Upcoming Services

  • Place: 1703 First Street NW (click to see a map)
  • Time: Sundays, 10:30 am to about 11:30 am unless otherwise noted. Additional services may be scheduled on other days and times.

Visitors are welcome any Sunday. Please stay for coffee and conversation following the service.
Bringing children or youth? Please see information about our Children and Youth Religious Education Programs, which run September through June. Our nursery is staffed every Sunday, all year, for infants or children who require supervision during the service.
Missed a service? Recordings of past services can be found on our Sermons page.

December  Service Schedule

Sunday, December 3, 10:30 am: Power of Presence

An aspect of this month’s theme is ‘being with’ as present with another. It is one of the greatest gifts we can give and yet we can struggle with how. This service will also include the awarding of this year Irvine Award for Justice to Susan Gillies – Executive Director of the Calgary Women’s Center.
Presenter: Rev Debra Faulk and Social Justice Committee members
Service Leader: Kathryn Burwash
Music: Music Director, Jane Perry with UUphonia

Sunday, December 10, 10:30 am: Children’s Pageant – The Little Christmas Tree

This year’s Christmas Pageant is an adaptation of “The Little Christmas Tree” directed by Michael Leboldus. It is a sweet story about a little tree who is not chosen to be taken home by a family, and the community around the little tree coming together to bring comfort, joy and ultimately belonging.
The pageant includes the Mitten Tree – please bring mittens, gloves, scarves, hats or you can put a cash contribution in the small mitten you will find in your program on Sunday.

Special Service – Thursday, December 14, 5:30 pm: Missing Presence? 

A special Blue Christmas service to honour the pain many feel around the holidays. The merriment of the Christmas season often reminds us of what we’ve lost or never had. This will be a quiet service of readings, reflections, and candle lighting, with room made to honour sorrows and pains in our lives. Rather than encouraging you to get happy or in the spirit of the season, we will honour how you are feeling in your heart, no matter what that may be.
A light meal will follow the service.
Presenter: Rev Debra Faulk
Music: Jane Perry

Sunday, December 17, 10:30 am: Presence of the Holy

One of the aspects of the theme of presence as mentioned in our Reflections pages is that theologians tend to come at presence from the perspective of “otherness.” Their concern is not just that we pay attention to the present moment, but that we notice a transcendent Presence that is woven through all moments.
Presenter: Rev Debra Faulk
Service Leader: Hendrik Schaink
Music: Music Director, Jane Perry with UUphonia

Special Service – Thursday, December 21, 7:00 pm: The Sun’s Returning Presence – Honoring Solstice

On this the shortest day of the year, we gather with expectation of the lengthening days to come, to celebrate the turning of the season with pagan ritual, followed by a mummer’s play and wassail. Please join us everyone and bring a length of ribbon and some greenery and perhaps a few sweets to share. Presiding: Brandis Purcell, Rev Debra Faulk and Ronnie Joy Leah

Sunday, December 24, 10:30 am: Presence of Light

This season of the turning of the year has celebrations in most cultures and religions. Many of them center around light and its importance. This morning will explore some and find the threads that bind them and us together.
Presenter: Rev Debra Faulk
Service Leader: Mary Anna Louise Kovar
Music: Music Director, Jane Perry

Special Service – Sunday, December 24, 7:00 pm: Sacred Night, Holy Night – Unitarian Lessons and Carols

With readings and music and of course the traditional interactive singing of 12 Days of Christmas and the candlelight Silent Night we gather on this Christmas Eve to celebrate the essence of this holiday of kindness, compassion, sharing and the recognition of every birth, every child, everyone as a holy birth.
Presenters: Rev Debra Faulk and Friends
Music: Music Director, Jane Perry with Chor Vida

Sunday, December 31, 10:30 am: Fire Communion

One of the traditions of the Unitarian Church of Calgary as we enter the New Year is a Fire Communion. This ritual is a shared acknowledgement of the experiences and lessons of the past year and an opportunity to make intentional choices for the year to come. We do this with gratitude for what has been experienced and hope for the future. Come join us in the celebration.
Presenters: Mary Anna Louise Kovar and Kathryn Burwash

“4 Others” Collections

Half of all non-designated collections will go to the charity of the month.

Carpooling

Carpooling is fun, companionable, helps the environment, and saves a little money on gas. We maintain a list of people interested in carpooling on the notice board in Wickenden Hall.

Accessibility

Wheelchair lifts from the street level entrance to both the main floor and the basement. Wheelchair-accessible washrooms on the main floor and the basement level. Large-print hymnals. Sound amplification devices for the hard-of-hearing

What to Wear

We tend to be an informal group.  Basically, no one really concerns themselves with what others are wearing. As long as you are comfortable and respectful to self and others, it really does not make any difference how dressed “up” or dressed “down” you are.
We are striving to be a scent-free space. Please refrain from wearing perfume, after-shave or other scented products.