Author: George Atherton

A bang command for UCV on DuckDuckGo

There are some good reasons for using the DuckDuckGo search engine and even for making it the default search engine on your browser so you can just type search terms right into the location bar (address bar) at the top of your screen.

This post goes into just one reason: the bang command. If you click on that link and then scroll down, you can see why bang commands are useful.

The bang commands in this post link to their results so you don’t have to type them into your browser to try them out. Just click on them.

!ucv principles for kids / for grownups too (see link in item found)
!ucv small groups / where everyone has a voice and is heard
!ucv vision statement / !g “… exactly what it says on the tin”

Those examples used the new bang command !ucv
/ (given nothing to search for on a website, a bang command displays the home page)

Even if you don’t make DuckDuckGo the default search engine on your browser, you can maybe still use it in the browser search box. This is usually to the right of the location bar (address bar) at the top of your screen, as it is in Firefox.  Click on the dropdown symbol – if there is one in the search box – and select a miniature version of the featured image in this post after you have typed the search term.

Here are some other bang commands worth knowing:

!yt Vancouver Unitarians / YouTube

!gb “Singing the Living Tradition” / Google Books

!gr “Singing the Living Tradition” / Goodreads

!b becoming a Unitarian / Bing

!i Vancouver Unitarians  / images

!m Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 West 49th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2T1  / map

!ucv technology / drop-in sessions, first Sundays, for help with any or all of the above

Please spread the word. Send people this copy-paste of the title of the post with its embedded link:

A bang command for UCV on DuckDuckGo

Thank you.

About small groups posts

Come here anytime to browse an online copy of the latest small groups directory, the one with its cover shown on the right.

Posts tagged as small groups posts form an occasional series of items of interest to people involved with – or wanting to find out more about – one or more of the groups listed in the directory.

Come here anytime to review the list of all posts tagged as small groups posts. Each entry includes a snippet view of the post.

See also the UCV website page Small Groups for its links to helpful offsite resources.

Find your way here from any page on the UCV website by entering “about small groups” in the search box on the right in the page header and clicking on the title you want when you see the search results.


Tracking down a past sermon

Are people talking about a great sermon you missed? Help is at hand. Read on.

The prepared texts of selected sermons are stored on the UCV website. Links to those before 2018 are here. Links to more recent ones are included in descriptions of past services.

If the website doesn’t have the one you want – or if it isn’t easy to find out if it does – speak to whoever is staffing the literature stall (the lit stall) in Hewett Centre after the service.

An archive of digital versions backs up all print copies of prepared texts of sermons the lit stall distributes. Lit stall staff can help you track down a back copy even if it’s out of print.

If you’d like to know more about any of this, please email me.

The above is a lit stall post. In the bulleted list below are the three latest posts with that tag.

If you haven’t read it already, please see the post about lit stall posts for more information.

Einstein quote cited in April 14 service (Religious Naturalism, Take Two)

The quote – on the illusion of feeling separate from the whole – is reproduced in the prepared text (PDF) for Religious Naturalism, Take Two. This document is still available at the literature stall after Sunday service. When it no longer is, remember that a lit stall volunteer can always help you with tracking down a past sermon.

More than a year ago, UU Mystics board member Bryce Haymond expressed doubt on the authenticity of the quote in a March 2018 post on his blog. See that post for the quote in full and then scroll down for an update – with sources – that verifies it after all.

The above is a lit stall post. In the bulleted list below are the three latest posts with that tag.

If you haven’t read it already, see the post about lit stall posts for more.
Questions or comments? Please email them. Thank you.

Directory of small groups, committees, and teams

The featured image shows the cover of the March edition of the directory, announced in March. The latest edition is available in hard copy at the welcome table. Click here if for some reason you want to read the March directory online instead of the latest edition. For more on the latest edition, see below.

This is a small groups post. Be sure to read the post about small groups postsit is kept up to date: unlike this one it always links to a copy of the latest edition of the directory and features an image of its cover.

updated 2019-04-24 … this post now looks like the legacy post it is: here for the record and to direct you to the post about small group posts, a post updated with each new edition of the directory

Grow community as well as a garden

Nina Rashleigh, grandmother to Owen, mother and mother-in-law to former DREs Jen and Morgan, has a message for anyone at UCV who would love to grow vegetables and flowers but doesn’t have access to a garden. She writes:

I have a good size garden in Kerrisdale which I would love to share. You get 2 or 3 plots of land for your use ( 2 plots are 7 x 5 feet each, one of which is in shade in the morning, 1 plot is 2.5 x 9 feet). In return I hope to have help with watering my garden in the summer.

Please email Nina or phone her at (604) 263-9997 if you’d like to know more.

note: the featured image is from a post by Mary Bennett about smaller plots on the north side of Hewett Centre

Nametags help us make connections and build community

When you volunteer at the literature stall (the lit stall) after Sunday service, people come up to you with questions. Not all the questions are about copies of sermons.

“Can you help me with the name of that person, the one over there with their back to us?”

“Sorry, I can’t. Are they wearing a nametag?”

“No, that’s the problem. I spoke with them last Sunday. Now I can’t remember their name. And I don’t like to ask them.”

“Maybe they’re like Wendy Bryan (pictured, right) when she is at a no-nametag gathering.”

“How do you mean?”

“Wendy always says, ‘Thank you for asking. It’s Wendy Bryan. And feel free to ask me again the next time we meet. I won’t have remembered you asked me.’”

Nice. But hey.

That person you spoke with last Sunday and who seems to be avoiding you now may simply be too embarrassed to admit to you they can’t remember your name.

When you volunteer at the lit stall after Sunday service, people come up to you with questions. Not all of these people are wearing nametags. Asking for a friend: If you have a nametag, could you please wear it? And earn a silent thank-you from that friend.

Wearing your nametag helps us all. Nametags help us make connections and build community.

Karen Bartlett and Nancy Strider are wearing yellow nametags at the welcome table (picture, above left) by the entrance to Hewett Centre. If you’re a visitor, ask whoever is at the welcome table wearing a yellow nametag to direct you to the lit stall and to the sermon discussion table.


The above is a lit stall post. In the bulleted list below are the three latest posts with that tag.

If you haven’t read it already, please see the post about lit stall posts for more information.

About lit stall posts

Posts tagged as lit stall posts form an occasional series of items of possible interest to lit stall volunteers and to people who visit the lit stall. You can see a list of all posts with that tag – and a snippet view of each of them – when you click here.

To check out a placeholder for background information about the lit stall, click here.

Please say what you have to say about any of this in person when you next visit the lit stall in Hewett Centre after Sunday service.

note: a planned update to the Library and Archives page includes a link to this post


Sarah Kendall (Sunday, March 17, 2019)

Writer and poet Sarah Kendall spoke at the March 17 service on loving determination. After the service she kindly lent us her marked-up notes on the topic for distribution. Next Sunday, ask at the lit stall for your copy.

The above is a lit stall post. In the bulleted list below are the three latest posts with that tag.

If you haven’t read it already, please see the post about lit stall posts for more information.

Website Training: How Did It Go?

How did it go? Well. It went well. The class on February 23 was the first in the series described in Carolyn Grant’s Website Training post. And it went well.

Kudos to RevealMax instructor Luke Zukowski, pictured, ably assisted by UCV volunteers Galen Elfert and John Henderson. The class progressed in a single session to the point where we each can create a post like this one, a news post – to use the term Mary Bennett suggests in the UCV Website Usage Guide.

The next class in the series is on March 16. The subject is how to create a post that describes what has yet to take place and so is termed an event. The embedded links in the Events List are to events.

Here is Mary Bennett on these terms:

When people ask me the difference between news post and event, I say simply: If it has a date, time, and a place, it’s an event.

Again, the February 23 class was on how to create a news post. This news post you are reading may change over the next several days to include feedback on the class from others who attended.

The workshop was well organized and clearly presented. I learned what I needed to create and edit news posts. Great and prompt attention to each person’s questions/needs. Thank you! —Rob (February 24)

It is great to have a group of people knowledgeable in WordPress, etc. Good questions and comments. —Randall (February 24)

I thought the teaching and backup were excellent. Thanks, I learned a lot! —Melody (February 25)

I thought the workshop was excellent. It was short and to the point. It gave me the facts that I needed. —MichaelFebruary 25)

The training was excellent. —Sheila L (February 28)