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guided by our Unitarian Universalist principles and sources,
to grow in wisdom, welcome and deepen relationships,
and act for a just and sustainable world. [Read more]
The UCC has been involved in the Calgary Gay Pride Parade for many years. Our youth (along with the help of some dedicated adults) created a marvelous 500 foot pride rainbow banner, 100 feet of which is carried with great pride in the Calgary parade behind the Unitarian Social Justice Banner. Again this year the parade will be on the Sunday of the Labour Day weekend – August 31. The route is Stephen Avenue (8th Avenue) downtown starting at Olympic Plaza and going to Shaw Millennium Park. Parade starts at noon – banner carriers are needed in place by 11:45 (noon at the latest). To let us know what you can do or for more info please contact Sheila Ward or Karen Wyllie. Watch the ENews for updates!
Unitarians again registered their support for the Alberta Wilderness Association. On April 26 – on a busy Church weekend – 18 members and friends climbed the Tower to raise $6594 in sponsorships. They ranged in age from 4 to 84, many climbing more than once. One person made 10 climbs, two made 6 and six others made more than 1 climb. This was a notable effort of fund raising and athletic performance. We should congratulate ourselves!
On March 29th, 2014, Rev. Meg Roberts and Dr. Gary Groot presented an Expression of Reconciliation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada at the final event in Edmonton, Alberta. Representing the UU Ministers of Canada and the Canadian Unitarian Council, Rev. Roberts and Dr. Groot also offered a chalice (made by Wade Stephen Baker, a Kwakiutl artist) as a symbol of solidarity and Unitarianism, to light the way to truth.
Congregations were invited to read the Expression of Reconciliation at Sunday services. This was done in Calgary on March 30 by Karen Wyllie of the Social Justice Committee, and First Nations elder and church member Bill Wuttunee and members of his family responded. Full and congregational versions of the CUC’s Expression of Reconciliation are available.
What do Unitarians believe if we don't follow one set of doctrines or religious teachings? Here is a simple, heartwarming, and eloquent story that will open your eyes to the Unitarian Universalist tradition - a religion that is spiritual, principled, and welcoming to all beliefs, colours, creeds, and gender orientations. Courtesy of Rev. Tandi Rogers on the occasion of Samaya Oakley's ordination in Vancouver, BC. Samaya was our intern minister here in Calgary in 2012-2013.