Annual Women’s Gathering – please register. Afternoon workshops are filling up

Sat, Jan 4, 2020 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Main Hall

Once a year women in the congregation and their friends take over many of the rooms at the Unitarian Centre to offer a variety of activities, fabulous food and lots of great conversations. It’s a great way to move past December holiday-making and into a new year.

As well as a potluck feast (last year 50 women came), there are drop-in spaces for activities and conversation.

Must register in advance. Afternoon workshops have very limited space. Register early if you’re interested.


Overall Coordinator: Mary Bennett 

Afternoon workshops – approximately 2-5 pm

1. The Mystery Workshop:

Honouring the place of Curiosity in our Lives

Lindsey-Priestley Room

Facilitator: Laurie Anderson (must pre-register – maximum 15 participants)


2. Women’s groups conversational discussion circle

– for women already in a women’s group at UCV or at one of the other Unitarian congregations in Metro Vancouver – Coordinator: Sheila R.

Fireside Room

If you are in a Unitarian women’s group, you’ve invited to join with others for the Women’s Groups Conversational Discussion Circle which will take place from 2:00 – 4:30 pm.  This will be an opportunity for you to meet the awesome women in other groups while sharing ideas about what works in our groups and brainstorming what could work even better. 

Please note on the registration form or let Sheila R. know if you will be attending or if you have any questions.

3. Poetry from Prompts

Paula Vander who is a co-leader in our UCV life-writing group will offer up some poetry and writing prompts to encourage your inner bard.

Maximum 8 participants

Biddle Room (tbc or Family Room)

Feasting & Conversation

5:30 – 7 pm – Hall – 4 volunteers needed to help set out dishes and food and clean up after. 

5 pm on – appetizers available.

5:30 pm: Blessing, welcome, information about Refugee sponsorship. Meeting your table mates.

6 pm – Entrees served. Dessert served  @ 6:30 pm

If you’re bringing appetizers, put them on table in hall. If entrees, put in Kitchen. desserts go at west end of counter in kitchen.


Evening opportunities 7 – 9 pm – when the conversations (and furniture) move to other spaces after dinner.

Circle dance

Hall Mairy Beam is coordinating. If you’d like to share a dance, contact Mairy who will create the schedule.


Letter-writing and drop-in with Melody Mason – Fireside Room, 7 pm

Why not come in and sit down with Melody to write a letter or two for worthwhile causes? She will have some suggestions about refugee and women’s campaigns and provide sample letters and tips on making your letter count.

Drop-in Spaces 7-9pm

Divination in Meditation Room DIY Divination. A selection of oracle cards will be available. Bring your journal

Crafts and Collage drop-in – Lindsey-Priestley – Bring anything you’re working on. There will be some crochet and collage materials available

Refugee committee silent auction and information in alcove in Hall – learn about the good work of this committee.

Zero Waste Gift Exchange: Bring 1, 2 or 3 unwrapped gifts you want to pass along Biddle


BY DONATION to Refugee fund – suggested donation $25

  • Jeannie Corsi can take phone calls to ensure answer questions   604-224-1040

Many volunteers are needed to help make this event a sweet success.

Can you help? Still needed:

  • Coordinator/s for Welcoming/registration/name tags
  • Coordinator for Hall Decoration
  • Food set up and clean up volunteers — 4 people needed


9 pm – Cleanup crew! Can you stay late and help? Our commitment is to return the site to how it was when we found it.

Stay tuned for more details! Ask Jeannie by phone or Mary by email


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