Mike Graham
November 20, 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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October 16, 2021

BIPOC Space

BIPOC Space:  for UUs in Canada who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour Saturday, October 16 at 9 am.

The Canadian Unitarian Council hosts this space for Unitarian Universalists (UUs) who are Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour, ages 18 and up, to gather safely to share experiences, stories, and be change-makers. Meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Questions? Contact Vyda Ng vyda@cuc.ca (CUC Executive Director) or Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana fulgence.ucs@gmail.com 

Join on Zoom at http://bit.ly/UU_BIPOC

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October 5, 2021

Transgender Inclusion

It’s back! In case you didn’t get a chance to take this course last spring, Rev. Melora is facilitating a couple more groups this fall. This is an online course, designed by a UU organization.  Our congregants discuss the material together in small groups.

 The course is geared toward people from generally LGBTQ-welcoming congregations or faith groups who want to deepen their understanding of gender and transgender identities and are invested in creating truly trans-affirming faith communities. It is designed for people of all genders and has an innovative intersectional perspective. (what is intersectional? Click here for great short video) 

Each small group gathers 3 times. Choose ONE group:

Tuesday 1pm-3pm, in person, at church, Farmhouse Common Room 

  • October 5 
  • October 26
  • November 23

Sign up by adding your name to this google sign-up sheet, or email rev.melora@gmail.com with subject heading “transgender inclusion” or text/call 250-891-6330

Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm, online (zoom)  

  • October 5 
  • October 26
  • November 23

Sign up by adding your name to this google sign-up sheet, or email rev.melora@gmail.com with subject heading “transgender inclusion” or text/call 250-891-6330

More details here.

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October 1, 2021

Amplify-UU

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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September 30, 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 hopewell@telus.net to receive the Zoom link.

For other enquires:

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

Barbara Boyle, Chair of Care and Concern (if in regard to a caring issue) barbara.boyle@shaw.ca 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 communications@victoriaunitarian.ca. 

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 churchoffice@victoriaunitarian.ca.

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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September 30, 2021

Meet on Zoom

Although we must stay apart for our health during the pandemic,  committee chairs and and team leaders may still have their meetings by using Victoria Unitarian’s Zoom with each participant using their own computer, laptop or cellphone.

Victoria Unitarian’s Zoom program permits only one meeting at a time – and will bump off the first group if another one starts a meeting  – so use a wide margin of time between meetings.

To book a time check the calendar then if your time is available email the office.

How to participate in a Zoom session: https://youtu.be/fGbpwZNW3oI

For training/tutorials, webinars and best practices https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/sections/201740096

Short tutorials on scheduling a/o participating in meetings:  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

Click here to read the Zoom cheat sheet.

If you still have a question or just need encouragement to use Zoom, contact Wally du Temple wallydutemple@telus.net

 

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September 26, 2021

Reckoning with Reconciliation and Race

Reckoning with Reconciliation and Race –

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Fran Pardee, Worship Associate –

While we were away the headlines continued unabated: the many lives lost at residential schools whose bodies have now been found, the continuing story of unequal and unfair treatment of people of colour rooted in centuries of slavery and colonialism that has morphed into systemic racism. 

What do we UUs say about all of this? What do we do? Where do we stand? 

Conversation about adding an 8th principle focused on ending oppression has been focused on trying to make explicit what has often been implicit. We believe in the inherent worth of all people, and yet our institutions and communities don’t reflect that commitment. We’ll explore and consider what adopting an 8th principle would or wouldn’t mean.

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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September 19, 2021

Embracing Possibility?

Rev. Melora Lynngood with Fran Pardee, Worship Associate – 

What is your emotional response when you hear the word, “possibility?” Excited? Wary? Hopeful? Cynical? Tired?  

When someone suggests a new idea, is your gut response, “That will never work,” or “Maybe…?”  

When so much in our world right now is so irrefutably grim, how might engaging in a practice of possibility make our world a little bit better?

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September 12, 2021

Returning: Changed and the Same

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Mollie Twidale –

Our annual Homecoming Sunday, the first Sunday after Labour Day when we officially kick off a new church year, we find ourselves returning in ways both familiar and strange. 

Covid is not yet in the rear-view mirror and all the change it has wrought still has us reflecting deeply on what matters, what we’ve lost, and perhaps even what we learned or gained from this time. 

This welcome will include a time for lamentation — sharing our sense of loss and sadness — as well as a time to lift up our hopes and sense of possibility for what comes next.

View the service.

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September 11, 2021

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