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 →
Hi, I’m Karoline, one of your Co-Dean Queens for CanUUdle 2016! I’m 18 years old, I’m from North Vancouver British Columbia, and attend North Shore Unitarian Church. Currently, I’m doing an associates degree in Global Development and International Relations at my local university! This year’s CanUUdle will actually be my first CanUUdle, as well as my first time deaning! I’m super excited for this opportunity and am excited to bring everything I can offer. I have been to six Pacific Northwest District Cons and BC regional cons, and was on staff for several of those cons. I have also attended Goldmine Leadership school in Washington, and am going to attend a Chaplain training in Washington this February! I’m beyond elated that this year CanUUdle is taking place in Vancouver, and I can already tell from what we staff have been working on that it is going to be a great time! Can’t wait to see everyone’s beautiful faces there!
The second half of the majestic deanly duo, Meghan Bennett, is a member of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto’s youth group. Having been to more than seven conferences, and staffed twice (once as Community Captain, and once as Co-Dean), Meghan is an experienced con-goer and planner. She has also completed a Chrysalis training in youth worship planning and outside of the UU world is a dedicated member of Cadets. She has already brought her infectious enthusiasm and on point facilitation skills to our first staff meeting, and will surely continue to be a fantastic leader as CanUUdle XVI comes together. Continue reading →
Working on CanUUdle (the CUC’s annual, national Youth Conference) has frequently been one of the highlights of my job with the CUC and no exception to that has been the opportunity I’ve had to work closely with the CanUUdle Coordinator. The CanUUdle Coordinator is an under acknowledged contract position the CUC created in 2009, to give CanUUdle and the intrepid volunteer youth “staff” who organize it each year, more focused and dedicated support so they can provide an outstanding and meaningful “con experience” for the 50+ youth from across the country who attend each year.
I am delighted to announce that after great experiences working with Asha Philar and Samantha Magnus as the CanUUdle coordinators in 2012 & 2013 and 2014 & 2015 respectively – that Casey Stainsby has come on board to fill this important role for the 2016 CanUUdle. No stranger to our national CUC community, among other things Casey, a life long UU, was the Children’s Program Coordinator for the 2014 Annual Conference and Meeting in Montreal and served as the Youth Observer to the CUC Board for the 2010/2011 term. She brings with her a wealth of leadership experience both from her time as a youth and now as young adult. Welcome Casey!
I’m always amazed at the sense of community that comes from being a UU and connecting with each other from coast to coast. As youth, it can be challenging to always know where we’re going or how to understand what we all go through, but the community of open-minded people of which we are a part helps us make sense of it all. In our churches, our fellowships and our youth groups, we learn what it means to be part of the global community, and what being a UU is to each and every one of us. At our conferences, we learn how to share, how to cry, and how to grow incredibly close to a huge variety of like-minded youth in a few days. Continue reading →
Last fall, as the Western Region Fall Gathering in Edmonton came to a close, the Youth were asked if there was anywhere in particular they’d like the 2015 Con to be held. A chorus of voices exclaimed, “Winnipeg!”. We asked the Winnipeg youth why they were eager to host:
To me, youth group is one of the most important things in my life. It’s a safe environment where I can finally be myself, and not have to worry about fitting into society’s norms. I love my youth group. Then, one day I was able to go to a fall con. I met more UU youth than I thought possible. In this place, people accepted you. I was truly amazed that there were more people like me, outside my little church in Winnipeg.
So far, I’ve only been to two western regional cons, but I’ve already clicked so easily with these people. I love these youth. I don’t know about other people, but I like to share something I love, with another thing I love. That’s why I want Con to be held at my church in Winnipeg. Continue reading →