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January 24, 2021

General Meeting – 2021 Annual Budget

During the General Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, to be held on Zoom at 12:30 pm on Sunday, Jan. 24, members will be asked to approve the 2021 budget.

Two information sessions will be held via Zoom to inform the Congregation of matters considered in establishing the 2021 Budget and to allow for questions. The preliminary results for 2020 budget matters will also be reviewed. One Zoom session will be held after the service on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 12:30 pm: The second Zoom session will be held on Tuesday Jan. 19 at 7 pm.

Information on joining via Zoom is detailed in the E-Weekly.

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January 14, 2021

December 29, 2020

2021 Annual Pledge

Stewardship is the act of taking care of something of value. It is an essential aspect of the life of this congregation.

Why do we need this place? Take a look.


Members and friends of our congregation — old-timers and newcomers — are its stewards. We share the privilege and responsibility of sustaining and growing its ministry through our volunteer time and financial contributions.

We call on each other to be generous stewards; recognizing that ‘generous’ is a relative term for each household. For more information view the 2021 ABC brochure.

Some members elect to make lump-sum payments either in advance or during the pledge year. Please complete the form and click Submit. Thank you.

You may also click here to  download this 2021 pledge form, print and mail to:

The Treasurer,

First Unitarian Church of Victoria,

5575 West Saanich Road, Victoria, V9E 2G1

Or you may click this button to contribute.

 

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December 14, 2020

Holiday Concert – video

Missed the 2020 Holiday Concert?

Click here to view.

Featuring the Chalice Choir and special guests.

Donations will be allocated to our local food banks.

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October 26, 2020

Solar Options

October 6, 2020

Open Forum on New COVID-19 Rules

Your COVID-19 Advisory Task Force (Kristina Stevens, Jim Willis, Nancy Dobbs, Tiff Tiffany, Steve Sharlow, and Rev Melora Lynngood) has received Board approval to modify our procedures to better reflect our members’ wishes from the survey, the science and recent changes to the provincial guidelines.

Sunday morning worship will remain online until phase 4 of B.C.’s re-start plan which will allow for larger gatherings (50 or more people).

This means we will plan for online Zoom worship through May 2021.  This may be revised if, for example, the BC government changes its guidelines. The updated guidelines approved by the board are at here.

A survey of church members and friends was undertaken in June to help the Board assess the members’ levels of risk tolerance.

You told us that a majority felt vulnerable to COVID-19, and many were reluctant to take part in any in-person activities, especially indoors, until a vaccine is available. For this reason we are planning to continue with online worship services. A number of responses expressed concern to avoid setting up in-person church functions which would exclude those who felt unable to attend. View survey results here.

There were also a small number of responses from people who very much wanted to meet indoors in person for worship and social contact. To facilitate this, we encourage groups to meet in person while worship stays online so that people can get together to watch the online service.

If sufficient volunteers can be found, we will set up in-person viewing of Sunday services on Zoom in the Lion Hall, for those who would like to attend. We are working on the technical and volunteer aspects of holding in person viewing in Lion Hall and hope that it will be ready soon.

Protocols for indoor meetings would be observed. If you are interested in volunteering to support this, please email Nancy Dobbs.

The amended guidelines will permit gatherings of up to 50 people in the Sanctuary, up to 25 people in Lion Hall, up to 7 people in the Farmhouse Common Room and up to 50 people gathered outside the church. These numbers would also permit choirs and musical instruments, preferably outdoors. 

In order to ensure that everyone is familiar with the plan, we will be holding a Zoom online forum to answer any of your questions on Tuesday, October 6 from 7 pm – 8 pm. Please check the e-weekly for the sign-in information.

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October 1, 2020

Find Your Friends

Stay in touch with your church friends and fellow members by using our Breeze online church directory. Sign in here. All members and friends are listed.

If you can’t remember if you activated your personal Breeze account click here and select “forgot password” below the login button. Your username and password will be sent to your email address on your Breeze user account. (If you do not receive a return email from Breeze send a note to communications@victoriaunitarian.ca Please put Activate My Breeze Account in the subject line.)

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September 15, 2020

Beloved Conversations

UU Anti-Racism Program – Coming this Fall to our congregation! Sign up before Sept 15!

This fall, our congregation will have the opportunity to pilot the new online version of this deep and rich Unitarian Universalist program on race and ethnicity.  

“…this is a program for Unitarian Universalists who are seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice.  We believe that we are here to heal the impact of racism on our lives in order to get free together. Beloved conversations is intended to be a tool in your toolbox, for you as an individual, and [as] a part of a congregation, to eradicate white supremacy, to work to become anti-racist, and to make our faith a welcoming place for everyone.” Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, co-creator of Beloved Conversations

Beloved Conversations: Virtual will be rolling out over the next several church years, beginning in September, 2020. This new version of the program will be released in three phases:   

  • Within (the individual, personal work we each need to do);   
  • Among (the institutional, systemic change needed in our congregations); and   
  • Beyond (the work outside our congregations, with our local communities). 

The program this fall (phase one -Within) runs October through mid-December, and includes:

  • Individual study of videos and readings, accompanied by reflection prompts and suggested conversations with “critical friends” chosen by the participants
  • Bi-weekly small group conversations in a “learning pod” 
  • Larger, monthly, ‘meaning making sessions,’ facilitated by Beloved Conversations staff 

The “Within” work is different for White folks and for Black, Indigenous and other People of Color and will be done entirely in race-based caucuses.  

The program normally costs $150 per person, but thanks to a generous grant from our Ruth Humphreys Innovation Fund, we have secured 20 spaces for our congregation.  

To register

Step 1, before Sept 15: 

Let Rev. Melora know you want to sign up by adding your name and contact info to this google doc

(If you can’t do the google doc sign up, you can email Rev. Melora directly or phone 250-891-6330.  Please put “Beloved Conversations” in subject heading.)

Step 2, before Sept 20:  

Use the code Rev. Melora sends you to register as part of our congregation’s group with the Continental UU Beloved Conversations Program, through which we will each receive the program materials.  

As this is work we need to do as an entire congregation, our ministers, Revs. Shana and Melora Lynngood, and our Director of SEL-CY (Spiritual Exploration and Learning for Children and Youth), Arran Liddel, will all be engaging in the program as well.  

“We are welcoming people into this work no matter where they find themselves in their understanding of race and racism and what their experiences have been in the world.” Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, co-creator of Beloved Conversations

More information about Beloved Conversations can be found here.  Feel free to ask Rev. Melora if you have any questions. 

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September 14, 2020

A Dynamic Decade

It’s been 10 years since Rev. Melora Lynngood and Rev. Shana Lynngood became our co-ministers. Enjoy a stroll down memory lane.

 

 

 

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May 30, 2020

Your Wedding

Let the warm memories of your commitment live a lifetime.

A lay wedding officiant will help you design a ceremony thathearts expresses your deepest feelings and spiritual ideals.

An uplifting wedding will touch the hearts of all and become a joyful occasion, telling the world of your abiding devotion.

Invite one our lay chaplains to design a ceremony that reflects your true selves – what you wish to say to each other; what you wish to show everyone. To contact a lay chaplain please email laychaplains

More information here.

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