February FUUn Facts

28. In the last 5 years, which two congregations have seen the biggest membership growth by number, and by percentage?
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation has grown by 41 members, and First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo has grown by 52.5%.

27. Who was the first woman President of the CUC Board?
Mary Lu MacDonald, the fourth President, from 1970-72.

26. Which is currently the largest UU congregation in Canada?
The Unitarian Church of Vancouver with 368 members.

25. How many different granting programs does the CUC administer that provides funds to congregations and individuals for projects, study and leadership development?
5: Northern Lights, Sharing Our Faith, Theological Education Fund, West Trust, Edward Bevan Ratcliffe Leadership Development Fund

24. Name the 4 geographic regions of the CUC. Do you know how many congregations are in each region?

  • British Columbia has 10 congregations
  • Western (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Thunder Bay) has 10 congregations
  • Central (Ontario, except Thunder Bay which is in the Western region, and Kingston and Ottawa which are in the Eastern Region) has 16 congregations
  • Eastern (Kingston, Ottawa, Quebec and Atlantic provinces) has 10 congregations

23. Which Monitoring Group was created in 2010 by a vote of the delegates at the Annual General Meeting?

In 2010, the CUC voted to start a Monitoring Group on Affordable Housing. Bill C-400, an Act to ensure secure, adequate accessible housing for Canadians is being voted on in Parliament in February 2013.

22. What is the Knight Award?
The Victor and Nancy Knight Living Tribute Award is presented at the CUC Annual Meeting. Funds were received in 1996 for the purpose of establishing a perpetual fund to honour the ideals exemplified by the lives and work of Nancy and Victor Knight in furthering the principles of Unitarianism in Canada. As an encouragement for others to follow their example, an award is to be made annually from the income of the fund to a living person, who has made a notable contribution to the furthering of liberal religious principles in Canada. See the recipients here. To nominate an outstanding Unitarian for the Knight Award, information is available here.

21. Who was the first Executive Director of the CUC?
Kathleen Hunter.

20. How many Welcoming Congregations are there in the CUC?
44. Welcoming Congregations are those which have completed a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) program and have passed a congregational vote to affirm that they welcome the membership and active participation of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and/or transgender people.

19. Name three of the seven congregations that were started in the 1990s.

18. The CUC was recently granted intervenor status in which nationally important case?
Assisted Dying. The CUC held intervenor status in the well-publicized Taylor case in British Columbia. The CUC was also successful in its application to intervene in the federal government’s appeal of this case. The oral hearing of the appeal will take place in March 2013; for more information on related activities, please contact socialresponsibility@cuc.ca.

17. What is UUMOC?
The Unitarian Universalist Ministers of Canada is the professional association of all Unitarian Universalist ministers in Canada. It is a chapter of the UU Ministers Association (UUMA) and is a partner of the CUC.

16. In which congregation and in what year was the first civil union performed?
Unitarian Church of Edmonton. Rev. Rob Brownlie performed it in 1974.

15. Who was the most recent recipient of the CUC’s Social Responsibility Award in 2010?
Forrest Smith

14. Which member of the current CUC Board of Trustees was also a previous Executive Director?
Ellen Campbell

13. Who was the first openly gay CUC Board President?
Stan Calder of the Unitarian Church of Edmonton in the 1990s; he was known to entertain Board members by playing show tunes on the piano.

12. What is the theme of the 2013 Annual Conference and Meeting (ACM) and where is it being held?
Diversity: Creating A Shared Understanding in Calgary.

11. How many voting and non-voting members are there currently on the CUC Board?
8 voting, 3 non-voting.

10. When was the lay chaplaincy program established and by whom?
In 1970 by Philip Hewett. It happened at the time that the CUC took over licensing of ministers in Canada.

9. Who was the Executive Director of the CUC and President of the Board when it transitioned away from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)?
Mary Bennett and Mark Morrison-Reed.

8. In what year was the CUC founded?

7. What original Universalist churches still exist in Canada?
Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax, Unitarian Universalist Church of North Hatley (UUEstrie), Unitarian Universalist Church of Olinda.

6. How many Social Responsibility Monitoring Groups does the CUC have?
11 – Affordable Housing, Choice in Dying, Criminal Justice, Democracy, Diversity, Drug Policy, Economic Justice, Environment, Gender and Sexual Diversity, Globalization, Peace.

5. Name three Unitarians who have received the Order of Canada.
Bonnie Cappucino, Fred Cappucino, Michael Clague, Murray Enkin, Ted Harrison, Crawford S. (Buzz) Holling, Elinor Gill Ratcliffe.

4. In what year and where did the first CUC Annual Meeting take place?
1961 in Toronto.

3. What is a Y.O .B?
Youth Observer to the Board, who represents the youth voice and is the conduit between the youth and the CUC Board.

2.Who wrote “Unitarians in Canada and in what year?
Philip Hewett in 1975 and he revised it in 1995 (want copies of this irreplaceable out-of-print UU resource? Call the CUC office at 1-888-568-5723 or email info@cuc.ca).

1. Who was the first President of the CUC Board?
Charles Eddis.

3 thoughts on “February FUUn Facts

  1. Heartfelt congratulations to Murray Enkin who has received the Order of Canada recently.

On the first page I saw a box asking what the following 4 people have in common? You missed a fifth person who is an “Officer of the Order of Canada” as well as a long-time member of the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo, B.C. Want to know
    who he is? Crawford S. (Buzz) Holling. He received the honour in May 2009 from then Governor General Michaelle Jean.

    Just thought you might want to know.

  2. Michael Clague UCVancouver also holds Order of Canada; and Ted Harrison who is/was a member at Capital UU

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