Gather – Connect – Inspire
Saturday, April 7, 2018 | Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC
This is a not-to-be-missed multi-generational gathering, organized and planned by the four Unitarian congregations in the Metro Vancouver Lower Mainland. Together we’ll reflect on intergenerational solidarity and inclusion with a panel of Vancouver young adults. We’ll spend time with talented musician Tony Turner “Singing for Change”, and strategize about how Metro Vancouver Unitarians can actively work for social justice.
There will be a children’s program and a weekend-long youth con that will weave in and out of the adult program. No matter your age or stage in life, please join us at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver to be a part of this exciting day.
Children’s Program Event Consent: All Children are required to provide a signed, informed consent form as part of the requirements for their attendance at Canadian Unitarian Council Events. Any participant who does not provide a signed informed consent form prior to the start of the event, will not be allowed to participate in the event. Parents and guardians – please fill in the consent form here.
The Saturday multigen gathering schedule is available here.
Youth con begins Friday, April 6, 7 p.m. and runs till Sunday, April 8, Noon.
- $65 Adult Early Bird. $80 Regular Adult
- $40 Young Adult [20- 35] & Self Defined Low Income
- $55 Youth [full weekend]
- $15 Children
- Open Mic Coffee House $5.00 at the door [free to conference registrants] Welcome to All!
Registration opens: Feb. 20
Early bird ends: March 15
Registration Closes: March 31, 2018
Billeting: Available – please indicate that you would like home hospitality on the registration form and someone will be in touch.
On-site programming from 9:00- 2:30. Trip to Van Dusen Gardens later in the afternoon. Returning to share dinner with parents/guardians. NOTE: Please have children bring bus passes/tickets if they have them!
Please note – Children’s Program Event Consent: All Children are required to provide a signed, informed consent form as part of the requirements for their attendance at Canadian Unitarian Council Events. Any participant who does not provide a signed informed consent form prior to the start of the event, will not be allowed to participate in the event. Parents and guardians – please fill in the consent form here.
Session I: Young Adult Panel- Intergenerational Solidarity. What are the challenges? What can congregations do to help? Are some currently being considered and/or implemented?
Session II: Intergenerational Solidarity Small Group Discussions.
Session III: “Singing For Change”. In this workshop, we will explore the importance of songs to social action related to our seven principles. Using historical and recent examples we will learn that the power of song can unite minds and spirits and aid the cause of social change.
Bio: Tony Turner is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose life-affirming, articulate and socially relevant songs are as diverse as this country. From Circle of Song, his much-loved anthem of unity recently published in Rise Again, to his award-winning protest sing-along Harperman, Tony has proven he can channel both the mood of the times and the ties that bind. An active Unitarian now based in Nanaimo, Tony has been writing songs for over twenty-five years and has created three critically acclaimed recordings.
Accompanist Bio– Elliott Dainow has been playing and organizing the music at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver after taking over from Harold D. Brown around 2002. He is also active as an accompanist, mostly with choirs and singers, and also sings as the section lead in the Vivaldi Choir. Apart from playing chamber music, his favourite musical activity is accompanying himself in song from the piano. He has made one CD of his favourite songs, most of which were learned for a particular Sunday morning theme.
Session IV: “Acting For Change”
Social Justice Networking – Lead Facilitator: Lynn Armstrong.
We’ll hear from each of the four Metro Vancouver congregations about how they are “doing” social justice these days. What’s new? What are the big challenges? What’s new with Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ)? Then, we’ll have breakout groups on specific topics of current interest. Focus on action.
Special event: After a fabulous dinner, we’ll enjoy an open mic evening hosted by Tony Turner- a time to showcase that poem, dance, story, or song with an appreciative and supportive audience.
PR notice for congregational bulletins and/or emails: Save the date for the Metro Vancouver Unitarian Gathering to be held April 7 from 9 am to 9 pm at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver. Four Lower Mainland congregations are co-hosting the Saturday meeting with a spotlight on social justice issues. Tony Turner, slated to lead a workshop on “Singing for Justice”, welcomes all to an evening Open Mic Concert. Plans for a children’s program and a youth con are in the works. A great opportunity to network with Unitarians as spring blossoms in Vancouver: stay tuned for registration details coming soon.
Link to Poster:2018 MVG April 7 – Final