Our Children & Youth Leaders

Arran Liddel, our Director of Spiritual Exploration and Learning for Children and Youth 
Originally from Scotland, Arran moved to Victoria from Toronto in 2016, to be near the ocean and the trees. His work has focused on building community in youth, intergenerational and multi-cultural settings. He has been involved in training and facilitation on issues related to healthy relationships, sexuality, conflict resolution and restorative justice/practices. He is currently doing a Masters of Divinity, focusing on earth-based spiritualities, at Cherry Hill Seminary.

Previously Arran served as the coordinator of Coming of Age and Youth programming for our congregation.  As we saw in that position Arran has fine organizational and program planning skills as well as a grounded personal manner with which he nurtures effective, valuable, and enjoyable working relationships.  The landscape of ‘religious education’ and ministry with families is shifting – in UU congregations, and in North American congregations in general – and new models are needed.  Arran has a good grasp of the challenges involved in this shift, and has experience in gently and successfully guiding organizational change.

Our Program Volunteers
… are compassionate and enthusiastic. Many find that working with the children and youth here is a significant part of their spiritual practice. Some are parents; others are caring adults who enjoy the gift of children on a regular or occasional basis. Other adults prefer to offer background support the program, for example, by serving on the programming committee, or by making props for use in our program. We celebrate the range of skills and the many ways people contribute and find joy!
We always have room for more volunteers – it takes many hands to make light work. To inquire about getting involved as a volunteer in the program, please email Arran.