Vancouver Unitarians have been part of Vancouver’s religious and cultural life since 1909. We are a member of the Canadian Unitarian Council. Our members have contributed significantly to the rich and interesting 400-year history of the Unitarian Universalist movement.
The Vancouver Unitarian Congregation
- Is a welcoming congregation
- Provides safe haven for honest reflection and joyful communication
- Affirms respect and tolerance for all ethical and spiritual viewpoints
- Affirms reasoned dialogue in the free search for truth; wise stewardship of Earth’s wonders and resources; and a recognition that all life is interdependent
- Has an active children’s religious education program, a vibrant youth program and regularly scheduled religious exploration offerings for adults
- Promotes worship and celebration through music in a regular Sunday service program and a variety of choirs and events
- Nurtures a multicultural perspective; all groups and individuals with common values and interests can find a home here
- Promotes and takes social action on a wide range of issues
Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”
Unitarian Universalist Principles
We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to affirm and promote:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part;
- Individual and communal action that accountably dismantles racism and systemic barriers to full inclusion in ourselves and our institutions.
Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.
Unitarian Universalist Sources
The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbours as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
- Spiritual teachings of Earth-centred traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.