CUC Board Member Publishes Book on International Social Justice

Tanya Cothran

“Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for life” is the old adage that most people associate with global charity, aid, and philanthropy.

But what happens when the man already knows how to fish?

If the pole breaks or the river is polluted, what could help the most then?

We are pleased to announce that Tanya Cothran, CUC Board Member and member of First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, has edited and contributed to a new book of 30 essays from 22 authors, called Smart Risks: How small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. This book looks at the ways that international organizations are moving beyond “teaching a man to fish,” toward a partnership model that listens to grassroots wisdom and builds close connections with local leaders.

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Upcoming Webinars and Roundtables

The CUC offers and coordinates Webinars and Roundtables as part of our commitment to share knowledge that helps our congregations become more Deeply Connected, Radically Inclusive, Actively Engaged, Theologically Alive, and Spiritually Grounded (that’s a reference to the 5 aspirations of our amazing new vision, adopted in May 2016).

We’ll be posting upcoming Webinars on the Calendar as they are scheduled —please check back regularly for information on how to register. CUC staff have several webinars planned for the 2017-18 church year – please note some times are to be confirmed.

  • Future of Faith Formation: October 24, 8 p.m. Eastern.
  • Congregational Data Management: November date tbd
  • UU Leadership Series – Basics of government reporting & congregational relationship with the CUC (repeat of Oct 5 webinar): December 2, 12:30 p.m. Eastern.
  • Religious Language: December 9, 12:30 p.m. Eastern.
  • Membership Best Practices: January 20, 2018, time to be announced.
  • Alternative Worship: February 24, time to be announced.
  • Developing & Using a Congregational Covenant: March 10, 12:30 pm Eastern
  • CUC Annual General Meeting (AGM) orientation: March 24,12:30 p.m. Eastern.
  • Planned Giving: April tbd
  • AGM orientation: April 10, 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
  • AGM orientation: April 18, 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
  • Website Re-creation: May 5, 12:30 pm Eastern
  • Meaning, Mission & Money: June 2, 12:30 pm Eastern

Responding to the Tragedy in Las Vegas

Canadian Unitarians are united in shock following Oct 1st’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. With the death toll continuing to climb over 50 and more than 500 injured, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their friends and family, and all those affected by this tragedy.

Some will argue this is an insufficient response – yes, we do need to continue asking  hard questions about what action is needed to stem the seemingly steady stream of such incidents, like gun control and better supports for those living with mental health challenges. We may never have all the answers, but as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s President Susan Frederick-Gray has stated, “There will be time for answers and organizing soon, even healing. But, first, let us open our hearts to the pain and the mourning in Las Vegas. Reach out in prayer and love to the distraught, the confused, and the grieving. Reach out with open hearts and loving hands to your neighbor, family and friends.
Hold on, hold each other, and hold to love.

Our hearts are understandably heavy with sorrow. To paraphrase UU composer Jason Shelton, let love break them open wide.

Practice random acts of kindness.

Act with love.

Create bridges, not walls.

Tear down injustice and hate.

Singing for Change: Five Facts About UU Musical Activism

Jane Perry

Tony Turner

The Western Region Fall Gathering in Calgary is coming up, and one of the highlights will be the presence of Jane Perry and Tony Turner, two of Canada’s well-known Unitarian musicians. The two will be leading a workshop called Singing for Change, a chance to explore the importance of songs to social action related to our seven principles. Turner and Perry will share historic and recent examples of how song can aid the cause of social change, but for anyone curious, here’s a sampling of what Unitarians have already achieved with music.

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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.