The Canadian Unitarian Council’s 2016 national conference will take place in beautiful British Columbia. The conference will be hosted by the four Lower Mainland BC congregations: Beacon Unitarian Church, North Shore Unitarian Church, South Fraser Unitarian Congregation, and the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.
Building on themes and Confluence Lectures from the last few years, Conference 2016 will focus on better connections among UUs, greater public awareness, and deepening spirituality – on Bolder Ways of Being. Over the weekend of May 20 – 22, 2016, Unitarians will explore sharing, the risk (and rewards) of telling our stories, and connections.
A different way of coming together: Conference 2016 also marks the end of the CUC’s annual conferences, and the beginning of conferences held every two years. In a 2013 survey, participants stated that they would prefer the CUC to hold conferences every other year. The reasons for this include more effective use of CUC staff time and resources, helping congregations to plan financial support for delegates and participants, and decreasing the environmental impact.
The CUC’s Annual General Meeting will still occur every year, but holding a conference every two years will affect other events held in conjunction with the conference – CanUUdle (the concurrent youth conference), ministers’ meetings, as well as the gatherings of musicians, religious educators and CUC affiliates. CUC staff and the conference planning teams will be in conversation with these groups as plans are developed.
Planning the national conference: It takes many, many hands to bring us all together. We invite you to get involved. Please take a few minutes to indicate your availability and areas of interest at CUC Conference Planning. If you have questions and comments, please email email@example.com.
See you in Vancouver!