Canadian UU Historical Society Lecture by Dr. Mark Belletini

Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini

Every year, the Canadian Unitarian Universalist Historical Society (CUUHS) fulfills the main plank of its mandate by offering a lecture on some aspect of Canadian UU history. The Society has presented 35 lectures to date, dealing with topics such as Universalist heritage, Icelandic Unitarian heritage, and past Executive Directors of the Canadian Unitarian Council reflecting on their tenures. This year, the lecture will be “Mark Mosher DeWolfe of Canada: The Eulogy I Never Gave”, presented by Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini, Minister Emeritus,  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio.

The lecture will be held at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, 175 St Clair West on October 22, 4 p.m. Eastern, and will also be livestreamed at http://www.FirstUnitarianToronto.org/live (please note that this has changed from the original link)Congregations are encouraged to host free group screenings for everyone interested in learning more about the history of Canadian Unitarianism.

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Update on the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guides

As we resume the church year, many people are reflecting back on a summer of fun, sun, and relaxation, while many others are busy getting calendars and programming in place. We here at the Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation Task Force (THRR)  wanted to take a moment to give you a heads up on some programming opportunities, as well as to let you know the status of the Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation Reflection Guides  (THRRG) material.

We are excited to announce that effective October 1, 2017, three of the five THRRG will be available in their final form. Congregations with trained facilitators will be able to access the following levels of the THRRG: Adult, Young Adult, and Upper Elementary. Thank you to everyone who took part in facilitating, participating, or supporting these pilots.

We are looking for congregations to pilot the youth THRRG to begin in the fall of 2017, or starting in January 2018. Please let us know if you’re interested – contact information is below.

We’ve already held a couple of Facilitator Trainings on:

  • Saturday, August 26 from 9-12 Pacific, 12-3 Eastern

  • Wednesday, August 30 from 3-6 Pacific, 6-9 Eastern

  • Saturday, September 30, 9-12 Pacific, 12-3 Eastern

Don’t worry if you forgot to register! You can mark your calendar for the following dates, so that you have trained facilitators in place!

  • Saturday, November 4 from 9-12 Pacific, 12-3 Eastern.

  • Saturday, January 13 from 9-12 Pacific, 12-3 Eastern.

Please keep an eye on the CUC’s eNews for ways to sign up, or let us know you’re interested by e-mailing us – contact information provided below. The cost to participate in this training is $25.00 for Canadian congregations, $50.00 for community groups or Unitarian congregations from outside of Canada.

The THRRG Task Force is also beginning the process of revisioning itself to become a standing committee of the CUC to continue the work of our commitment to Truth, Healing and Reconciliation. We are excited that Amber Dawn Bellemare of the team will step forward as Chair. The team will be transitioning Amber into this role over the coming year.

If your congregation is interested in knowing more and/or offering the THRRG, please contact us at reconciliation@cuc.ca.

Upcoming Youth and Young Adult Events

Youth and young adult ministry is an important part of Canadian Unitarianism, both in the work of the CUC and at the congregational level. Here are some events coming up over the fall, and a reminder to save the date for the CanUUdle XVIII and the National Conference May 18-21, 2018.

For youth (14-20):

High School Our Whole Lives (OWL) Weekend – October 20-22 – Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga

Registration open until October 13

For youth advisors and adults working with youth:

Central Region Gathering – Beloved Community

October 28 – Unitarian Fellowship of London

Registration open until October 20

Workshops include: Meetings and meaning (Rev. Peter Boullata), Congregational covenants (Rev. Linda Thomson), and Youth Ministry Training for adults working with youth (Asha Philar). Full day Junior Youth mini-con for ages 10-13!

Special price for young adults: $25

Youth and young adults: Save the date for May 2018!

CanUUdle XVIII – May 18-21, 2018 – First Unitarian Church of Hamilton

Registration will open in February. Youth and adults wanted to for the planning (staff) team – applications open in November.

Young adults at the CUC National Conference – May 18-21, 2018 – McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

18-35 year old UUs will once again gather on the May long weekend, in conjunction with the CUC Conference in Hamilton. Our weekend will be a mix of multigenerational events and young adults social and worship time. Stay tuned for more details!

              

 

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

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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