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Greetings Unitarian Church of Vancouver!

I am Reverend Lara Cowtan, and I am delighted and honored to have been hired as your interim minister, to serve you for a two-year transition period. I just wanted to reach out and say hello to you from Winnipeg, where I am currently serving as a hospital chaplain. This has been a year of transition for me as well, as I’ve moved back to Canada after living in Europe since 2005.
Soon I will set out West, over the prairies and across the mountains to join you in Vancouver. I am excited and looking forward to meeting all of you, to being a part of your thriving and welcoming community, and to working with you as we learn and grow together.

These are challenging and complicated times, and it helps to have something to look forward to. This transitional ministry time is an exciting opportunity for the congregation to engage in reflecting on where you have come from, all you’ve accomplished, then envisioning and reaching towards the future. It is a time of infinite possibilities, and I can’t wait to explore them with you.

I’ll arrive at the end of July and begin in August with meetings to get to know you and prepare for the start of our first year together.

Wishing you all a safe and healthy summer.


Rev. Lara
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Our Covid-19 Go-Slowly-Forward Plan is Out Now
Please review the latest COVID-19 plan and policy for Summer 2020. We will begin to open the campus for limited, pre-scheduled gatherings this summer!
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The Reconciliation Working Group is Looking For Members! We are currently looking for one or two members with strong facilitation skills and a willingness to be part of a THRGG orientation process. Join us and be part of a facilitation and planning team. Young adults welcome! Read More

NEW! Easily Record and Submit a Sunday Greeting With One Click!
Each Sunday, we play pre-recorded greetings from members during the live stream.
Now you can record your own greeting with just one click from our website!
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Welcome Jon Breisnes as Chair of Membership Committee!
The membership committee looks out for new and long time members, maintains our database, provides ongoing outreach and activities and much much more! Thank you Jon for taking on this important role in our congregation!
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Calling All Tech Savvy UUs! For services to continue to be virtual, we need to train some more members to learn how to produce and broadcast Sunday services Anyone interested in helping with technology
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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

Vancouver Unitarians Anti-Racism Resources

In recent days, we have witnessed a surge of public response in support of Black Lives Matter as well as a call to uplift and affirm the inherent worth and dignity of lives that are continually devalued in racist systems. As Unitarians, we are committed to justice, equity, and compassion. We have put together the start of a list of resources available for our ongoing anti-racist work.

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Technology: Can You Identify Scam Emails?

COVID-19 has given rise to new online scam attempts that target vulnerable people and seniors. We have seen an increase of scam emails pop up within our own community and we want to ensure that congregants feel safe to engage online at this time. There are many online resources for helping to educate about scam emails. UCV Scam Email Attempts …

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Can You Identify Scam Emails?

Two poems for Steven from Keith Wilkinson

Some of you have asked about the poems I read for Steven’s final service, so here they are in print. As some have remarked, it’s ironic that the poem of welcome from 2002 seems more complete now in 2020 when Steven has departed. Only now do we feel how fully welcome he was and is. In my poem of farewell, …

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Stories from Past and Present Enviro Team Members: OSFM

The Environment Committee has been posting some really engaging stories from past and present members! Stories include memories from the Oak Street Farm Market, Burns Bog, and Early Days at UCV. Head over to the Environment page to read through these delicious bits of our history.

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Stories from Past and Present Enviro Team Members: OSFM
To stay updated on our Latest Unitarian Stories, please bookmark ucv.im/stories
Vegan Cooking With Umami
July 8, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm

A one-hour zoom cooking show with Denise Swanson. Please let Mary Bennett at connect@vancouverunitarians.ca know if you’d like to attend.

Please preregister to receive a zoom link.
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Feminist Book Club Across Canada
July 12, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm

CUUWA Feminist Book Club meets monthly via zoom on the 2nd Sunday at 4 pm Pacific time.

CUUWA is a UU women’s organization with specific goals: to raise awareness about women’s history, rituals, and perspectives, through training, communication, celebration and many resources.
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Slack Part 2 & 3 Workshops with Luke Zukowski
July 18 and July 25, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Connect and Engage team is sponsoring another tech workshop with Luke Zukowski on Zoom. Contact Mary at ucvconnect@gmail.com for sign in information and access to the Slack Part 1 workshop recording.
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For a full list of Upcoming Events, please bookmark ucv.im/events
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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