Vancouver Unitarians
January, 2021

Music, Art and Theatre at UCV


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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.

- Mary for Communications Team.

Upcoming Events

Holiday 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.

Chalice Choir Advent Concert: Dark Night, Luminous Night

Featuring works by Ola Gjeilo  More about the concert here. Reception to follow.  Tickets:  $20 (low income, pay what you can)
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Candlelight Service

Dec 16  Candlelight Service (7:30 pm) A UCV tradition: worship, the spoken word, seasonal carols and music, featuring the Chalice Choir, honouring the festivals of December and the beginning of the new year.  All are invited. (Light dessert potluck after the service in Hewett Hall.  Please bring a dish and stick around.) This is a favorite service of many members!
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Green Fund Holiday Artisan Market / Craft Fair

Dec. 16, 10 am – 2 pm and 6:30 – 9 pm Come find quality hand-made gifts and help support our Green Fund. Artisans are mostly from our own congregation. Visit us before and after the morning and evening services. Look for artisans selling cards, pottery, jewelry, knitted sweaters and scarves, photos, honey, baked goods, candles, kids’ books, and some …
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Messy Church Potluck Dinner - Gift Making

Sat. Dec 1 Messy Church Potluck Dinner Several members will set up stations for creating gifts and decorations for the holiday season including painting on cups and dishes and ornament making. This event offers a relaxed, friend and family-centered, evening to get to know each other better Potluck dinner with activities for kids--All welcome. Check the Facebook Page for date …
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Annual Women's Gathering - Collage, Art-making, Circle Dance

4th Annual Women's Gathering Once a year women in the congregation and their friends take over many of the rooms to offer a variety of activities, fabulous food and lots of great conversations. RSVP appreciated if you'd like to participate. Note some workshops require registration. Coordinator: Mary Bennett  Many volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. So far …
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December Wreath Making

Wreath Making Announcement Join us in making wreaths and swags to decorate the sanctuary for the festive season. Saturday December 15, 9:00 -11:00 am, Lindsey-Priestley Room, Hewett Centre. Bring garden gloves and clippers if you have them. Greenery and decorations provided but feel free to contribute your own. Coffee/tea/snacks provided. Further information contact Dianne Crosbie.
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Members Group Art Show - January - February

Our annual Members’ Group Art Show. Includes work by these artists Caede Pungente, co-chair Chris Pearce, co-chair Karen Brumelle Louise Bunn Mary Bennett Lorraine Calame Jane Kinegal Peggy Logan Pat MacBain Gail Stephan Catherine Stewart John Voth Call for Arts Committee Chair(s) After a dozen years of co-chairing the UCV Arts Committee Caede Pungente and Chris Pearce are looking to …
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News from Our Website

Some music and arts posts from our website.

Seasonal Services and Events at UCV

Here's a summary list of December services for your convenience. Sunday, December 2, 11 am – Worship Service: Hope, an all-congregation worship service on this first Advent Sunday Sunday, December 2, 7:30 pm – Chalice Choir Advent Concert Dark Night, Luminous Night. Join the Chalice Choir for a concert of seasonal music, featuring works by Ola Gjeilo, a modern Norwegian …
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The Art of Instagram

Vancouver Unitarians are now active on instagram. Tanya approached our minister about getting instagram going and within a week we had an "Instagram" meeting. Tanya has offered to be the lead person/coordinator for up to six months during which time she'd mentor our youth to take it over. Some Insta-Information by Tanya Sullivan, our instagram poster and coordinatorIf you're on …
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Theatre Forums at UCV

Theatre Forums at UCV Jan 27 and Feb 24, 2019 The first two forums for 2019 will feature theatre with a focus on community-engaged theatre. In January, our own Diane Brown, artistic director of Ruby Slippers, will talk about improv theatre techniques and engage with the audience in some simple exercises. In February, we're very pleased to have Lenore Rowntree, …
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North Shore Unitarians - Amahl and the Night Visitors

The North Shore Unitarian Church has sent along this invitation. Amahl and the Night Visitors" is a truly magical one-hour opera for all ages by Gian Carlo Menotti which tells the story of a young shepherd boy with wonderful imagination who experiences the magic of Christmas in a life-changing way.  It includes a heartwarming story, comedy, and beautiful music.  The cast includes NSUC …
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Multifaith Calendars are Here

Multifaith Calendars are a great gift! Multifaith Calendars for 2019 are available in the Library The calendar is an inclusive and comprehensive source of information for those who want to learn more about world religions. The Multifaith calendar facilitates understanding of these religious occasions and festivals important to our diverse cultural society, providing a basis for discussion and involvement. Buying …
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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.

Meet Our Music Staff

Here are some of the people leading our music program at UCV.
And if you'd like to meet some of our members, CLICK HERE

Elliot Dainow, Music Assistant to the Minister

Elliott began studying piano at an early age in Montreal with Bob Silverman, but drifted into choral singing when he came to Vancouver in 1980. He was a founding member of Phoenix Chamber Choir and in 1988 returned to Montreal to sing with the Tudor Singers, a professional group. In the later 1990s, inspired by Harold Brown, he returned to …
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Donna Brown, Choir Director

Donna started her musical education at seven with piano lessons at the Regina Conservatory. She loved to hear the different instruments, leading her to play many herself – clarinet, bass clarinet and oboe in her high school band; recorder, other early instruments and harp in university; and ukulele and guitar as a school teacher. Singing was also her passion, from …
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Space Rentals for Not for Profit Groups

We're a Welcoming Home for Many Artists, Musicians and Creatives

For many years, UCV has been a welcoming home and refuge to a wide variety of artists, musicians, and creatives of all disciplines and backgrounds. Our beautiful Sanctuary, with its wonderful architecture, ambiance, and acoustics, has become a favoured venue for local concerts, piano recitals, music festivals and plays. It has been the home of the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival …
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