ACM Count Down…

ACM-LogoAnnual Conference and Meeting registration is still open – but not for long. Adult and children’s on-line registration is open until April 30th. Pre-conference events – lay chaplain training & Religious Educator days – information is here (registration information is on the Adult registration page – click to register and the fields will open up.)

CanUUdle XIV is now full! If you’d like to get on the waiting list, sign on here.

Extended reduced hotel room rate – by special arrangement with the Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel, a limited number of hotel rooms are being held at the CUC conference rate of $119/night. Available on a first-come basis. Regular room rate are upwards of $135/night. Book your room here or call 1-800-325-3535 and say you’re attending the Canadian Unitarian Council conference. Arrange room sharing here and ride-sharing here.

Don’t miss out on the fun, engaging, community-building event that is the ACM! Register now!

Want to find out more about the ACM? Join the children and members of the Unitarian Church in Montreal in this “A Time for All Ages” video. Share in the excitement of the upcoming CUC Annual Conference.  Learn about the Banner Parade and other ways the Canadian Unitarian Council involves members and their congregations from all across the country. (With thanks to Caroline Balderston Parry and the team at UCM)

Bienvenue à Montreal!

ACMACM 2014 (Annual Conference & Meeting) is in Montreal! The Montreal Host Committee is working energetically with CUC staff to make this a memorable gathering. Join us for Saturday evening’s ‘Many Flavours of Montreal!’ where we bring some of Montreal’s outstanding entertainment possibilities to the ACM.  Enjoy circus flare, dynamic drag, song, dance, sparkle and a lot of laughs.

Come, and be part of the enriching communal experience that is our annual ACM. If you’re new to Unitarian Universalism and wonder if there are more UUs out there – come. If you are a congregational leader and want to know if others face similar issues – come. If you’ve been involved in your UU community for a while and are curious about what other UUs are doing – come. If you’re a young adult and are keen to explore new ways of building UU community – come. If you like music and singing – come. Together, let’s build this beloved commUUnity of sacred spaces beyond walls that is the theme of this year’s gathering.

If you have not registered yet, mid bird registration runs until April 20. Special Hotel Room Rate $119/night available until April 23

Check it out here:

2014 Annual Conference and Meeting – Register Now!

ACM-LogoCome join UUs from across the country in the delightful city of Montreal! Over the May long weekend from May 16 – 18, 2014, we will gather to engage around the theme of “Building Beloved CommUUnity: Sacred Spaces Beyond Walls.
Register by March 30th for lowest prices and a chance to win a free registration!
What’s in store for you at ACM 2014?

Watershed Moment for Canadian Unitarian Universalism?

Every person experiences moments of profound change. Someone places an impossibly tiny, completely defenseless creature in your arms, and the meaning of your life is forever altered. You stand in your robes with a freshly printed diploma in your hands, and your place in the world is no longer the same. You gather with others to remember someone now eternally absent, and the universe has been reconfigured.  These occasions are often called “watershed moments” or “turning points.”

Watershed moments can also come to groups, or institutions, or even nations.  A new sense of purpose or new goals can arise from conflict or agreement, an incident or a discovery.  When the history of our era is written, this time might be considered a turning point for the Canadian Unitarian Council and for Unitarianism in Canada.

Read the discussion paper “Canadian Unitarian Council: Turning Towards the Future” for a description of our current challenges, the Board’s proposed future vision, and to see how you can get involved! You can provide your input by submitting a competed Board Feedback Form.

[See the December 2013 eNews for more background]


Call For Nominations for Knight Award


Rev. Brian Kiely being awarded the 2013 Nancy and Victor Knight Living Tribute Award

Since 1995 the Knight Award has been presented annually to a living person who has, as a volunteer, contributed at the national level to furthering the principles of Unitarianism in Canada. The award honours the ideals exemplified by the lives of Victor and Nancy Knight.

Nominations for the 2014 award may be submitted by any member or friend of a Canadian UU congregation, and must be accompanied by a citation describing what the nominee has done at the national level to promote liberal religious principles in Canada and why she or he should be considered for the award. The citation should be at least 200 words in length and may be submitted to Mary Lu MacDonald electronically at or by post to her at 1206 – 2677 Gladstone Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 0A3.

Nominations must be received by March 17, 2014.

To view past recipients, click here.