potluck

Come and enjoy a hyggelei (cosy) potluck dinner with a few other Unitarian church members and friends at the home of Melody Mason (in Kitsilano) this coming Thursday, June 29th. RSVP to ucvhygge@gmail.com Space is limited. Learn more about hygge dinners. The evening will include a salon-style discussion about civil liberties. Melody is on the board of the BC Civil Liberties Association. She’s concerned about, among other things, collection and retention of data by governmental agencies, the state of our prison system and privacy issues especially as it relates to the internet. She’s interested in both sharing her own knowledge including BCCLA’s stance on these issues and also hearing from you about your take on these important issues and how UCV can engage with these issues. The BCCLA’s policy director, Michael Vonn, has spoken at UCV Forums including the assisted dying issue. BCCLA’s current priorities are working on solitary confinement, … Continued

January 21: UUs March for Women’s Rights

There were maybe a dozen or so of us gathered under the Unitarian Church of Vancouver banner as we listened to the moving speeches before the march began. We marched in solidarity with all women, of all races, religions, gender identities, and all oppressed, in Vancouver, in Canada, in the US, and around the world. I’ve said, the March was a continuation of a fight, a fight for equality. And a fight that we will follow up on. I’m glad to be a member of the Unitarian Church, where I know I can gather with other like-minded people, and we can mount campaigns to change the world, and we can make a difference. Thank you. Theresa Marion, UCV

January 2017 All Ages Activists Dinner #1

Deep in discussion with new friends at the All Ages Activists Dinner. On January 20, 2017, over 80 Activists Across the Ages shared a meal and their experiences in Hewett Centre. Older activists, including speaker Karl Perrin, shared experiences going back to the 1960’s, while younger activists, such as speaker Anjali Appadurai from West Coast Enviromental Law, shared more recent experiences and concerns. Everyone talked of the challenges in organizing and taking action in today’s world. The takeaway lesson was that we all realized how much we have in common whatever our age. We hope these intergenerational conversations will continue in future gatherings. Poster used in Facebook to advertise the All Ages Dinner.