Important Information on the CUC Conference Opening Ceremony

The CUC’s 2018 National Conference takes place at McMaster University in Hamilton ON from May 18-20, 2018, and we want your congregation to be represented in the Opening Ceremony!

There will be a virtual banner parade, i.e. images of each congregation and their banners will be presented on-screen. Please send in jpg or png format, for the Virtual Banner Parade slideshow:

These images will be included in full size with your congregation’s name – be sure to include your congregation’s official name in the email, e.g. First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa.  The banner pictures will also be used as part of the Sunday Worship Service.

We’d like to get these images by January 31. If we don’t hear from you by that date, we’ll just capture the best images/graphics we can from your website and we will use these for the Banner Parade presentation.  Please send your full size images to Irene Laurie of the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton at

You are welcome to bring your physical banner as well (banner poles not necessary). Please bring this to Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning (MDCL), Room 1307 between 3-6 p.m. on Friday, May 18.

The opening ceremony will be held in MDCL Room 1307 and registration will direct you to that room.  After the Opening Ceremony, the banners will then be moved to the exhibit hall – please pick up your banner by 5 p.m. on Sunday. The CUC is not responsible for forgotten and lonely banners.

Questions? Please email Gail Rappolt at or Irene Laurie at

Looking forward to seeing members of your congregation in May,


Pat Dickinson and Gail Rappolt

Co-leads, Opening Ceremony, 2018 CUC National Conference

First Unitarian Church of Hamilton

A Preview of Streams at the 2018 Annual Conference and Meeting

“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.

The 2018 National Conference Theme is “An Invitation to Love and Justice and while planning is still underway, the Conference Program Planning Committee has chosen the following streams for the Saturday. Details on Sunday workshops will follow.

1. “From 110 Good Ideas to Three Action Projects”

Jennifer Kaye, Bill Johnston, and Gail Rappolt, from First Unitarian Church of Hamilton

Like most Unitarian Universalist congregations, the members of the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton have lots of ideas for great social justice projects. Turning ideas into focused action can be more difficult. In this workshop, facilitators from Hamilton will share the method they used to make decisions and give participants tools to develop or strengthen their own social justice work.

2. “1 + 7 = 8: Considering the Proposed 8th Principle in the Canadian Context”

Beverly Horton, First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, and Reverend Julie Stoneberg, Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough

This stream focuses on issues of racial justice by learning about the 8th principle that has been proposed to the Unitarian Universalist Association in the US and thinking about how the 8th principle’s call for racial justice translates to the Canadian context. How might the proposed 8th principle help “us” acknowledge and dismantle racism and other oppressions that have marked the historical experience and lived realities of Indigenous Peoples and People of Colour in Canada?

3. “Beyond Welcoming: Including and Valuing Trans and Queer People”

Cole Gately and Monica Bennett, First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, and Autumn Getty, Mennonite, Trans Peer Supporter, Hamilton, ON

This interactive, participatory workshop will provide information and outline of the processes for congregations to re-certify as Welcoming Congregations. It will equip learners with tools and resources to help trans and queer people feel included, valued and welcome in their communities and congregations.

4. “Communities of Belonging and Possibility: Dialogue Methods that Reawaken Congregational Life”

Ben Wolfe, Aukje Byker, and Todd Barr, Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough

This workshop stream aims to transform how congregations and committees gather to discuss and decide what matters, to begin with the premise of love and possibility, and to give everyone in the room a voice, leave meetings more connected, and to widen circles of leadership.

To this end, the facilitators will introduce and model next-generation participatory dialogue practices and principles that could help reinvigorate your congregation, make better use of your meeting time, energize your outreach and social justice efforts, and create an increased culture of collaboration and play.

5. “Love and Justice in Support of Our Mental and Emotional Wellbeing”

Reverend Steven Epperson, Unitarian Church of Vancouver, Reverend Carly Gaylor, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Durham,
and Laura Delano, Executive Director of the Inner Compass Initiative

An essential part of building love and justice is questioning the narratives which feed injustice. One of those narratives pertains to how we understand and respond to mental health challenges that so many of us experience in our lives and families. The dominant narrative funnels all experiences of persistent mental and emotional distress or unusual and inconvenient behaviour into a disease model. In this stream we’ll explore alternative experiences and narratives of mental health and wellbeing, including sharing personal stories, inviting participants to share their stories, and offering strongly supported, evidence based resources.

6. “’More than a Hymn Sandwich’: Creating Sunday Services Differently”

Reverend Wayne Walder, Susane Maziarz, and Margaret Evans, Neighbourhood UU Church

An interactive workshop on the style and substance of Sunday services. If UU congregations hope to bring a new generation of people to Sunday services and keep those who come, there may be a need to design Sunday services that look and feel different from those in our history. To address this, this stream will create interactive experiences that use music, ritual, interactive conversation and story that will invite people into our buildings, our programs, our inner life, and our social connectedness, thereby increasing our capacity for love and justice.

7. Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation, exact title TBD

THR Task Force
Facilitator tbd

Canadian Unitarians and Universalists are honoured to be walking with all who are on the journey towards truth, justice, healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples. This year’s THR Saturday Stream will offer participants an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Indigenous experiences and engage in a meaningful process that has the potential of transforming relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Questions about the CUC’s National Conference? Email

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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Registration Now Open: Vancouver 2016 National Conference!

REGISTER NOW! Early Bird Deadline Ends March 31st.

The Canadian Unitarian Council’s 2016 national conference is our opportunity to come together as Unitarians and Universalists from across the country and beyond, in beautiful British Columbia. This year’s conference will be hosted by the four Lower Mainland BC congregations: Beacon Unitarian Church, North Shore Unitarian Church, South Fraser Unitarian Congregation, and the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.

Building on themes and Confluence Lectures from the last few years, Conference 2016 will focus on better connections among UUs, greater public awareness, and deepening spirituality—on Bolder Ways of Being—Être et vivre avec plus d’audace. Over the weekend of May 20–22, Unitarians will explore sharing, the risk (and rewards) of telling our stories, and connections. Register online for this enriching experience! (Early bird deadline ends March 31st) Continue reading

Introducing the 2016 CanUUdle XVI Co-Deans & Youth Staff!

A note from Karoline Moore…

Hi, I’m Karoline, one of your Co-Dean Queens for CanUUdle 2016! I’m 18 years old, I’m from North Vancouver British Columbia, and attend North Shore Unitarian Church. Currently, I’m doing an associates degree in Global Development and International Relations at my local university! This year’s CanUUdle will actually be my first CanUUdle, as well as my first time deaning! I’m super excited for this opportunity and am excited to bring everything I can offer. I have been to six Pacific Northwest District Cons and BC regional cons, and was on staff for several of those cons. I have also attended Goldmine Leadership school in Washington, and am going to attend a Chaplain training in Washington this February! I’m beyond elated that this year CanUUdle is taking place in Vancouver, and I can already tell from what we staff have been working on that it is going to be a great time! Can’t wait to see everyone’s beautiful faces there!

The second half of the majestic deanly duo, Meghan Bennett, is a member of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto’s youth group. Having been to more than seven conferences, and staffed twice (once as Community Captain, and once as Co-Dean), Meghan is an experienced con-goer and planner. She has also completed a Chrysalis training in youth worship planning and outside of the UU world is a dedicated member of Cadets. She has already brought her infectious enthusiasm and on point facilitation skills to our first staff meeting, and will surely continue to be a fantastic leader as CanUUdle XVI comes together. Continue reading