Leadership Subsidy Needs Your Help

LeadershipSince 2011, CUC subsidies have helped 121 youth, young adults and adults learn and improve leadership skills. They would not have had these opportunities without the original $32,000, generously donated by the Ratcliff Foundation, that helped them get to trainings, conferences and gatherings

Ariel Hunt-Brondwin, CUC staff, says, “The number one reason I didn’t make it to any regional, national or continental events when I was 18 – 24 was because of finances. Period.” Many Canadian UUs find themselves in the same position. One young adult says, “For myself and many other UU Young Adults, subsidies like this one, and creative pay-what-you-can models are what makes it possible for us to gather together and reaffirm our identity as members of a community. I urge anyone who is able and moved to do so to donate to this evolving, growing edge of UUism in Canada, and I thank you deeply for your support and your faith.Continue reading

Truth Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide Update

We are excited to announce that the Northern Lights Grants panel has selected the Truth, Healing, & Reconciliation Reflection Guide (THRRG) as this year’s recipient project for the Northern Lights Program.

This Reflection Guide is one of our commitments in our “Expression of Truth and Reconciliation” to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Edmonton, in March, 2014. In response, we (Revs. Meg Roberts and Samaya Oakley) teamed up with the Diversity Monitoring Group of the CUC to plan educational materials for our congregations. We consulted with Indigenous elders and educators in these areas, and Unitarian Universalists from Canada and the US, with various ages and stages of experience to develop these Reflection Guides. There will be age‐appropriate Reflection Guides for each level: lower elementary, upper elementary, youth, young adult, and adults. Continue reading

Generosity Nurtures Leadership – Will You Help?

Over the years, the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) has been privileged to offer numerous subsidies to support leadership development in our Canadian Unitarian movement. With the initial gift generously donated by Elinor Ratcliffe at the CUC’s 50th anniversary in 2011, the Edward B. Ratcliffe Leadership Development Subsidy was established to help strengthen the Unitarian voice. Alongside the Support the Dawning Future Subsidy for youth and young adults, these grant programs have disbursed over $32 000 benefitting 121 individuals in need of financial support since 2011. Continue reading

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

Indigenous Reconciliation Curriculum Selected as Northern Lights Recipient

1451621120_nl-1[1]Educating for Change – Transforming Indigenous & Non-Indigenous Relations has been selected as this year’s first Northern Lights recipient. Grant Panel member Kristina Stevens was enthusiastic in saying that the project is “providing strong, high-quality programming [and] support to all of our congregations… and addressing an issue that is of interest to many who are not currently UU members.” Educating for Change is developing a multi-age curriculum exploring Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation for Canada’s colonial history.

Northern Lights is a program where Unitarians from across the country sign up to support a selected project once or twice a year (more information at cuc.ca/northern-lights). Current donors from across the country will soon be notified of this year’s selection, and asked to send in their donations, which will be added to the amount already raised by Educating for Change. Donations to this project can be made online at Educating for Change or cheques can be sent to the Canadian Unitarian Council at 400-215 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2C7, with “Northern Lights” in the memo line. Continue reading