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!

              

 

2018 CUC Conference: An Invitation to Love and Justice

May 18 to 21, 2018, at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario

Call for Proposals

“As Canadian Unitarian Universalists, we envision a world in which our interdependence calls us to love and justice.” This vision of our national faith community asks us to live this out through actions of love and justice. We are called to work together from a place of love to bring justice to all beings.

Registration for the conference will open in January 2018.

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Thinking Ahead to the 2018 CUC Annual General Meeting

No, it’s not too early to think about the 2018 AGM. This will be held on Friday, May 18 at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON,as part of the national conference weekend.

Here are some things to consider in preparation:

  • Select your congregation’s delegates early. Information about selection and delegates is here
  • Schedule at least one session in February 2018 for your congregation and delegates to discuss matters going to the AGM. Information about motions will be distributed in early January 2018 to congregations, and feedback will be received until February 28
  • Considering submitting a motion? Find out how and by when, who can submit motions, why a new motion may not be necessary, and a summary of previously approved motions on the CUC’s Resolutions page.

Questions about the AGM? Email executivedirector@cuc.ca

 

Annual Program Contribution: The Conversation and The Vote at AGM 2017

In January 2017, a motion was circulated to the CUC leaders’ group regarding an alternative method of calculating the Annual Program Contribution to the CUC from member congregations. Please note that the proposed motion to vote on this method at the 2017 AGM is being withdrawn by the CUC Board. This is because explicit instructions are now available for congregations to project calculations for their APC based on a percentage of operating budget, and the Board believes that more time is needed for congregations and the CUC to consider the impact of the possible change. An updated motion regarding method of APC calculation will be brought to the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

Closer to the date of the 2017 AGM, the Board will propose a motion to set the 2018 per member fee to an amount sufficient to sustain the current level of CUC operations and provide fair compensation for existing staff within a balanced budget. The amount of the fee increase will likely be in the range of 3% to 7% (from $93 to $96 or $100 per member). Should this motion fail, a second motion will be made to approve a fee at the current level of $93 per member. This option is likely to lead to a reduction in CUC service levels.

A Guide to Calculating Annual Program Contribution Based on Percentage of Operating Expenses has been developed by Grant Thornton, the CUC’s auditing firm, for congregational treasurers, or their accounting advisors, to determine what to include in the annual operating expenditures that they will report to the CUC. Please contact treasurer@cuc.ca to obtain this Guide if you have not already received it.

The CUC Board requests that congregations use the Guide to calculate the amount of your congregation’s APC based on this alternative method. Please send your calculations to the CUC office by March 31, 2017 by email to treasurer@cuc.ca or mail to 215 Spadina Ave | Suite 400 | Toronto ON M5T 2C7

The calculation information provided by congregations using this alternate method will help inform the CUC Board about next steps in the APC process.

 

The level of APC amounts paid to the CUC has continued to decrease annually despite an increase in 2013 from $91 to $93 per member. Please see Table 1 in this linked document for details. (Note also the increasing level of commitment congregations have been making to pay their full fair share contributions.)

There has been no application of a cost of living index (CPI) over the intervening years, which means that congregations have been contributing less each year to the CUC over the past six years. If adjusted for CPI, the per member fee would now be $100.

Financial support for the national and global initiatives undertaken by the CUC is understood to be part of the commitment or covenant that member organizations make when they join the CUC. When individuals join a CUC member congregation, they are joining not just their local congregation, but also the wider UU community. A small, dedicated CUC staff and groups of volunteers work hard every year across a very large country to fulfill these national and international mandates efficiently and effectively through carefully chosen supportive programs, special projects, and public statements by the Executive Director and National Voice Team that affirm and promote UU principles related to selected important issues. Member financial and volunteer support for the CUC to sustain this work is essential, and deeply appreciated.

Join CUC Board Treasurer Kristina Stevens and Board President Keith Wilkinson on March 4th, 8th, or 10th to discuss the alternate method of calculation and what this means for your congregation. Please see the dates, times and registration information on the CUC web site here.

 

2017 CUC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Information for Presidents, Leaders and Delegates

Where: First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, 175 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto and online via Zoom platform

When: Saturday, 13 May 2017 (6 hrs including 2 breaks)
Atlantic 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm | Eastern 11:30 am – 5:30 pm | Central 10:30 am – 4:30 pm l Mountain 9:30 am – 3:30 pm | Pacific 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

2017 Annual General Meeting Information Package contains:

  • Official Call to Meeting – p5
  • 2017 Credentialing Figures – p7
  • Number of Designated Delegates According to Congregational Size – p9
  • Motion to Allow Youth Participation – p10
  • 2017 Annual Meeting Agenda – p11
  • Annual Meeting Rules of Procedure – p14
  • Minutes of 2016 Annual General Meeting – p18
  • 2017 Nominating Committee Report – p29                
  • Motion on CUC Goals and Strategic Priorities – p34
  • 2016 Audited Financial Statements – p36                
  • 2017 Revised Budget & 2018 Proposed Budget – p53
  • Motion to Approve Annual Program Contribution Amount for 2018 – p59
  • Motion to Appoint Auditor – p61
  • Delegate Certification Form for On-site Delegates – p62

The CUC’s 2016 Annual Report is available here. 

Instructions for On-Line Delegates – please read ahead of the AGM!

The Canadian Unitarian Council’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) marks the first time that delegates from all over the country will participate and vote on-line. At the 2016 AGM, the CUC successfully piloted an online voting system that allowed delegates to participate and vote online, and a similar system will be used at AGM 2017 on May 13th.

The AGM is hosted by the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. Delegates can choose to participate online via a web platform, or in-person in Toronto. To be eligible to vote, your congregation needs to:

  1. Select your delegates early. Information on delegate selection is here.
  2. Register your duly approved 2017 delegates here by April 1st, 2017. Congregations participating remotely will also need to select a board-approved Credentials Officer who will be responsible for confirming the delegates present on the day of the AGM.
  3. Be a member in good standing with the CUC: i) the Annual Program Contribution (APC) shall not be in arrears; ii) your congregation has held its Annual General Meeting within the last year; and iii) there is a governance structure in place

On-line Participation and Voting Orientation Sessions have now concluded. Delegates and congregations will receive their instructions and voting sheets prior to the AGM. Continue reading