Joan Carolyn, M. Div. – Congregational Life, Lead for British Columbia & Western Regions
Ms. Joan Carolyn has been an active participant with the First UU Church of Winnipeg since early 1999 and a member since mid-2000. She is married to life partner, Ken Nicholson and shares with him two sons (Max, Alex), two daughters-in-law (Sheila, Candace), and three grandchildren, Grace, Holly and Jacob.
Joan has been privileged to pursue studies in World Religions and Cultural Anthropology (B.A.) as well as completing a B. Th. and M. Div. (double major, Theology and Peace Studies). Outside of the classroom, Joan seeks to continue life-long learning, both within work settings and with people and groups with whom she is privileged to interact. Of special note are training and experience with Conflict Resolution; Cycles of Violence and Wellness Planning, as well as Indigenous Cultural Awareness and Language Studies. As Unitarian Universalist congregations seek to live out our Principles in concrete ways, especially relating to anti-racism and healthy interaction, Joan seeks to share the wisdom found in other sources as well as drawing on the strengths of the congregations themselves.
Joan’s work with congregations and related UU groups includes but is not limited to:
- Supporting religious professionals and lay leaders, as they work to strengthen their faith communities.
- Involvement in staff transitions, ministerial settlement, conflict management, governance reviews, planning, growth strategies, program development, leadership training, needs assessment, worship, membership integration strategies and more.
- Developing and collecting resources to aid in congregational vitality
- Creating and facilitating learning opportunities for congregations and leaders
Joan continues to be excited and grateful to be part of the CUC Congregational Life Team. Interaction with Canadian UUs within her BC and Western regions, and beyond, has inspired, guided and informed her work. Joan anticipates continued shared journeys as we grow vital Canadian UU communities together.