Triumphs and Turmoil: A Community Look Back at UCV’s Ministerial History – Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Once a month for three months, an open discussion on UCV’s history of ministry will be offered by the Ministerial Transition Team (MTT) and facilitated by members of the Healthy Relations Team. You are invited to the first of these meetings on Wednesday, November 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Fireside Room. We are also offering a zoom option using this link:

The MTT has prepared a timeline-overview of the history of ministry at UCV extending from the ministry of the late Rev. Dr. Phillip Hewett to our present Interim Minister, Rev. Lara Cowtan. This timeline will serve as a prompt for eliciting stories, clarifying differing viewpoints, healing lingering griefs or conflicts about past decisions and actions/inactions related to ministry, and for remembering particular highlights. We will then discuss how problematic issues were addressed, and what processes we have or should have in place now. We may also take time to celebrate the ministerial strengths we have benefited from these many years.


Note: The MTT has coordinated several projects over the past year and a half to help us learn from our history, investigate our identity and explore our decision making skills. They have prepared timelines to aid us in processing the history, discussing any lingering effects and clarifying our ways forward for two of our experiences. The first is from our history wall: conflict / turmoil with past ministers, and second:  CUC and UCV processes leading to the adoption of our 8th Principle.

The first meeting about 8th Principle processes planned for Thursday, Nov 24, 6:30pm to 8:30pm has now been postponed. It will likely take place in the new year.



Governance • Ministerial transition