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, Environment, Refugee Support teams and the recently formed 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

UCV Members March in Support of the Unist’ot’en

Many UCV members came to listen to and march with Indigenous supporters of the Wet'suwet'en people who are defending their land by opposing construction of a gas pipeline by TransCanada Coastal GasLink. The Solidarity Action with Wet'suwet'en took place on Tuesday Jan 8, 11:30 in Vancouver. Similar rallies and marches took place locally, nationally and internationally. Supporters followed the Indigenous led …
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Iraqi Refugee Family Arriving Next Week

from Huguette Sansonnet, Refugee Committee An Iraqi family of a couple with a two-and-a-half year old child will be arriving from Jordan by way of Frankfurt on January 22nd. The refugee committee has been busy assembling furniture and household items to move into the new apartment for them. If you have or know someone who has 4 chairs and a …
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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. Since 1974, WCEL has successfully worked with communities, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and all levels of government to develop proactive legal solutions to protect and sustain …
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Transitioning: Are You Mystified About Gender?

by Mairy Beam    Are you mystified about gender? Don’t really get what the fuss is about? Perhaps you are curious. Maybe you are as fascinated as I was when I met my first transgender person. There is a lot more information available now but it is still an area where knowledge and awareness are increasing. I first met a …
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Inspiration and Resistance for Global Citizens in 2019 and Beyond

The seventh Unitarian Universalist principle calls us to affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. When human and other life is so critically threatened by human-induced climate change and kleptocracy as it is now, it is even more important that we find ways to affirm life. Following are some links …
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Upcoming Events

Raven People Rising: Film Screening and Fundraiser

Join Saul Brown, Reconciliation Negotiator with the Heiltsuk Nation, and Lisa Fong, Indigenous rights lawyer for a lively discussion on the future of the Pacific Coast and the powerful resistance and leadership of Indigenous Peoples in shaping our common future. The Heilstuk Nation upholds an unbroken lineage of ancestral teachings that powerfully connect people to place. Witness how the Heiltsuk …
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Inter-generational Activist Dinner

Following the success of the fall 2018 Inter-generational Dinner, we are holding another gathering and this time the topic is:  Lessons Learned When Things Went Wrong. Come join us in Hewett Hall for dinner (courtesy once again of UBC Community Eats). We will follow dinner with stories from some seasoned environmental and social justice activists as they talk of lessons …
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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. Follow them as they show the Tahltan fight for the Sacred Headwaters, BC Hydro’s destruction of salmon waters in Xwísten territory, art as resilience on Haida Gwaii, and …
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Genders and Sexualities Alliance Potluck - All Welcome

Join us on Saturday, January 26 for a potluck dinner 5:30 pm. Many of the members of the GSA will then attend (and support) the annual concert of Out in Harmony (formerly Vancouver Gay and Lesbian choir) directed by Nicola Hamilton. All welcome. Register here helps us to plan. All those interested in making our congregation (even) more welcoming to …
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Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser Walk - Register

Please come to walk and support the amazing programs: Crossroads Community Meal, Mothers Offering Mentorship & Support, and the CLEAN Break Laundry Program of Grandview Church. Vancouver Unitarians are hosting a rest stop and encouraging members to participate in the walk and fundraise for Grandview Church's programs that make an incredible difference in the lives of those experiencing poverty, social …
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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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Forum: On Settler Colonization and Its Effects

Please come to hear UCV member Cole Harris speak about the history and effects of colonization in Canada. Cole Harris, retired member of the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, is the author or editor of many books about British Columbia and Canada and a member of the Social Justice Committee. Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee.
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Upcoming Sunday Worship Services

For all upcoming worship services click here.

Featured Worship Service this Sunday 11 am.

A podcast and text will be available within the week following the service.

Sanctuary and the Vision of Religion

The principle and practice of providing sanctuary has been a lesser known but core feature of the religious vision from the beginnings of cultures down to the present. Exploring the rites and right of sanctuary is a fitting way to commemorate this year’s Martin Luther King Day. Music: Luke Moore (clarinet) and friends
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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

Cayla Naumann

Cayla grew up in San Jose and attended the UU congregation there with her family.  For most of the past 15 years she's lived in Victoria and moved to Vancouver in May. After attending the annual women's gathering in January, Cayla joined a group planning to start two new women's groups at UCV. Here's what she said at the initial …
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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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