Author: Keith Wilkinson

Virtual UUA General Assembly: 24-28 June 2020

When they attend in person, many Canadian Unitarians find the very large Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assemblies (GAs) to be inspiring and comforting. This year, in virtual mode, UUA’s GA promises to be something quite different!

The UUA lists 11 events that will be live streamed sessions open to the public without prior registration.  Click here to go to the UUA page that gives instructions for live-streaming any of these 11 open events.

The first UUA open event is scheduled for 5:45- 6:30 pm Pacific Time, Wednesday, 24 June 2020. This is the first  of six sessions of the UUA General Business Meeting – perhaps of particular interest to UU policy nerds. Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Co-Moderators Mr. Barb Greve and Elandria Williams will preside over the general sessions in which the business of the Association is conducted.

Other live-streaming events from the GA that Canadian Unitarians may find of more interest include the following:

SERVICE OF THE LIVING TRADITION, GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020; 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight; 3:00 – 4:00 pm Pacific Time

The Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group invites you to join us at this service where we honor those who have died, recognize those who have completed active service, and welcome those who have received fellowship, credentialed, or certified status in the past year.

The sermon will be delivered by Rev. Danielle Di Bona. Rev. Di Bona has served Unitarian Universalism for 30 years, and is the 2018 recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism. In her retirement, she serves as the Palliative Care chaplain at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA. She has served as a member of the UU Nominating Committee and on the UU Women’s Federation board. She is the former President of the Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries, and continues to serve DRUUMM as Chaplain. Rev. Di Bona also serves on the Board of the Church of the Larger Fellowship. She is a Chaplain to the UUA Board of Trustees and Finding Our Way Home.

Dr. Zanaida Stewart Robles, Service of the Living Tradition Music Director, is a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion in music education and performance. Born, raised, and educated in Southern California, she is in demand as a vocalist, conductor, clinician and adjudicator for competitions, festivals, and conferences related to choral and solo vocal music. She serves on the national board of the National Association of Negro Musicians and is co-chair of the board of directors of Tonality, a non-profit organization that promotes peace, unity, and social justice through choral music performance in Los Angeles.

The service includes a collection to benefit the Living Tradition Fund. Members of the public are welcome.

 

SYNERGY BRIDGING WORSHIP, GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020; 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 3:00 – 4:00 pm Pacific Time,

This is a transformative multigenerational worship. Come be inspired and illuminated at a celebration of treasured worship elements, rites of passage and brilliant contemporary musical performances.

 

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP: “BEYOND THE WATER’S EDGE,” UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

This event is scheduled to occur twice on Sunday, June 28, 2020:

  • 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time
  • 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time
  • The service will also be available for on-demand viewing at 11:00 a.m. PDT.

“Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. This powerful, communal worship experience is open to the public. Rev. Joan Javier-Duval will deliver the sermon at the 2020 General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship. She serves as Minister of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT. She is the daughter of immigrants from the Philippines, mother of a kindergartener, and spouse of a proud Vermonter. Beauty, gratitude, and love are at the heart of her faithful striving for collective liberation and a thriving planet.

The worship service will include a collection for the Tomaquag Museum, an indigenous museum featuring an extensive collection and archive of Southern New England tribal communities.”

If you’d like to take part in the whole UUA GA you can register here for US$150 and will then have live access to all sessions including the Opening Ceremonies, Ware Lecture, and nine Featured Speakers.

Other resources are also mentioned in the UUA documentation, including a resource of accessible liturgical music composed by the late Rev Dr Andy Backus. Many Vancouver Unitarians will remember Andy who served as UCV’s interim minister from 2000-2002. Andy died on 15 Jan 2020. An obituary for Rev Backus will be listed separately on this blog and Andy will be remembered as part of the UUA GA Service of the Living Tradition on Thursday, 25 June.

Two poems for Steven

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, I was reflecting on the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and the transience of all that we know, including Steven’s time with us, and I wanted to pay tribute to Steven’s annual sermons on science, which ranged from microscopic to galactic in their perspective. So Unitarian in their outlook! I had recently been reading about gamma ray bursts, one received reportedly from a source 12.8 billion light years away from earth, and so the oldest phenomenon humans have detected so far.

A long and interesting journey indeed! The great miracle, the great mystery of which we are a living part, and to which Steven helped us bear witness.

I wrote a second poem of farewell for Steven, too, which may be part of the printed package that was given to him. It’s a bit more complicated so I didn’t read it for the farewell service, but I may post it here sometime in the future. It’s a discussion of farewell, so long, and goodbye and has a particular slant on why “g’b’y” might be the right thing for us to say to Steven, which is what I said at the end of this farewell poem– “G’b’y Steven!”

(The featured image is a detail from a 1989 artwork by long-time UCV member, the late Daphne Naegele, titled “Many suns do not penetrate the darkness”.)

A poem of welcome

on the occasion of Reverend Doctor Steven Epperson’s installation as Parish Minister at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 13 October 2002.

 

The welcome we give today is not the welcome we will give tomorrow
for the Guest tomorrow will be known more deeply
and our welcome will be more complete.

Each day our welcome will be larger
and deeper than the day before
and never finished in its giving.

 

A poem of farewell

on the occasion of Reverend Doctor Steven Epperson’s departure as Parish Minister from the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 21 June 2020.

 

Our time together
has reached its end.
Cosmos has shifted
and still does just what it wants
and still incorporates us.

And if comets or gamma-ray bursts
had eyes and poetic sensibilities,
what would they tell us
about their long and
interesting journeys?

G’b’y Steven!

CUC May 2020 National Conference & AGM Highlights

Featured image – Susanne Maziarz, Music Director at Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Toronto; co-leader with Rev Wayne Walder of a cross-Canada ceremony of remembrance, We are together, at the national gathering on 17 May 2020.

*12 more photos at the end of this post!

CUC eNews Coverage here.

CUC May 2020 National Conference Highlights

  • Video of the CUC Cross Canada Sunday Service One Storm, Many Ships
    (edited video, 90 minutes). The wonderful story for children of all ages read by Kiersten Moore has been deleted from the saved video pending copyright approvals from Disney.
  • CUC 2019 Annual Report (pdf document, 56 pages)
    The annual report is full of information about CUC’s work and how you might participate. It’s very worthwhile reading!
  • Attendance at 4 meetings via Zoom & YouTube: 150, 170, 200, 1,000
    (Numbers are approximate because more than one person may have been on one connection and some people had more than one connection!) Details of events follow.
  • If you’re interested in participating in these events in the future, contact the UCV UU Connections Committee – currently Keith Wilkinson, Lynn Armstrong, Kiersten Moore, & Emilie Adin. Text or phone Keith at 604-838-5643 or Lynn at 778-835-2546 or watch for a newly updated UCV Directory of Small Groups, Committees, and Teams, anticipated soon!

Plenary sessionThurs 14 May 2020, 150 participants; informal discussion of the resolutions being presented at the Sat AGM.

Gathering CeremonyFri, 15 May 2020, 170 participants, virtual banner parade with photos sent from many congregations across Canada, with music added, assembled by Amber Bellemare in Montreal.

Cross Canada Service – Sun, 17 May 2020, 1,000 participants, four ministers, many musicians and singers
Video available on CUC’s YouTube channel.

Annual General MeetingSat, 16 May 2020, 200 participants (97 delegates, 100 observers, 45 congregations)
See the CUC Annual Report for details.

  • Reviewed CUC’s expected investment performance with the investments manager;
    (investments at the end of Dec 2019 were valued at $6.1 million);
  • Approved an operating budget of $812,000 (compare this to UCV at $600,000);
  • Approved changes in procedures for electing board members;
  • Elected new board members;
  • Approved 2020-21 goals and strategic priorities;
  • Responded to questions about the International Council of Unitarians and Univeralists (ICUU) conference still scheduled for Montreal in October 2020;
  • Received reports regarding a few of the many initiatives outlined in the Annual Report:
    • Youth and Young Adults (Annual Report, pp 23-26)
      plus CazUUm – CUC youth zoom conference (34 participants)
    • Truth Healing and Reconciliation Initiative (Annual Report, pp 29-31)
    • Social Justice Action (Annual Report, pp 26-28)
    • Dismantling Racism (Annual Report, p 35)
    • Polyamory Task Force (Annual Report, pp 36-55 – the full 19-page report from the task force on this complex subject, including recommendations for the CUC.)
  • Celebration of special awards:
    • Sharing our Faith Awards – Awards to support emerging programs in several congregations (Durham, Mississauga, Edmonton)
    • Northern Lights Award – support for a major initiative, this year for Northwest Toronto Co-housing Project (involving Unitarian fellowship of Northwest Toronto)
    • Shining Lights Award – for new innovative programs (see CUC website for details)
    • Theological Education Fund Award – Co-sponsored by CUC and UUMOC (UU Ministers of Canada) for support of ministerial students (grants made to two ministerial students ths year)
    • Knight Award – Awarded to Rev Frances Deverell for dedicated service on social justice issues including work with the Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice CUSJ
    • See the above links or email the CUC office for more details about any of the CUC award programs.

 

Some screen shots from the CUC Canada-wide Virtual Service, Sun 17 May 2020  

(Google the congregational web sites for more images and information!)

Sunday Service Leaders:

Rev Norm Horofker, Halifax Universalist Unitarians

Rev Karen Fraser Gitlitz, Saskatoon Unitarians

Rev Meghann Robern, Winnipeg Unitarian Universalists

Rev Wayne Walder, Neighbourhood Unitarian Fellowship, Toronto

Rev Samaya Oakley, South Fraser Unitarians, Surrey BC

Spoken Word

Taz Trefzger, Hamilton Unitarians & 2020 CazUUm Co-Dean

Carter Mahoney, Peterborough Unitarians, Young Adults Ensemble

Wonderful singers and musicians from across the country

Halifax, Peterborough, Toronto, Vancouver…

James Morris (guitar), Halifax, playing Making Waves, composed for the occasion.

Peterborough Unitarians – Spirit of Life (Mark, Julie, Katherine, Stephira, Ben, Linda)

Vancouver Unitarians Elliott and Edgar playing work by Cape Breton’s Allistair MacGillivray

James Hill teaching us the ukulele “peace chord”.

Vancouver Unitarians Choir Leads: Beth, Erin, Bryan, Gavin
leading Canadian Unitarians in Blue Boat Home.

 

Four National CUC Online Gatherings – Victoria Day Weekend

Thursday, May 14: Informal Plenary

3:30 pm PDT | 4:30 pm MDT | 5:30 pm CDT | 6:30 pm EDT | 7:30 pm ADT  – 1.5 hours
Prior to the AGM on May 16, the CUC Board invites you to an informal dialogue amongst congregational delegates, leaders, board members, and CUC staff to discuss issues of importance to congregations, in support of the CUC’s vision, goals, and strategic priorities.
Register in advance at  https://bit.ly/CUCPlenary to join the plenary.

 

Friday, May 15: National Gathering
3:30 pm PDT | 4:30 pm MDT | 5:30 pm CDT | 6:30 pm EDT | 7:30 pm ADT  – 1.5 hours
We will gather across the country, virtually, on the Friday of what was to have been the start of the National Conference. Come, we will join together to celebrate our connections and our faith. All welcome!

Register in advance at https://bit.ly/CUCGathering to join the gathering.

All are welcome.

Saturday, May 16: 2020 Annual General Meeting

9:00am – 12:30pm PDT | 10:00am – 1:30 pm MDT |  11:00am – 2:30pm CDT | 12:00pm – 3:30pm EDT |1:00p.m. – 4:30 pm ADT

WHERE: Online via Zoom. All members of CUC member congregations and fellowships can participate but only registered delegates can vote.

Register in advance at https://bit.ly/CUCAGM to attend the meeting.

 

Sunday, May 17: Cross-Canada Sunday Service – Live Online
9:30 am PDT | 10:30 am MDT | 11:30 am CDT | 12:30 pm EDT | 1:30 pm ADT | 2:00 pm NL
Join UUs from across Canada for a unique opportunity to celebrate in a national Sunday Service together. Rev. Norm Horofker from the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax, with his ministerial colleagues, will lead a worship service for Canadians across the country and worldwide. Let’s come together virtually to celebrate our national connection and our national conference. Join us on Zoom or watch on the CUC’s YouTube channel. We welcome you, wherever you are. Register in advance at https://bit.ly/UUSundayService to join the service.

 

“Enough angels in heaven, more needed in hell.” – Alastair McIntosh

The UK Unitarians Annual Conference 6-9 April 2020 was billed as Being Together – A three-day virtual gathering for spiritual connection. Mary Bennett and I, both from Vancouver, signed up to hear the keynote address at the conference on 8 April via zoom. It was scheduled in a Greenwich evening time slot (conveniently a Pacific mid-morning time slot!) and featured Alastair McIntosh speaking with 150 participants on the theme “The Revolution Will be Spiritual”. Alastair is described as an independent writer, broadcaster, speaker and activist who is involved in a wide range of contemporary issues, from land reform, globalization and nonviolence to psychology, spirituality and ecology. His forthcoming book ‘Riders on the Storm’ explores the science, psychology and spirituality of climate change, and of the need to build soul and meaning in these troubled times. Alastair is a Quaker, and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow University.

Meeting Safeguards – There were many safeguards in place for this zoom gathering to reduce the chance of zoom-bombing and meeting hijacking. All of this was carefully explained by the host to those who had been admitted. There was a password, a waiting room, all microphones were muted and under the control of the host, and chats and video sharing were disabled. The co-hosts, (zoom-bouncers for the zoom-bombers), watched and listened for malicious interlopers and were ready to eject them permanently from the meeting if some inappropriate video content was displayed. Happily, there were no disruptions.

The keynote theme – Alastair spoke on the “the interiority of the spiritual”, ethical activism in the form of small acts of kindness, and drew from a diverse range of spiritual writings including the Upanishads, the Bible, the work of American theologian Walter Wink, and WB Yeats’ poem, The Second Coming.

The 150 participants were divided randomly into 20 breakout rooms afterward for a short discussion of what we’d heard and how we were doing during the pandemic. Like many zoom activities, these small groups were intimate and interesting. My small group included participants from congregations in York and London in the UK, and me from Vancouver.

A recording of the video is expected to appear soon. Watch for more at unitarian.org.uk .

It is also linked at: http://www.alastairmcintosh.com/

Recordings of some of the other sessions can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNKHWNVhvQxTVcSnPh9Vdsw/videos?fbclid=IwAR3ZG8MtpHp4yv6fOXh7hlOVnAPGc4igze8-7B58IdbG3tyGjKXfeRTmkA4

“We shall be known by the company we keep”

UK General Assembly 2020 Closing Worship Service

Seventy-five participants joined in the Thursday (GMT) closing worship service of the three-day all-online annual General Assembly of the UK Unitarians. I was touched by this statement of gratitude, so suitable to our time, by Kate Brody McKenna, one of the worship leaders:

“Let us treasure the spirit that has danced between us on our screens.”

Service leaders were Rev Bob Janis-Dillon, Warrington Unitarians (right); Rev Kate Brady McKinnon, Bury Unitarians (left), and Rev Anna Jarvis, Monton Eccles Manchester Unitarians (below right).

Closing choral piece was We Shall be Known by MaMuse
(Worth hearing!)

 

Additional links added by Mary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX11MEtbkXI

 

Pledge! Your Unitarian community needs you!!

All Unitarian congregations call for pledges from their members and friends to provide support for their activities. Pledge drives are commonly held either in the spring (for a fiscal year beginning 1 July), or in the fall (for a fiscal year beginning 1 January). Check the details about how to pledge for a CUC congregation near you – or give to the national organization, Canadian Unitarian Council .
Keep the Unitarian movement strong by pledging!

To pledge or donate to Vancouver Unitarians go to the UCV Giving page.

“Permission is not required for film or video productions showing a general indication of currency and where there is no danger of images contributing to counterfeiting (e.g., for a television commercial).”  Bank of Canada / Banque du Canada

Cross-Canada Unitarian Online Services

Worship, Coffee Hours, Meditations, Multi-generational, Community Chats, Song…

Last updated by Keith Wilkinson, Vancouver Unitarians, 8 Apr 2020

Left Saskatoon;  Right First Toronto 

UU’s from across Canada may want to look in on what is happening at congregations in other communities. Following is a list of 20 Canadian UU congregations who are meeting electronically using zoom, YouTube, FaceBook and other online platforms (listed from East to West).  Website and email addresses are listed to help ensure access to the most current information. Times are for the sponsoring group!

 

Congregation Day, Local Time & Type of Meeting Website links
Halifax UUs, NS Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM AT, Service UUHalifax zoom
Fredericton UU Fellowship, NB Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM AT, Service Contact President@UFF.ca (before 10:15 on Sunday, if possible), for information on how to connect.
UU Estrie North Hatley, QC Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM ET, Service UUEstrie North Hatley

zoom

Kingston Unitarian Fellowship, ON Sun, 1000 – 1030 AM ET, RE

Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM ET, Service

Plus various weekly times

Email for online info

Via zoom

Peterborough Unitarian Fellowship, ON Sun, 1000 – 1100 AM ET, Service

Daily – Various other zoom events: Journeys, Music Circles, Sing Along…

PUF Online Event links

zoom

First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, ON Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM ET, Service

Sun, 200 – 400 PM ET, Youth Grp

Sun, 1130 – 1230 AM ET, Coffee Hr

Thurs, 700 – 830 PM ET, Song Circle

FUCO FaceBook

Youth grp requests:

Coffee hour requests  

First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, ON Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM ET, Service

Sun, 1130 AM – 1 PM ET, Coffee Hr

Chalice Gatherings:
Tues, 12 noon ET – Rev Shaun Newton

Thurs, 730 PM ET – Rev Lynn Harrison

First Toronto Unitarians

zoom & YouTube options

Unitarian Fellowship of NW Toronto, ON Sun, 1030 AM – 1200 noon ET, Service UFNWT zoom
Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, ON Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM ET, Service

Plus various weekly times

UUCM Event Calendar

Via zoom

Winnipeg UUs, MB Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM CT, Service FUUCWinnpeg  zoom
Saskatoon Unitarians, SK Sun, 1030 -1130 AM CT, Service

Sun, 1130 AM – 1230 PM, CT, Coffee Hr

Saskatoon Unitarians

zoom & FaceBook options

Edmonton Unitarians, AB Sun, 1030 AM – 1130 AM MT, Service

Tues, 7 PM – 8 PM MT, Coffee Hr

Edmonton Unitarians

Zoom and podcasts

Westwood Unitarians,
Edmonton, AB
Sat 300 PM MT, Stories

Sun 1030 AM MT, Service

Wed 1000 AM MT, Chat

Westwood Unitarians

Westwood Online Calendar

zoom

Calgary Unitarians, AB Sun, 10 – 1030 AM MT, Pre-Coffee Hr

Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM MT, Service

Sun, 1130 AM – 1 PM MT, Post-Coffee Hr

Calgary Unitarians

zoom

Beacon Unitarian Congregation,
New Westminster, BC
Sun, 1030 AM – 1130 AM PT, Service Beacon Unitarians, zoom
Vancouver Unitarians, BC Sun, 1100 AM – 1200 PM PT, Service

Sun 1200 – 1 PM PT, Coffee Hr

Tues 700 – 900 PM PT, Neighbourhood Grps

Wed 1000 – 1130 AM PT, Books & poems

Wed 300 – 430 PM PT, Minister’s Tea

Thurs 200 – 300 PM PT, zoom practice

Vancouver Unitarians Service

Zoom , YouTube, and podcast options

Northshore UUs, West Van, BC Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM PT, Service North Shore Unitarians
YouTube & Slido
First Unitarian Church of Victoria, BC Sun 1030 -1130 AM PT Service Zoom and Facebook
Request Access
  Mon-Sat 830 -930 AM PT, Social Justice Storytime Request zoom access via EVENTS CALENDAR
  Mon 7 – 8 PM PM PT, Men’s Group Request zoom access via EVENTS CALENDAR
  Tue 1 PM – 2 PM PT, Guided Indigenous Film Discussion Series Request zoom access via EVENTS CALENDAR
  Tue 8:30 – 9030 PM PT, Parent and Caregiver Check-in  Request zoom access via EVENTS CALENDAR
  Monthly, TBA, Soul Matters soul matters link
  Wed 1:30 – 3:30 PM PT, Women’s’ Group Request zoom access via EVENTS CALENDAR
  Monthly TBA Book Club Request zoom access via EVENTS CALENDAR
  Tuesdays TBA  Request zoom access via EVENTS CALENDAR
Nanaimo Unitarians, BC Sun, 1100 AM – 1200 PM PT, Service FUFON zoom
Comox Valley Unitarians, BC Sun, 4 PM – 5 PM PT, Gathering CVUF zoom
Canadian Unitarian Council

Staff are distributed across Canada and are online.

Many zoom webinars and round tables. Various days, topics, and styles.
CUC led in introducing zoom to Canadian congregations.
CUC zoom Calendar…AND

Resources for congregations with sub-folders on:

Virtual meeting resources.

Interactive spreadsheet

*Note: Times posted are those for the host congregation, so you may have to do some math or geography to get the times right for you! 

AT=Atlantic Time; ET=Eastern Time; CT=Central Time; MT=Mountain Time; PT=Pacific Time.

Vibrant UU global communities during a time of pandemic

Unitarian centres around the globe are switching to online services to continue worship and community engagement during the current coronavirus pandemic. In most cases, we’re interested in maintaining strong connection and support for people in our immediate geographic community, but we are also part of a global community. Outlined below are some of the many online services  currently available. In most cases you can just drop in, but in some instances, you may need to be invited. For a taste of the richness of the UU community world-wide, check some of these out!

International UU Online Services – Spring 2020

Worship, Chat, Meditation, Multigenerational…

Last updated by Keith Wilkinson, Vancouver Unitarians, Canada, 6 Apr 2020

Here is a partial and constantly changing list of international UU congregations that are meeting online using zoom, YouTube, FaceBook and other live-streaming services. Website and email addresses are listed to help ensure access to the most current information. Times are for the sponsoring group!

Australia, New Zealand & CLF Day, Local Time & Type of Meeting Website links
Norwood, Southern Australia Sun, 1030 AM, ACST SAUC Webpage, Facebook
Auckland, New Zealand Daily, 1100 AM, Virtual Morning Tea AucklandUC  zoom
Church of the larger fellowship Long-standing online programs for UUs. CLFUU Webpage
European Congregations Day, Local Time & Type of Meeting Website links
UK 2020 Annual Conference – Online Wed, 8 Apr 2020, 6:45 pm Greenwich time,
10:45 AM Pacific time
UK Annual Conference info 
St Mark’s Unitarian Church
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Sun, 11 AM, GMT, Service SMUCE

Zoom

Roslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, UK Sun, 11 AM, GMT, Service RHUC, YouTube
Other UK Congregations – Various online services, live and pre-recorded, are offered by different UK congregations. Visit individual websites for best information.

You can also try the UK Unitarian Online Services   which leads most often to FaceBook accounts for the named congregations.

Further queries or updates by Email to UK Unitarian Information Officer

rcastlejones@unitarian.org.uk

Search here for information on specific UK congregations:   UK Unitarians Find a Congregation

 

 

International Unitarian Church of Prague, Czech Republic Wed, 7-8 PM, Czech time, Discussion  IUCP zoom or Email

mark@pragueunitarians.com

USA Congregations Day, Local Time & Type of Meeting Website links
UUA The UUA offers many resources related to online worship, but doesn’t currently have a page listing all congregations with online services. If you’re thinking about dropping in on an online service/discussion in a community of interest to you, just find the website for that community and look directly there for what they have to offer. Below are examples of active congregations in Western, Central, and Eastern USA. UUA Resources

 

Live streaming technical tips

WESTERN –
First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR
Sun, 1005 AM, PT FUCP web or Live via BoxCast, YouTube, Facebook
CENTRAL –
Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church,
Kansas City, KS
Daily online Evening Fellowships 5:30 PM

Daily Children’s Online Programming

KansasCity

Online schedule

EASTERN –
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
New York City, NY, USA
Daily remote programming. Sign up to receive emails from All Souls, including instructions for remote programming. Sign up
  • GMT = Greenwich Mean Time. Posted times are those of the sponsoring congregation.

 

Delegates for the CUC National Conference Online

(Updated 5 May 2020) UCV has named its 8 delegates to represent Vancouver Unitarians at the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) Annual General Meeting on Saturday 16 May 2020. They are Galen Elfert, Hanno Pinder, Jennifer Fell, Keith Wilkinson, Kiersten Moore, Lynn Armstrong, Olivia Hall and Rev Steven Epperson.  Delegates were to attend in person in Halifax, NS, or from elsewhere via zoom but with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, all will now be attending from their homes. All UCV members and friends are welcome to attend the online zoom AGM but only official delegates are eligible to speak at the meeting and to vote.  Vancouver’s delegates were approved by the UCV Board and used zoom orientation sessions to learn how to use the zoom polling feature for voting with instant national results! They also received reading packages to become informed about proposed CUC strategic initiatives, budgets, and a proposed technical change in the bylaws to improve continuity in board work.

CUC AGM details here.

The UCV Connections pages includes additional postings about UCV’s global connections.

The following pages are older posts related to National events.