Widening the Circle of Concern: Canadian Perspective
This event has been rescheduled to 2022

Join us for a Canadian UU exploration to broaden our understanding of social justice and its implementation within our communities. Your congregation and/or group is invited to send a team of lay leaders and religious professionals to engage in learning an adapted Canadian version of the UUA’s study guide – Widening the Circle of Concern. Participants, those who have a demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, social justice, and are interested in changing systems in the congregations, will become facilitators as the program runs in Canadian UU communities in 2022 and beyond. 

In each of the sessions, participants will be:

  • Provided a taste from the Widening the Circle of Concern study guide
  • Requested to share their lived experiences and understandings of the chapter/concepts in their congregation/community
  • Requested to consider their congregation’s/ group’s capacity to do the work
  • Then invite all to reflect on what is needed to expand their capacity.


Beverly Horton has been a Unitarian Universalist for 20 years and a member of the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton for nearly as long. She has been active in leadership at her congregation most squarely focused on music ministry and has extended that leadership to the broader denominational context, serving as the co-chair of the Nominating Committee for AUUMM (the Association of UU Music Ministries) and co-chair of the CUC’s Dismantling Racism Study Group. Delivering sermons and crafting services UU congregations, speaking at the Hamilton branch of the UU United Nations Organization, and facilitating workshops at CUC conferences and gatherings, Beverly actively advocates for our individual and collective commitment to dismantling racism and achieving racial justice made manifest in the Beloved Community.


Diana Smith A thru-line of my life experience is my Unitarian grounding, living the 8 principles in action.  I’ve contributed to UU congregations in Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria and Guelph, where I now live, and to the CUC in a variety of roles/relationships. My spiritual quest has deepened my inquiry into Who Do We Choose To Be For These Times? as a Warrior for the Human Spirit, since 2015. I’ve been exploring varied perspectives  on a contemporary understanding of spirituality as expressed in daily life, most recently as a Community Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Society in 2020 at UVic. 

In this, the ‘third act’ of my life, I  contribute to the community to create the ‘structures of belonging’ so vital to our future, serving as a mentor, a facilitator, a learning designer, a citizen. I offer my leadership experience with dialogue, planning, learning, and inquiry to build capacity, beyond our limiting beliefs. I’m active with 10C, a social innovation hub, and the Guelph Arts Council.

Janet Pivnick is a member of Beacon Unitarian Church and a Unitarian ministerial aspirant. For over twenty-five years, her work has focused on culture change, researching and supporting people through the challenges that arise when they attempt to step into new perspectives, new worldviews, new ways of being. She currently works at Simon Fraser University, supporting faculty with work on anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion, and decolonization and indigenization of curriculum. At Beacon, she has been Chair of the Worship Services Committee, Secretary of the Board, and a co-facilitator of the Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guides for adults.


Kiersten E. Moore has served the Unitarian Church of Vancouver as the Director of Religious Exploration for Children and Youth since 2016. Beginning this fall, she expands her scope to include all ages as Director of Lifespan Faith Engagement. Kiersten grew up with First Universalist Church of Minneapolis and has been active in Unitarian Universalism at many levels of leadership. She currently holds the position of Secretary to the CUC Board as a representative of BC. Kiersten’s work has focused on creative collaboration, lifelong learning, the importance of community connections and belonging, and the power of speaking truth. Her professional growth as a religious educator has focused on antiracism, effective communication and empowering radically inclusive community. 

Reverend Shana Lynngood grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Penn. and holds an undergraduate degree in religious studies from Guilford College in North Carolina. Her Masters of Divinity degree is from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif. She has served congregations in Madison, Wisc. and Washington, D.C.

Rev. Lynngood currently serves as one of the co-ministers of the First Unitarian  Church of Victoria.


The Rev. Samaya Oakley serves as the Minister for the South Fraser Unitarian Congregation. After attending the North Shore Unitarian Church, she quickly became active continentally through the Youth Office of the UUA. She also is a facilitator for all levels of the Our Whole Lives program, and a trainer for the Elementary and Youth trainings. She became a part of the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guides – five age-appropriate reflection guides for use in Canadian UU congregations.

Sessions – Online via Zoom
October 16, 30  November, 13, and December, 4
Times: 3 blocks per day from 8:30-10 am,  11:30-1 pm, and 2:30-4 pm  PT

Sliding fee scale
$130- $160- $190- $220 with the option to pay what you are able

Registration – deadline: October 7 at midnight PT

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