Summer Newsletter Available!

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Our Summer Newsletter is available online HERE or in print on our foyer table.  It contains important information about what's happening here over the summer, as well as news about recent events.  We've said goodbye to Revs. Marcus & Emily Hartlief, and are welcoming the Rev. Dr. Barbara Wells ten Hove -- our Consulting Minister for the next year.  More info in the newsletter!


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On May 18th, four delegates from our congregation participated in the AGM of the Canadian Unitarian Council without leaving the comfort of our own sanctuary. We watched the proceedings on the pull-down screen in the chancel (thanks for tech support, Janni) and cast our votes via Google Drive in real time. Joy Silver, Sunny Wachowski, Rebecca Lindley, and Marcia Stephenson represented NSUC at the virtual meeting.  Here's a brief recap:

2018 CUC National Conference and Annual General Meeting

Over the weekend of May 18-21, 2018, more than 280 Canadian Unitarian adults, and 75 youth and youth advisors gathered in Hamilton ON for the CUC’s National Conference. Together, they explored the conference theme of “Invitation to Love and Justice” through workshops, networking and worship. They also elected a new Board of Trustees, collected over $7,000 for three charities, presented grants and awards, and enjoyed social events presented by members of the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton.

The Annual General Meeting, for the second year, had full online participation and voting capability. There were over 100 delegates, both onsite in Hamilton and online via Zoom web meeting platform. Twelve congregations participated online.

A new member congregation was welcomed into the Canadian Unitarian Universalist community. The Nelson Unitarian Spiritual Centre in British Columbia was affirmed as a full member congregation at the Annual General Meeting.

For more information about the Canadian Unitarian Council, visit




Announcing our June Outreach Recipient

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Each month, our church raises funds for a nonprofit organization whose mission is in line with our principles.  During the month of June, 100% of our offering basket contents, unless otherwise marked, will be donated to the Rainbow Refugee Society, a Vancouver based community group that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or HIV status. 

Outreach Update

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Each month, we select a different charity to raise funds for.  100% of our Sunday morning offering plates (unless otherwise marked) are given to the charity for the month.  We call this "Outreach".

During April, we raised $1,847.35 for the David Suzuki Foundation in memory of Rev. Phillip Hewett.  Thank you to all who gave generously!

In May, we will collect for the WISH Drop-In Centre whose mission is to improve the health, safety and well-being of women who are involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade.  100% of your Sunday morning donations (unless otherwise marked) will be donated to WISH.

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During March, we raised $1,577.05 for our Partner Church in Hungary.  Thank you to all who contributed!

In April, 100% of our Sunday morning collection plate (unless otherwise marked) will be donated to the David Suzuki Foundation in memory of Rev. Dr. Phillip Hewett.  Through evidence-based research, education and policy analysis, the David Suzuki Foundation works to conserve and protect the natural environment, and help create a sustainable Canada. 

Canadian Unitarian Council's National Voice Team Makes a Statement

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Many Canadians were shocked when two separate juries returned 'not guilty' verdicts in the deaths of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine this month - both accused were charged with second-degree murder and acquitted. Many have called this an injustice, and demanded a review and reform of the jury system. 

The Canadian Unitarian Council'S National Voice Team offers THIS STATEMENT.

Outreach Update

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During the month of February, we collected $1,267.10 for the Wild Bird Trust of BC.  Thank you to all who gave generously to this organization, which manages the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver on the Unceded Territory for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. 

During March, 100% of funds collected in the Sunday morning offering plate will be donated to our Partner Church in Hungary.  

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.

More info:

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: