Important Information on the CUC Conference Opening Ceremony

The CUC’s 2018 National Conference takes place at McMaster University in Hamilton ON from May 18-20, 2018, and we want your congregation to be represented in the Opening Ceremony!

There will be a virtual banner parade, i.e. images of each congregation and their banners will be presented on-screen. Please send in jpg or png format, for the Virtual Banner Parade slideshow:

These images will be included in full size with your congregation’s name – be sure to include your congregation’s official name in the email, e.g. First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa.  The banner pictures will also be used as part of the Sunday Worship Service.

We’d like to get these images by January 31. If we don’t hear from you by that date, we’ll just capture the best images/graphics we can from your website and we will use these for the Banner Parade presentation.  Please send your full size images to Irene Laurie of the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton at

You are welcome to bring your physical banner as well (banner poles not necessary). Please bring this to Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning (MDCL), Room 1307 between 3-6 p.m. on Friday, May 18.

The opening ceremony will be held in MDCL Room 1307 and registration will direct you to that room.  After the Opening Ceremony, the banners will then be moved to the exhibit hall – please pick up your banner by 5 p.m. on Sunday. The CUC is not responsible for forgotten and lonely banners.

Questions? Please email Gail Rappolt at or Irene Laurie at

Looking forward to seeing members of your congregation in May,


Pat Dickinson and Gail Rappolt

Co-leads, Opening Ceremony, 2018 CUC National Conference

First Unitarian Church of Hamilton

Rev. Fred Cappuccino Talks Racial Justice

Rev. Fred and Bonnie Cappuccino.

Rev. Fred Cappuccino, UU minister and founder of Child Haven International, will be featured in the CUC’s “Let’s Talk Racial Justice” racial justice webinar on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 8 – 9:30 p.m. ET. 

Rev. Cappuccino will share his unique experiences in Selma, Alabama in 1965. Participants will then discuss current racial justice issues in relation to the events in 1965.

The Racial Justice webinar series is facilitated by April Lilley (formerly Hope), CUC’s Social Justice Lead. Register for the webinar here.

In the meantime, did you know these 5 things about Fred Cappuccino and the incredible work he’s done?

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The Edict of Torda: A Landmark Event in Unitarian History

The Diet of Torda, a painting by Aladár Körösfői-Kriesch

Many, perhaps most, Unitarians have probably never heard of the Edict of Torda. But the relative obscurity of this event, which occurred some 450 years ago this month in what is now Romania, makes it no less significant. The edict marked a pivotal moment in both Unitarian history and the broader issue of religious toleration, and its anniversary is a chance to reflect on the continuing importance of freedom of faith. Continue reading

In Times of Cold We Seek the Warming Fire

In times of darkness we stumble towards the tiny flame.
In times of cold we seek the warming fire.
In times of repression we reach for the lamp of truth.
In times of loss we pray for the comforting light.
In times of joy we light a candle of celebration.
Spirit of Life, as we kindle this light, help us find what we need this day.

Season’s Greetings from the Canadian Unitarian Council for a warm, peaceful and enlightening holiday season.

The CUC Office will be closed from December 21 until January 2, and will re-open on January 3.