forumThe forum is a proud tradition in the life of Vancouver Unitarians In October 1926, members organized a free forum that held meetings on Sunday afternoons, usually twice a month. This was the first forum in the city that placed no restrictions on speakers, representing Unitarian values in action. Then, as now, participants discussed a wide variety of subjects, and speakers included prominent persons in the community.

Forums are usually presented in the following format:

  • 1st Sunday: Environment Team
  • 2nd Sunday: Social Justice Committee
  • 3rd Sunday: Board of Trustees
  • 4th Sunday: tba

Forums take place in the Fireside Room, Hewett Centre, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Forum coordinator: Lilia Prescod

Forums take a break for July – August usually, resuming in September.

Upcoming Forums

Sun, Oct 20, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Forum: What do we call ourselves Task Force
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Oct 27, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Forum: UCV Financial Sustainability
Sanctuary, Vancouver BC
Sun, Nov 3, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Creative Conversations or Toxic Debates?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Nov 17, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Board and Task Force Forums
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - presented by Environment Team
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Dec 1, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Zero Waste Team
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Dec 15, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Board and Task Force Forums
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Dec 22, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
4th Sunday Forum - Available
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Dec 29, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
5th Sunday Forum - available
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 5, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - presented by Environment Team
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 19, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Board and Task Force Forums
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 19, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - What do we call ourselves Part 2
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 26, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
4th Sunday Forum - Available
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Feb 2, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - presented by Environment Team
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Feb 16, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Board and Task Force Forums
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Feb 23, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
4th Sunday Forum - Available
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Mar 15, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Board and Task Force Forums
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Mar 22, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
4th Sunday Forum - Available
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Mar 29, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
5th Sunday Forum - available
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 19, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Board and Task Force Forums
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 26, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
4th Sunday Forum - Available
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 17, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Board and Task Force Forums
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 24, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
4th Sunday Forum - Available
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 31, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
5th Sunday Forum - available
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jun 21, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Board and Task Force Forums
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jun 28, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
4th Sunday Forum - Available
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Aug 30, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
5th Sunday Forum - available
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC

Past Forums

These will give you an idea of the range and quality of the speakers and topics at our forums.

Sun, Oct 13, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Social Justice Forum: Solidarity with UNITE HERE!
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Oct 6, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Transition Towns
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sat, Oct 5, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
All Candidates Meeting
Sanctuary, Vancouver BC
Sun, Sep 22, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Zero Waste Team - Back at it!
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Sep 15, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Redevelopment Task Force
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Sep 8, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
What happened to the Peace Movement?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jul 7, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Trans-Mountain Pipeline Expansion Approval - What's Next?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jun 9, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Genders and Sexualities Alliance
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jun 2, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Public Transit & Housing -- A Virtuous Relationship?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 26, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Site Redevelopment Circle of Concern Workshop
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 12, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Vancouver’s Rental Housing Crisis - Is the Rental 100 Policy the Answer?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 5, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Protection of Ancient Forests
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 28, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Passing Through - Mountain Paintings and Poems
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 14, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
UCV Board Forum on Interim Ministry
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 7, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Protect the Orca: Protect the Strait
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Mar 24, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Living With (and Without) Plastic
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Mar 10, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: On Settler Colonization and Its Effects
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Mar 3, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Making Climate-Friendly Behaviours Easy and Convenient
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Feb 24, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Arts and the Filter of Mental Illness
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Discuss six CUC 2019 Resolutions
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Democracy in Canada and the Need to Protect It
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Feb 3, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Joanna Macy’s ’The Work That Re-Connects’
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 27, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Theatre Games and Improvisation with Diane Brown
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 20, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Redevelopment Design Process with Erika Gerson
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 13, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Meet the Social Justice Committee
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 6, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Simple Strategies For Taking On Global Warming By Eating Less Meat
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Dec 9, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Write for Rights - International Human Rights Day
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Nov 25, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Genders and Sexualities Alliance Forum
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Nov 4, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Meet the Environment Team!
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Oct 21, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The UCV Board presents: Filling the gaps for Phase 2 of the redevelopment research.
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Why White Poppies on November 11?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Oct 7, 2018
12:35 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Meet the UCV Kinder Morgan Arrestees
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Sep 23, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Arts and Culture -- Kids Takeover Update and Input
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
UCV Board Forum
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Sep 9, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
BC Referendum on Proportional Representation
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Testaments from Kiev
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Kids Takeover UCV - Bring Your Hopes and Fears
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jun 17, 2018
12:30 pm - 2:10 pm
General Meeting
Main Hall, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Students Support Marpole Modular Housing for the Homeless
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 20, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - How to Stop Kinder Morgan
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 13, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Social Justice Forum- Seth Klein: BC Budget
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 6, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Environmental Assessment with John Boyle
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Mostly Listening - Principle Groups
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 22, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Space for Feminism - Vancouver Women's Library
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 1, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Films on Wild Salmon and Fish Farms
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Art with Kids and Kid-Art with Adults
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Mar 18, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Canadian Unitarian Council Annual Meeting and Conference
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Mar 11, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Social Justice - Canada’s National Housing Strategy: Will it Solve the Housing Crisis?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Mar 4, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Environment - Electric Cars Now
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Storytelling: Take Me With You
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Feb 18, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Board of Trustees
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Ice-Age Cave Art in Poetry and Mixed-Media
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 21, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Connect and Engage at UCV
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 14, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Renewable Energy in BC
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 7, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
From Haiku to Senryū, from Zen to Politics
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Dec 31, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Happy New Year
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Dec 24, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Fireside Chat with Christmas Cheer
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Dec 17, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum Video Participant Crowd Sourcing
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Nov 26, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Memory Sync Animated Film - Travis Johnson
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Leave a Legacy
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Annual General Meeting
Main Hall, Vancouver BC
Sun, Oct 29, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Participatory Worship
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Constitution and Bylaws of UCV
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Oct 8, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Circle Dancing: Heartfelt Thanks and Gratitude
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Indigenous Legal Challenges
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Does Theatre Contribute to Social Justice and Meaningful Change in Community?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Tea with the DRE
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Forum - Medical Assistance In Dying
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Sep 3, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum - Where Quakers Lead, Unitarians Follow
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Forum: Poetry for Night Vision
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jun 4, 2017
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Where Are We In Renewable Energy Development In BC?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 28, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Does Theatre Contribute to Social Justice and Meaningful Change in Community?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 21, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Covenant Group Invitation
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, May 14, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Guaranteed Basic Income: An idea worth pursuing or buyer beware?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Sacred Circle Dance Taster
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Children, Nature and Dance - Anne Catherine McConnell
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 9, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Site C Dam - Mike Church
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Apr 2, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Connection with Mother Earth - Aline LaFlamme
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Re-living Our Lives
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Dec 11, 2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Write for Rights - Amnesty International Identified Cases
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
How Can We Farm Sustainably?
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Nov 6, 2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Why (and How to) Stop Kinder Morgan
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC
Sun, Oct 23, 2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Food Security in Vancouver
Fireside Room, Vancouver BC