Vancouver Unitarians
January, 2021

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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 and Environment teams and the newly formed Genders and Sexualities Alliance (part of "Connect and Engage" team). Click on the links to learn more about the focus and initiatives of these groups.
- Mary for Communications Team.

News from Our Website

Proportional Representation Leads to More Fair and Inclusive Government--Letter to the Editor for PR by Rev Steven Epperson

Reverend Epperson submitted the following letter to several newspapers.  It is posted here for interested members of the congregation. Proportional representation leads to more fair and inclusive government By Reverend Steven Epperson, Unitarian Church of Vancouver I want to add my support to those individuals and groups, including the BC Conference of The United Church of Canada, in their endorsement …
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Trans Day of Remembrance - Nov 20

We will be acknowledging Trans Day of Remembrance on Sunday, November 18, and encouraging members to join other Unitarians at this event.  For Sunday morning, we hope to have our new Trans flag displayed and will have various buttons, pins and bracelets to offer by donation to cover costs from the Flag Shop. (Additional donations will go to support more …
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Reconciliation “Network”

Why a Reconciliation “Network”? Many of us are actively involved with reconciliation.  Many of us have questions and aren’t sure where to turn for answers.  Many of us would like opportunities to learn more and to have dialogue with others.  In acknowledging all of this, our Reconciliation Network reflects the fact that we have no special committee or group responsible …
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Amnesty International Letter Writing Group

An Amnesty International letter-writing group is hosted at the church on the second Tuesday of each month 7 - 9 pm Meeting location: alcove in Hewett Hall Everyone is welcome!
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Building Bridges Workshop - Mar 30, 2019

Save the date of March 30, 2019, for an experiential workshop at UCV, "Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village," to help us learn more about First Nations ways and values and the impact of colonization with facilitator, Kathi Camilleri. Learning outcomes include: - A cognitive and emotional understanding of traditional First Nations values - A deep and emotional insight into the …
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Kids, Youth, and Justice

What are UCV kids doing with Social and Environmental Justice?   Justice work is integral to Unitarian Universalism; for many of us justice work—whether social or environmental—is spiritual work. When we take a good look at living the seven principles, we find that they call us to act for justice, equity, compassion, and democracy and we are called to take interdependence seriously.    We bring these values of justice, equity, …
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News from the Environment Team!

The Environment Team, also known as the Environment Committee, met in September to plan activities for the new year. Topics discussed ranged from  pipelines to Sunday lunches, exciting new monthly Forums, another Intergenerational gathering of old and young activists, educational events on Alternative energy sources, a  small appliance repair table, Religious Education workshops on new ways of talking about Climate …
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Upcoming Events

Our congregation is very active during the winter holiday season. This link tells you a bit about the variety of events we traditionally observe.
Go to the Calendar for dates of specific upcoming events.

We Are All In This Together--Intergenerational Gathering

Come join us Friday November 23 @ 6pm for Dinner, guest speakers, and discussion on We are All in this Together and We are Stronger When We Share Our Skills and Experience! Speakers will include Andrew Sheroubi, this year's recipient of the John Gibbard UN Award given to a youth under 25 in recognition of their dedication to the creation …
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Write for Rights

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. It is the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by world leaders at the United Nations. Please join us on Dec 9th in the Fireside Room at 12:30. We will write letters for priority cases (identified by Amnesty International) that need global attention. Writing materials and background …
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Forum - BC Government LNG Expansion

BC Government LNG Expansion  Eoin Finn Recently the BC Government announced a $40B LNG expansion on BC’s North Coast, with other LNG projects in process including one just north of Bamfield. What are the potential impacts of fracking, pipelines and large LNG tankers? What does this mean for our coastal waters, land and environment - and for meeting BC’s Climate …
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Forum - Genders and Sexualities Alliance Forum

We Welcome All Genders and Sexualities Presenters: Mary Bennett, Chair, and the UCV Genders & Sexualities Alliance including Ursula Litzcke and a representative of the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education for all ages committee. Qmunity will have an information table in the Hall 12-12:30 and then in the Fireside Room during the forum. Over 20 years ago, we were …
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Upcoming Sunday Worship Services

For upcoming worship services click here.
For a run-down on the services we typically offer over December to early January, go here.
Worship Service this Sunday, November 18, 11 am.
A podcast and text will be available within the week following the service.

ARRESTED! One Settler’s Journey To and From

Through snapshots of turning points in her life, Nan Gregory will attempt to reconstruct her journey to the Kinder Morgan Tank Farm Gates to stand up for a just and honourable Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. She’s grateful to share with you her discomfort and excitement transiting countless open questions regarding culture, history and honour, ever seeking the ideal of a …
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Outreach Opportunities Fund

A portion of the Sunday offering is donated to a charity.

Outreach Opportunites Fund Nominations

Every year, the Outreach Opportunities Fund (OOF) Committee selects three recipients to be given 25% of the funds from the Sunday collection. For more information and a list of past recipients please go to this page. Recipients receive the funds for four straight months: the average amount awarded is about $1,800. The Committee seeks nominations from the congregation. Nominated organizations …
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Meet Our Members

Here are some of the people actively engaged in social responsibility efforts at UCV.
Meet some more of our members Click to read more about some of our members.

Huguette Sansonnet

Huguette is a key person on our Refugee Committee and also the UCV Board. I am from France and now in British Columbia, an Anglophone province with francophones in a minority. How did I end up here? In 1974, love brought me here: my husband had a job in BC. Twenty-six years later, after 30 years of marriage, we divorced. …
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Tamiko Suzuki

Tamiko is the Outreach Coordinator for the Environment Team. As the daughter of two non-religious scientists, I was never interested in church. As a university student in Montreal I checked out the Unitarians but decided the Sunday services got in the way of skiing, hiking or just sleeping in.  Similarly, once I had a family, Sundays were for the kids’ …
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Lynn Armstrong

Lynn is co-facilitator of the newly formed "Reconciliation Network". As a teenager in Vancouver in the 60’s, I babysat for a Unitarian family across the street so learned a bit about UCV and thought it would probably suit me better than the United Church my family was involved with. In 1988, recently separated with children ages 5 and 7, I …
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Rentals for Not for 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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