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“When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can
mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from
expressions of despair into signs of hope.”
from The Wounded Healer, by Henri J. M. Nouwen
What does it mean to be a people of Healing?This is the Soul Matters theme for November that will be reflected in our worship, religious education and programs.

It is normal to want to escape our pain. Worry, loss, illness, death, exhaustion, anxiety, Covid
claustrophobia, racial harm, environmental catastrophe. It’s all overwhelming. We want to pull up our protective coverings as soon as we can so our exposed and tender nerves can rest. We want the pain behind us as soon as possible.

But what if the work is to travel toward it? What if proximity to pain not distance from it is the real route to healing? This doesn’t just reframe pain; it also helps us reimagine our relationship with vulnerability. Maybe
vulnerability isn’t the cause of our pain but the first and needed step toward healing our pain.

Maybe vulnerability isn’t so much the problem as beginning of the path to healing. This is what all the great spiritual traditions and conventional wisdom teach. It is by moving into and facing the source of pain that one can be transformed to emerge strengthened and healed.

This of course doesn’t mean the hurt goes away. But it does mean we end up feeling larger, and more whole. And maybe that is the most important healing of all. This is as true of individuals as it is of communities and institutions.
The work of this interim ministry is well underway as the Ministry Transition Team is collecting stories for the UCV History Wall. Your help is needed to piece together more than 100 years of understanding what has shaped this congregation, so that people can learn, celebrate, and also heal. In order to move forward, we must first look back.

Already some fascinating stories are emerging, like about when the name changed from The Unitarian Congregation of Vancouver” to become the Unitarian Church of Vancouver”, while today there is new conversation happening about changing it yet again! Understanding and reconciling the past is the only way to move forward. Will you share your UCV stories?

Rev. Lara Cowtan
Live Services are streamed every Sunday at 11:00am at
Our Order of Service is posted at
Family Room and Bench, Admin Building
Thank you Buildings and Grounds Committee!
On behalf of the UCV Board of Trustees and the congregation, we would like to thank Dianne Crosbie, Rob Taylor and the entire Buildings and Grounds Committee for their excellent work, most recently in upgrading the premises and securing the lease for the lower floor of Hewett Centre. Bravo, and thank you!

UCV Statement of Solidarity with Mi’kmaq
The Board has ratified Tamiko Suzuki’s eloquent letter to the Prime Minister voicing UCV’s pledge of solidarity with the Mi’kma’kiq fishers in Nova Scotia Read More

UCV Opposes the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project
A motion was passed by the board to send a letter out to members of government in opposition of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project. Read More
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CUC Regional & National Gatherings - Registration Deadline Nov 10!!

The CUC has released a document detailing the schedule and registration of the upcoming Fall Gathering. You can view the google doc HERE and you will find everything you need to get signed up. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Nov. 10. You can also view the event details on the CUC website.

Sunday worship service on Nov. 15th will be a CUC live stream. Please remember the CUC live service begins early at 10am instead of our usual 11am!!
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Refugee Greeting Card Fundraiser

20th Century Fashion Details
These distinctive greeting cards (blank inside) feature exquisite details of items from the collections of fashion historians Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke. $27.00/ set of five different cards, includes CDN shipping. All profits will go to the UCV Refugee Fund for the support of immigrants arriving from refugee camps across the globe through the Government of Canada Sponsorship Program. See details and images at:

Let Peace Be Their Memorial - November 11

In a live broadcast from the sanctuary, we will hold a Remembrance Day ceremony with songs, poetry and wreath laying for civilian victims of conflict. Six beautiful handmade wreaths will be laid. Sign up for a reminder and get the live stream link!
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Trans Day of Remembrance – Nov 20

We will be acknowledging Trans Day of Remembrance on Nov 20th at a public rally. We hope to have our new Trans flag displayed and will have various buttons, pins and bracelets to offer by donation to cover costs from the Flag Shop. (Additional donations will go to support more initiatives.) Please also join us for the All Genders Welcome Action Evening with Morgane Oger on November 18th at 7pm

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Fringe Fest: Irreparable Harm? A Tale of Trans Mountain Resistance

Who is causing Irreparable Harm? Is it the acts of resistance, or the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion? Who decides? The BC Supreme Court wants the job, but is it unbiased? Mairy Beam from our congregation is writer and co-producer of a new play in Fringe exploring these questions from their lived experience.

If you attend, you will see some familiar faces: Karl Perrin is the judge; Vivian Davidson plays multiple activists, and the UCV youth have a walk-on role at the end. This play is a call to action. Please help us get the word out.

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Second Sunday Book Group - "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" (Zoom)
November 8, 2020
12:30pm - 2:00pm
GCal Invite
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Online AGM (Zoom)
November 15, 2020
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Pot Luck Book & Lunch Club (Zoom)
November 26, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
GCal Invite
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UCV Action Evenings (Zoom)
Every Wednesday
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
(sign-in begins at 6:45pm)
GCal Invite
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