Gather – Connect  –  Inspire

Saturday, April 7, 2018  | Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC

** Registration closes April 1, 2018 **

This is a not-to-be-missed multi-generational gathering, organized and planned by the four Unitarian congregations in the Metro Vancouver Lower Mainland. Together we’ll reflect on intergenerational solidarity and inclusion with a panel of Vancouver young adults. We’ll spend time with talented musician Tony Turner “Singing for Change”, and strategize about how Metro Vancouver Unitarians can actively work for social justice.

The Saturday children’s program will weave in and out of the adult program. No matter your age or stage in life, please join us at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver to be a part of this exciting day.

Please note the planned Youth Con has been cancelled.

Schedule Details

The Saturday multigen gathering schedule is available here.

Registration Costs:

  • $65 Adult Early Bird.  $80 Regular Adult
  • $40 Youth/Young Adult [35 and under] & Self Defined Low Income
  • $15 Children
  • Open Mic Coffee House $5.00 at the door [free to conference registrants]
  • Adult and Children’s registration includes lunch and dinner
  • Welcome to All!

Adult Registration  |  Children’s Registration  –  Registration closes April 1, 2018

Billeting: Available – please indicate that you would like home hospitality on the registration form and someone will be in touch.

Transportation information
The Unitarian Church of Vancouver is accessible by public transit – please see the Translink website or consult Google Maps for directions.

Children’s programming
On-site programming from 9:00- 2:30. Trip to Van Dusen Gardens later in the afternoon. Returning to share dinner with parents/guardians. NOTE: Please have children bring bus passes/tickets if they have them!

Please note – Children’s Program Event Consent: All Children are required to provide a signed, informed consent form as part of the requirements for their attendance at Canadian Unitarian Council Events. Any participant who does not provide a signed informed consent form prior to the start of the event, will not be allowed to participate in the event. Parents and guardians – please fill in the consent form here.

Program Details

Session I: Young Adult Panel Discussion – Intergenerational Solidarity.
It is becoming increasingly clear that “Millennials” (born between ~1981 and 2000) face unprecedented challenges and opportunities. From student debt to unaffordable housing, social media to climate change, the post-Recession economy, mental health issues and spiritual/religious identity, our Millennials are responding to a complex and troubling world that older generations may not fully grasp or appreciate. Inspired by our Canadian Unitarian vision of interdependence, love and justice, how can we support young people in our congregations and beyond? What can our multigenerational communities offer Millennials, and how can they be enriched by greater age diversity?

Who better to start exploring these issues than Millennials themselves? A panel of four local Unitarian young adults will address pressing generational issues, and discuss how our congregations can foster solidarity between generations. Join us for the panel, and the small group discussions that follow.
Moderated by Canadian Unitarian Council Staff Asha Philar, our expert panel of Millennials are Dani Cooper, Doug Ennenberg, Casey Stainsby and Lindsay Hindle.

Session II: Intergenerational Solidarity Small Group Discussions.

Session III:  “Singing For Change”. In this workshop, we will explore the importance of songs to social action related to our seven principles. Using historical and recent examples we will learn that the power of song can unite minds and spirits and aid the cause of social change.

Bio: Tony Turner is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose life-affirming, articulate and socially relevant songs are as diverse as this country. From Circle of Song, his much-loved anthem of unity recently published in Rise Again, to his award-winning protest songs,Tony has proven he can channel both the mood of the times and the ties that bind.  An active Unitarian now based in Nanaimo, Tony has been writing songs for over twenty-five years and has created three critically acclaimed recordings.

Accompanist Bio– Elliott Dainow has been playing and organizing the music at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver after taking over from Harold D. Brown around 2002. He is also active as an accompanist, mostly with choirs and singers, and also sings as the section lead in the Vivaldi Choir. Apart from playing chamber music, his favourite musical activity is accompanying himself in song from the piano. He has made one CD of his favourite songs, most of which were learned for a particular Sunday morning theme.

Session IV: “Acting For Change”

Social Justice Networking – Lead Facilitator: Lynn Armstrong.

We’ll hear from each of the four Metro Vancouver congregations about how they are “doing” social justice these days.  What’s new?  What are the big challenges? Hear about how Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ) are working for justice. Then, we’ll have breakout groups on specific topics of current interest, with a focus on taking action regionally.

Open Mic Concert: After a fabulous dinner, we’ll enjoy an open mic evening hosted by Tony Turner – a time to showcase that poem, dance, story, or song with an appreciative and supportive audience.

Publicity notice for congregational bulletins and emails: Join Unitarians from the Lower Mainland for the Metro Vancouver Unitarian Gathering – Saturday, April 7 from 9 am to 9 pm at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver. Hosted by the four Vancouver-area congregations, the gathering features a young adult panel tackling generational solidarity issues, small group discussions, social justice networking sessions and more! Tony Turner is leading a workshop on “Singing for Justice” and welcomes all to an evening Open Mic Concert. Childcare is provided through the concurrent children’s program. This is a great opportunity to build Unitarian community as spring blossoms in Vancouver!

Link to Poster: 2018-MVG-April-7-Final