Category: Community

Community social gatherirngs; mens and womens groups; covenant groups, neighbourhood groups and news from the communications, membership and care and concern committees.

Trans Day of Remembrance – Nov 20

We will be acknowledging Trans Day of Remembrance on November 20th.

There are two events to mark in your calendars:

We are very happy to have Morgane Oger present on trans rights in the workplace for our November 18th Action Evening: All Genders Welcome

In addition, for our November 25th Action Evening, Glenn Deefholts will read from his recently published book Genderfluid: A Way of Being

Please click the links above for the action evenings Zoom link and additional information about our speakers. See you there!

UCV community links and a virtual literature stall

In this time of COVID-19 we need to use UCV community links even more than usual. The weekly Order of Service now includes a list of links like the one here.

https://ucv.im/live … Livestream link for Sunday church services (active at 10:55am every Sunday). When we’re not live, it links to our YouTube channel where you can find past homilies.
https://ucv.im/oos … An online version of the current Order of Service
https://ucv.im/coffee … Virtual coffee hour – every Sunday immediately following the service
https://ucv.im/give … How to donate from anywhere
https://ucv.im/events … The most frequently updated list of UCV events
https://ucv.im/sermons … A text-based archive of sermons – a virtual literature stall
https://ucv.im/core … An archive of core documents: board minutes, annual reports, …
https://ucv.im/newsletter … The latest monthly e-bulletin

This post fronts a shameless plug for the item ucv.im/sermons in the list: a link to a virtual literature stall (lit stall).

When you watch the livestreamed service at ucv.im/live on Sundays you are asked to have the online version of the current Order of Service at ucv.im/oos on view in another tab on your browser so you can follow along.

After the service, you can then go to that tab, scroll down to the list of community links, and click on the link to the virtual lit stall at ucv.im/sermons to view or download a copy of the prepared text for the sermon if the speaker has provided one.

 


The above is a lit stall post first published on June 9, 2020. The featured image shows the cover of the Order of Service for the preceding Sunday.

The post at ucv.im/ucvlinks is this post. You also can find this post at vancouverunitarians.ca/links. Please note that the date displayed with the post is the date of its latest update.

Or search this website for “links” – with or without quotes – you then see this post as the top result.

In the bulleted list below are the three latest posts tagged as lit stall posts.

If you haven’t read it already, please see the post about lit stall posts for more information.

Mairy Beam

Mairy invites you to come to Irreparable Harm? A tale of the Trans Mountain Pipelines Arrests at the Fringe Fest. Please mark your calendars and spread the word!
Here’s more information about Mairy from the enewsletter from Playwrights Theatre Centre.

Mairy Beam headshotMairy Beam is a non-binary playwright and director who recently moved to Vancouver, giving her the opportunity to join the land and water protectors who are fighting the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Inspired by the drama in the BC Supreme Court, she has written a documentary theatre piece, Irreparable Harm? A tale of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Arrests. After attending PTC’s Block P workshop, she is producing Irreparable Harm? along with the Sinister Sisters Ensemble. Her recent plays include Body Parts, produced in the New Ideas Festival in Toronto in March 2019; Out and About, produced in 2017 in Vancouver at the 4 x 3 Fest and in Toronto at Gelato Fest; The Next Marywhich was included in PinkFest 2018 in Toronto; and Let Me In, which was read as part of the 2018 Bodacious Series in North Vancouver. She has also directed several plays for Theatre Out of the Box in Toronto.

UCV Connections

At UCV, Mairy is the board secretary, chair of the Earth Spirit Council, very involved in RE, GSA and circle dance.

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Children and Youth RE Fall Update

Our Youth are very busy this year, many of you will have heard directly from them this past Sunday. This amazing, resilient, group of young people continue to meet for two hours each Sunday and run a Dungeons and Dragons campaign on Wednesday nights.

Children and Youth RE Fall Update

by Kiersten E. Moore


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Coming of Age Orientation night – One mentor’s perspective

To This I Give My Heart: Coming of Age Orientation

One mentor’s perspective

by Mary Bennett

Seven mentors and seven youth (mentees) gathered in Hewett Centre on Sunday, September 20th, most in person and another 4 via zoom, to begin a year-long journey of getting to know each other. Olivia Hall, youth coordinator, and Kiersten Moore, DRE, facilitated an evening of games and conversations, some one-on-one and some in the whole group. The photo shows us playing “All my friends and neighbours…”

We had a couple of introductory exercises, the first included: what pet would you have if you could have any pet at all (including imaginary ones). Responses included elephants, monkeys, octopuses as well as dogs and cats and one person said, “No thanks. I don’t want a pet.”  

Then we paired off with our partner and were asked to come up with the one thing we would choose if we got to name something to help save humanity. I expect other pairs had the same kind of free-ranging conversation that my partner and I had. The final results were intriguing: phytoplankton; the internet, Steven Spielberg’s computer, fresh air…  What would you choose? Get ready for the zombie apocalypse now in case you’re asked.. 

Each pair will meet on their own once a month. As well as having a bit of fun together, our mission is to  work through the Coming of Age journals* we were given. 

When asked to share what we hoped to get from the program, there were responses of friendship and learning. After the broad concepts, one mentor said,  I just want to get to know my mentee better. The mentee beamed. 

While leaving the hall, a friend said to me: “Who’s the mentor and who’s the mentee? These young folx are so interesting and interested, the hardest part for us adults may be to keep up.”

For myself, I see my role as being a bridge between our religion and this one young person. I’m looking forward to exploring our history especially as my mentee is interested in history. 

Often the young people write their own Credo (statement of belief) and may present to the congregation. If my mentee chooses to do this, I can be a coach and/or cheerleader. Speaking to the congregation, I believe, is an honour and a challenge, an opportunity I have personally appreciated very much and grown from.

Next month, there might be a post by another participant, or a pair, from this program so you can have a glimpse about how it evolves.

 

Zoom October Update

October’s theme is Deep Listening

and yes! deep listening is possible on zoom!

Learn more about Soul Matters themes here: https://www.soulmatterssharingcircle.com/ and on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/soulmatterssharingcircle

Virtual coffee hosts

  • John Smith – 1st Sunday
  • Donna – 2nd Sunday:  includes Book group at 12:30 pm
  • Erin – 3rd Sunday
  • Nan – 4th Sunday – includes Refugee committee at 12:30 pm

Usual breakout rooms include: Sermon discussion, all ages/family zoom (Mary Bennett facilitates), and random chat.

All Ages/Family chat is where kids’ voices are centered. Some of us are doing crafts while chatting or engaging in show-and-tell live or through screen share of photos. If you’re doing the Chalice Home program and have an altar at home, we’d love to have you share it.

Volunteer opportunity: We’re looking for someone to host 5th Sundays and be a backup if one of the regulars isn’t available. Training and a nice team available to help.

Facilitators for break out rooms always welcome. There have been rooms for discussion of indigenous studies, anti-racism and could be on the monthly theme, i.e. Deep Listening for October. If you want the discussion questions just ask at the UCV office for the Soul Matters package to be sent to you.

If you’re not sure how to contact the hosts, the office staff can help you access an online directory (“Breeze”) or look up contact info for you.

The GSA (Genders and Sexualities Alliance) now meets on the 1st Thursday. Sometimes we watch a film or video together. We’re discussing ways to provide more education on trans issues and update our bathroom signs among other things. You are welcome, whether queer or straight.

On the Neighbourhood Chat first Tuesday, you have a chance to zoom in and meet someone (new?) from your neighbourhood. We’re spread out all over the place, so sometimes a neighbourhood is a pretty large area, but you’ll likely have a chance to meet someone new. Zoom room opens by 7:15pm, check in starts at 7:30 pm. Depending on numbers we use breakout rooms or stay as a whole group. We will start using the questions from the Soul Matters packet for our group.

Zoom Practice: We are now meeting once a month on the first Tuesday at 4 pm. Mary, Donna and John facilitate and we usually have Unitarians from across Canada join us.

The series of tech workshops is now complete for now. Contact John Henderson or office staff if you want links to handouts and videos on slack, breeze and what’s app.

 

Action Evenings

Learn Together, Act Together! 

On Wednesday evenings 7-8pm via Zoom, we’ll reflect together on significant issues of our times. Topics are curated and prepared in advance with videos, speakers, slideshows, and discussion points. This meeting offers a chance for shared learning, thoughtful dialogue, and the potential for collaboration for taking action.

All members and friends of UCV are welcome!

 

How to Join and What to Expect

Log in to our Zoom room ucv.im/action-evenings early from 6:45pm on Wednesday evenings as we’ll be starting right at 7. 

After 8, you are welcome to stay for a while to chat about the topic and exchange ideas for action.

You are not required to have any prior knowledge of the topic.

Scheduled Upcoming Events

Wed, Nov 25, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Action Evening - Genderfluid Book Reading

Past Event Recordings

To see all past event recordings, please visit the Action Evenings YouTube Playlist

 

Past Events

December 16 – Activist R&R: Adapting to a Covid Christmas
December 2 – Green Burials
November 25 – Gender Fluid Book Reading
November 18 – Trans Rights in the Workplace
November 4 – Compost and Permaculture
October 28 – Is Canada on the Verge of Developing the Political Will to End Homelessness?
October 14 – Roberts Bank Terminal 2
October 7 – Saving the Salmon Nourished EcoSystem of Our Coast
September 30 – Reconciliation is a Massive Failure
September 23 – Evolving Pathways of Nonviolence
September 16 – From Food Charity to Food Dignity
September 9 – What’s This About Tree Sitters?

 

Sign-Up for Updates and Reminders!

If you would like to sign-up to receive email reminders, meeting links, and updates about this recurring event, please sign up for the Action Evenings Updates below:

Report from Harry Potter Camp 2020

The Hogwarts Camp was a great success this year. We asked participants to let us know what their favorite parts were and how they enjoyed it so it could be shared with the whole congregation! Below is a detailed account of the fun from one of the members. If you are interested in helping volunteer with Youth programming, please check out the CYRE volunteer information page.

I think that this was my favourite Harry Potter camp yet. My favourite parts were the Quidditch matches. I was the commentator for Quidditch, which was fun. My brother enjoyed it too, especially how the leaders let the kids choose some of their own activities. We had two groups, Dumbledore’s Army Creators, and Dumbledore’s Army Explorers. We created a newspaper called the Daily Prophet (I was a reporter!) and also a movie, which is being edited right now. There were lots of familiar kids and also a few new ones. The leaders were kind and funny and energetic. I had a great time 🙂

– Benjamin Malcolm, daily prophet chief reporter, age 9

Happy Pride 2020

Greetings: Happy Pride! What does Pride Mean to You? 

Vancouver Pride is first weekend in August so during the July 26 worship service we want to include a diverse selection of UCV members and friends wishing us all “Happy Pride”. A 15-second (maximum) video saying “Happy Pride” and or what “pride” means to you or what you are doing this year to celebrate Pride. 

We hope you’ll have some flags, posters, buttons and maybe even feather boas in your video!

You can record and send your video any time up until Saturday noon July 25, but the earlier the better. We’d like to include as many as possible and also have a handle on the length of time required.

Here’s a link to make it easy for you to record or upload your video:

Sunday Greetings

 

 

Vegan Cooking with umami

Twelve people participated in our (first?) vegan cooking zoom call.
There seems to be enthusiasm so we may pursue this further, possibly with a monthly “ethical eating” zoom call, sharing our questions, answers, recipes. If you’d be interested, let me know at connect@vancouverunitarians.ca.

Possible topics

  • vegan desserts
  • environmental effects of the animal industry
  • nutrition issues
If you want to review the recording (technology glitches and all!) just click here:
Access Password: ucvucv1!

Resources

Denise has sent me a lot of information that I’ve pasted below.

If you’re on Facebook, do join us at the Unitarian Ethical Eating Group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/unitarianethicaleating/

Goals of the Ethical Eating Group:

  • build education and awareness around the importance of food choices
  • respect individual choices and diversity – provide support and information for people wanting to shift their eating choices
  • encourage congregational engagement on ethical eating and action.
  • provide information on Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist initiatives related to ethical eating and encourage people to engage as individuals or as congregations

approved by the Environment Committee of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver on October 13, 2013.

More resources from Denise

And here are some links and information from Denise sent after the session for sharing:

Vegan Cheese

Chao Cheese is quite decent, and fairly mild.
Then there is the local Daiya, which has been around a long time. I find the mozzarella or pepperjack shreds work well in pizza, pasta, enchiladas and a ton of other applications. It’s cheaper than some other cheeses. Daiya cream cheese works well too in recipes.
Someone was saying they are limiting saturated fat consumption. Me too. I only use such commercial cheeses for special occasions.
One of my favorite cheese brands is Nuts for Cheese especially the “Red Rind” and “Super Blue”. These are strong flavours. Can sometimes be found at a steep discount at Sunrise Market (Gore @ Powell).

I like Miyoko’s Kitchen Cheeses available from Vegan Supply 250 East Pender

https://vegansupply.ca/  and in natural food stores.

And this website links to her almond ricotta recipe.

Her book Artisan Vegan Cheese has recipes for yogurt, rejuvelac, and such ingredients for making cheese, as well as the actual cheese recipes.
Here is a favorite tempeh recipe of mine. I use olive – not coconut – oil; and I use maple syrup, not molasses.

Tempea brand local tempeh

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world among meat eaters and vegetarians alike, especially among young women.
Including vitamin C-containing food along with your iron-rich foods can greatly enhance absorption of the iron.
Pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds (see photos of their ‘butters’) are very good sources. (I use Crofters jam (has Vit C) over my toast spread with pumpkinseed butter).
Legumes (lentils, peas, beans) and grains (quinoa, wheat, teff, oats, etc., so breads and pastas) as well as dark leafy greens contain a fair bit of iron as well.
Many veg meats are sky-high in iron. Check out Gardein products, for example. (Their “Fishless Filets” also contain long chain Omega 3 fatty acids).

But if one is already iron-deficient, taking a round of supplements will likely bring iron levels up faster.

Here’s a list of umami condiments and ingredients.

  • Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Vinegars
  • Soy Sauce & Tamari & Shouyu
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Chili Sauce & Gochujang
  • Black Bean Sauce
  • Miso & Doenjang
  • Sauerkraut & Kimchi
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Rejuvalac & Shio Koji
  • Certain Spices, e.g. black salt (kala namak);
  • smoked salt;
  • turmeric

Basic umami food ingredients

  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Seaweed (Kombu)
  • Olives
  • Beans
  • Soy Protein
  • Cheeses
  • Concentrated Foods (i.e. dried, reduced, dehydrated, etc.):
  • Dried Mushrooms and Tomatoes
  • Tomato Paste
  • Bouillon Concentrate
  • Yeast Extracts
  • Balsamic Reduction
  • Dried Fruit
  • Roasted, Toasted, Browned Foods:
  • Toasted Nuts and Seeds
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Seared Tofu & Tempeh & Seitan

Fermented Foods

  • Sugar-Based: Alcoholic Beverages, Kombucha
  • Veg-Based:  Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Pickles
  • Mylk-Based: Cheeses, Yogurt, Kefir, Buttermylk
  • Grain & Tuber-Based: Breads & Porridges; barley malt; Rejuvelac
  • Bean-/Seed-/Nut-Based: Miso, Soy Sauce; Natto; fermented tofu (fulu, or chou doufu); Dosa (fermented lentil & rice crepe)

Here are some websites on umami

https://tabesuki.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-umami/

https://sweetvegtable.com/vegan-umami/

https://www.delishknowledge.com/plant-based-umami/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5KwRV7Se1w

https://www.seriouseats.com/roundups/umami-ingredients