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I have been in Vancouver since the beginning of August, settling in as UCV’s Interim Minister for the next two years. What a beautiful city! Aside from exploring and unpacking, my weeks have been filled with online meetings with UCV members, leaders, staff and committees. It has been a real privilege hearing your stories, and I hope to meet many more of you in the coming weeks and months. It is an honour to serve people who so clearly love and are dedicated to this community.

Following the retirement of Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson, who served UCV so well for 19 years, this time of transition, is an opportunity to:
  • Reflect reflect on the past, claiming and honoring all that has shaped UCV
  • Illuminate UCV’s unique identity, its strengths, needs and challenges
  • Clarify the multiple dimensions of leadership needed for UCV to thrive
  • Renewing and connecting with relationships and resources in the wider community
  • Preparing to engage in a new future with renewed vision, stewardship and commitment.
These are the goals of the Transitions Team, who will be working alongside me during this exciting and challenging time.

Together we will continue the great work of this congregation and explore new opportunities to create meaningful connections. Please reach out and introduce yourself to me, I am looking forward to our time together.

In Faith,
Rev. Lara Cowtan
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Live Services are streamed every Sunday at 11:00am at ucv.im/live
Our Order of Service is posted at ucv.im/oos
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NEW! Our Covid-19 Policy has been updated for Sept-Dec 2020
Please review the latest COVID-19 plan and policy for Fall 2020. Worship services continue to be online only, but we have opened the Sanctuary for limited rentals. Masks are now mandatory for indoor activities.
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NEW! Closure Of Oak Street Parking Lot Entrance.
For safety reasons, the Oak Street entrance to the UCV Parking lot will be closed indefinitely, starting August 15th.
The Fremlin Street entrance will be the main access to the parking lot.

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NEW! The CUC Supports the Pact for a Green New Deal
The Council of Canadians is calling upon all sectors of society to launch the Year of the Green New Deal. Climate crisis is a reality with Canada warming at twice the global rate. Survival is on the line.
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Easily Record and Submit a Sunday Greeting With One Click on your Computer or Smartphone!
Each Sunday, we play pre-recorded greetings during the live stream and we would love to see you!

You can record your own greeting with just one click from our website!
Try it now!
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We've changed the way we manage our older services on YouTube
In order to protect participants privacy, and to navigate copyright concerns with music, art and writing in our services, we have decided on a new protocol.
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Youth and Children’s RE Volunteers Needed!! Caring, curious, interested adult facilitators are needed for children and youth groups. Help children create friendships, explore big questions, engage in social justice, be seen and heard, grow spiritually, and be nurtured. This could be you! Read More
To stay updated on all important announcements, please bookmark ucv.im/announcements
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Announcing "Soul Matters" Themes for 2020 - 2021

UCV has adopted the "Soul Matters" sharing circle subscription which will be used as a resource to guide our small groups and worship over the coming year.

From their website: The Soul Matters small group approach was developed at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester New York. The idea for a Sharing Circle arose in 2006 when the co-senior ministers, …

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Announcing "Soul Matters" Themes for 2020 - 2021

Action Evenings Begin this September!

Something new at UCV! On Wednesday evenings 7-8pm via Zoom, we'll reflect together on significant issues of our times.

This meeting offers a chance for shared learning, thoughtful dialogue, and the potential for collaboration for taking action. All members and friends of UCV are welcome! …

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Zoom You in September

Are you ready for Renewal? September is "back to school" and "back to church" - but this year will of course be different. Even so, consistent with the Soul Matters theme of Renewal for the month of September, it's still a time to "begin again in love". If you're a member or friend of UCV and would like to receive …

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Zoom You in September

Where do I find...?

We've established a set of links that are easy to remember (short) and remain the same week to week, even if content changes (new order of service, new live stream, new
e-bulletin etc.)

These short links make it easier to find what you're looking for because they are simple and consistent. Check out this post and bookmark your most frequently visited so you can easily stay updated!

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To stay updated on our Latest Unitarian Stories, please bookmark ucv.im/stories
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For a full list of Upcoming Events, please bookmark ucv.im/events
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Action Evenings: What’s This About Tree Sitters?
September 9, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm
(sign-in begins at 6:45pm)

Via Zoom, we’ll see and hear 3 tree sitters high above the Brunette River in
their own videos, followed by Q and A with a knowledgeable panel.


All are welcome!
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Second Sunday Book Group - "Where the Crawdads Sing"
September 13, 2020
12:30pm - 2:00pm

All are welcome at this monthly book group.
The UCV Book Group will meet on September 13, 2020 at 12:30 on zoom to discuss ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, by Delia Owens.
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Online General Meeting!
September 20, 2020
12:30pm - 2:30pm
(registration begins at 12pm)

Please mark this important meeting in your calendars and visit the link below to find the meeting link and documents
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Connect and Engage - Online!
Did you know there is a committee dedicated to fostering connections among new Unitarians who have joined in the last 5 years? The Connect and Engage Committee hosts ongoing community-building events online! See All Upcoming Events
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Children, Youth, and Families Online!
Children, Youth, and Families have many events and regular meet-ups online! Check out their page to learn more about our religious education programs See All Upcoming Events

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