Greetings for Rosh Hashanah










September 20 marked the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and the start of the 10 Days of Repentance. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the year past and ask forgiveness for wrongdoings during this time. Greetings to all celebrating this holiday, and L’shanah tovah—to a good new year.

National​ ​Orange​ ​Shirt​ ​Day Saturday,​ ​September​ ​30,​ ​2017

Wear​ ​an​ ​orange​ ​shirt​ ​on​ ​Saturday,​ ​September​ ​30 ​to​ ​walk​ ​with​ ​and​ ​show​ ​your​ ​support​ ​for Indigenous ​and​ ​Non-Indigenous ​reconciliation,​ ​acknowledge​ ​the​ trauma of the Residential​ ​Schools experience​, ​and​ ​affirm​ ​that​ ​Every​ ​Child​ ​Matters.

National​ ​Orange​ ​Shirt​ ​Day,​ ​held​ ​on​ ​September​ ​30 ​annually,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​legacy​ ​of​ ​the​ ​St.​ ​Joseph Mission​ ​(SJM)​ ​Residential​ ​School​ ​commemoration​ ​event​ ​held in​ ​Williams​ ​Lake,​ ​BC,​ ​in​ ​2013.​ ​It​ ​grew​ ​out​ ​of​ ​​Phyllis​ ​Webstad’s account​ ​of​ ​having​ ​her​ ​new​ ​orange​ ​shirt​ ​being​ ​taken​ ​away​ ​on her​ ​first​ ​day​ ​of​ ​school​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Mission.​ ​It​ ​has​ ​become​ ​an​ ​annual discussion​ ​on​ ​all​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​residential​ ​schools,​ ​and​ ​sets​ ​the stage​ ​for​ ​anti-racism​ ​and​ ​anti-bullying​ ​policies​ ​for​ ​the​ ​coming school/church​ ​year.

Orange​ ​Shirt​ ​Day​​ ​is​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​for​ ​Indigenous ​Peoples​ ​(First Nations,​ ​Inuit,​ ​and​ ​Metis),​ ​local​ ​governments,​ ​schools, churches,​ ​and​ ​communities​ ​to​ ​come​ ​together​ ​in​ ​the​ ​spirit​ ​of reconciliation​ ​with​ ​hope​ ​and​ ​begin​ ​to​ ​take​ ​steps​ ​to​ ​make lasting​ ​changes​ ​for​ ​generations​ ​of​ ​children​ ​to​ ​come.

For​ ​more​ ​info,​ visit ​​You​ ​may​ ​also​​ ​go​ ​to Facebook:​ ​Orange​ ​Shirt​ ​Day-Every​ ​Child​ ​Matters.​ ​Post​ ​pictures, share​ ​your​ ​story,​ ​enjoy​ ​others​ ​sharing​ ​their​ ​experiences,​ ​and​ ​​take action​​ ​by​ ​showing​ ​your​ ​support.

Wear​ ​an​ ​orange​ ​shirt​ ​Saturday,​ ​September​ ​30! Please​ ​post​ ​your​ ​picture​ ​to​ ​the​ ​CUC’s​ ​​Love​ ​and​ ​Justice Facebook​ ​group!

The​ ​CUC’s​ ​Truth,​ ​Healing​ ​and​ ​Reconciliation​ ​Reflection​ ​Guide​ ​Team

CUC Shining Lights program

Warm Greetings to All Canadian UU groups from your

CUC Congregational Development Staff people:

Rev. Linda Thomson & Joan Carolyn.

Heartfelt gratitude to everyone for great interaction these past few months. In a variety of settings it has been inspiring to hear the many wonderful stories regarding groups and congregations’ creativity and best practices.

Inspiration has been shared regarding lay leadership, multi-gen faith formation, lay chaplaincy, Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation commitments, camping joys, shared learning opportunities, “blue sky” thinking for our futures together, … the list could go on and on.

Now we have an invitation for all of you, congregations or related UU groups, to share your creativity in wider UU circles via the CUC Shining Lights program.


Are you working on a project that engages community, enhances ministries, or develops strategies to make UUism more relevant? Are you proud of your accomplishments and want to tell the world your story? Are you seeking exposure to build momentum, develop the narrative, and connect with others?

The CUC’s Shining Lights program is here to highlight, one per year, innovative and strategic initiatives and programs by Canadian UU groups and/or congregations.

How do you nominate a candidate?

We welcome you to e-mail us at and suggest another congregation/ group or yourselves.

For more information, click here.

Please help the CUC share these stories revealing what is possible, networking common interests and celebrating achievements.

Nominations Due December 1, 2017!

Thank You!

Central Region Fall Gathering 2017 – Registration

Hosted by the Unitarian Fellowship of London | 557 Clark Rd, London | Oct 28, 2017

Program Information here.

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!