Vancouver Unitarians
August, 2019
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Our Vision

Because we envision a more compassionate world, we seek to deepen our spiritual and religious lives, grow and enrich our congregation, and advocate for love and justice.

This e-newsletter is from our Social Justice, Environment, Refugee Support teams and the Genders and Sexualities Alliance . Click on the links to learn more about the focus and initiatives of these groups.
- Mary for Communications Team.

News from Our Website

Join Climate Action Day at U-Hill Elementary School - May 24th, 2019

From Hanno Pinder, Unitarian Church of Vancouver member Dear friends, As you know, I live fairly close to U-Hill Elementary School (located on Chancellor Boulevard), and was invited a couple of weeks ago to walk with the Children of their Nature Club in Pacific Spirit Park. The club was very well organized, the children were very knowledgeable (ranging from grade …
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Protect Old Growth Forests - Letter Writing Materials

Mythical, awe-inspiring, ecologically rich, and endangered – old growth forests are unprotected by legislation! Andrea Inness, a forest campaigner with Ancient Forest Alliance, was the guest speaker for the Environment Team's forum on May 5th.  The Environment Team urges you to write a letter to Minister Donaldson to support strong action to benefit BC's forests and communities. Sample Letter to …
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"Irreparable Harm?" Creation of a documentary theatre piece

Did the protesters at the Trans Mountain facilities in Burnaby cause irreparable harm to Kinder Morgan, one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America, by delaying a few trucks for a few minutes on a few days in 2018? That’s what the BC Supreme Court believes. That’s why there’s an injunction barring anyone from coming within five metres …
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Upcoming Events

Canada Needs a Green New Deal - Join Our Town Hall

The climate crisis is here. Arctic permafrost is melting; forests, towns, and Indigenous territories are burning. States of emergency and once-in-a-century floods are becoming commonplace; and millions around the world already face dislocation and starvation. That's not the only thing keeping us up at night. Many of us are struggling to find an affordable place to live or a decent …
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Kombucha Demo and Trading Zone

The Zero Waste Team is sponsoring a trading zone and kombucha demo / sharing. Cayla and Mary invite you to bring items for trading and chatting about a zero waste lifestyle. This is all about creating community while decluttering and passing stuff along to those who might use it. (Mary says, at it's worst, it could be called "trading stuff …
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Public Transit & Housing -- A Virtuous Relationship?

New investment in major public transit infrastructure is typically funded, in part, from property development fees along the corridor. Thus, expensive investments tend to lead to expensive new housing. In Vancouver, the planned Broadway subway, including the proposed extension to UBC, is a high-cost transit solution that may well result in new housing along its corridor that is unaffordable for …
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Potluck and Out in Harmony Choir Concert-- June

You're invited to join our UCV Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA UCV) for a potluck dinner before the summer Out in Harmony Choir concert. RSVP for the potluck to gsaucv@gmail.com so we can plan the space. Letting us know what you're bringing is helpful. All welcome. More information here. http://outinharmony.org/ Concert starts 7:30 pm Tickets available at the door. Admission …
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Featured Worship Service

A podcast and text are usually available within the week following the service.

Refugees and Distress Migration - Where are we in 2019?

This service explores the historical background and the current issues of conflict, climate change and poverty that are fueling the migration crisis we are witnessing. Do we have a duty of care, and to whom? We will examine religious attitudes and philosophical approaches to ethics of hospitality and explore how modern international mobility and immigration control adds to the problems …
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Meet the Vancouver Unitarians

Here are some of the people actively engaged in social responsibility efforts at UCV.
Meet some more of our members and friends

Lorimer Shenher

Lorimer Shenher is a Canadian writer living and working in Greater Vancouver, BC. Lorimer will be giving the Sunday service on Sunday, June 9th, supported by the Unitarian Genders & Sexualities Alliance.
This One Looks Like a Boy is Lorimer’s second book,  published in 2019 by Greystone Books. It tells the story of his life as a transgender man coming to terms with his fear of transitioning to male.
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We partner with other organizations in many ways...

RENTALS FOR NON-PROFIT GROUPS

UCV has a variety of room sizes and arrangements available for rent when the congregation is not using them. Special rate of 10% for not-for-profit groups. Contact Marcus. More details here. Some of the organizations who rent space with us are: Be The Change Earth Alliance Chor Leoni Elektra Women’s Choir Jewish Seniors Alliance Jubilate Vocal Ensemble Multifaith Action Society Nature …
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