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BC Regional Fall Gathering

October 2, 2015 - October 4, 2015

You’re invited to spend the weekend in Nanaimo, B.C. Save the date! Hosted by the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo and Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship.

Click here for a “Save the Date” poster.


Heart To Heart
Bringing Compassion, Discovery and Social Justice to Life

Keynote Address

Christine Boyle, Director of Spirited Social Change
Faith and Action for a World on Fire
As the justice implications of climate change become more evident, faith communities are wrestling with how to respond. From Pope Francis’s recent encyclical, to the United Church’s decision to divest from fossil fuels, this response is both personal and political, local and global, economic and theological. More importantly it is prophetic, bearing witness to the continuing relevance of faith in a world on fire.

Christine Boyle is the director of Spirited Social Change, and a co-founder of Fossil Free Faith. She was raised in the United Church, and received an MA in ‘Religious Leadership for Social Change’ from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA. She recently traveled to the Vatican for events around the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment.


Main Program
Grand-NanaimoThe Grand Hotel Nanaimo
4898 Rutherford Rd., Nanaimo, B.C. V9T 4Z4

Youth Sessions
FUFONFirst Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo
595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC V9S 1K9


Correction: The recently sent email invite erroneously stated that Sunday Bagged Lunch was included with the registration. Friday Reception and Saturday Lunch & Dinner are the only meals included with registration.


  • Adult (18 and older) – $145.00
  • Youth (14-20 and Advisors) – $55.00
  • Children (6-14) – $55.00
  • Childcare (up to 5 yr. old) – $55.00

Deadline for online registration, extended until Sep 27.

To Register

Adult registration
Children and Childcare (ages 0-14)
Youth Con registration  (ages 14-20 & Advisors)

Schedule (subject to change)

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Friday, Oct. 2nd – at The Grand Hotel

  • 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Registration
  • 7:00 pm – Opening Ingathering and Welcome – Crystal Ballroom
  • 7:45 pm – Reception and Sign Making in Lobby

Saturday, Oct. 3rd – at The Grand Hotel

  • 9:00 am – Chalice Lighting and Opening
  • 9:15 am – Christine Boyle Keynote address: “Faith and Action for a World on Fire”
  • 10:30 am – Housekeeping Announcements and break
  • 11:00 am – Morning Workshops
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – CUC Board Session
  • 2:30 pm – Afternoon Workshops (until 4:00 pm)
  • 3:00 pm – Refreshment break
  • 4:30 pm – Public Witness: “GETTING OUT THE VOTE” playful demonstration at the corner of Island Highway & Rutherford Rd.
  • 6:30 pm – Multigenerational DINNER: provided with registration
  • 8:00 pm –  Coffee House hosted by Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship

Sunday, Oct. 4th

  • 9:00 am – Two Options:  Chair Yoga with Russ McNeil outside on patio OR Tour of Winter Weather homeless Shelter at FUFON – rides available
  • 10:30 am – Worship Service
  • 11:45 am – Coffee & Tea service


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Grand Hotel Nanaimo. Please call the hotel directly (250-758-3000 or 1-877-41-GRAND) to book your room. When booking, let them know you are attending this event in order to get the rates below .

  • Standard room with two queen beds $115
  • Deluxe rooms with fireplace and jetted tub: $135
  • Club room with double pillow top mattress, newer furnishings, fireplace, jetted tubs $155
  • Maple and Arbutus Suites (five in total) $175.

These rates will be held until September 15th.

Program Details

Young Fun (Children 6-11 (grades 1-6))

Children’s Programs

Young Fun (ages 6 to 11 (grades 1-6))

Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 9:00 to 3:00 at Oliver Woods Community Centre. The program, snacks and lunch will all be provided at the site.

Oliver-WoodsVenue: Oliver Woods is a Leeds gold designed community centre two minutes drive, 13 minutes walk from The Grand Hotel: the venue for the adult program. It features a large playground and other amenities.

The Children will have their own room for activities, snacks and lunch. Rose Patterson, a FUFON Children’s Religious educator will provide the program with adult volunteers.

Oliver-Woods-2Transportation to and from Oliver Woods Community Centre will be the responsibility of the children’s parent/caregiver.

Saturday night the children will join their families for the multigenerational dinner with entertainment to follow.

Sunday morning the children will stay for the beginning of the service then go to their own program in another area of the hotel.

Childcare (under 6)
Childcare will be provided at The Grand Hotel with volunteer caregivers.

Youth Con (ages 12-20 & Advisors) “CONviction”

Adult Program Details

Adult Program

Morning Concurrent Workshops

A. Furthering the Conversation with Christine

Climate movements and justice movements are coalescing around the vision that taking action on climate change can be done in a way that also creates more economic, racial, and social justice. What can people of faith contribute? And specifically, what can we do? Let’s take the conversation further.

B. Truth, Healing & Reconciliation
Rev. Meg Roberts & Amber Bellemare

We are piloting the CUC’s ‘Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide’ adult one-session workshop and we would love your feedback as we develop this tool for other Unitarian congregations.  Using Reconciliation Canada’s ‘Kitchen Table Dialogue’ toolkit, you have this opportunity to join a conversation about reconciliation between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal peoples.  What does reconciliation look like to me?  What does reconciliation look like as a process?  What are the next steps for building connections?

Facilitated by Rev. Meg Roberts, Consulting Minister with the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship; co-author and co-presenter of the CUC’s & UU Ministers of Canada’s Expression of Truth and Reconciliation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in March 2014.

Joining Rev. Meg Roberts will be Amber Bellemare, a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker, whose work focuses on Aboriginal-Canadian relationships. She is the official videographer for the UU-UNO (Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office) and her next project will take her to the arctic to explore northern living in a contemporary context.

C. Leadership Networking

Have you yearned to  bounce your ideas off another Unitarian in a similar position?  Understand why an idea or plan didn’t achieve the results you anticipated?  Or, would you just like a little help and support in achieving “best practices”?  In this small group networking opportunity you can meet these goals, and more!  Join the group that is most relevant to your needs:  Membership, Presidents, Religious Education, Finance or Worship.

Afternoon Concurrent Workshops

A. Spiritual Care for Activists
Rev. Samaya Oakley and Katherine Roback

Do you feel helpless or depressed about climate change and its effects on our world, our lives, and our communities? If so, please join Katherine Roback and Rev. Samaya Oakley for a conversation about how we can restore our spirits in this work.

B. Truth, Healing & Reconciliation -Part 2

A continuation of the morning session. You must take the morning session in order to attend this one.

C. Leadership Networking – Part 2.

A continuation of the morning session.

D. Sounding Out the Heart

What could be more lively, connecting, joyful, and soul satisfying than sounding our hearts out together in community? Join First Unitarian Fellowship Music Director, Leah Hokanson, for an afternoon of singing, sounding, improvising, chanting, and letting our voices out! Then we will bring our “joyful noise” to Sunday worship. All are welcome!


And of course, if you’re coming to Beautiful British Columbia, we’re going to have some fun together!  Let’s gather in a community of all ages for an ingathering and reception on Friday evening; dinner and entertainment on Saturday evening; and to worship on Sunday morning.

Public Action

There will also be opportunity for all participants to join in a public action, later Saturday afternoon.  Public Witness/Demonstration for encouraging Voting & Voter turn-out



October 2, 2015
October 4, 2015
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The Grand Hotel
4898 Rutherford Rd
Nanaimo, BC V9T 4Z4 Canada
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