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Cross-Canada Unitarian Online Services

Worship, Coffee Hours, Meditations, Multi-generational, Community Chats, Song…

Last updated by Keith Wilkinson, Vancouver Unitarians, 4 Apr 2020

Left Saskatoon;  Right First Toronto 

UU’s from across Canada may want to look in on what is happening at congregations in other communities. Following is a partial list of 18 Canadian UU congregations who are meeting electronically using zoom, YouTube, FaceBook and other online platforms (listed from East to West).  Website and email addresses are listed to help ensure access to the most current information. Times are for the sponsoring group!


Congregation Day, Local Time & Type of Meeting Website links
Halifax UUs, NS Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM AT, Service UUHalifax zoom
UU Estrie North Hatley, QC Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM ET, Service UUEstrie North Hatley


Kingston Unitarian Fellowship, ON Sun, 1000 – 1030 AM ET, RE

Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM ET, Service

Plus various weekly times

Email for online info

Via zoom

Peterborough Unitarian Fellowship, ON Sun, 1000 – 1100 AM ET, Service

Daily – Various other zoom events: Journeys, Music Circles, Sing Along…

PUF Online Event links


First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, ON Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM ET, Service

Sun, 700 – 900 PM ET, Youth Grp

Sun, 1130 – 1230 AM ET, Coffee Hr

Thurs, 700 – 830 PM ET, Song Circle

FUCO FaceBook

Coffee hour requests  

Youth grp requests:

First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, ON Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM ET, Service

Sun, 1130 AM – 1 PM ET, Coffee Hr

Chalice Gatherings:
Tues, 12 noon ET – Rev Shaun Newton

Thurs, 730 PM ET – Rev Lynn Harrison

First Toronto Unitarians

zoom & YouTube options

Unitarian Fellowship of NW Toronto, ON Sun, 1030 AM – 1200 noon ET, Service UFNWT zoom
Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, ON Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM ET, Service

Plus various weekly times

UUCM Event Calendar

Via zoom

Winnipeg UUs, MB Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM CT, Service FUUCWinnpeg  zoom
Saskatoon Unitarians, SK Sun, 1030 -1130 AM CT, Service

Sun, 1130 AM – 1230 PM, CT, Coffee Hr

Saskatoon Unitarians

zoom & FaceBook options

Edmonton Unitarians, AB Sun, 1030 AM – 1130 AM MT, Service

Tues, 7 PM – 8 PM MT, Coffee Hr

Edmonton Unitarians

Zoom and podcasts

Westwood Unitarians,
Edmonton, AB
Sat 300 PM MT, Stories

Sun 1030 AM MT, Service

Wed 1000 AM MT, Chat

Westwood Unitarians

Westwood Online Calendar


Calgary Unitarians, AB Sun, 10 – 1030 AM MT, Pre-Coffee Hr

Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM MT, Service

Sun, 1130 AM – 1 PM MT, Post-Coffee Hr

Calgary Unitarians


Beacon Unitarian Congregation,
New Westminster, BC
Sun, 1030 AM – 1130 AM PT, Service Beacon Unitarians, zoom
Vancouver Unitarians, BC Sun, 1100 AM – 1200 PM PT, Service

Sun 1200 – 1 PM PT, Coffee Hr

Tues 700 – 900 PM PT, Neighbourhood Grps

Wed 1000 – 1130 AM PT, Books & poems

Wed 300 – 430 PM PT, Minister’s Tea

Thurs 200 – 300 PM PT, zoom practice

Vancouver Unitarians Service

Zoom , YouTube, and podcast options

Northshore UUs, West Van, BC Sun, 1030 – 1130 AM PT, Service North Shore Unitarians
YouTube & Slido
Nanaimo Unitarians, BC Sun, 1100 AM – 1200 PM PT, Service FUFON zoom
Comox Valley Unitarians, BC Sun, 4 PM – 5 PM PT, Gathering CVUF zoom
Canadian Unitarian Council

Staff are distributed across Canada and are online.

Many zoom webinars and round tables. Various days, topics, and styles.
CUC led in introducing zoom to Canadian congregations.
CUC zoom Calendar…AND

Resources for congregations with sub-folders on:

Virtual meeting resources.

Interactive spreadsheet

*Note: Times posted are those for the host congregation, so you may have to do some math or geography to get the times right for you! 

AT=Atlantic Time; ET=Eastern Time; CT=Central Time; MT=Mountain Time; PT=Pacific Time.

Vibrant UU global communities during a time of pandemic

Unitarian centres around the globe are switching to online services to continue worship and community engagement during the current coronavirus pandemic. In most cases, we’re interested in maintaining strong connection and support for people in our immediate geographic community, but we are also part of a global community. Outlined below are some of the many online services  currently available. In most cases you can just drop in, but in some instances, you may need to be invited. For a taste of the richness of the UU community world-wide, check some of these out!

International UU Online Services – Spring 2020

Worship, Chat, Meditation, Multigenerational…

Last updated by Keith Wilkinson, Vancouver Unitarians, Canada, 2 Apr 2020

Here is a partial and constantly changing list of international UU congregations that are meeting online using zoom, YouTube, FaceBook and other live-streaming services. Website and email addresses are listed to help ensure access to the most current information. Times are for the sponsoring group!

Australia, New Zealand & CLF Day, Local Time & Type of Meeting Website links
Norwood, Southern Australia Sun, 1030 AM, ACST SAUC Webpage, Facebook
Auckland, New Zealand Daily, 1100 AM, Virtual Morning Tea AucklandUC  zoom
Church of the larger fellowship Long-standing online programs for UUs. CLFUU Webpage
European Congregations Day, Local Time & Type of Meeting Website links
St Mark’s Unitarian Church

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Sun, 11 AM, GMT, Service SMUCE


Roslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, UK Sun, 11 AM, GMT, Service RHUC, YouTube
Other UK Congregations – Various online services, live and pre-recorded, are offered by different UK congregations. Visit individual websites for best information.

You can also try the UK Unitarian Online Services   which leads most often to FaceBook accounts for the named congregations.

Further queries or updates by Email to UK Unitarian Information Officer

Search here for information on specific UK congregations:   UK Unitarians Find a Congregation



International Unitarian Church of Prague, Czech Republic Wed, 7-8 PM, Czech time, Discussion  IUCP zoom or Email

USA Congregations Day, Local Time & Type of Meeting Website links
UUA The UUA offers many resources related to online worship, but doesn’t currently have a page listing all congregations with online services. If you’re thinking about dropping in on an online service/discussion in a community of interest to you, just find the website for that community and look directly there for what they have to offer. Below are examples of active congregations in Western, Central, and Eastern USA. UUA Resources


Live streaming technical tips

WESTERN – First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR Sun, 1005 AM, PT FUCP web or Live via BoxCast, YouTube, Facebook
CENTRAL – Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church,
Kansas City, KS
Daily online Evening Fellowships 5:30 PM

Daily Children’s Online Programming


Online schedule

EASTERN – All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
New York City, NY, USA
Daily remote programming. Sign up to receive emails from All Souls, including instructions for remote programming. Sign up
  • GMT = Greenwich Mean Time. Posted times are those of the sponsoring congregation.


Music Circle with Tony Turner

Join Tony Turner for a UU Music Circle: a way to connect and spend some time together on Sunday, Mar 29 at 3 p.m. (Pacific); we’ll gather for about an hour to an hour and a half via Zoom.

Listeners and musicians are welcome. To contribute your musical skills, please fill in this short survey so that the co-hosts (CUC staff and Tony Turner) have an idea of who’s appearing. There will be about 8-10 performances/songs/numbers. Those who don’t get a slot this time to appear for the next Music Circle.
If you can’t be part of our circle, but know someone else who’d like to contribute please forward this link,, so they can sign up. 
Spread the word, and we’ll see you on Sunday with your instrument, or favourite beverage and snack!
Facilitated by CUC Staff.
View other CUC events here:

Connect and Engage – Zoom Gatherings through UCVancouver

The safest way for us to connect and engage at this time

Send an email to to receive a summary of these events with links.

This is where online UCV gatherings initiated by the Connect & Engage team (sub-committee of Membership Development) via zoom will be listed with who is invited and a link to the event.

Scroll down to see links to upcoming scheduled Connect & Engage Zoom Gatherings

Some gatherings are for specific groups such as our current covenant groups and men’s and women’s groups; others for all Unitarians–including our friends across the country.

Virtual coffee hour Every Sunday 12 – 1:30 pm

Open to all UCV members and friends (if you’ve ever visited us at 49th & Oak, you’re invited). If you’ve watched the sermon that Sunday via live streaming, you’re invited to join us for “coffee”. We will break into small groups of 5.

Book, poem and video sharing

Every Wednesday 10 – 11:30 am – All Unitarians welcome. All ages welcome. We’ve had 5-year olds to those over 70.

Zoom check-in and practice session

Every Thursday – 2 – 3 pm

Please RSVP Mary

Tuesday evening Neighbourhood group connections

Every Tuesday 7 – 9 pm UCV members from across Metro Vancouver. Unitarians from other BC congregations welcome to join us in their own breakout room – Please contact me in advance if you want to

WEST: Westside (Kitsilano, West Point Grey, Arbutus Ridge, Kerrisdale, Dunbar, UBC) – TBA, facilitator

East Van (Mount Pleasant, Olympic Village, Grandview-Woodland, Hastings-Sunrise, Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Riley Park) – Mairy Beam, facilitator

Fairview/False Creek (plus South Cambie) – Karen Bartlett, facilitator

EAST: Burnaby/New West (and beyond to east) – Mary Lage, facilitator

SOUTH: Richmond, Langley, Ladner (and points south) and South Vancouver: (Sunset, Victoria-Fraserview, Renfrew-Collingwood, Oakridge, Marpole, Killarney) – Kiersten Moore, facilitator

NORTH: City Centre (West End, Yaletown, Downtown, Strathcona) and North and West Vancouver (and beyond to north) – Cathy Sevcik, facilitator (7-8pm)

(If your neighbourhood does not yet have a googlegroup, you may want to set one up for easy email communication.)

Not sure what neighbourhood you’re in? Check here:


More Connect & Engage zoom connections

If you are part of a UCV covenant group, book group, neighbourhood group, men’s and women’s group and want assistance setting up a zoom call just contact me. You decide when and who’s invited. I help you set it up. You share the information with your people.

UCV has one pro zoom link. We expect to have to prioritize connections for larger groups especially ones that want to use the ‘breakout” room function.

Zoom for Free

If your small group wishes to meet via zoom, the free account allows up to 40 minutes at a time. Sometimes it will automatically extend your free call.

Upcoming Connect and Engage Events on Zoom

Sun, Apr 5, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual Coffee Hour - 5 choices for your conversational pleasure
Tue, Apr 7, 2020
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
WUNG meets weekly by zoom
Tue, Apr 7, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UCV Neighbourhood Groups Tuesday Night Zoom Chat
Wed, Apr 8, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Book (and Poem and Video) Sharing via Zoom
Thu, Apr 9, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Check in and Zoom Practice
Sun, Apr 12, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual Coffee Hour - Every Sunday Following Service

Mary Bennett, Connect & Engage team, Vancouver Unitarians


Delegates for the CUC National Conference in Halifax

UCV needs 8 delegates named by 31 Mar 2020 to represent us at the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 16 May 2020 (from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm PT).  Delegates may attend in person in Halifax, NS, or from elsewhere via zoom teleconference. Room Lindsey Priestley has been booked at UCV so that delegates who choose to participate from Vancouver can meet as a group. Only official delegates are eligible to speak but all UCV members and friends are welcome to attend. Contact Keith Wilkinson, Lynn Armstrong, Kiersten Moore, or Emilie Adin if you are interested in representing us—otherwise, we’ll come looking for you!

CUC Conference details here.

The AGM will be preceded on Thursday, 14 May, (3:30 to 5:00 pm PT) by an informal Plenary session, a cross-Canada dialogue on issues of common interest to Canadian UU congregations. .

Delegates will need to be approved by the UCV Board and once chosen, will have an opportunity to become informed about proposed CUC strategic initiatives, the proposed budgets, and a proposed technical change in the bylaws to improve continuity in board work.  When voting, UCV delegates will be expected to use their own judgment about what is in the best interests of UCV and the national CUC movement and vote according to their conscience.f

Watch UCV Connections pages to see upcoming postings about UCV’s global connections.

The following pages are older posts related to National events.

Our religion around the world

On Sunday, January 19, Rev. Steven Epperson shared a great deal of information on Unitarian Universalism around the world. Even if you were there, you might want to listen a second time — a great deal of information there.

The Story/Our Story

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists will meet in Montreal in the fall of 2020.

SAVE the DATE for the ICUU Council Meeting & Conference 2020 to be held in Montreal, Canada 26 October – 1 November 2020.

Canadians have been very involved with ICUU from the start.

Currently John (“Mich”) Michell is on the ICUU council

Executive Committee 2018 – 2020


For many years the ICUU shares a Global Chalice Lighting from around the world. You can find them here:

ICUU videos

You might also enjoy the videos at

It includes


Directory of members

You can read (and download a pdf version) of Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed’s information on the history of ICUU here:


Be the Change Earth Alliance

Be the Change Earth Alliance is a charitable organization that lives at the end of the hall in the Admin Building at 49th and Oak. They are a busy hive of activity, bringing eco-social education to secondary schools throughout BC.

Formed in 2005, they create empowering workshops and learning resources to help fulfill their vision for ‘an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on this planet’. To learn more about their work you can visit their website: They greatly enjoy the warmth and kindness of all of the UCV staff.

If you see them having lunch under the maple tree in the summer or enjoying a tea break in the courtyard, make sure to say hi!

Vancouver Unitarians Join Sept 27 Global Climate Strike

Unitarians from all four Greater Vancouver congregations – including three Unitarian ministers – gathered under the Vancouver Unitarians banner at the start of the Global Climate Strike in Vancouver on Sept. 27, 2019. The event was organized by students and we proudly joined with 10s of thousands of them to fill the length of Cambie Street on our way through downtown Vancouver to the CBC building at West Georgia and Hamilton streets.

It was exhilarating – and reassuring – to be a part of this massive mobilization of Canadians.

Police estimated that 100,000 people participated – perhaps the largest march ever in Vancouver.

10s of thousands at City Hall for Sept 27 Climate Strike


Would you like to join us for future rallies, marches and activities? Learn more about our team here or contact

Join Our Social Media and Communications Team

Our UCV Communications Team is looking for someone to post web links to our facebook page. We’d like to post, on average, 5 links per week, preferably spread out over the week including posting the link for the Sunday morning service on Friday. Each post would only take you a couple of minutes if you regularly sign into facebook anyways.

You would be made an admin for the page and post as UCV (not as yourself). You would be welcome to get more involved than that such as adding photos, updating the cover photo more often, but that’s not required for the basic role.

Thanks to a growing team of volunteers, we have been able to increase our social media and web outreach over the past months and years.

Our Communications Team meets two or three times a year. You would be encouraged to attend to find out what else is happening and contribute your ideas. A lot goes on between meetings with individuals and sub-groups taking on tasks. Our meetings are mainly a check-in for individuals and small groups to report on what they’re doing and get feedback from others on their projects.

Video – We’d like to be able to do more

Our youtube channel has been mobilized. Here’s the link for Rev. Phillip Hewett’s Memorial Service and memories shared after the service.


People from across Canada and beyond have been so appreciative of being able to attend Phillip Hewett’s memorial service through youtube.

Among the notes I’ve received is one from Patricia Pavey (previously Yates) who attended UCV some time ago and is the composer of our “Carry the Flame” benediction. (And in case you’re wondering about the extra part that some congregations sing, that part was added by Louise Taylor who was music director at the Victoria congregation.)

We have podcasts of Sunday sermons

Click here to find the most recent three sermons–and check back regularly.

Our Closed Facebook Group

On advice from other congregations, we set up a Facebook Group (for community communications) that complements our Facebook page (for external/outreach communication). Our page has over 900 Likes (up from 800 in March, 2018).

You must have a facebook profile to join Members and Friends of Vancouver Unitarians. 

Note: you can see what’s on our Facebook page  even if you’re not on Facebook. If you are on Facebook – please go there regularly and like, comment and share. That’s how we increase our outreach.

Volunteers Needed

We need more help to continue to expand this work.

Some tasks, like posting links to our facebook page, take only a few minutes to do and don’t require much learning.

Most committees now have someone to post events and articles (“posts”) on the web but others need help getting their message out. Training is available and if you’ve used wordpress it will be easy to learn about our system.

We’d like more photos posted on instagram, facebook and the web, especially (with permission) of our many events and our beautiful campus (with people shown). If you like to take photos, we’d like to have you on board.

Other tasks such as editing videos (adding title pages, tweaking sound and light) take a lot of time. We need at least two more people if we’re to do video-recording, some of our events. Some ongoing tasks would only take about 15-30 minutes each week. Congregational consultant Peter Bowden says if he could suggest one thing it would be to do a very short video about the upcoming Sunday programs. Rev. Samaya Oakley of South Fraser Unitarians has been doing this.

How to attract and welcome visitors using social media

Are you interested in how Unitarian congregations can use social media well? I liked this article by Peter Bowden, emphasizing how much research visitors do before showing up in person and how important it is to respond very quickly to them.