Pagan Group Fall News

by Mary Bennett ucvconnect@gmail.com

The days are noticeably shorter and after the heat dome in the summer, many of us are welcoming the autumn days that bring a cooler, but still warm, temperature outside. As a gardener, I am grateful for the harvest that is … read more.

IBPOC is back – Fall plans are underway

The IBPOC Caucus is back! (IBPOC = Indigenous, Black, People of Colour)

After taking a break for the summer months, the IBPOC (aka BIPOC) caucus is meeting again, feeling rejuvenated and ready for the Fall.

We are continuing to share our lived experiences of being IBPOC … read more.

Family Picnic and Water Communion: UCV weekend events Sept. 11-12th

Family Picnic – Saturday, Sept. 11 6pm-8pm

It’s time to gather together – outdoors only for now! Join us Saturday, Sept. 11 for a “Bring your own picnic dinner”! We’ll have outdoor tables, ping pong (outdoors), large form bubbles, sidewalk art and games. Easy to serve … read more.

word cloud of Our Whole Lives Sexuality subjects, topics, and values

OWL is Back!

We are excited to announce a new offering of the Our Whole Lives sexuality education for grades 8 &9 (ages 12-14). Because this class can only be held in person and students come from many different areas of metro Vancouver, we are requiring that all … read more.

Ministerial Transition Team: Rethinking Our Identity Workshops — Now In-Person at UCV

The Identity phase of our Ministerial Transition is the time to envision the congregation we want to be(come) in our future. It is arguably the most important step to complete before we search for a new settled minister.

The Rethinking Our Identity workshop is based on … read more.

Some Options for Action

Reversing the climate crisis

Study these resources and then choose some to act on:

Project Drawdown – Climate Solutions by Sector

“Project Drawdown’s mission is to help the world reach “drawdown”—the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing … read more.

Registration open for the 2021 Men’s Retreat at Sasamat Lake

2021 Men’s Retreat – Oct. 15-17, 2021

Join an amazing group of men for a weekend gathering this fall! Surrounded by the forest bordering beautiful Lake Sasamat (about 30 minutes from Vancouver), this event is a rare opportunity to reflect on your quality of life, work … read more.

Embracing Possibility – In the Interim

“Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.

Not all things are blessed,

but the seeds of all things are blessed.

The blessing is in the seed.”

– Muriel Rukeyser, 1913 – 1980

 

Embracing Possibility – this is our Soul Matters theme for the month of September, which is perfectly fitting as … read more.

A Proud History: Reflecting on Decades of Same-Sex Ceremonies at The Sanctuary

The first same-sex ceremony of union at UCV was conducted nearly half a century ago in 1972 by Reverend Dr. Phillip Hewett, who served for over three decades as minister of the Vancouver Unitarians. In this Q&A, former lay chaplain Katherine Roback explains more of this … read more.

Kid Art Wanted

Hey there! Creative kids and families,

from Mary Bennett ucvconnect@gmail.com

by Maddie Lomas

This is the story for August 22, 2021 for the worship service which will reflect on our experience of the pandemic.

I got the book from the library and as usual, it has ONE illustrator … read more.

UCV Delegates Needed for CUC 8th Principle Meeting

The UCV Board of Trustees would like to invite anyone interested in being a UCV Delegate to the upcoming November CUC special meeting on the 8th Principle to please put your name forward. We would particularly like to encourage folx who identify as Indigenous, black, or person of … read more.

Mystery Pals 2021 Save the date: Saturday, September 18

These kids are moving away, but Paula is enthusiastic about keeping in contact with her pal.

Covid restrictions at UCV and elsewhere are lifting and more and more of us are fully vaccinated, so summertime is a great time to connect with your mystery pal (or … read more.

Kid Art Wanted

Hey there! Creative kids and families,

from Mary Bennett ucvconnect@gmail.com

This is the story for August 22, 2021 for the worship service which will reflect on our experience of the pandemic.

I got the book from the library and as usual, it has ONE illustrator only and I … read more.

Starting July 1: Funds to be donated to Indigenous Residential School Survivors Society

The next Outreach Opportunities Fund (OOF) recipient, starting July 1, is the Indigenous Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS). As we all know, the impact of residential schools on the First Nation population has been profound as shown by high rates of addiction, family breakdown, incarceration, … read more.

“The myth of personality responsibility” – by Ryan Guenther

Text by Ryan Guenther, delivered at our June 27, 2021 service.  

 

If you’ve been out around sunset in Vancouver you’ve probably seen a spectacular sight, the mass migration of thousands of crows to their night-time roost, the Still Creek Rookery. In the spring it coincides with … read more.