August 10, 2021

Connect During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed how we gather and connect. Through it all, rest assured that the church staff and community are still here for you — virtually and by phone. Here is how to connect with the community:

Sunday worship:

We continue to gather online at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. The Zoom connection info will be emailed to all members and friends on Friday or Saturday.  You can connect by phone or online.  Check your inbox and then please join us.

Click here for more info.

Kids and Families:

Social Justice Storytime: Picture book stories for all ages. Gather at 8:15 am Monday – Saturday.
Click here for more info.

Pub Night:

Meets on Zoom on the first and third Mondays at 7 pm each month for informal social connection.  Email to receive the Zoom link.

Pastoral Care:

While Rev. Melora and Rev. Shana are on sabbatical until August 10 you may contact Pastoral Listeners who offer a trained, sympathetic and confidential ear to help with crises and emotional issues. (They do not, however, provide counselling).

Liz Graham
(250) 384-4351
Hanny Pannekoek
(250) 385-2299
Darcy Allder
(250) 818-0419

For other enquires:

Steve Sharlow, Board President (if it is about church business and decision-making) and 250-519-0400

Andy Lee, Chair of Committee on Ministry (if it is about a relational or church and ministry dynamics concern) and 250-858-5155

Barbara Boyle, Chair of Care and Concern (if in regard to a caring issue) and 250-381-0264

Communications and Church Business:

Our church office and staff continue to work to keep us connected. Our weekly email newsletter, and sometimes special messages will be sent out to keep you posted on what is happening and how to remain plugged in to the community. Be sure to check the Church Calendar for upcoming Zoom meetings. 

Our office staff will be working remotely and you can still reach them during their regular work hours — their email addresses are unchanged. You can leave voicemail messages on the church phone 250-744-2665 as they will be retrieved each business day (not Friday or Saturday). 

You can reach Shannon about all Communications needs (setting up a Zoom meeting, sending out messages to the congregation, database, social media) at 

You can reach Church Administrator, Niki, for questions about cheque requisitions, rental concerns, general office needs, or property questions that have arisen even while we don’t meet on West Saanich Road. Niki can be reached at

More than anything, we want you to know that we are still here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with a call, text, or email if you want to connect.

– Rev. Melora and Rev. Shana


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July 25, 2021

Class and Money

Class and Money – 

Anna Isaacs with worship associate David Vest – 

What is it like to live “below” middle class? What is it like to be at a church with a middle-class culture for those “below” middle class? 

Socioeconomic class identity is about both culture and finances and is a topic we rarely talk openly and directly about. Let’s start a conversation.

Anna Isaacs is a longtime UU. Her dad worked as a carpenter, her mom drove a school bus, and her current main paid gig is frontline care work for people with developmental disabilities. And as with most things in life, it’s also more complicated than that.

Send an email after 9 a.m. Sunday to obtain the entry code. Then join us online at 10:15 a.m. for the worship service.


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July 18, 2021

Sustainability and Unsustainability: Coming to Terms with Living on an Island

Sustainability and Unsustainability: Coming to Terms with Living on an Island – 

Dr. Richard Kool with worship associate Fran Pardee – 

Many of us living on Vancouver Island think we’re pretty ‘green’ and are living more sustainable lives than people elsewhere in Canada. Rick’s presentation will explore the reality of the unsustainability of the human population on Vancouver Island and outline some of the issues that keep our unsustainability hidden from our eyes, while also offering some suggestions for action.

Rick Kool is a child of Dutch parents who grew up in Boston, Mass. He came to B.C. in 1971 and never looked back. He has worked as a high school teacher in Ucluelet, at the Royal BC Museum, in BC Parks and with the BC Ministry of Environment. 

He came to Royal Roads University in 2003 to found the MA program in Environmental Education and Communication. He is also a long-time member of the historic Congregation Emanu-El, and for the past seven years has been responsible for the 160-year-old Victoria Jewish Cemetery.

Send an email after 9 a.m. Sunday to obtain the entry code. Then join us online at 10:15 a.m. for the worship service.


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July 11, 2021

Holistic Bodies and the Physical Education Revolution

Holistic Bodies and the Physical Education Revolution – 

Paloma Callo with worship associate Samantha Magnus – 

Inspired by Paloma’s undergrad thesis work, this sermon explores body movement across time and space, primarily regarding the subtle (and overt) impacts of modernity’s landscape and institutions. 

As many of Paloma’s interviewees who identify as professional “movers” expressed through their stories, it takes patience and awareness to integrate being and body—especially when the rhythms of modern life disrupt our relationships to our vessels. How do our relational, spatial-temporal, and intimate contexts shape the way we move and dance through life? It’s high time to shift the popular narrative regarding physical activity and body movement to one that honours a healing and revolutionary journey.

Paloma Callo is entering her final semester of Carleton University’s Global and International Studies program and has specialized in Globalization, Culture, and Power. Delving into her own experience of the body and exploring various movement practices quickly trickled down into her academic work — it has now been the focal point of her studies for a year and a half. A short thesis film on the topic will be publicly available July, 2021.

Send an email after 9 a.m. Sunday to obtain the entry code. Then join us online at 10:15 a.m. for the worship service.



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July 4, 2021

“Oneness” – A Sacred Tool for Reconciliation

Sunday, July 4, 10:30am

“Oneness” – A Sacred Tool for Reconciliation – 

Sharon Jinkerson-Brass with worship associate Lynne Bonner – 

The medicine wheel is a metaphoric tool used to describe the infinite cycle of space and time according to Sharon’s ancestors. The medicine wheel offers human beings an opportunity to create connection and awareness to our physical and metaphysical worlds. 

In addition to creating connections, the medicine wheel offers us opportunities for healing, sharing wisdom, and provides a template for creating ceremonies that align with the natural forces in the universe. In addition to the Medicine Wheel teachings, Sharon will share some teachings around why the number “zero” is so powerful and healing to her people.

There are multiple stories and ideas around the Medicine Wheel and the teachings Sharon will share are based upon her cultural heritage and experiences.

Sharon Jinkerson-Brass is a member of Key First Nation in Saskatchewan and has a background as a Front-line Worker, Administrator, Artist, Writer and Filmmaker. Her practice is firmly rooted in the teachings of her Anishinaabe grandmother Rebecca Brass and an advocate for Aboriginal Health Services that integrates ancient approaches and practises into mainstream Health Care Settings.

Currently, Sharon works as a community-based health researcher for the Indigenous Wellness Research Team at the University of Saskatchewan. Sharon has also been part of many reconciliation activities and events for various groups and organizations. In addition, she has been active in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver Community of Knowledge Holders, and also returns home to participate in her family’s ceremonies. Sharon holds a vision for healing for Indigenous people and all people.

Send an email after 9 a.m. Sunday to obtain the entry code. Then join us online at 10:15 a.m. for the worship service.


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July 1, 2021


Upgrading our sound and visual equipment in the sanctuary will greatly improve the overall experience of our services, especially for the hard-of-hearing.

With our new equipment we will be able to invite guest speakers to our sanctuary, or view them at home, from anywhere in the world.

Final Feasibility Study Report

Amplify-UU is being led by a new board-appointed team to help complete this ambitious project – Marion Pape, Gary Theal, Nancy Dobbs and John Hopewell in consultation with the Finance Committee.  If you have questions, please email John Hopewell or Marion Pape and we’ll provide answers or find someone who can.

For more information on our Capital Campaign please click here.

Pledge to support Amplify-UU

More information here.

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June 27, 2021

Pride and Poetry 

Pride and Poetry – 

James Summer, City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate, with worship associate Casey Stainsby –

 Poetry is an amazing way to communicate our experiences and connect with others. LGBTQ+ Pride season is about expressing ourselves and being proud of who we are and who we love.

We’ll be joined by a very special guest, Victoria’s 2021 Youth Poet Laureate James Summer, who will share some of his poetry and guide us in exploring our own creative voices.

James has been involved with the poetry community since 2017 when he joined Victoria High School’s slam poetry club. His poetry’s content contains the most raw and passionate experiences he faces.

Although hard to face, James hopes that it will connect with youth around him, and that they will feel heard just as he did when he was going through high school surrounded by poets.

Send an email after 9 a.m. Sunday to obtain the entry code. Then join us online at 10:15 a.m. for the worship service.



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June 20, 2021

Anti-racism Work as Spiritual Practice 

Anti-racism Work as Spiritual Practice – 

Donovan Hayden with worship associate David Tietz –

Summer 2020 has been described as a moment of racial reckoning. Black people, along with allies, took to the streets to protest police brutality and anti-Black racism. However, with those months of intense activism behind us, those committed to social justice must ask “What do we do now?”

It is easy to lose energy and purpose in the struggle against white supremacy. As Unitarians committed to this struggle it is important that we continue to engage and support anti-racism work through spiritual practice.

Donovan Hayden is a Black activist and artist. He is currently a MA student in Theatre & Performance Studies at York University in Toronto. He spent the last year in Pittsburgh, PA, where he participated in the Black Lives Matter protests after the killing of George Floyd.

Through his experiences, Donovan has had the opportunity to engage with Unitarians and anti-racism work on both sides of the border. He remains committed to using theatre and activism to achieve black liberation and dismantle white supremacy.  

Send an email after 9 a.m. Sunday to obtain the entry code. Then join us online at 10:15 a.m. for the worship service.



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June 19, 2021

Social Justice Storytime

A daily Time For All Ages where all UU’ers, from newborns to the elderly and everyone in between can light a chalice, breathe, and enjoy a social justice themed picture book.rainbow egg

Saturday mornings at 8.30 am (approx 15 mins). Join us online: If you have any trouble joining us please email Arran

Light our chalices together (if you have one); take three deep, centring breaths together.

Lindsay or Arran (or a guest) will read a social justice themed picture book. While they are reading, you’re encouraged to type your reactions on the chat thread in Zoom.

Take three deep, centring breaths together; extinguish our chalices together.

Tips: click on the “gallery” setting so we can see each other’s faces, and have your microphone muted if you are not talking.

More details here.


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June 18, 2021

Welcome Visitors

Curious about our congregation?

Just discovered us?

A Unitarian from elsewhere? 

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic you can still get to know us.

You may view our Sunday services on Zoom. Just send an email after 9 a.m. Sunday to obtain the entry code. Then join us online at 10:15 a.m. for the Sunday worship service.

If you wish, please take a moment and fill out and submit the Visitor Form below:


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