News & Events
CUC AGM and Conference
An Invitation to Love and Justice
CONFERENCE: May 18 – 20 at McMaster University, Hamilton ON
Early Bird registration ends April 7
The conference has two components: the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the CUC and the biennial Conference. The conference includes a variety of learning and development opportunities, including a multi-generational day, which provides time for our different generations to build connections. Because so many of our congregations are geographically isolated, the opportunity to come together is, for many people, a highlight of the congregational year. If Regina Unitarians are interested please check out the web page or talk to Wayne Williamson & Joanne Green.
Brainstorming Session for Sunday Services
Saturday, November 11, 4:30 PM at the Unitarian Centre
Our Sunday Services committee meets monthly to plan our weekly services and we’re always looking for new ideas. We’ve been talking about how to change things up a bit and we want your input. We are hosting a brainstorming session for all interested members and friends, followed by a shared meal.
Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana will assist with our brainstorming from 4:30 to 6:00 pm or so. Afterwards, we’ll share fellowship, pizza, salad and drinks (BYOD – bring your own drink). There will be a small charge of $7.50 to cover the cost of the pizza.
A sign-up sheet will be posted in the Lower Hall – make sure your name is there!
Regina Multi-Faith Forum Members Work Together to Bring Syrian Family to Regina
The Regina Multi-Faith Forum (RMFF) is pleased to welcome to Regina, the Syrian refugee family that was jointly sponsored by members of the Forum’s diverse faith traditions: Unitarian, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and others. It has been a long haul; but the family: Grandparents, their daughter and her two children are finally here, to the relief of all concerned.
The sponsorship project was initiated over 15 months ago, when the worsening Syrian crisis became apparent. The intent behind the project was to show to the wider community that people from diverse religious backgrounds can work together for a common humanitarian and compassionate cause. Members initially did fund raising, then broke into committees for planning welcoming, health, housing, education, transportation and cultural support. While travel was unfortunately interrupted as the first Federal Government refugee numbers were met, the work of RMFF members continued, and with the Archdiocese of Regina as sponsorship agreement holder, “our family “left a refugee camp in Lebanon where they were living, and arrived in Regina December 16, 2016 where they are getting settled with support from members of the RMFF.
The family has lived through an extreme situation, and is seeking a quiet time for settling. RMFF members plan a celebration in January at the Beth Jacob Synagogue where the family will be welcomed by the RMFF community, and others, with media invited to attend. By that time, we hope our five special people may feel more easily able to express the experience of their arrival and new home in Regina. While planning for financial and social support for a year was a challenge, members from diverse faith traditions worked together for a common cause, a satisfying experience for all.
The Unitarian Fellowship of Regina raised approximately $3,500 for the project over a six-month period, and several members of the Social Action Committee have been involved with education, housing and health supports. We’ve learned along the way that a smart-phone app called Google Translate is one way to communicate with people who have limited English. Thanks to Hilary Craig and her many contacts in our city, we now have good links to the English Additional Language (EAL) community and multi-cultural translators.
Summer Services & Picnic
Each summer we meet most Sundays for much more casual gatherings. We talk about books, or music, or gather for a picnic at a member’s home, sharing sun, games, swimming and good food. Events are always announced in the newsletter.
Sing for Fun – Fellowship Choir
In the Regina Unitarian congregation, we have a group of dedicated singers that practice once or twice monthly. During services we help lead the congregation in singing hymns and songs from many sources. Do you like singing? We’d love to have you join us. Practices are usually at 9:45 am before the service and dates are announced in the newsletter.