Parading Our Banners

Banner-PoleBob Armstrong, coordinator of the banner parade, has a special message for congregations and their banner carriers:

I will be the MC for the banner parade at the CUC ACM in-gathering on the Friday evening, May 15.  This year, instead of a long parade of the banners, we will have each banner carried on to the stage of the beautiful Algonquin Commons Theatre whilst I introduce the congregation and read a few words about it.

I write to ask you to send me the few words you would like me to read about your congregation/fellowship/organization. Only a few words are required – I’m restricted to about 5 seconds for each banner. Continue reading

CUC AGM: The Business of Resolutions

Although four potential resolutions were initially proposed for the 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM), they each engage a topic that the CUC has addressed in years past. The CUC has standing resolutions supporting Abortion Rights (1980), Truth and Reconciliation between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Canadians (First Nations Justice 1995), and Environmental Activism (Environment 1999, Environment update 2009, Climate Change Mitigation 2013). 

Resolutions previously passed at CUC AGMs continue to guide our actions as an organization, allowing for new and ongoing projects that support and further their intentions. After reviewing the proposed resolutions this year, CUC Parliamentarian, William Fulton, has ruled that new resolutions along the same themes are neither necessary nor in order, according to Robert’s Rules of Order. In short, while these issues have been identified by the proposers as particularly valuable areas of concern this year, the CUC as an organization has already voted its agreement and repeated resolutions are redundant.

What will happen to these resolutions? Continue reading

Into the Future – CUC Vision Update

Vision Road Sign with dramatic blue sky and clouds.Boldly Inclusive. Deeply Connected. These are two of the phrases which resonate with Canadian Unitarian Universalists. In the past three months, in workshops and webinars, Canadian UUs have discussed the future of Unitarian Universalism. Communities and individuals have been responding to the CUC Visioning Process with thoughtful insights.

  • “More diverse ways to worship – both within and beyond Sunday mornings.”
  • “As much value placed on spiritual practices as on social justice activities.”
  • “Be inspiring as spiritual leaders for liberal minded people.”

It’s clear we care deeply about the potential inherent in our faith tradition, and the Vision Task Force will compile the results and consider them carefully before shaping a vision to lead us into the unknown future. Continue reading

Come to Ottawa in May!

ACM-2015-Website-Banner[1]Join us in Ottawa for the CUC Annual Conference and Meeting! Held at Algonquin College, May 15-17, this year’s theme will bring us workshops and streams delving into the ongoing quest of Seeking Justice in a Changing Land.

Registration is now open!

Adults General: *Early-Bird – $275 (until Mar 31), *Mid-Bird – $300 (April 1 – 30), *Regular – $325 (after Apr 30), One-Day Registration Sat – $175, *Sun – $210.
*All registration include the Banquet Dinner on Sunday night, except One-Day Saturday. Online registration closes April 30.

CanUUdle (ages 14-21): Early-Bird – $100 (until Mar 31), Regular – $125 (April 1 – 30),
*All registration include meals. Registration closes April 30)

Children (ages up to 14): Regular – Sat-Sun: $100 / Fri-Sun: $150 (until April 15),
*All registration include lunches. Registration closes April 15.

Register by the Early Bird Deadline (March 31st) and you will be entered to win a free registration! Continue reading

2015 Annual General Meeting

Got Delegates?

Your congregation’s delegates are important folks – they step up to become familiar with the business going to the CUC’s Annual General Meeting, and then share this with your congregation. They are the carriers of your congregation’s wishes when it comes to voting on resolutions. Now that the proposed resolutions are available, if you haven’t yet had opportunity to do so, we suggest that you take advantage of CUC Month to select your delegates. To support you in this process, CUC staff has put together some information about representation, delegate selection, preparation for the AGM, and roles of delegates prior to and in-between AGMs. Click here for the Delegate FAQs.

For matters going to the Annual General Meeting, please refer to the Governance – Annual General Meeting section of the CUC website.