Meet Our Members

Meet some of our active members here. To see all of the posted testimonials, click here.

To read about some of our members who have been recognized as Unsung Heroes or Lifetime Members, click here.

Lynn is co-facilitator of the newly formed "Reconciliation Network".

As a teenager in Vancouver in the 60’s, I babysat for a Unitarian family across the street so learned a bit about UCV and thought it would probably suit me better than the United Church my family was involved with. In 1988, recently separated with children ages 5 and 7, I consciously sought out a Unitarian community and have identified myself as a Unitarian ever since. I will be forever grateful for the children and youth programs that benefited my son and daughter as they were growing up including their truly beautiful and unique “Bridging Ceremonies.”

More about Lynn

 

Our library committee, chaired by David Buchanan, is an active and committed group. They'd love for more people to come in and borrow books. Open to new members and especially eager for additional volunteers during the twice-a-year book bash weekends.

Here are some of the members:

David Buchanan

Role: Chair
I enjoy

Setting up the book sales

I’m proud of

The money we have made from the book sales

Frances Anderson

Role: Librarian on third Sundays
I enjoy

Meeting members, helping them make book selections and sharing reading experiences.

I’m proud of

The library team consists of many long-term dedicated members, who are very serious about maintaining a high quality library for use of members and adherents.

What you should know

Cataloging in our library is done to a professional standard, requiring many devoted hours by those volunteers who have professional library training. They are willing to train non-librarians to help with this work. Book bashes, taking place several times a year, require extra volunteers. Those who help with the book bash on a regular basis learn how the operation works and add greatly to the success of the book bashes. Many hands are needed, including some who are still fit enough to lift boxes of books.

Why I’m here

I have been a Unitarian since the late 1950s, having discovered the movement in a story in the long since gone Star Weekly. I first found a fellowship in Wolfeville, N.S. about 1970, joined the Halifax church a few years later and the Vancouver church in 1979. It has been a rich part of my life throughout.

Aphrodite Harris

My role

I very much enjoy much working with members of the Library team. Everyone is pleasant to work with and David Buchanan provides good leadership

I enjoy

Everyone on the team is collegial and does his or her best to share responsibilities.

I’m proud of

We try not to complain too much, and make a good effort of “getting the work done!”

What you should know

I think most members of the church enjoy using the library and are most complimentary to us.

Why I’m here

I am a Unitarian because it is the only faith group my husband and I can affiliate with and we have made good friendships at the church. Thank you. -- Aphrodite and Mason Harris

Jean Stanton

My role

-Sunday Librarian

-Book circulation (book returns)

-Bulletin Board Featuring current topics

I enjoy

-Meeting and greeting people

-discovering new books

-camaraderie of team

I’m proud of

-weekly circulation of sermons at the Literature Stall.

-Book Bashes - quality books from the congregation so reasonably available to the congregation and community.

(environmental- reduce, reuse, recycle) magazines

- Available to all (on local, global concerns)

What you should know

-more people would visit the library and discover the broad variety of current available books (individual interests/ current topics, spirituality, religion, environment, social justice, health

-pleasure in working with others in the congregation and with visitors.

Why I’m here

- spiritual freedom to seek and explore

-opportunities to meet, socialize, learn, expand horizons

(interest groups, speakers, courses, discussions )

Barb Taylor

Role: Library book cataloguer
I enjoy

Collegiality of working with other team members; also getting good reading material out to congregation members, be it books on Unitarianism, other subjects or current fiction and poetry, especially by church members.

I’m proud of

Always having the library open before and after Sunday services to welcome new and old members alike, to provide help in finding what people are looking for, and also providing copies of sermons and books for sale at the literature stall.

What you should know

We have so many resources available on a whole spectrum of personal and religious development, humanities and current issues — all free for the borrowing. In addition to our magazines and catalogued books in the library, there are now more books available in the Fears Collection, located in the hall cupboard, on loan by the honour system. Our bi-annual book bash raises funds that make the Library self-sufficient.

Why I'm here

One of the things I like about Unitarianism, as with living in Vancouver, is the multi-cultural aspect, regarding and drawing on all world religions, including earth-centred spirituality. We have lots of books on these subjects, too!

Catherine Stewart, also a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and Coffee Service team, is currently having a show of her work at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. The exhibition, entitled SKIN & BONES, includes photo-based lightboxes by Catherine as well as display cases of historical animal-sourced fashion accessories from the collections of Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke. More about the exhibition can be found at:

http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/whats-on/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/skin-bones/

Catherine’s Venus Takes Flight prints will be on display in the UCV Sanctuary in March and April 2019.

Caede Pungente is a multi-media visual artist who keeps busy at her sewing machine saving items from landfills by making repairs under the guise, Sewlutions.

In her search for community Mairy joined the First Unitarian Church of Toronto in the early nineties, thinking it was another liberal Christian denomination. The services were similar in format to those of her Presbyterian childhood. Slowly over the following months, she started to notice the differences but it was not until she attended the new members’ orientation a year later that she truly understood what UU was all about. There she learned about Starhawk and the Reclaiming tradition of paganism and found her spiritual home.

At Toronto First Mairy was very active in RE, the LGBTQ group, and Womynspirit. She served on the Committee on Ministry, the RE committee and as a Convenor. After moving away from Toronto, she was an active member of the Elora-Fergus Fellowship.

Mairy and her partner, Martha, moved to Vancouver in June of 2016 to be closer to grandkids. They were nervous about finding friends and communities here. They are grateful to this congregation for making the transition easier.

Mairy enjoys the many opportunities to dance with the Sacred Circle Dance groups. She appreciates the time spent with the kids in the RE program. She is delighted to join with others honouring the pagan holy days as well as maintaining and walking the labyrinths. She finds the sermons inspiring, and joins in the protests and other social justice and environmental activities as much as she can. Recently, she became a member of the Board. She appreciates getting her hands dirty in the gardens at UCV.

Another passion of Mairy`s is theatre. Several of her plays have been performed (one in Vancouver). Themes include: immigration, mental illness, forgiveness, gender. Her play, Let Me In, will have a reading as part of the Bodacious! Series on Saturday, Feb 24 at 7:30 pm at Presentation House, North Vancouver. Cast: Vivian Davidson, Killeen Delorme, Michelle Travis, Emily Beam

Admission by donation (suggested $5).

 

 

Chris Pearce is a watercolourist, a grandma of two and very active fundrai$ing for the Vancouver GoGo’s.