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We come together in beloved community,
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]
We are located on Treaty 7 territory, traditional lands of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai (Blackfoot),
Tsuu T’ina (Sarcee), and Nakoda (Stoney) nations
The refugee sponsorship committee is in waiting mode until our Ethiopian couple arrives, which will likely be within the month. Also, we now know that our Iraqi family is one of the cases that the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) has put forward to meet their federal government allocation for 2016. This is indeed good news.
Penny Clipperton of our committee attended an information session at the National Conference with April Hope, who handles refugee matters at the CUC. April advises that she has a list of LGBTQ refugees from Latin America and Europe who need a sponsorship group. Our committee is not in a position to help with these cases, but wanted to get the word out to the congregation, who might then pass on the information to their networks.
These refugees would mostly be single people who would probably arrive quite soon and be entitled to federal government assistance at the provincial welfare level for six months, with the sponsoring group being responsible for all additional costs for their first 12 months in Canada. They are ‘urgent protection’ cases. For more information, contact April at the CUC.
Your Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that this year’s recipient of the 2016 Panabaker Award is Hendrik Schaink! Hendrik embodies the spirit of extraordinary service to the UCC congregation that the award is intended to honour. The Award Dinner for Hendrik was on January 10th (the January Second Sunday Supper). Congratulations Hendrik!
On November 22, the Unitarian Church of Calgary awarded the William Irvine Award posthumously to William (Bill) Wuttunee for outstanding work in social justice. His daughter, Nola, accepted the award. You can read more about Bill’s remarkable accomplishments.
When 11 year old Anthony heard "stand up, stand up, people of grace” in an anti-trans rap from an Alberta mom, he was offended. This is not, in his opinion, what religion is for. He invited Unitarians from across Canada to join with him in sending messages to trans kids. And they did!
And here are the folks at the Unitarian Church of Calgary showing their support.
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.