Update on the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guides

As we close out the church year, many people are looking forward to a summer of fun, sun, and relaxation, while many others are busy getting calendars and programming in place for the start of the church year in September. We here at the Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation Task Force (THRRG)  wanted to take a moment to give you a heads up on some programming opportunities, as well as to let you know the status of the THRRG material.

The THRRG that are in the process of being finalized and will be available to trained facilitators for the start of programming in the fall of 2017: Adult, Young Adult, and Upper Elementary. Thank you to everyone who participated in facilitating, participating, or supporting these pilots.

We are looking for congregations to pilot the Upper Elementary and Youth THRRG to begin in the fall of 2017. Please let us know if you’re interested – contact information is below.

Several Facilitator Trainings will be held in the fall. You’ll want to mark your calendar and ensure that you have trained facilitators in place for the start of your programming in 2017! Dates currently being considered are:

  • Saturday, August 26th from 9-12 Pacific, 12-3 Eastern

  • Wednesday, August 30th from 3-6 Pacific, 6-9 Eastern

  • Saturday, September 30th from 9-12 Pacific, 12-3 Eastern, and

  • Saturday, November 4th from 9-12 Pacific, 12-3 Eastern.

Please keep an eye open in the CUC’s E-news for ways to sign up, or let us know you’re interested by e-mailing us – contact information provided below. The cost to participate in this training is $25.00 for Canadian congregations, $50.00 for community groups or Unitarian congregations from outside of Canada.

The THRRG Task Force is also beginning the process of revisioning itself to become a standing committee of the CUC to continue the work of our commitment to Truth, Healing and Reconciliation.

We are grateful for all the support we have received across the country as people have suggested resources to us, offered their moral support for the project, and put us in contact with Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators in these areas. We thank the CUC staff for opportunities to share what we are doing as well as providing opportunities and space for the Task Force to provide updates on our project to the wider movement.

Watch this video from the 2017 AGM for an update on our work.

If your congregation is interested in knowing more and/or offering the THRRG, please contact us at reconciliation@cuc.ca.