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

Apply for Sharing Our Faith Grants by March 31st

The Sharing Our Faith program provides funds for congregational initiatives which enhance ministry, aid projects and outreach for the congregation, and enhance the Unitarian Universalist movement in Canada. The Sharing Our Faith fund consists of monies collected by congregations at special Sharing Our Faith services held during the year, and from a Foundation Fund administered by the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. These funds are allocated in the form of grants to congregations for projects they may otherwise not afford to undertake.

Grant applications are due by March 31 of each year with all required documents. Completed applications can be e-mailed to sharing-our-faith@cuc.ca or mailed to the CUC office. Continue reading

Theological Education Funds

On the ministerial track? Need a financial leg-up? You can apply to the Theological Education Funds, which provide bursaries to qualifying ministerial students. The monies come from special collections taken at services of ordination and installation of ministers in our CUC congregations and funds held by the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2016; all information is at http://cuc.ca/unitarian-universalist-ministers-of-canada/theological-education-funds.