Topic: Mission and Vision

 Embracing Our Future

Can I just come out and say it? This is a pledge drive sermon. The challenge and glory of every Unitarian congregation is that we define, govern and finance ourselves. We know these are unprecedented, uncertain times. As well, we trust each other and trust that we have a future together as a congregation—no matter what (!)—dedicated to spiritual growth, the search for truth and meaning, mutual support, and social justice. It’s real. It’s us. Let’s celebrate that and give generously to our 2020-21 pledge drive to support the work and vision of our beloved congregation so that our journey may continue.

Resilience: An All-Congregation Worship Service

Resilience is usually defined as the capacity to adapt to stressful circumstances and to bounce back from adverse events.  We know it’s an important trait for individuals—who wouldn’t want to be a resilient person?  But what about resilience in community with others, a resilient Unitarian congregation?  Join us for a lively exploration of what it takes to experience and promote resilience in our community of faith.

The Work We Do

Join us in celebration of the work we do. We’ll meet some working members of the congregation who will show us something about their work, why they value it and the value work brings into the world. This will be a fun and meaningful service for all ages.

Chalice Choir sings.

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Nurturing Compassion Together

Our pledge drive kick-off lifts up the vision of our congregation and the deeper meaning and purpose which our community and religion bring into our lives.

With the Chalice Choir and guest musician Tony Turner, former federal scientist and composer of folk hit Harperman.

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Listen to the Podcast


David Foster Wallace’s Kenyon College commencement address, This Is Water.

New York Times story about the remains found in the Man Bac excavation in Vietnam.


The Thread You Follow

As we navigate the complexities of our lives, what guides our steps? What holds us steady? What changes our course?
Join us as we reflect on meaning and mysteries on life’s journey.
This is a pulpit exchange event. North Shore Unitarian ministers Revs. Emily and Marcus Hartlief preach at UCV, while Rev.  Epperson travels to meet with North Shore Unitarians. A grand, centuries-long Unitarian tradition.
The Chalice Choir Sings

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2018-02-18-The Thread You Follow (94.9 KiB)

Do Trees have Rights?

Unitarians promise to “affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Some recent, and truly remarkable, court cases and legislation are making this affirmation even more meaningful.
In view of our principles and the sources of our living tradition, and in honour of Tu B’Shevat – the festival of trees and the environment – exploring the legal standing of trees, rivers and the land seems particularly relevant today.

( BTW it’s bring a friend Sunday.)
The Chalice Choir sings

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An Experience in Shared Ministry

As UUs we are keenly aware of the Interdependent Web of Existence. The concept is enshrined in our core seven principles. When it comes to ministry, interdependence means that we all share the ministry of the church and minister to each other.

I recently was on the receiving end of this collective ministry when I was critically ill and hospitalised for an extended period of time. In this service I will share my experience with you along with some thoughts about shared ministry.

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Living Our Vision Now

What would a visionary congregation look like and what steps do we take to achieve it?

Drawing from the new Vision statements of our congregation and the Canadian Unitarian Council, we’ll explore how we can deepen our spiritual lives, grow and enrich our congregation, and advocate for love and justice.

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Abandon (Nearly) All Hope?

Sometimes it feels like the gap between the future we’re entering and the future we once imagined is only growing wider.
Time to throw in the towel? Resort to blind faith? Insulation ourselves with irony and nihilism? Tend our little garden?
Easter’s almost here, can we take its message seriously anymore?

Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson


April 9 – Abandon (nearly) All Hope (363.5 KiB)

“Without a Vision, the People Perish”

…or so the saying from the Hebrew Bible goes. What is the importance of a Vision for our congregation and for Unitarians in Canada? We’ll receive an update and discuss UCV’s Vision process, …

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson