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Each year, the Unitarian Church of Calgary’s Social Justice Committee recommends to the Board someone whose social or environmental justice contributions to the Calgary community deserve special recognition. The award is named for William Irvine, UCC’s minister from 1916-1919, whose social activism was extraordinary, even for a Unitarian minister.
A longtime Calgarian and friend to the UCC, Carolyn Pogue is being recognized for her decades of local and national social activism on behalf of peace, children, and First Nations. She is a co-founder of Calgary’s Women in Black, and stands vigil every second and fourth Friday with other peace activists when she is in town. Discussion within Women in Black led to the annual Peace Camps for children, starting in 2006, which have sometimes been held in our church. Carolyn has published 14 books for children and adults, including two historical fiction books, a peace colouring book, a book about dying, and another about enjoying simple but meaningful holidays. She has been especially active in campaigning against child poverty in Alberta with the United Church Women’s Child Well-being Initiative. Carolyn, and her husband, Bill Phipps, winner of the first William Irvine award in 2007, are in combination a truly remarkable force for justice in Calgary and beyond.
The award was presented to Carolyn on Sunday, November 30. Congratulations Carolyn!
2015 Multifaith Calendars are on sale by the Youth following the Sunday services in Wickenden Hall. This is a fund-raiser for the Youth and an opportunity to do some painless Christmas shopping! $20 each.
We will be sponsoring three families this year, a mom and her 18-month-old son, and another Mom and her 17 and three-year-old sons. Both of these single mothers have been selected from the families that the Siksika Family Services Office help. Neither of these women receives financial support from the government or the nation, but are part of a referrals program. Our third family is from the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and is a grandmother, a mom and her 10-month-old son. The son has been in and out of the hospital for the last year with numerous health concerns and for his physical disabilities.
Please help the Unitarian Church of Calgary make this the best Christmas that these families have had. See the display in
Wickenden for particular items needed or contact Danielle.
We proudly announce the launch of Reflections, a newsletter to support our theme-based ministry. Each month, Reflections will offer spiritual exercises, readings, discussion questions and resources on the theme of the month. Monthly Theme-Based Listening Circles (TLCs) have begun this year. See the Adult Programs page for further information on TLCs. The theme for December is "Connection."
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.