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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]
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. This year’s award will be presented to Carolyn Pogue at the Sunday service on November 30.
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.
Our generosity campaign began October 26 and continues through the first half of November. Pledge forms can be picked up at the church, received by mail, or downloaded (Word Version, PDF Version). Once it is filled out, pick the easiest way to send your pledge to us:
Thank you for your support of this beloved community and all we do.
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 November is "Courage."
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.