In response to overwhelming requests from its membership, the Canadian Unitarian Council has changed the theme for its upcoming National Conference to “An Invitation to the Royal Wedding”.
The CUC Conference, which takes place May 18-20 in Hamilton, Ontario, will revolve around the upcoming May 19th Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Explaining the last minute change, Executive Director Vyda Ng said “Canadian Unitarians are looking to their national organization to respond to current events, and we are doing just that with the new Conference theme. It’s time that the CUC acknowledge and indulge the widespread Unitarian affection for the Royals.” She added, “We are using the conference to highlight the wedding, which has largely been ignored by mainstream media.”
The original conference theme, “An Invitation to Love and Justice”, was inspired by the Canadian Unitarian Universalist Vision Statement and would have helped attendees “work together from a place of love to bring justice to all beings”. Although there was initial interest in the justice-focused theme, CUC staff felt that with the overwhelming demand to focus on Harry and Meghan, and interest in the Royal Wedding superseded the message of “love, justice and interdependence.”
The change in theme means exciting changes to the program as well. Instead of Saturday networking sessions, participants are invited to a 7:00 am wedding-watching pyjama party, broadcast on 72 inch screens. Workshop streams will be replaced by a 5 hour marathon of wedding coverage. In the afternoon, breakout groups will discuss important topics like the royal couple’s fashion choices, the wedding guest list, the best fascinators, and possible honeymoon destinations. Meals for the conference will be British-themed, with such offerings as bubble and squeak, black pudding and toad in the hole.
To accommodate the small number of attendees who have other interests, the Conference will feature a concurrent workshop about governance called “No such thing as too many committees: The bureaucratic path to congregational growth.”
Read more about the exciting CUC Conference program here. Registration is open until May 5, with an Early Bird Deadline of April 7.