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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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August 30, 2021

Expanding the Beloved Conversation

As anyone with a marginalized identity knows, we have more learning and growing to do if we are to become the radically inclusive communities we long to become.

What can we do? How can we begin to address this? 

Come join the conversation! 

Share your questions, share your learning, listen to what your fellow Unitarian Universalists have learned.

Expanding the Beloved Conversation

3 sessions (attend one, two, or all three!)

Sundays, after church, 12:15 pm – 2 pm

Please sign up by putting your name on this google doc,  

or by contacting Rev. Melora 250-891-6330 text/cell, rev.melora@gmail.com , with subject heading “expanding beloved conversation”

More details here. 

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August 30, 2021

8th Principle?  Vote in November

Want to know what’s going on with the 8th principle conversation?

Here are some basic resources to catch you up:

Wording of the 8th Principle as proposed at Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Canadian Unitarian Council (known as the ‘CUC,’ the national Unitarian Universalist denominational organization for Canadians) in May 2021. Note: this wording proposed at the CUC in May differs slightly from the original version. 

________________________

We covenant to affirm and promote:

Individual and communal action

that accountably dismantles racism and other oppressions

in ourselves and in our institutions

________________________

Sermon, “An 8th Principle?” 

by Rev. Melora, February 14th, 2021, 

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=133316438661734&ref=watch_permalink 

Sermon in several parts, starts at 23:36 in service video.

Dismantling Racism Task force report:   From the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC)

Notes the ways in which our congregations are (unintentionally) perpetuating racism and turning away indigenous, black, and people of colour.  

Makes recommendations to UU congregations and to the CUC, including adopting the 8th principle. 

“The Dismantling Racism Survey clearly shows that while some efforts to dismantle racism and other oppressions exist, a gap between our CUC aspirations and reality persists. This is evidenced in another gap between White Canadian UUs’ understanding/ awareness of systemic racism in our faith communities, and the lived realities and experiences of BIPOC Canadian UUs.”

“These gaps indicate that we are not living into our vision of being an inclusive, diverse, and just faith community. Sadly, many BIPOC UUs regularly experience microaggressions and other forms of racism within their congregations and our wider faith movement. Some BIPOC who are drawn to our faith leave because of this, while others choose to stay despite regularly being harmed. Most White UUs experience belonging and comfort in their congregations, while for BIPOC UUs, this experience is elusive.”

The 8th Principle Process: Next Steps

From the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC), our national denominational organization.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16DEDgfJc8w1wDcpoBFxvQ8qSzEnLgwWOq2CvYTkf8Jc/edit?usp=sharing 

An overview of everything you need to know about the impromptu vote to adopt 8th principle at May Annual General Meeting (AGM), why we need to re-vote in November to properly follow some procedures that were missed in May, and how to prepare for the vote in November. Includes a way to participate in CUC hosted forums (Sept 19, Oct 3, Oct 17, Nov 7), CUC Roundtables (last Saturday of Sept and Oct), and a way to give individual feedback.

First Unitarian Church of Victoria (FUCV) Consultation Team on 8th Principle:

Contact for questions about our own delegates and participation in the CUC vote in November.  

Delegate selection for 27 November CUC vote on the 8th principle

FUCV has been allocated six delegates to the CUC Special Meeting on the 8th Principle. Our delegates to the CUC Annual General Meeting were Rebecca Mellett, Kristina Stevens, Marion Pape, Jim Hemstock, Mollie Twidale and Wally du Temple.

Before the Board selects our six delegates they need to confirm whether there are volunteers prepared to attend the Special Meeting on November 27, 2021. Potential delegates should:

  • Attend a forum at which you listen to input from your fellow congregants about the 8th Principle on Wednesday evening 24 November
  • Attend all three sessions of FUCV’s Expanding the Beloved Conversation on 26 September, 24 October and 21 November (12:15-2:00 PM Sundays)
  • Be well informed of the conversations about the proposed 8th Principle
  • Be clear that you are voting according to congregational instructions rather than voting your conscience
  • Have read the CUC Board’s “The 8th Principle Process: Next Steps
  • Have read the Dismantling Racism Study Group’s Preliminary Report of October 2020 and their Final Report of May 2021
  • If available, attend the CUC-hosted forums to bring congregations together in respectful conversation taking place on four Sundays (September 19, October 3, October 17 and November 7)

If you can attend these sessions and do the reading you may wish to volunteer as a delegate. Volunteers are asked to reply to Jim Willis at jimwillis568@gmail.com.

Bottom Line:

Regardless of the wording of the 8th principle, or even whether it passes, 

our Unitarian Universalist congregations have more growing and learning to do 

if we are to be the radically inclusive congregations we long to be.

Wherever you are on this learning journey, 

You are cordially invited to participate in this Fall’s Expanding the Beloved Conversation Program.

Come be a part of the conversation! 

Share your questions, share your learning.  

Let’s learn together how to become the Beloved Community we long to be. 

 

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August 19, 2021

Soul Matters Spirituality Group

Soul Matters is a spiritual self-exploration series based on the themes the Reverends adopt for each month. We then gather as a group for 2 hours once a month to be deeply heard.  

Explore the monthly themes on your own with a package of materials then share what you have learned with the group. Some of the themes include: Relationship, History, Joy, Intention, Renewing Faith. No challenges to your contributions –  just comments on what others learn from your sharing. A satisfying way to get to know others – and yourself – in a deeper way.

For accessibility, we will meet on Zoom, then have a couple of in-person social gatherings during the year. 

Facilitated by Mary Burcher.

October 2021 to May 2022. The last Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Contact Mary Burcher for details or to express your interest in joining.  mary.burcher@gmail.com 

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