Sharing Our Faith

The Sharing Our Faith program provides funds for congregational initiatives which enhance ministry, aid congregational projects and outreach, and enhance the Unitarian Universalist movement in Canada. Once a year, congregations are encouraged to hold a “Sharing Our Faith” worship service focused on the UU faith in Canada, with a special collection for the Sharing Our Faith fund. The fund consists of these monies, supplemented by a Foundation Fund administered by the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. The funds are allocated in the form of grants to congregations for growth projects and initiatives.

Grant applications are due by March 31 of each year with all required documents. Completed applications can be e-mailed to sharing-our-faith@cuc.ca. Please note that Sharing Our Faith grants are normally under $5,000. For a larger grant, your congregation may want to consider applying for the Northern Lights award.

Four congregations received Sharing Out Faith grants in 2018:

2018 Sharing Our Faith Grants:

2018  
Funding SourceFundAmount
Opening Balance$2,862.63
CUC – DonationsSharing Our Faith Fund$4,800.00
First Unitarian Congregation of TorontoFoundation Fund$11,740.00
Sub-Total$19,402.63
CUC 3% admin fee$582.08
Total to be disbursed$18,820.55
RecipientProjectGrant Amount
UU Congregation of DurhamPart-time ministry & family outreach$4,500.00
UU Fellowship of KamloopsRental of permanent space$4,500.00
Comox Valley UFSupport staff for outreach to families$4,116.00
Salt Spring UFDevelopment of religious education program$4,580.00
Total disbursed$17,696
Total remaining for 2019$1,124.55

2017 Sharing Our Faith Grants:

2017  
Funding Source FundAmount
Opening Balance$3,030.00
CUC – DonationsSharing Our Faith Fund$8,476.00
First Unitarian Congregation of TorontoFoundation Fund$7,295.00
Total$18,801
RecipientProjectGrant Amount
UUEstrie (North Hatley, QC)Outreach$2,300.00
Unitarian Church of CalgaryBranding and Promotion$3,500.00
First Unitarian Church of VictoriaCompose music for Latin Vespers, Vesperae pro Serveto, based on UU principles$2,500.00
Unitarian Congregation of GuelphExploring options for ministry$6,000.00
Unitarian Fellowship of PeterboroughInterfaith work$3,000.00
Unitarian Fellowship of LondonSummer day camp for community$1,000.00
Total disbursed$18,300.00

2016 Sharing Our Faith Grants:

2016  
AmountFunding SourceFund
$12,148.00 Opening Balance
$3,956.68 CUC - DonationsSharing Our Faith Fund
$0.00First Unitarian Congregation of TorontoFoundation Fund
$16,104.68 Total
GrantCongregationProject
$2,000.00 Salt Spring IslandReligious Education and Children's Program
$4,370.00 First Unitarian Congregation of TorontoCommunity Engagement ministry
$4,934.00 Unitarian Fellowship of Regina2nd year of 2-year consulting ministry
$3,200.00 Comox Valley Unitarian FellowshipWeekly services and program enrichment
$1,600.00 Kamloops UnitariansDevelopmental ministry
$16,104.00 Total

Previous Projects:

Since 2001, Sharing Our Faith has awarded over $181,000 to congregations. Initiatives include:

  • Professional ministry
  • Communication, publicity
  • Religious education and music programs
  • Youth programs

To view Sharing our Faith Grants from 2001 to 2018, download CUC Sharing Our Faith Grants.2001-2018

Sharing Our Faith Worship and Collection

The CUC provides materials to help congregations prepare for this annual service celebrating the Canadian UU community.

The 2018 Sharing our Faith package, compiled by Rev. Anne Barker and Rosemary Morrison, focuses on radical hospitality and racial justice. Our second Aspiration is to be radically inclusive, and this means that we strive to create hospitable, diverse, multigenerational, and multiracial communities. The worship materials in the package offer ways for UU congregations to live into that aspiration.

Organizing a Sharing Our Faith Service: Guidelines for preparing the service and collecting the special offering

Resources from previous years: