Celebrating Chinese UUs

Happy CUC month! Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, is coming up later this week, and it might interest you to know that the Unitarian Church of Vancouver has its very own Chinese name: Xundaohui — “Seekers of the Way”. 溫哥華尋道會 The name was borrowed, with permission, from the Unitarian Universalists Hong Kong. UCV adopted the name as a gesture of “radical inclusiveness” to the large Chinese speaking population in the region.

There are only a few members of the Vancouver congregation who speak Chinese or have a Chinese heritage, but according to the 2011 census, out of Metro Vancouver’s total population of 2.3 million, 12 percent were born in China, Hong Kong or Taiwan, and 15 percent claim a Chinese language (Mandarin, Cantonese, or other) as their mother tongue. We were pleased to reach quick agreement within our congregation about the Chinese name, and have hopes that others around the world will adopt it as a very good translation into Chinese of what Unitarian Universalism means. UCV has translated the UU principles and sources into Chinese, so if other congregations are interested in using those, just get in touch. http://vancouverunitarians.ca/

Celebrating Unitarians and Universalists in Canada

February is the month in which we celebrate the CUC, the organization that binds CanadianUnitarian Universalists. Although Canadian UUs are today represented by a single organization, did you know three of our member congregations were founded as Universalist ones? Kudos if you can name all three (the accompanying photo is a hint for one of them).

Celebrating Unitarians and Universalists Around the World

February is CUC month, but it’s also a chance to look beyond our borders to the broader community of UUs around the world, some of whom will be gathering at the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists’ conference in Kathmandu, Nepal. In honour of the gathering, here is this global chalice lighting by Rev. Nangroi Suiting, Minister and General Secretary of Unitarian Union of Northeast India.

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February is CUC Month!

February is CUC month, and it’s a chance to reflect on the ties that bind Canadian UU congregations, one of which is holding similar commemorative services throughout the year. There’s water communion, fire communion, flower communion, and perhaps others. Which of these is your favourite — and why?