Greetings for Rosh Hashanah










September 20 marked the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and the start of the 10 Days of Repentance. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the year past and ask forgiveness for wrongdoings during this time. Greetings to all celebrating this holiday, and L’shanah tovah—to a good new year.

National​ ​Orange​ ​Shirt​ ​Day Saturday,​ ​September​ ​30,​ ​2017

Wear​ ​an​ ​orange​ ​shirt​ ​on​ ​Saturday,​ ​September​ ​30 ​to​ ​walk​ ​with​ ​and​ ​show​ ​your​ ​support​ ​for Indigenous ​and​ ​Non-Indigenous ​reconciliation,​ ​acknowledge​ ​the​ trauma of the Residential​ ​Schools experience​, ​and​ ​affirm​ ​that​ ​Every​ ​Child​ ​Matters.

National​ ​Orange​ ​Shirt​ ​Day,​ ​held​ ​on​ ​September​ ​30 ​annually,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​legacy​ ​of​ ​the​ ​St.​ ​Joseph Mission​ ​(SJM)​ ​Residential​ ​School​ ​commemoration​ ​event​ ​held in​ ​Williams​ ​Lake,​ ​BC,​ ​in​ ​2013.​ ​It​ ​grew​ ​out​ ​of​ ​​Phyllis​ ​Webstad’s account​ ​of​ ​having​ ​her​ ​new​ ​orange​ ​shirt​ ​being​ ​taken​ ​away​ ​on her​ ​first​ ​day​ ​of​ ​school​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Mission.​ ​It​ ​has​ ​become​ ​an​ ​annual discussion​ ​on​ ​all​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​residential​ ​schools,​ ​and​ ​sets​ ​the stage​ ​for​ ​anti-racism​ ​and​ ​anti-bullying​ ​policies​ ​for​ ​the​ ​coming school/church​ ​year.

Orange​ ​Shirt​ ​Day​​ ​is​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​for​ ​Indigenous ​Peoples​ ​(First Nations,​ ​Inuit,​ ​and​ ​Metis),​ ​local​ ​governments,​ ​schools, churches,​ ​and​ ​communities​ ​to​ ​come​ ​together​ ​in​ ​the​ ​spirit​ ​of reconciliation​ ​with​ ​hope​ ​and​ ​begin​ ​to​ ​take​ ​steps​ ​to​ ​make lasting​ ​changes​ ​for​ ​generations​ ​of​ ​children​ ​to​ ​come.

For​ ​more​ ​info,​ visit ​​You​ ​may​ ​also​​ ​go​ ​to Facebook:​ ​Orange​ ​Shirt​ ​Day-Every​ ​Child​ ​Matters.​ ​Post​ ​pictures, share​ ​your​ ​story,​ ​enjoy​ ​others​ ​sharing​ ​their​ ​experiences,​ ​and​ ​​take action​​ ​by​ ​showing​ ​your​ ​support.

Wear​ ​an​ ​orange​ ​shirt​ ​Saturday,​ ​September​ ​30! Please​ ​post​ ​your​ ​picture​ ​to​ ​the​ ​CUC’s​ ​​Love​ ​and​ ​Justice Facebook​ ​group!

The​ ​CUC’s​ ​Truth,​ ​Healing​ ​and​ ​Reconciliation​ ​Reflection​ ​Guide​ ​Team

CUC Shining Lights program

Warm Greetings to All Canadian UU groups from your

CUC Congregational Development Staff people:

Rev. Linda Thomson & Joan Carolyn.

Heartfelt gratitude to everyone for great interaction these past few months. In a variety of settings it has been inspiring to hear the many wonderful stories regarding groups and congregations’ creativity and best practices.

Inspiration has been shared regarding lay leadership, multi-gen faith formation, lay chaplaincy, Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation commitments, camping joys, shared learning opportunities, “blue sky” thinking for our futures together, … the list could go on and on.

Now we have an invitation for all of you, congregations or related UU groups, to share your creativity in wider UU circles via the CUC Shining Lights program.


Are you working on a project that engages community, enhances ministries, or develops strategies to make UUism more relevant? Are you proud of your accomplishments and want to tell the world your story? Are you seeking exposure to build momentum, develop the narrative, and connect with others?

The CUC’s Shining Lights program is here to highlight, one per year, innovative and strategic initiatives and programs by Canadian UU groups and/or congregations.

How do you nominate a candidate?

We welcome you to e-mail us at and suggest another congregation/ group or yourselves.

For more information, click here.

Please help the CUC share these stories revealing what is possible, networking common interests and celebrating achievements.

Nominations Due December 1, 2017!

Thank You!

2018 CUC Conference: An Invitation to Love and Justice

May 18 to 21, 2018, at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario

Call for Proposals

“As Canadian Unitarian Universalists, we envision a world in which our interdependence calls us to love and justice.” This vision of our national faith community asks us to live this out through actions of love and justice. We are called to work together from a place of love to bring justice to all beings.

Registration for the conference will open in January 2018.

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Thinking Ahead to the 2018 CUC Annual General Meeting

No, it’s not too early to think about the 2018 AGM. This will be held on Friday, May 18 at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON,as part of the national conference weekend.

Here are some things to consider in preparation:

  • Select your congregation’s delegates early. Information about selection and delegates is here
  • Schedule at least one session in February 2018 for your congregation and delegates to discuss matters going to the AGM. Information about motions will be distributed in early January 2018 to congregations, and feedback will be received until February 28
  • Considering submitting a motion? Find out how and by when, who can submit motions, why a new motion may not be necessary, and a summary of previously approved motions on the CUC’s Resolutions page.

Questions about the AGM? Email