We are a welcoming community, energized by the diversity of beliefs, identity, and experience that each person brings. We encourage our children’s curiosity and nurture their open and loving nature.
We gather every Sunday at 10:30am to explore sacred mysteries, to sing of our longings and our blessings, to be still and listen. Our services are led by Reverends Shana and Melora Lynngood. Strengthened in spiritual growth, supported in diverse community, we strive to transform ourselves and heal our world through compassionate action. Curious about our Sundays? Click here for information.
We have a new set of themes to explore as a congregation this church year. Our mission calls us to “transform ourselves and our world through compassionate action.” Here is our guide our spiritual explorations throughout the year:
- September – Kinship: the practice of living a life of relatedness
- October – Listening: the practice of opening oneself to the experience of others
- November – Integrity: the practice of living authentically
- December – Hope: the practice of leaning into the light
- January – Stillness: the practice of dwelling in open moments
- February – Reconciliation: the practice of healing broken relationship
- March – Resilience: the practice of tapping into your inner strength
- April – Imagination: the practice of playing with possibilities
- May – Tradition: the practice of connecting with your roots
- June – Identity: the practice of understanding the many facets of your being
Spirited Jazz — Unitarian Jazz Vespers
Our Victoria Unitarian tradition of Sunday evening services of live music by popular local jazz musicians, and a brief homily by Reverend Shana Lynngood. Donations accepted. Or donate online. Upcoming Jazz Vespers services:
Sunday, October 18, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary – Jazz with a splash of spiritual inspiration by Reverend Shana Lynngood and the Maureen Washington Quartet (Karl Roessingh on piano, Joey Smith on bass, and Damian Graham on drums.) Maureen Washington exudes the impish irreverence of Jann Arden and the vocal agility of Holly Cole. And yet, with all splendour attached to such comparisons, Maureen’s musical style remains distinctly her own. She has more than a half a dozen discs to her credit.
Sunday, November 8, 7:00pm in the Sanctuary – When the Saints with Dixieland Express
Here’s our location and directions.
Strengthened in spiritual growth, supported in community, energized by diversity, we strive to transform ourselves and our world through compassionate action.
Also at 10:30 a.m. we have active children and youth programs.
We are often able to facilitate ride sharing by car – please phone the office at 250-744-2665 by Wednesday morning if you would like a ride.
Join us for one of our monthly Community Dinners. Everyone is invited. We gather once a month in a family-friendly setting on the second Friday of every month from September to June. Join a Neighbourhood Group in your area and get to know others in the congregation who live close to you.
You are welcome to visit our virtual ‘candle lighting room.’ Take a moment to pause, breathe deeply, and hold gently whatever is in your heart. Or come to the church and experience walking our labyrinth the ancient symbol which relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral in a meandering by purposeful path, representing a journey to our own centre and back out into the world.
We are Unitarian Universalists – and you may be too! Read more about the principles and ethos that guide us. Curious about what religion (if any) you practice…or ought to consider practicing? Here’s an online quiz.
By welcoming people who identify with Theism, Atheism and Agnosticism, Buddhism, Christianity, Humanism, Judaism, Earth-Centred Traditions, Hinduism, Islam, and more, we are embodying a vision “beyond belief:” a vision of peace, love, and understanding.
Has religion become a bad word? Read Reverend Shana Lynngood’s views in this Victoria Times-Colonist article.
In another article, Reverend Shana Lynngood writes: “We all want to live lives that we believe in. We all want to live in such a way that when our last day arrives we will feel good about who we have been and how we have lived.” Read more here.
You may wish to read more about the history of Unitarians in Victoria.
In 2001, our church members voted to become a Welcoming Congregation to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.
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