Think globally, act locally
The Environment Committee is guided by the rule “Think globally, act locally.” So while we lobby our government to act on global warming, endangered species, and other major concerns, we also try to simplify our own lives and consume less. Locally we participate in the David Suzuki Foundation Climate Action Team, and the CUC Environment Monitoring Group, Buy Nothing Day.
The committee is open to all members of UCV. We meet at 12:30 pm on the third Sunday of the month, most often in the boardroom. We also host a forum on the 1st Sunday of each month at 12:30 in the Fireside Room.
We advocate for refugees and provide information on refugee issues. Our goals are to help refugees abroad to come to Canada and to assist those already here. This can involve, for example, apartment hunting, teaching English, giving financial aid, visiting the doctor, gathering household items and clothing, or just lending an ear. We fund-raise by serving lunch monthly, having a weekly Thrift Sale Table and occasionally sponsoring cultural events.
Refugees are brave; their strengths and their cultures enrich us; they contribute much to Canada. Over the years this congregation has sponsored, or helped locally, refugees from Viet Nam, Central America, Burma, Afghanistan, Mexico, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Serbia, and Palestine.
For updates and the latest news, see Refugee News on UCV Notes.
Contact Julia Myers or Virginia Crabill to get involved.
Revering our roots
This committee oversees our continuing relationship with the Unitarian church in Brasso, Romania. Through letters, fundraising and visits, we communicate support to these oppressed people while learning from their very intriguing ancient culture.
Follow this link to learn more about the Unitarian Partner Church Program. For more information or if you wish to join this committee, contact Alison Pearson.
The committee works to fulfill these goals
~To encourage education within the congregation on social justice issues that challenge our Unitarian principles.
~To ask the congregation, minister and Board of Trustees to join us in taking responsibility for social action consistent with our Unitarian principles.
~To consider social issues and facilitate opportunities for church members to take public action as the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.
The Social Justice Committee coordinates forums from 12:30–1:30 pm on 2nd Sundays.