CUC National Conference, May 18-20th in Hamilton, Ontario

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Be a part of the national Unitarian conversation!  

Please consider representing NSUC as a delegate to the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council this May. While you may wish to travel to Ontario to attend the conference in person, it’s possible to participate as a delegate from home through a videoconference connection. Contact Marcia Stephenson if you are interested in serving as one of our four delegates this year.

The CUC’s National Conference & Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the national gathering of Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists in Canada. The conference takes place every other year in May over the Victoria Day weekend. Young Adult events, the CanUUdle Youth Conference, and programs for Junior Youth and children happen during the weekend, with other trainings taking place before the conference.

The Conference has two components:

1.      The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the CUC is the business meeting where delegates gather to discuss and decide on resolutions, finances, and other matters that affect the CUC. The AGM is held on the Friday before the start of the Conference, and is preceded by the Resolutions Plenary on Thursday evening. For more information about the Resolutions Process, check out the Governance – Resolutions Process section of the CUC website.

2.      The second component is the biennial Conference, which takes place every other year. A variety of learning and development opportunities and workshops are offered by leaders from within and without our movement, including a a multi-generational day.

Location 2018: 

McMaster University, Hamilton ON.


Pre-Conference Trainings: May 16-18 (Our Whole Lives and Chaplains)

Conference:  May 18 – 20; AGM Friday, May 18


Adult registration rates (including meals) for 2018 are as follow:
*Early-bird – $300 (until April 7)
*Regular – $325 (April 8 – May 5)

Check for Young Adult, Youth, and Children’s Rates


Accommodations will be at McMaster University, Rates will be under $80 per person (not included in conference registration). Check CUC website for link to booking.


Networking sessions are scheduled for early Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Saturday workshop streams will take place in the morning and afternoon. Sunday multigenerational workshops will take place after the multi-gen lunch.

Questions About the CUC Conference?

Please e-mail:


Change in Outreach

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At our Congregational Meeting on January 28, 2018, our members approved the 2018 budget, which included donating 100% of our Sunday morning offering plate to the monthly Outreach charity, unless otherwise indicated on the offering envelope.  This is a change from how we've been doing it these past few years (where unless otherwise marked we split the offering plate 50-50 between our church and the monthly Outreach charity).



Please take Darwin's online survey!

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Earlier this afternoon, congregants were sent an important memo (read it HERE) regarding Darwin's proposed redevelopment of the Winter Club property, which would include our new church building.  We urge everyone to visit to learn more and take the ONLINE SURVEY as soon as possible to express your views.  And please ask others to do so, as well.  Survey results will influence how the District responds to Darwin's proposal.  The survey closes February 16th, so please act now!


2017 Outreach Summary

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Each month, we raise funds for a different non-profit organization whose mission is in line with our principles.  We call this “Outreach”.  Unless otherwise noted, half of each month’s offering plate collections are given to the Outreach Recipient for that month.  

During the 2017 year, we collected the following amounts for our Outreach recipients:


January: $1,075 for the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation.

February: $1,399 for the WISH Drop-in Centre

March: 100% of donations ($3,441) to our Partner Church in Hungary

April:  $1294 to the Unitarian Service Committee Canada

May: $852 to McLaren Housing Society

June: $604 to the North Shore Women's Centre

July: (No church services)

August: $562 to Child Haven International

September: $803 to Kwi Awt Stelmexw

October: $1,196 to Sheway

November: $917 to the North Shore Lookout Shelter

December:  100% of donations ($3,275) went to our Minister's Discretionary Fund

Cancelling Church Services due to Snow or Other Emergencies

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On rare occasions, church services and events may be cancelled due to extremely snowy conditions, loss of electricity, or other emergency situations.  When this happens on a Sunday morning, the decision will be made prior to 8:00 am.  


Our number one concern is for the safety of our congregants.  We recognize that there are many factors that determine the safety of driving in inclement weather.  Therefore, it is not possible for us to have a “one size fits all” recommendation when it comes to emergency situations and inclement weather.  We leave it up to individuals to determine whether or not they feel safe coming to church considering road conditions and other factors. 


On rare occasions, church may be cancelled due to inclement weather, power outages, or for other reasons deemed necessary at the time.  When this happens, church events scheduled on that day will also be cancelled.  We will use several methods to notify the congregation of church closures, including:
1.    Posting a message on the Home Page of our website.
2.    Posting a message on our Blog. 
3.    Sending out a mass email to the members and friends who are on our eBulletin email list (if you don't receive our eBulletins but would like to, please notify our office so we can include you).  
4.    Changing the message on our phone’s answering machine to announce the closure.  
5.    Encouraging “word of mouth” communications.  Although we have no official “phone tree” in place, we encourage members and friends to communicate with each other via phone about closures, especially those who may not have online or email access to the information.  


Church events other than Sunday Services may be cancelled due to inclement weather conditions at the determination of the event leader.  It is generally the responsibility of the event leader to communicate the cancellation with the participants.

Collecting for Christmas Hampers

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This year the NSUC will provide Christmas Hampers for two families and a senior. We need donations and volunteers.  Please bring the following items to the church and place them in the bins provided in the foyer:

  • CASH to purchase grocery gift cards.   
  • VOLUNTEERS to purchase gift from the wish lists.  
  • FUN ITEMS to add into the hampers like chocolates, tea/coffee, decorations, candles.
  • SPECIFIC GIFTS from their wish lists. (New items only, please!)

We must deliver the hampers on December 14th, so will need donations to be at church by Sunday December 10th so we can assemble the packages.  Jacky Coates, Co-Chair of the Social Responsibility Team, will collect money for grocery cards and names of people who can volunteer to buy gifts.  Please contact the Church Office if you can help (604-926-1621 or

Click Below to see the wish lists: