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Creating a Vision for Canadian Unitarian Universalism

During the BC, Western and Eastern Regional Fall Gatherings and Central Networking Day, the CUC Board will be hosting conversations on Saturday afternoon, and invite you to join them in creating a vision for the Canadian UU movement.

Over the fall and winter, we want to hear from you – from our communities – what vision you hold dear to your hearts.   We will focus on a national vision this year – not a vision just for our organizational body, the Canadian Unitarian Council  – but a vision for Canadian Unitarian Universalism as a whole.  What should we aspire to be as a religion?

Please allow 2-3 hours in your calendar between November and February, and a further 2 hours in April for your members to discuss this. Further details are forthcoming by the end of October and during the Regional Fall Gatherings.

Annual Program Contribution Task Force

CUC Board Treasurer Kristina Stevens is heading up a team to explore options for calculating the APC, including the existing method, and to make recommendations to the Council. Please ask your treasurers to sign up, if they’re not already on the list, on the cuc-money Yahoo group to be part of the conversation. They can subscribe at cuc-money-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

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Communications

Communicating with You

We are building connections across the country … improving our presence on the web and becoming more interactive … getting our message out in a way that is fun, creative, and social-media savvy … To help make this and more happen - we need your help. Donate to our Communications Fund to get us all in communication with each other!

CUC Staff Voices

Your CUC staff will be writing monthly blogs to share, to inform, to present provocative musings, and to increase connections. The topics for the blogs will be eclectic, and you can look for them around the first of each month on the CUC website here.

Linda Thomson

Even When My Heart is Broken

By Rev. Linda Thomson
Congregational Developmental Staff – Central & Eastern Regions

I don’t know about you, but when I first became involved, as an adult, in congregational life, I thought, “Well this is going to be easy. Good people, good intentions, good principles; What could go wrong”. It took about 3 seconds into my term as a member of the Board of the congregation before I learned that the answer to the question was, “A lot actually.” I learned, quickly, that congregations are complex, that leadership in them is ‘challenging’ and that there are days, oh baby, there are days! I suspect that many who have become involved in large or small ways in congregational life and leadership are reading this with heads nodding, fists pumping and hearts pounding. Because it is true. Congregational life isn’t always easy. I, in my youthful naiveté, thought it would be. I was surprised and I was, at times, shocked. Good principles and good people are not some preventative wonder. Conflict and disagreement find us and sometimes we find them.

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New Organization for Canada's UU Music Makers

Canada's UU music makers are launching a new made-in-Canada organization. The Canadian Collective of Unitarian Universalist Musicians has three goals: 

• to create a national Canadian Collective listserv where congregational musicians can share repertoire ideas, ask questions, and talk about the musical projects and concerts at our home congregations

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Rallies for Choice

October 15th, 2014 will mark a significant step in the Assisted Dying conversation. The Supreme Court of Canada will hear appeals for the right of the terminally ill to have medical help to die.

The CUC has intervenor status and is represented pro bono by Tim Dickson of Farris, Vaughan, Wills and Murphy LLP in British Columbia. Mr. Dickson will be making a presentation, and CUC Executive Director Vyda Ng will be in attendance.

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One Step Leads to Another

Kingston Congregation and the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO)

by Marnie Johnstone 

There is an ongoing tradition in the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship (KUF) of serving the United Nations Office in New York by keeping the UN and its activities on the radar of the fellowship.

One of the leading lights of this tradition is Elaine Harvey - Elaine began her association with the UU-UNO with a UNO-sponsored Peace Tour of the former Soviet Union in 1988 just when Gorbachev introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) at the end of the Cold War. A decade later she served for six years as the first official main UN representative of the UUA through its consultative status in the Economic Social Council. In her role, she represented the faith-based NGOs in the drafting of the Rome Statute which established the International Criminal Court. Recently, Elaine also co-chaired the CUC’s UU-UNO Advisory Council. Elaine’s work is one of the great achievements of the UU-UNO and for Canadian Unitarians.

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Marching on the Side of the Planet

by Lynn Harrison

“We are marching in the light of love,” sang the interfaith crowd, as we waited for several hours for the People’s Climate March to start [held in New York City in September, 2014, as part of the Climate Summit].  

Along with Rev. Diane Rollert and fellow ministry candidate Nicoline Guerrier, both of Montreal, I assembled amidst a huge crowd of Unitarian Universalists, most of them wearing bright yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” t-shirts. (Cym Gomery, Alain-Pierre Bachecongi and Judith Henkewick were nearby, too.) Here are a few pictures.

More than 1,500 Unitarians are said to have attended the march, but I’m sure there were more. Riding one of five overnight buses chartered by 350.org’s Toronto chapter, I met UUs from several congregations.

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Report from the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) Congress

By Christine Johnston

The CUC’s delegate to the IARF, Christine Johnston, joined about 300 attendees from 25 countries and all key continents in Birmingham, UK in August 2014.

The IARF’s overall goals are the promotion of human and religious rights and social justice, as well as interfaith dialogue and communities, especially amongst geographic chapters.

Religious groups were more encompassing than usual due to the multicultural character of the host city. The congress brought together Coptic and Muslim Africans, Roman Catholic priests from Spain and India, Orthodox leaders from Jerusalem, Unitarians from Transylvania, and the usual array of Japanese, Indian and British faiths. The Unitarian founders of the IARF congress might not have recognized it!

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Seeking Justice Together

The CUC’s 2015 Annual Conference and Meeting will be held from May 15 - 17th at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Hosted by the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, the theme is “Seeking Justice in a Changing Land”, and promises to bring together Unitarians and Universalists of all ages to explore how we live out our faith as engaged and compassionate global citizens.

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Carter’s 21st Annual Church and Charity Law Seminar

The Annual Church & Charity Law™ Seminar, held every year since 1994, is presented by Carters Professional Corporation, a law firm with offices in the Toronto and Ottawa areas, experienced in advising churches, charities, and not-for-profit organizations across Canada, as well as internationally. The 21st Annual Church & Charity Law™ Seminar is designed to assist churches and charities in understanding developing trends in the law in order to reduce unnecessary exposure to legal liability.

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Lay Chaplain Basics Training

This workshop is for those considering Lay Chaplaincy, recently appointed Lay Chaplains and members of a congregation’s Lay Chaplaincy committee. It provides basic guidelines on the management of a congregation’s Lay Chaplaincy program and the training new Lay Chaplains need to begin their work. 

This will be the only offering of “Designing and Leading Rites of Passage: Basic Training for Lay Chaplains” in the West until Fall 2015!

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UUs Helping UUs

Subsidies are available to help youth, young adults and adults get to CUC events. Here are some quick FAQs:

Who is eligible? Subsidies are for those who want to attend CUC gatherings, conference and workshops but who find it financially challenging. UUs of all ages can apply. Both adult and youth applications are found on the CUC website under What We Do – Giving and Funding.

What is the criteria? This subsidy is need‐based, and the following criteria will be applied in the consideration of each application:

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Congregational Development position - Lead for BC & Western Regions

The CUC seeks a dynamic, skilled and discerning individual to be part of a small team of staff to engage with Canadian Unitarian and Universalist congregations and communities in becoming transformative, dynamic and joyful, while being grounded in Unitarian Universalism. The team focuses on networking and connecting, and fostering innovation and growth in the development of UU communities.

The hiring for this position is still in process, and we are taking a serious look at the applications that have been received. The job posting will remain open until the position is filled. If you or someone you know is interested, qualified, and would like to apply, we encourage you to do so. We are open to working with accommodations for the successful candidate who might also have part-time employment elsewhere.

Click here for a job description 

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2015 Annual Conference & Meeting - Call for Facilitators

CUC Annual Conference & Meeting, May 15 – 17, 2015

The CUC Annual Conference and Meeting, May 15–17, 2015, in Ottawa will bring together Canadian Unitarians and Universalists to meet, to worship, to talk, to learn and to grow. The ACM will include workshop streams, multigenerational workshops, spiritual practice sessions, as well as plenary sessions on business matters and social responsibility, worship services, social gatherings and meetings of related groups.

The theme for 2015 is Seeking Justice in a Changing Land - À la recherche de la justice sur une terre changeante. 

The Conference Program Planning Committee invites proposals to facilitate streams, workshops and spiritual practice sessions on this theme.

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Call for Nominations - CUC Board and Nominating Committee Members

The CUC’s Nominating Committee is looking people to serve on both the CUC Board and Nominating Committee. As well, a new Youth Observer to the Board will be needed. If you are committed to UUism, like thinking in big picture terms, have a fondness for governance and policies - you could be one of the people starting Board or Nominating Committee terms next May! The Nominating Committee and Board members will be on hand at the Regional Fall Gatherings to talk with you and share information.

Click here for more information.

BC Regional Fall Gathering

BC Regional Fall Gathering

Oct 24 - Oct 26

Whatever our spiritual perspective, certain paths in life seem to lead us to connect more deeply with that which to us matters most. Some of these paths have shifted and changed, and few have stayed the same. What path are you walking? Is it filled with music? Stories? Does your life path also bring end-of-life questions? How does your path …

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Engaged and Engaging

Engaged and Engaging

Oct 25

Canadian Unitarian Council, Central Region Congregational Networking Day Congregational leaders tell us, over and over again, how valuable they find it to gather with their colleagues from other congregations to share ideas, to network and to remind themselves that there are others ‘in this’ with them. An opportunity for networking and facilitated sharing will take place on October 25th, in …

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Western Regional Fall Gathering

Western Regional Fall Gathering

Oct 31 - Nov 2

Communities of the Heart Matters of the heart will take centre stage at the Western Region Fall Gathering in Edmonton Oct. 31- Nov.2. Theme of the weekend is Communities of the Heart – the way we share our joys and sorrows, sing and eat together, and follow our personal spiritual paths within the larger UU community. On the agenda for …

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Eastern Regional Fall Gathering

Eastern Regional Fall Gathering

Oct 31 - Nov 2

‘Frightened of the Future? Congregations adapting to Change’ Program streams include: theme-based ministry, social justice, music, and welcoming newcomers into meaningful spiritual community. There will also be a Halloween themed social event, children’s programming and more. Registration is now open. Click here for the Save the Date poster. Schedule Friday Oct. 31, 2014 7-9 p.m. Registration and Informal Meet and Mingle …

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Lay Chaplain Basics Training

Nov 21 - Nov 23 

This workshop is for those considering Lay Chaplaincy, recently appointed Lay Chaplains and members of a congregation’s Lay Chaplaincy committee. It provides basic guidelines on the management of a congregation’s Lay Chaplaincy program and the training new Lay Chaplains need to begin their work. This will be the only offering of “Designing and Leading Rites of Passage: Basic Training for …

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