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.

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.
David says, "I enjoy setting up the book sales. I’m proud of the money we have made from the book sales."

David also coordinates the monthly Amnesty International writing group at UCV.

David is the author of two books:

The War on Terror: Taking Aim at the Anxiety Disorders: A Primer for Sufferers and Loved Ones
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00944HA10

This book is a consumer guide for sufferers of anxiety disorders and their loved ones. The book is written by David Buchanan, a trained journalist, and a person with a history of anxiety, and it has been highly praised by experts in the field and sufferers of anxiety. Ingrid Söchting, clinical assistant professor in The University of British Columbia Department of Psychiatry calls it "A wonderful resource for anyone seeking help with or information on anxiety."

Good Will Toward Men: The Victimization of Modern Man: Gender and Vulnerability

Trained journalist David Buchanan takes us along on his decade-long investigation of male victimization and male vulnerability. Along the way, Buchanan has a crafted a fine book that will appeal to researchers and academics who study gender issues, human rights activists, along with laypeople interested in such topics. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys a riveting read written by a writer at the height of his creative powers. David Buchanan is a writer and librarian living in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This one is available through the Vancouver Public Library system vpl.ca.

Mary Bennett, ever the careful listener, heard me say, more than once, how I love the Fire Communion. Of course, I was immediately recruited to help with the service. What fires me up ? no apologies for the pun. .  . this service gives us strength to honour and embrace letting go, putting aside, clearing out, saying goodbye with gratitude, no easy task. In community together, the power of shared ritual enhances and strengthens our intentions. It's palpable. Together we are left with space we have created. And space invites joyous promises to take root, It  can be as pivotal in our personal lives, as it is intended to be. Self-care together. Works for me. I'm grateful.

Wendy will be coordinating the ritual around burning our symbolic sprig of rosemary to let the past year go.

As a “night school junkie”, this fall Wendy signed up for: Paganism 101 and Wicca 101 as well as a six-week astrology course. She says she’s not sure how much paganism will form part of her spiritual practice in the future, but she’s interested so (as usual) she’s diving in.

Wendy’s been attending UCV since 2002 when she took a course on “Building Your Own Theology” with Rev. Andy Backus. She is always a positive and enthusiastic presence. Currently she serves on the lay chaplaincy committee and welcoming table where she enjoys making visitors feel at home.

Wendy lives on a boat in False Creek. You might enjoy reading this article about her:

https://boatingvancouver.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/a-boat-with-a-roof-you-can-dance-on/

Here’s an excerpt:

“My visit to Inside Passage at Spruce Harbour Marina was sparked by meeting the current owner, Wendy Bryan, briefly at Granville Island. The vibrant owner epitomizes why people enjoy yachting; she is full of energy, enthusiasm, and adventure, three attributes the help one make the most of the boating lifestyle. When I heard that Inside Passage was the boat she had recently purchased, it came as no surprise. Both the boat and the new owner seem to defy age, showing that a history founded on classic taste and a future set toward adventure can make for a stunning combination.”

 

Kiersten is our Director of Children's and Youth Religious Exploration. At the 2018) Hogwarts Summer Camp, Kiersten taught the herbology classes. The kids made echinacea tincture as well as exploring the various herbs and "weeds" around the congregation's grounds that can be used for salves and "potions".This year's Herbology adventures will be mainly on the garden path labyrinth where a variety of herbs are there for anyone to pick: lavender, sage, echinacea, various mints, rosemary, yarrow.

Kiersten was Professor of Herbology and head of Hufflepuff House. The picture of Kiersten in the hat and square glasses was when she played the part of Professor McGonagall.
This will be Kiersten's fourth year as director of the children's and youth program. She strives to find the Fun with Meaning and directs our children, youth, and family programs with a focus on building community, exploring what it means to be Unitarian, questioning, and developing personal relationships with stillness and wonder.

Tamiko is Outreach Coordinator for our very active Environment team. Recently her laneway home was featured on the show Living Big in a Tiny Home with the title "Wabi-Sabi Modern Japanese Inspired Small Home."

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdEsVoqbD5s

Read more about Tamiko and her involvement with the Unitarians below.
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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. Read the full testimonial.

Louise has a particular interest in nature religions, wrote the Unitarian Universalist adult religious education curriculum “Paganism 101”, which is used across the denomination, and recently completed her master’s degree in “Myth, Cosmology, and the Sacred” at the University of Canterbury in the UK.
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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.

I’ve  been interested in labyrinths for a long time. I've visited and walked a number of labyrinths in North America including the beautiful San Francisco Grace Cathedral. Read the full testimonial.

Huguette is a key person on our Refugee Committee and also the UCV Board. Read the full testimonial.

I’ve been told that people join the Unitarian Universalist movement for one reason and stay for other reasons. That’s partly true for me, but the main reason I stay is the same reason I joined 20 years ago Read the full testimonial.

My introduction to the Labyrinth was when I attended a Vancouver Island Unitarian Women’s weekend gathering at the Bethlehem Retreat Centre near Nanaimo. Read the full testimonial.

Lorimer Shenher is a Canadian writer living and working in Greater Vancouver, BC. Lorimer will be giving the Sunday service on Sunday, June 9th, supported by the Unitarian Genders & Sexualities Alliance.

This One Looks Like a Boy is Lorimer’s second book,  published in 2019 by Greystone Books. It tells the story of his life as a transgender man coming to terms with his fear of transitioning to male.
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