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This Sunday’s Forum

Let’s Pull Together to Stop Kinder Morgan!
Mary Lovell
Sunday March 5, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Fireside Room

Mary will speak on the Pull Together campaign which supports Coldwater and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations legal challenges against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Pull Together is a campaign being organized by RAVEN Trust, Sierra Club and Force of Nature Alliance. Find out what you can do to help in this campaign (which can be surprisingly fun!)

Mary Lovell has been working against tar sands expansion and has experience with media, filmmaking, painting and writing. Sponsor: Environment Committee

Steven Epperson’s letter to Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec on behalf of UCV

January 31, 2017

Mohamed Yangui, President
Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec
2877 Ch Ste-Foy
Ville de Québec, QC
G1V 1W3

Dear M. Yangui, and members of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec:

I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the shootings and deaths that occurred at your Mosque last Sunday night. I want to extend to all of you my sincere condolences and my solidarity. I grieve that innocent men were killed. I grieve for their families. I grieve that the sanctity and peace of your mosque was violated.

Please know that I speak for all the members of my congregation—our hearts are broken by the deaths and wounding of members of your Mosque and community. We think especially of family members who have lost beloved fathers, sons, and brothers—and we send them our prayers.

I believe in the words of Sura 49:13 where it states: “O Mankind, We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.” In the days, months and years to come, may the families of those killed, and may the members of your religious community, feel the love and peace of Allah, and the support, love and solidarity of your neighbours and of Canadians across this nation.

You and your community, and especially the grieving families, are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson
Parish Minister
Unitarian Church of Vancouver

This Sunday’s Service

Blessing the Space Between

UCV Lay Chaplains

Sanctuary :: Sunday, March 5 :: 11 am

As lay chaplains we accompany people as they move through liminal space at critical passages in their lives. In this service we reflect on bearing witness in this way.

Next Sunday’s Service

The Question of Power in History: Great Men or Small Groups?

Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson

We may think that history is determined by the vision and action of great men and heroes. Yet, according to the anthropologist Margaret Mead, “small groups of thoughtful, committed citizens change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Which do we think is most true? And what are the consequences when we opt for one over the other picture of human history and endeavour? Some wise, complicated thoughts from Leo Tolstoy and others will inform this worship service.

The Chalice Choir sings

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Art This Month

The Inner Beauty of Wood Exposed
Sanctuary and Fireside Room

John Voth
Retrospective in wood

Artists Talk
March 5 12:15 – 1:30 pm (Fireside) and 12:30 – 12:45 (Sanctuary)
Walkabout and questions answered

Are You New to UCV?

The Unitarian Church of Vancouver (UCV) welcomes everyone. And of course, everyone in the video above – Why I Come to UCV – was once new to UCV. If you’re new to UCV, you most likely have in mind one or both of these two questions:

Is this for me? Maybe. See what you think.

Can anyone hold a function here? Yes. Take a look.

We’d be delighted to help you with these questions in person, on the phone, or by email. You can also find out more right now. Click on one of the links (in green) above. Or on the menu at the top of the page, check out the options under Who We Are for the first question, and under Bookings for the second. If you’d like discuss either of these or any other questions with someone here, please contact us.

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What Else?

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