Family Zoom – join any Sunday at noon

from Mary Bennett

Although many children’s programs (and Kiersten!) are on vacation right now, there’s now a team to make sure there’s a kid-focused space during coffee hour every Sunday as a breakout room during virtual coffee hour. Myself, Sandy, Catherine and Meaghan take turns facilitating, often with a few conversation starters or an activity, but as often just a willingness to meet our kids where they are. Kids often do a show-and-tell with some artwork or tell us about something they did that week. And we love hearing that.

On the first Sunday of each month, we especially like to provide a chance for Mystery Pals to check in with each other.  We hope some pairs might want to use the chance to have a breakout room of their own to check-in, whether for 5 minutes or more.  They can do a quick check-in and then return to the main session if they want.
The Family breakout room will still be there for any of you, whether or not you’ve been a mystery pal.

In other news, if you missed Sunday’s service, do check it out with link from main page vancouverunitarians.ca  Until Saturday only it includes the kids’ play and Rose reading the Connections are made slowly poem. The procedures UCV is now using is that the greetings are edited out immediately after the service, and then after a week (6 days actually) everything except for the sermon is removed. Contact Marie, chair of communications team, at communications@vancouverunitarians.ca if you have any questions about the procedures.

The next mystery pal program will start up as usual in spring 2021 (we assume), but in the meantime, I’d really encourage you to find some way to connect with past pals if possible. If you need contact information, you can contact the administator or office assistant Monday to Friday. If it’s urgent, ask me.  info@vancouverunitarians.ca 604-261-7204. If you want a directory of members and friends either hardcopy, pdf or Breeze database access, Aurora or Marcus can help with that.

Labyrinth picnic anyone?

Some of the kids have enjoyed our garden path labyrinth at 49th and Oak. I enjoyed visiting it briefly when I was there this past Sunday (for the first time in four and a half months).  Once this heat wave passes, I’d love to meet with a few of you to walk, play (and weed!) the labyrinth. Drop me a note if that would be of interest. We’d socially distance of course, but there’s a lot of space there to spread out.

Some links you might find of interest:

Last week’s service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4J_jD52taU&feature=youtu.be
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Vancouver.Unitarian.CYRE/
Covid-19 Plan for UCV site: https://vancouverunitarians.ca/ucv-covid-19-go-slowly-forward-plan/

Note the Main hall can be used for up to 20 people by arrangement with the office in advance. Details on procedures can be found at that link.

I will likely send regular notes about what’s coming up for Family Zoom (and anything else I might know and think you’d want to know too).  You’re not obligated to read everything (LOL!) and if you don’t want to receive at all, just let me know.

If you did not receive this message via email and want to receive them in future, please just let me know.

connect@vancouverunitarians.ca

Magical Summer Camp

Welcome to a Summer of Sorcery! Registration is Open!

Magical! Wonderful! Imaginative! Spend a week exploring social justice through theatre in a magical world. Students direct the creation of the world, developing a story and narrative addressing a chosen social justice issue. This year, we will create a new magical world–not Hogwarts. Please read below for details.

kids and professor practicing charms
Kids casting spells. August 2018

When:

July 19-23, 2021, 9:00 am–4:00 pm (optional after-care until 5:30 pm)

Mythical Creators–ages 10-14 Register Here
Register for Mythical Creators to focus on creating our Magical World and a theatrical story adventure to share with families at the end of the week. The entire UCV campus, buildings, gardens, and grounds are waiting for your magical touch. The method of sharing will depend on public health orders in place at the end of July.

Magical Explorers–ages 7-9 Register Here
Register for Magical Explorers to focus on creating a magical character through improv, exploring the gardens, crafting and creating a world of magic and mystery. Bring your character to life in a story to share with families at the end of the week. Method of sharing will be determined by public health orders in July.

Camper Code of Conduct

We have three simple rules that everyone from the Director to new students are expected to follow. These rules are created in the spirit of our 7 Unitarian Universalist principles and are:

  1. We make sure every living being is cared for, respected, and safe.
  2. We respect the work of others.
  3. We take care of what we use.

The Camp Director reserves the right to remove a camper from activities out of concern for safety and respect. If a camper cannot return to right relations with the group, a parent/guardian will be asked to remove them from camp.

Camp Fees and Policies (2021)

Date and time: July 19-23, 2021, 9 am – 4 pm

Camp fee: sliding scale $100–$390

About Sliding Scale Pricing:

We follow the Canadian Unitarian Council’s lead on making our program as financially accessible as possible. Sliding scale fees are designed to allow participants to choose how much they are able to pay for registration. If you are unsure how much you should be paying, here are a few words about sliding scale to think about:

“When I pay more, I know that I am helping others to access the event. When I pay in the middle, I know I am helping the organizers cover costs. And when I pay at the bottom, I know I am letting my community hold me and support me. All of these are wonderful and acceptable ways of participating.”

“Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities.” (Source: Sliding Scale Why, How, and Sorting Out Who)

Use this “Green Bottle” chart from “Worts and Cunning” to help you figure out on which end of the scale you should be paying (click to enlarge):

Camperships

The Unitarian Church of Vancouver intends to be inclusive and accessible to everyone. If the lowest end of the camp fee still presents a barrier to your participation we provide camperships. A campership may include before and after care, public transportation, and lunch if requested. Applications will be processed on an ongoing, first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. A deposit in good faith of an amount you can afford is requested to hold your spot. The deposit will be refunded if available campership funds do not meet your needs and you decide to release the spot. Once you accept the campership, the deposit is nonrefundable.

Donate to Campership Fund

Donations to our Campership Fund are tax deductible and ensure that all children are able to attend camp with us, regardless of their family’s financial situation. Click the link above to send a secure donation by credit or debit card. Cheque donations to The Unitarian Church of Vancouver with “HP Summer Camp Donation” in the memo can be submitted using the Sunday morning donation envelopes or mailed to:

Unitarian Church of Vancouver
Attn: Summer Camp
949 West 49th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2T1

Cancellation and Refund Policy 

All requests for refunds must be submitted to the Program Director, by e-mail (dre@vancouverunitarians.ca). Requests for refunds receive a full refund less a 15% administrative fee per registrant. If less than one week’s notice is given 50% of the fee will be refunded. If notice is given on or after the start date of the program, no refund will be given.

Where we came from:

We created a camp in 2018 based on the Hogwarts and Harry Potter theme. It was an immersive experience expanding upon the beloved books using a Unitarian Universalist social action curriculum, “Harry and UU,” written for grades 4-5 Copyright 2014, Karen Hager, Blacksburg, VA. We combined the structure and tools of this curriculum with theatre and improv to create a unique and engaging summer camp experience.

In 2018 our Hall became Hogwarts. We held classes in potions, herbology, charms, and muggle Quidditch. Imaginations evolved a truly magical week. We explored the Horcrux of Waste and how to move towards zero waste living.

For 2019 our social justice focus centred around water, its importance, influence, and keeping it clean. We identified two local water issues for the children to explore and learn about. We had a week of living theatre, social justice, and a whole lot of fun.

2020 brought many restrictions on how we could run camp, and we ran it with limited numbers. We put in place many innovations to get us outside as much as possible, which was a great motivator. We learned about aspects of child labour and the harm it causes, and how we can change our buying patterns and raise our voice for change.

Where we are now:

Vancouver Unitarians is a Welcoming Congregation, which means we work to be inclusive of and welcoming for people of all identities, genders, and sexual orientations. As Unitarians we value the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In light of J. K. Rowling’s public, far-reaching, and harmful statements about transgender women and girls,  we cannot implicitly endorse her views by promoting her work through our summer camp program.

Our camp was never authorized, approved, endorsed, nor licensed by J.K. Rowling, or any corporation or person associated with her work.  However, to publicly promote a Hogwarts Summer Camp implies that we, as a community and institution, are at least neutral to her views. This could not be further from the truth. We feel the loss of turning away from a beloved tradition, and while any individuals can love the work and disagree with the author, The Unitarian Church of Vancouver must be clear where we stand. Authors with a far-reaching voice must be held accountable when they cause harm or promote harmful actions. If you have questions about this controversy, this open letter from Mermaids, a transgender support organization in the UK, explains the issues and the harm clearly and compassionately. 

Questions? Contact Director, Kiersten Moore

Anti-Racism Resources

In recent days, we have witnessed a surge of public response in support of Black Lives Matter as well as a call to uplift and affirm the inherent worth and dignity of lives that are continually devalued in racist systems. As Unitarians, we are committed to justice, equity, and compassion in all human relations. With this in mind, it is important for us to take accountability seriously and look deeply into the ways racism shows up in our local communities, in our congregation, and indeed within ourselves.

The Unitarian Church of Vancouver knows that antiracism is in alignment with our Seven Principles, we are committed to racial justice and equity and strive to be antiracist. On June 3rd, our Board released a statement which can be read here. As well, the UUA held a #wecantbreathe prayer vigil which can be viewed here. However, we also know that words are simply not enough and it is only through consistent effort and action as a community, that we can ensure we are diligent in our efforts to contribute to lasting change and justice.

Below is a beginning list of resources from various angles for us to use in our anti-racism efforts to learn about dismantling systems of oppression wherever they appear. If you would like to add resources to a permanent “Antiracism Learning” page please email communications@vancouverunitarians.ca

Anti-Racism Statements and Resources

Unitarian Universalist Statements

  1. Statement on Anti-Racism from the UCV Board
  2. Canadian Unitarian Council Statement on Mourning the Deaths of More People of Colour
  3. Black Lives Matter Statement by Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice
  4. A pastoral letter to Black UUs by Rev. Lauren Smith in UU World, 6/4/2020
  5. Stop Calling the Police and Start Eradicating Anti-Blackness UUA statement and call to action, with links. June 2, 2020
  6. An Awful, Magnificent Truth by Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel in UUA’s Braver/Wiser Inspiration
  7. UUA Prayer Vigil #wecantbreate YouTube Video

Mental Health and Self-Care Resources for BIPoC Congregants and Friends

  1. Black Lives Matter Vancouver has a detailed and comprehensive list of legal, community, mental health and wellness services here
  2. Healing in Colour provides a list of therapists who have agreed to a statement of values
  3. Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community free health guide from Sunshine Behavioural Health
  4. Alica Forneret provides mental health by and for PoC
  5. Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society provides inclusive, accessible, and culturally-based healthcare and social services.
  6. Summit Wellness Group provides a list of 61 BIPOC mental health and addiction resources

Ally Learnings for White Congregants and Friends

  1. Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
  2. The 8th Principle project of Unitarian Universalism
  3. Black Lives UU Spiritual Subscription Box
  4. The Church of the Larger Fellowship an American UU congregation “without walls”
  5. Resources based on your current stage of racial identity development

Anti-Racist Parenting

  1. Antiracist Education Resources compiled by Fourth Universalist Society in Manhattan
  2. “How To Be An Antiracist Parent” recording from Fourth Universalist Society in Manhattan
  3. Resource roundup for parents
  4. Anti-racism resources for white people and for parents to raise anti-racist children
  5. Resources for Talking About Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids from the Center for Racial Justice in Education
  6. The Brown Bookshelf: United in Story pushing awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers.
  7. A fabulous list of children’s ebooks from the VPL called “Stand Up! Racial Identity, Racism, and Resistance for Grades K-7”

Canadian General Anti-Racist Resources

  1. Systemic Racism Explained in under 5 minutes
  2. The Story of Slavery in Canadian History at the Canadian Human Rights Museum
  3. The Canadian federal government page of anti-racism resources
  4. Vancouver Mutual Aid Organizations and Resource List
  5. Black Lives Matter Vancouver 
  6. 10 Reasons You Should Support Black Lives Matter
  7. Feminists Deliver: Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada (video: a panel of 8 Canadian Women of Colour)
  8. The University of Toronto Anti-Black Racism Reading List

Books

“We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.”
—Son of Baldwin (Robert Jones, Jr.)

 

 

 

Hogwarts Summer Camp 2020

Welcome to Hogwarts West July 20-24–Registration is Filled: waitlist available

How do witches, wizards, and magical creatures face a pandemic? With you …

group of gryffindor students at their table in Hogwarts West HallStudents (ages 8-12+) who attend Harry Potter camp participate in living theatre to form a chapter of Dumbledore’s Army. We create a week of living theatre, social justice, and a unique summer camp experience for Vancouver children and youth.

 

The DA fights Horcruxes—which we frame as ills in the world—such as illiteracy, poverty, animal cruelty, environmental harm, illness etc. Our Hall becomes Hogwarts. We hold a sorting ceremony, classes in potions, herbology, charms, and muggle Quidditch. Imaginations evolve a truly magical week.

In 2018 we explored the Horcrux of Waste and how to move towards zero waste living.

For 2019 our social justice focus centred around water inspired by the national Canadian Unitarian Ripple Effect project. We identified two local water issues to explore and learn about.

This year Hogwarts West is developing programming consistent with BC Public Health Guidelines around COVID-19 for schools and childcare. We plan to open for the week of July 20th to 24th assuming BC is moving into Phase 3 of re-opening. If we have to cancel due to Public Health restrictions, any registration fees paid will be refunded.

This experiential camp is for anyone who loves the adventures of Harry Potter and wishes to explore theatre as social action!

Dumbledore’s Army Sections–2020 Waitlist

DA Explorers–Registration Full

Register for DA Explorers to immerse yourself in Hogwarts classes. Choose a Horcrux to fight, learn theatre games, and play within the Hogwarts theme. Quidditch and Dueling Club are arranged between classes. Classes, work, and play through the week may be incorporated into the DA Creators movie for sharing with families. Aimed at multi-age 8+ (completed grades 2-7)

DA Creators–Registration Full

Register for DA Creators to focus on creating theatre within the Hogwarts world. We will create a drama around the chosen Horcrux focus for the week. To minimize physical contact we will film throughout the week and create a movie to share with families. We will aim to create a movie to share publicly if students so desire. Aimed towards upper elementary students–completed grades 4 and up

DA Leadership–High School Leadership Development

Love the Wizarding world and want to build leadership experience? Apply to be a prefect and help our Professors oversee the DA sections, coordinate club and Quidditch games, and maintain order and safety in the grounds. You may create your own character and help Direct the DA Creators production.

Youth, ages 14+, who apply should have or plan to get Red Cross First Aid training before camp begins. To apply send an email to Kiersten Moore with a description of your leadership experience, or resume, goals and purpose for wanting this position.  Position comes with a stipend.

Apply to be a Hogwarts Professor or Assistant in 2020!

Camp Counsellor Application

About Harry and UU:

“Harry and UU” is a Unitarian Universalist social action curriculum written for grades 4-5 based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. Copyright 2014, Karen Hager, Blacksburg, VA. Our Vancouver Unitarian Professors are combining the structure and tools of this curriculum with theatre and improv to create a unique and engaging summer camp experience.

Harry and UU is not authorized, approved, endorsed, nor licensed by J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc, the Scholastic Corporation, Raincoast Books, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., nor by any other persons, entities, corporations or companies claiming a proprietary interest in the Harry Potter books, movies, or related merchandise.

Camp Fees and Policies (2020)

Date and time: July 20-24, 9 am – 4 pm

Camp fee: sliding scale $100–$390 for one camper, $50–$290 for 2nd or more campers in same family

Before and After Care

Early drop-off 8:30 am–included

After Camp 4 pm – 5:30 pm—includes a snack–$10/day or $40 for the week.

About Sliding Scale Pricing:

We follow the Canadian Unitarian Council’s lead on making our program as financially accessible as possible. Sliding scale fees are designed to allow participants to choose how much they are able to pay for registration. If you are unsure how much you should be paying, here are a few words about sliding scale to think about:

“When I pay more, I know that I am helping others to access the event. When I pay in the middle, I know I am helping the organizers cover costs. And when I pay at the bottom, I know I am letting my community hold me and support me. All of these are wonderful and acceptable ways of participating.”

“Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities.” (Source: Sliding Scale Why, How, and Sorting Out Who)

Use this “Green Bottle” chart from “Worts and Cunning” to help you figure out on which end of the scale you should be paying (click to enlarge):

Camperships

The Unitarian Church of Vancouver intends to be inclusive and accessible to everyone. If the lowest end of the camp fee still presents a barrier to your participation we provide camperships. A campership may include before and after care, public transportation, and lunch if requested. Applications will be processed on an ongoing, first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. A deposit in good faith of an amount you can afford is requested to hold your spot. The deposit will be refunded if available campership funds do not meet your needs and you decide to release the spot. Once you accept the campership, the deposit is nonrefundable.

Donate to Campership Fund

Donations to our Campership Fund are tax deductible and ensure that all children are able to attend camp with us, regardless of their family’s financial situation. Click the link above to send a secure donation by credit or debit card. Cheque donations to The Unitarian Church of Vancouver with “HP Summer Camp Donation” in the memo can be submitted using the Sunday morning donation envelopes or mailed to:

Unitarian Church of Vancouver
Attn: HP Summer Camp
949 West 49th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2T1

Cancellation and Refund Policy 

All requests for refunds must be submitted to the Program Director, by e-mail (dre@vancouverunitarians.ca). Requests for refunds receive a full refund less a 15% administrative fee per registrant. If less than one week’s notice is given 50% of the fee will be refunded. If notice is given on or after the start date of the program, no refund will be given.

Cancellations due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or medical advice to self-isolate will be refunded in full. If Vancouver Unitarians need to cancel the camp due to Public Health order or new restriction guidelines we cannot meet, then all campers will receive a full refund of fees paid.

Camper Code of Conduct

We have three simple rules that everyone from Heads of House to new students are expected to follow. These rules are created in the spirit of our 7 Unitarian Universalist principles and are:

  1. We make sure every living being is cared for, respected, and safe.
  2. We respect the work of others.
  3. We take care of what we use.

The Camp Director (Headmistress) reserves the right to remove a camper from activities out of concern for safety and respect. If a camper cannot return to right relations with the group, a parent/guardian will be asked to remove them from camp.

Questions? Contact Director, Kiersten Moore

Cultural resources online for staying at home in these times

Cultural Reources Online (UCV)

This is a list of culture links to explore to keep occupied while staying at home in these times.

If you have a (one) favourite of your own, please send it to ucv-culture-online@googlegroups.com

 

Art & Architecture

• Art Gallery Virtual Tours
https://www.timeout.com/travel/virtual-museum-tours

• Uffizi Gallery, Florence Italy
https://www.virtualuffizi.com/map-%26-virtual-tour.html

 

Children’s Activities

• Free Children’s Books and Stories Online
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-websites-reading-childrens-stories-online/

 

Crafts & Cooking

• No Knead Bread | Bread Recipe | The New York Times
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13Ah9ES2yTU

 

Free Movies

• Free Movies Online – Open Culture
http://www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline

 

Music, Drama, Dance – Live Performance

• Classical Music Live – AVROTROS Radio Holland
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2UIXt4VQnhQ-VZM4P1bUMQ

 

• Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzGIVCot1TFLaOLTkyewzzw

 

• National Theatre of England
https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home

 

TED Talks

• Dreams from endangered cultures – Wade Davis TED2003
https://www.ted.com/talks/wade_davis_dreams_from_endangered_cultures?language=en

Travel & Ecoventure

• Pitt River Aerial Tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euooPj9vzho


Beyond Boarding Ecoventures
http://www.beyondboarding.org/film