Meet Our Members
Meet some of our active members
Whenever I go to a Unitarian church or event, I feel “at home”. Unitarian Universalists are diverse, and congregations are diverse, but I find some things are common in most of them.They are one of the few places where different generations enjoy each other: from babies to centenarians. We are a rainbow of ages. Since I am a life long Unitarian (I am also a Universalist, but too many syllables), I have experienced our religion from all the ages up to 72, so far. (More about Karl).
a world view
I’ve been told that people join the Unitarian (Universalist) movement for one reason and stay for other reasons. That’s partly true for me, but the main reason I stay is the same reason I joined 20 years ago – UCV, (Xundaohui, 寻道会, Seekers of the Way), is a community and physical space that helps me focus on living by principles that I value in the company of others who share those values.
I first came to UCV to attend a memorial service for a friend who had led a too short and rather unorthodox life. I was deeply moved by how the lay chaplain honoured and celebrated that life without doctrinal overlay. After the service I picked up a pamphlet that stated the UU principles and sources. I liked everything about them and returned to the church on a subsequent Sunday morning where I was greeted by a personable and articulate minister and invited gently into a complex and elegant worship service—people in community honouring all lives and spirits. I was hooked.
Dine and dance with Mary!
When I jokingly made a new year's resolution to become spiritually developed and have matching towels, I had no idea where that would lead. This church was one of three religious groups I checked out back in 1989--and with all of its (and my) warts and all, this is what stuck. I joined in 1991 after "just browsing" for two years. (More about Mary.)
I'm an actor, writer, college student and life-long Unitarian. Originally from Victoria BC, the traditional territory of the Leqwungen Nation, I grew up in First Unitarian Church of Victoria. After taking an extended break from service attendance and being awake on Sunday mornings, although not from my UU identity, I began attending services here in 2010, when I moved to Vancouver as a young adult. (More about Leonie)
Bryan Gick is a member of our congregation. Professor and Head of the UBC Linguistics Department, a Senior Scientist at Yale’s Haskins Laboratories, and a recently named Guggenheim Fellow.
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Gary Smook is a chemical engineering graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked in the paper industry for 18 years, and then taught pulp and paper technology at BCIT for 20 years. Along the way he wrote a textbook on pulp and paper technology which launched Gary and his wife Hilda Wiebe into the publishing business. They sold the business in early 2016 and are now retired.