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October, 2019
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News from Our Website

Success! 16 newly trained Our Whole Lives Facilitators!

January 11th, eleven Unitarians from Vancouver Island, Washington, Alberta, and Saskatchewan joined four members from Vancouver Unitarians and a member of the Surrey Sikh community to learn the ins and outs of teaching sexuality education to teenage youth. Led by Reverends Samaya Oakley and Christopher Wulff it was an engaging weekend full of insights, questions, challenges, curiosity, laughter, and inspiration. …
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Wanted: Delegates for the CUC AGM 11 May 2019

Vancouver Unitarians are entitled to 7 voting delegates at the Canadian Unitarian Council Annual General Meeting to be held online from UCV 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Saturday 11 May 2019. The UCV board approves delegates from amongst members who express interest. Delegates are entrusted to study the proposed resolutions, consider the arguments presented, and then vote in whatever way they believe …
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West Coast Environmental Law is the New Outreach Opportunities Fund Recipient

The Environment Committee of UCV has nominated West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL) as the next recipient for funding from the Outreach Opportunities Fund. Funding will be from the beginning of February through May 2019.
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Website Training

Free Computer Training  Learn how to use our wordpress website All sessions held in Hewett Centre, UCV Saturdays from 1 - 4 pm. February 23, 2019 - Topic: How to access our website and post news items. March 16, 2019 - Topic: How to create events on the website. June 1, 2019 - Topic: respond to needs expressed from those attending …
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Women's Groups Forming

Thirteen women formed a discussion group at the 4th Annual Women's Gathering and decided to form not just one, but two, new women's groups. The groups will meet at UCV; one on a weekday for those available and the other on either a weekday evening or weekend during the day. Contact Sheila sresels@gmail.com if you are interested in participating. Sheila has …
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Upcoming Special Events

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Women's Group Daytime

**NEW** Want To Enrich and Empower the Lives of Women?  Thirteen women formed a discussion group at the 4th Annual Women’s Gathering and decided to form not just one, but TWO NEW WOMEN’S GROUPS. One group will meet on Monday, Feb. 18th, 7-9 pm (in the Fireside room) and the other on Friday, March 1st, 2-4 pm.(in the Fireside room). At this point the …
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Circle Dance with JES - Live Music!

How Does Your Garden Grow? Spring is here! Come celebrate with Circle Dance to to the live music of JES.  Abundance will surround us!  The music will fill us with joy; the rhythmic movement will energize us; and the tastes and aromas from the garden outside will nourish our inner soul gardens to come ALIVE.  What will be growing in your garden physically and …
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New to Vancouver Unitarians Orientation Workshop

Interested in becoming a member?  This is your workshop! - Learn about what Unitarians believe - Learn about activities around UCV - Explore our fascinating history, including Unitarian martyrs - Explore how to find your way in our community SATURDAY, February 23, 2019, Fireside Room 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
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The RADICALS by Beyond Boarding

With breathtaking cinematography, The RADICALS is a documentary film that follows four snowboarders and surfers driven to become social and environmental stewards through their connection with the environments in which they play. By enjoying and appreciating their natural surroundings, these awakened athletes introduce us to some of the world's most dedicated activists and game-changing wilderness initiatives that can actually change …
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Annual Apple Wassail

Annual Apple Wassail in the Garden Here are photos from the 2019 Annual Apple Wassail. We expect to wassail the apple trees again in 2020 on the last Sunday in January. (It seems to work!) We join the children in the garden (north west area of property--near Oak Street and parking lot) immediately following the service for hot apple cider, singing, …
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Forum: Democracy in Canada and the Need to Protect It

Much has been written about the erosion of norms and the gradual undermining of democratic institutions in the USA and other Western countries. So is there is a danger of the same underlying factors eroding democracy in Canada? After a prolonged period of growth and prosperity, Canadians are now indicating a sense of declining economic well-being together with less trust …
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Intergenerational Activist Gathering: Lessons Learned

Following the success of the fall 2018 Intergenerational Dinner, we are holding another gathering on March 15 and this time the topic is:  Lessons Learned When Things Went Wrong (and Sometimes Even When They Went Right!). This is an invitation for all Young and Not-So-Young Activists and Supporters to join us in a fascinating, fun evening in March. UBC Community …
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Forum: Arts and the Filter of Mental Illness

People have filters. They are  much like the filter you might put on a camera. The whole camera is still there and the filter is something extra you use to add a little pizzazz or reduce some annoying element like glare. Mental illness is a filter that many people have. Some have a stronger filter than others, one that can …
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Unitarian Feminist Book Club

FEMINIST BOOK CLUB Just in time for International Women's Day 2019! a new book club. Canadian UU Women's Association is setting up a monthly cross-Canada book club focusing on contemporary books on feminism. It will meet on a Sunday at 4 pm Pacific/8 pm Atlantic using zoom technology: https://cuuwa.org/. Join by sending an email to unitarian-feminist-book-club+subscribe@googlegroups.com You will be sent the …
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From Colonization to Reconciliation (?) A Reading and Discussion Group

Rev. Steven Epperson will be coordinating a new reading and discussion group on Wednesday evenings for 7 weeks starting on Feb 20th and ending on Apr 3. To begin to effect truth and reconciliation between settler Canada and First Nations peoples, Ryan McMahon, the Anishinaabe activist, challenged us to read and engage with our foundational laws, treaties, Acts, and  official …
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Meet Our Members

Do you enjoy reading about our members? If so, perhaps you'd be willing to send us a photo and "bio/testimonial". Contact sharingucv@gmail.com, our communications co-chair, Mary Bennett.

Melody Mason

Melody Mason is an economist and consultant who worked for many years with the World Bank, she has an MBA, an M.Sc in Development Economics, and a BSc in Sociology. She's on the boards of Early Music Vancouver and BC Civil Liberties Association. At UCV, she's on the Environment and Social Justice teams, chairs the Outreach Opportunities Fund committee and …
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