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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2018 CUC Conference: An Invitation to Love and Justice

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

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“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


Western Region Fall Gathering: Envision, Engage, Energize

Calgary, AB: Oct. 13 – 15, 2017

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Regional gatherings are an optimal and personal way for Canadian Unitarian Universalists to connect with other UUs in their regions, learn and be in community together, and to know that they are on the journey with others.

In October, the Unitarian Church of Calgary hosts the Western Region Fall Gathering, and invites you to join them (whether or not you’re located in the Western region) with these questions – does your congregation need to re-energize itself? Are you looking for ways to refresh your purpose, to position yourself for growth, to become better known in your communities, and to attract a young and energetic demographic?

Join us in Calgary at the 2017 Western Region Fall Gathering to hear strategies for attaining these goals, to take part in an invigorating session on Truth, Healing and Reconciliation, or to enjoy an engaging arts and music stream.

Register HERE if you’ve already decided to go! Early bird deadline ends Sep 15, and registration closes Sep 29.

If you’re still making up your mind, here are a few items to whet your appetites!

Saturday Program highlights include:

  • Congregational Growth & Vitality with Rev. Dr. John Pentland & others. Dr. Pentland (author of the book Fishing Tips) will share some Hillhurst United Church practices as it moved from a sleepy inner city community (60-70 attendance) to a dynamic growing mainline church (450-500). Dr. Pentland invites participants to explore what each can do in their particular location to ensure curious and faithful engagement.    

  • Truth, Healing & Reconciliation with Rev. Samaya Oakley & Jeff Webber. Share in the exploration of reconciliation and decolonization as they are addressed within the framework of our Unitarian Universalist principles. This full- day stream will also be open to the general public along with a welcome for all participants to share in a Blanket Exercise at the end of our day.

  • Singing For Change with Tony Turner (composer of the award-winning protest sing-along Harperman) and Jane Perry, music director at the Unitarian Church of Calgary. Using historical and recent examples, learn that the power of song can unite minds and spirits and aid the cause of social change.

Children and youth

  • A very special children’s program uses the new children’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide from the Canadian Unitarian Council’s writing team.
  • Youth Conference for ages 12 to 20. Through theme games we’ll have some serious fun while contemplating what games can teach us about rules, winning & losing and what to do when you keep having to “go fish”.

Sunday networking sessions

  • Chat with CUC Board members, or discuss the joys and challenges of refugee sponsorship, or learn about fundraising strategies.

Full program, schedule and registration details are HERE.

More details will be coming in the following weeks – keep an eye on the CUC website and Facebook for updates.

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing many of you in October!