A Successful Western Region Fall Gathering

The Western Region Fall Gathering in Calgary from October 13 – 15 was a great success, thanks to the speakers and workshop leaders, including CUC staff Joan Carolyn, April Hope, and Asha Philar,  and musical offerings from Tony Turner and Jane Perry. The gathering had the largest adult attendance, the largest local congregation attendance, and the largest Youth Con attendance in recent memory.  Reverend Anne Barker of Westwood Unitarian Congregation in Edmonton, shares her reflection:

“The 2017 Calgary WRFG was a rich collection of wisdom, opportunity and connection.

  • John Pentland’s keynote and workshop were inspiring – a wealth of ideas for getting focused, keeping relevant, taking risks….
  • The afternoon “Songs for Social Change” with Tony Turner was soul nurturing.
  • I heard great things from folks who attended the THR offerings – particularly the elder circle.

“I’m always glad to have gone to Regional Gatherings – and this one is no exception. Thanks to Calgary for their gracious hospitality, and to the CUC for their commitment and contributions”.

Commenting on the weekend’s highlights, another participant added “John Pentland – really practical tips, no matter the size of congregation. The talent show. Sunday morning worship – it all flowed so well and really showed the rich talent we have in music and ministry in the western provinces”.

Planning is now underway for next year’s WRFG in Winnipeg, October 19-21.

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!

              

 

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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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!