Vancouver Unitarians
July, 2020
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A new year is almost upon us and we welcome you to explore opportunities for connection, creativity and spiritual growth with us.
Perhaps we'll see you on Sunday at the annual Fire Communion. This year, we're adding a sharing circle in the Fireside room at 12:30 pm facilitated by Bill Perry using covenant group format - #mostlylistening.
The 4th annual Women's Gathering is on January 4th and includes optional afternoon workshops, a potluck dinner and evening activities including circle dance and writing social justice letters. After the event last year, three new women's groups were formed and all have spaces available for additional members. See information below with link to registration form and scroll down to the bottom for some additional details. To attend an afternoon workshop you MUST pre-register. This year it's a fundraiser for our refugee committee. Suggested donation $25.

Thinking about getting involved in a new group?
You can fill out this form and I'll introduce you to people involved in the programs and groups that interest you. There is indeed a lot that goes on around here and many people report joining a small group was what made them feel more a part of the community.

Lots more upcoming events can be found at: https://vancouverunitarians.ca/eventlist/

- Mary for Connect and Engage Team

Upcoming Special Events

Annual Women's Gathering - please register. Afternoon workshops are filling up

Once a year women in the congregation and their friends take over many of the rooms at the Unitarian Centre to offer a variety of activities, fabulous food and lots of great conversations. It's a great way to move past December holiday-making and into a new year. As well as a potluck feast (last year 50 women came), there are …
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Annual Women's Gathering - please register. Afternoon workshops are filling up

Forum - setting your intentions for the coming year

Forum - setting your intentions for the coming year
A special New Year's forum. Isabeau will facilitate a session on setting intentions. After introducing some key concepts, participants will pair off and respond to prompts that she gives out. Then the group will convene and receive a second set of prompts. sponsored by Connect & Engage team (sub-committee of Membership committee). ---- The Environment Team usually presents the forum …
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Forum - Are you worried about overdose deaths? Find out what more can be done about harm reduction.

According to the latest figures for 2019, there were 2.6 drug toxicity deaths every day in BC. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/life-events/death/coroners-service/statistical-reports This horrifying number is despite there being Overdose Prevention Sites, mobile needle exchange programs, the Insite program for treatment of drug users, and other services. If you want to know more about what can be done, come to the Social Justice forum …
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Forum - Are you worried about overdose deaths? Find out what more can be done about harm reduction.

Annual Apple Wassail

Kids and the Green Person ready for 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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Working with Breeze - for committee chairs and small group leaders

This session is for Vancouver Unitarians to learn more about how to effectively use Breeze database for administration of a group at UCV. Leaders in the other three Metro Vancouver Unitarian congregations (Beacon, North Shore and South Fraser) are also invited to attend. This is for people who are committee chairs or leaders of groups such as covenant groups etc. …
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Working with Breeze - for committee chairs and small group leaders

News from our Website

Refugee committee update

An update from our Refugee Committee - December 27, 2019 The refugee committee continues its efforts to bring people to safety. Jean B who has been attending our services regularly as a Unitarian is finally settled ,sharing a 2 bedrooms suite in Surrey with Jean Pierre a friend .They are both working full time at Amazone in delta.J B is …
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Refugee committee update

Support Unitarian Burundi Refugees

Support Unitarian Burundi Refugees
This family from Burundi have been in Rwanda for four years.They are Unitarians. from Rev. Fulgence (in Saskatoon)  Voici la photo d’Agricole et sa famille. Il m’a dit que c’est correct de partager la photo avec les membres de l’Eglise. Merci beaucoup, Huguette. Tes efforts pour aider les Unitariens burundais sont bien appréciés. Fulgence
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What's in a Name? Next forum January 19

The What Do We Call Ourselves task force (WDWCO) was created by the Board in 2018 to examine whether we should change our name from the Unitarian Church of Vancouver to a name without “church.” To carry out its mission, WDWCO would like to provide ways for all members and friends (adherents) of UCV to hear, understand, and contribute …
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What's in a Name? Next forum January 19

More About Women's Gatherings and the Annual Women's Event at the Unitarian Centre

Women's gatherings - spaces available in 3 women's groups

There are many groups and events that provide a chance for women to meet together and connect across ages and stages. The connect and engage team can help facilitate women connecting through monthly women's groups, supper clubs, collage/art and writing gatherings, feminist thealogy course ("Cakes for the Queen of Heaven") and even informal drop-in meetups over coffee. Women's groups Right …
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Women's gatherings - spaces available in 3 women's groups

Exploring Women’s Groups while Discussing Authenticity / Becoming Who You Truly Are

Exploring Women’s Groups while Discussing Authenticity / Becoming Who You Truly Are
Exploring Women’s Groups while Discussing Authenticity / Becoming Who You Truly Are will be one of three afternoon workshops at the January 4th Women's Gathering. Facilitator: Sheila Resels We will meet other women who are part of Unitarian Women’s Groups while discussing what we look for in Women's Groups?  What we hope to find, to discover in Women's Groups? We will …
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The Mystery Workshop

The Mystery Workshop facilitated by Laurie Anderson will be one of three afternoon workshops at the January 4th Women's Gathering. We'll explore: What does it mean to embrace mystery? What do I do when I don't know what to do? How do I learn to go with the flow (when I'd much rather feel in control)? Trust in organic unfoldings?  …
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The Mystery Workshop

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven - Feminist "Thealogy" curriculum starts Feb 6

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven - Feminist "Thealogy" curriculum starts Feb 6
Laurie Anderson and Paula Stromberg will co-facilitate In Ancient Times (Volume I of the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven program) starting on February 6, 2020, for five weeks on Thursday evenings 7 - 9 pm in the Fireside Room at the Vancouver Unitarian Centre The course is limited to a maximum of 12 women. Pre-registration is required. http://tiny.cc/ucv-cakes More …
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