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  • Westwood Director of Religious Education Writes Children’s Book Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet’s book The Secret Wish of Dragon H is a book telling the story of Horus, a dragon who yearns for the wings he’s told only female dragons are allowed to have. Below, the author reflects on the inspiration for the story and how it can be useful as an introduction to issues of ...
  • A Prayer for the World A Prayer for the World  By Amy Petrie Shaw For all who die in war    We lift up our hearts For all who live in suffering in the aftermath of violence    We lift up our hearts For all who give their lives in smoke and flame    We lift up our hearts For all who go on in honor of the ...
  • Annual Program Contribution Update On behalf of the CUC Board of Trustees, here is an update on the status of the Annual Program Contribution (APC) decision process. After thoughtful discussion at its September 2017 in-person meeting, the CUC Board is recommending the following: The current method of calculating the APC based on a per member amount will remain in place ...
  • A Successful Western Region Fall Gathering The Western Region Fall Gathering in Calgary from October 13 – 15 was a great success, thanks to the speakers and workshop leaders, including CUC staff Joan Carolyn, April Hope, and Asha Philar,  and musical offerings from Tony Turner and Jane Perry. The gathering had the largest adult attendance, the largest local congregation attendance, and ...
  • Seeking CUC Board Nominations for 2018 – 19 Is there someone in your congregation who is ready and able to contribute at the national level?  In May, 2018 there will be two people stepping down from our national board.  Keith Wilkinson (BC Region) and Susan Ruttan (Western Region) are nearing the end of their three-year terms. Susan Ruttan believes there are some real rewards ...
  • The Importance of Board/Staff Retreats                         Each September, staff and board members of the CUC gather for four days at a retreat centre somewhere in the Toronto area. For both staff and board, it’s a special time. We learn and think and laugh and eat together. We are intensely with each other, working very hard and becoming a close-knit unit. This year our ...
  • Greetings for Samhain                   Greetings to all those celebrating Samhain, a celebration of the end of harvest and the start of the coldest half of the year. United by Story and Bound by Love  Andrea Hawkins-Kamper Gather we now into this space, this time when the Wheel turns and the Veil shatters. Gather we now to remember, to grieve, to prophesy, to complete ...
  • Canadian UU Historical Society Lecture now online Every year, the Canadian Unitarian Universalist Historical Society (CUUHS) fulfills the main plank of its mandate by offering a lecture on some aspect of Canadian UU history. The Society has presented 38 lectures to date, dealing with topics such as Universalist heritage, Icelandic Unitarian heritage, and past Executive Directors of the Canadian Unitarian Council reflecting ...
  • Greetings for Diwali   Greetings to all celebrating Diwali, the festival of light and harvest. The celebration of Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity, is a celebration of potential, security, connection, and sharing food. We are honouring the bounty found within human community when we share and build our futures together.
  • The Deep Well of Appreciation By Marta I Valentín To rise, to rise each morning with the faint glow of starlight on our backs as we head into the joys, the surprises, the challenges of each day sometimes with awe and wonder, perhaps expectation, perhaps dread… To rise, to rise each day peering over waterlines, sandbags, walls, garbage, bunkers… in windswept deserts and streets ...

 

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