Outreach Council

Outreach Council

The Outreach Council seeks to raise awareness and promote action among church members and friends on society’s major social, environmental and economic issues.
We offer information and an opportunity to respond to these issues, sometimes in concert with others and always in a manner consistent with the eight principles of the Unitarian-Universalist movement. Members of the team meet twice annually to provide updates, exchange challenges and successes, and brainstorm about strategies.

 

The Coalition is made up of a variety of Teams covering many areas of concern – Choices in Dying, Lifeline, Poverty, The Denominational Affairs Coalition aims to keep abreast of events occurring in the CUC, UUA, UU UNO and UU Islands Network and to advise the Board and Church membership on opportunities to participate in events or programs offered by these agencies. Contact Jim Hemstock at jimhemstock@shaw.ca.

 

Greater Victoria Acting Together Core Committee (GVAT) is an alliance of unions, congregations, and environmental, educational, and frontline service organizations working together to tackle some of the toughest issues in Greater Victoria, including housing, mental health and climate change. Contact Susan Layng at salwplg@telus.net

 

The Lay Chaplaincy Team. Our lay chaplains are specially trained to provide rites of passage for members of the general public. Weddings, memorials, and child blessings among other services. Contact laychaplains@victoriaunitarians.ca or go to https://victoriaunitarian.ca/rentals/weddings-ceremonies/

 

The Refugee Steering Committee sponsors and resettles refugees through the church, cooperates with other sponsorship groups and individuals, and provides expertise, funds, and goods. Contact Kristina Stevens at kristinalstevens@gmail.com

 

The mandate of the Truth, Healing and Reconciliation team of Unitarian Universalists (THRUU) in Victoria is to identify and facilitate opportunities for education and engagement, in the interests of contributing to the spirit of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Contact Evelyn Peters at Evelyn.Joy.Peters@outlook.com

 

The Child Haven International team conducts events to support Child Haven in assisting children and women in developing countries, all inspired by the ideals and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. Contact Mariko Matsumoto at marikom2@hotmail.com or Christine Johnston at christine_johnston@telus.net

 

Every month we Share the Plate with a registered Canadian charity and the church. Members suggest the charities, the Share the Plate team approves and schedules them, and provides support for the proposer to implement the appeal. Contact Christine Johnston at christine_johnston@telus.net

 

The One Planet Saanich team works to develop a sustainability action plan for our church and to make our city a better place to live. Contact Glenyss Turner at glenyssmturner@gmail.com

 

The Sandy Merriman Meal Makers are currently reorganizing and more information will be available shortly. Contact Mary Ellen Nicol at nicolme@yahoo.com

 

Lifeline. Over the years, the church office has received many calls for help from local individuals and families in urgent hardship situations, where the need is pressing and no agency is ready or able to give help. These painful occasions led us to organize the Lifeline List Project. Contact Margaret McKelvie at

 

Poverty People living in poverty are as different as you and me and have different priorities. And like us, their priorities sometimes change. So we need to listen to them and not try to outguess them. Try talking to someone in need: “What do you need most in this moment?” Listen. poverty@victoriaunitarian.ca
 
There is always room for more teams and we welcome your ideas and energy. If you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions, please contact the Outreach coordinator, Evelyn Peters, at Evelyn.Joy.Peters@outlook.com
 

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