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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- Application Form: Sharing Our Faith Application (pdf), Sharing Our Faith Application-Word
- Report Template:Sharing-Our-Faith-Report-Template
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:
- 2017 Love and Justice (pdf)| Word doc
- 2016 Sharing-Our-Faith-Resources (pdf) | Word doc | Express yUUrself Flame Template
- 2014 Sharing Our Faith resource package (pdf) | Word doc
- 2013 Web of UU connections (pdf) | Word doc
- 2012 Trust the Dawning Future (pdf)
- 2011 Supporting One Another (pdf)
- 2009 Our National Identity (pdf)
- 2006 Go-4-It! (pdf)
- 2005 Getting to Know U and U (pdf)
- 2003 Our First Year on Our Own (pdf)
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
See the complete list of Sharing Our Faith grants awarded from 2001-2017 here (pdf).