Happy CUC month! Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, is coming up later this week, and it might interest you to know that the Unitarian Church of Vancouver has its very own Chinese name: Xundaohui — “Seekers of the Way”. 溫哥華尋道會 The name was borrowed, with permission, from the Unitarian Universalists Hong Kong. UCV adopted the name as a gesture of “radical inclusiveness” to the large Chinese speaking population in the region.
There are only a few members of the Vancouver congregation who speak Chinese or have a Chinese heritage, but according to the 2011 census, out of Metro Vancouver’s total population of 2.3 million, 12 percent were born in China, Hong Kong or Taiwan, and 15 percent claim a Chinese language (Mandarin, Cantonese, or other) as their mother tongue. We were pleased to reach quick agreement within our congregation about the Chinese name, and have hopes that others around the world will adopt it as a very good translation into Chinese of what Unitarian Universalism means. UCV has translated the UU principles and sources into Chinese, so if other congregations are interested in using those, just get in touch. http://vancouverunitarians.ca/