UU Connections

Mystery Pals

Make a Friend at Church, create connections across generations! The mystery only lasts a little while, but the friendship can be much longer. Sign-up to be a Pal to someone older or younger than yourself—we would love to have everyone involved and will match any pair from different generations (roughly 20 years apart). To facilitate anonymity, each pair will be identified by a famous Unitarian with a corresponding “mailbox” envelope in the Hewett Centre Hall. Celebrate May 6th after the service with a Mystery Reveal Party. Who? Anyone age 4-104 is eligible to participate if you have regularly attended the Unitarian Church of Vancouver for six months or more, are known by someone in our church leadership (RE Director, Minister, Board, or committee leader), and can commit to the following: Deliver one of the following options to your mystery pal “mailbox” on Sundays, (you may send email through the DRE … Continued

Celebration of the Life of Phillip Hewett

A Celebration of the Life of the Rev. Dr. Phillip Hewett, Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, will be held at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, March 23, 2018, beginning at 1:30 pm. A reception will follow the service. More information about Phillip Hewett

Installation of Rev. Samaya Oakley

An invitation from the South Fraser Unitarian Congregation (Surrey Unitarians) You’re Invited to the Installation of Rev. Samaya Oakley With great joy and excitement, the members of the South Fraser Unitarian Congregation gather to install Rev. Samaya as our settled minister. We gather with excitement, with anticipation, and a sense of wonder – feelings which naturally come with taking risks. The service is family friendly. Date:               Sunday, March 11th at 2:30 pm Location:        Crescent United, reception to follow. 2756 127 Street, Surrey, BC V4A 6L5 Note:               Religious professionals are invited to robe at 1:30 pm. RSVP               Ruth Sands by Monday, March 5th. Please indicate if you are: Planning to robe; Planning to sing in the choir; or Planning to bring children For More Information: Ruth Sands, ruthbbh@gmail.com; (604) 512-9032 Installation of Rev. Samaya’s

Early Bird Deadline Mar 15 for Metro Vancouver Unitarian Gathering Apr 7

Register now online for our Saturday April 7 Gathering of the four local congregations at UCV. Register here. (Help with registration will also be available in the foyer of the Sanctuary after our service on March 4) The Apr 7 event starts with an In-gathering in the Sanctuary followed by a Young Adult panel and small group discussions on Intergenerational Solidarity. Then, in the afternoon, Unitarian singer/songwriter, Tony Turner, leads a workshop on “Singing for Change”. Tony will also host the evening Open Mic Coffee House. We’ve set time aside for “Acting for Change – Social Justice Networking” where we’ll learn about how things are going in each of the congregations in relation to social action – successes and challenges. BIG ASK: Volunteers are needed for greeting, serving meals and cleaning up. Please phone Jeannie Corsi on 604-224-1040 if you are able to help in any way. Contacts for questions; Leslie … Continued

Young Adults (age 18-35) Wanted

The upcoming Regional Gathering will include a panel called Intergenerational Solidarity: a Young Adult Panel. In the meantime, here are some ways for UU young adults (and sometimes others) to connect about the state of young adult ministry. Join a team at UCV! The following groups are actively seeking one (or more) young adult members: Connect & Engage Contact Sheila Kids Take Over UCV contact Mary for the Kids Takeover Team Note that Steven Epperson will be preaching on this topic as well. Intergenerational Solidarity and Us CUC Website http://cuc.ca/young-adults/ Our congregation supported this year-long project http://cuc.ca/young-adults/young-adult-project/ Facebook Links Canadian Unitarian Council Youth and Young Adult Ministry page https://www.facebook.com/CUCyayaministry/ UU Young Adults in Vancouver Closed Group (You can ask to join) https://www.facebook.com/groups/122226307860396/ 90 members UU Young Adult Connections Closed Group (You can ask to join) https://www.facebook.com/groups/698574876830392/ A continental group only for those between 18 and 35 1300+members Description There are a lot … Continued

Sasamat Family Camp – Early Bird Deadline March 18

Unitarian Family Camp June 8–10, 2018 Set in the natural splendor of Port Moody’s Belcarra Regional Park, the camp offers swimming, boating, hiking, climbing, children and youth programs, a choral workshop for youth/adults, campfires and other fun communal events. Heated cabins with electricity. Meals provided. Note: Children love this camp but you do not need kids to attend Family Camp! Early bird registration deadline: Sun. March 18 Early bird rates: Adults: $151;  Children/Youth: $139. Register early, save, and help out the planning committee! Download a brochure/registration form at Camp Sasamat          

Canadian Unitarian Upcoming Events

International 11-15 Feb 2018: ICUU – Kathmandu, Nepal http://www.icuu.info/ Metro Vancouver 7 Apr 2018: BC Metro Vancouver 4 Congregations Regional gathering at UCV – Rooms to be booked  National 18 May 2018: CUC Annual General Meeting online via zoom – Room to be booked at UCV 19-20 May 2018: CUC Bi-annual Conference, Hamilton, ON General info about conferences 2018 Conference website forthcoming in Feb 2018

Mini Adult OWL Workshop

Delicious. Intriguing. Satisfying. This is Better than Chocolate! (And it’s only for Adults.) When was the last time you had a thoughtful and fun conversation about sexuality? Remember your high school sex education? Ugh! Society is highly sexualized today and yet people don’t REALLY understand sexuality and this robs them of deeper fulfillment. Our UU values, through the Our Whole Lives program (OWL), give us a unique opportunity to take a holistic look at sexuality so that we can enhance self-knowledge, clarify our values and understand our boundaries. This workshop also helps participants: guide their kids/grandkids towards healthy sexual relationships, increase physical and mental well-being as you age, and have greater confidence to positively impact societal issues in this area. No, you won’t have to talk about your sex life, nor hear about mine! Join a safe, non-judgmental group for exploration where you will learn as much from the other … 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