News & Events
October 13 – 15, 2017 | Calgary, Alberta
Held at the Unitarian Church of Calgary (1703 1 St NW) & Wild Rose United Church (1317 1 St NW)
Hosted by Unitarian Church of Calgary and the Canadian Unitarian Council
Does your congregation need to re-energize itself? Are you looking for ways to refresh your purpose, to position yourself for growth, to become better known in your communities, and to attract a young and energetic demographic?
Join us in Calgary at the 2017 Western Region Fall Gathering to hear strategies for attaining these goals, to take part in an invigorating session on Truth, Healing and Reconciliation, or to enjoy an engaging arts and music stream.
For more information, check out the CUC web page here.
UFR at Queen City Pride 2017
Join us as we participate in the annual Pride Parade to show our support to the LGBTQ community in Regina. We have a banner to carry – be sure to be there to have your turn.We will meet at the corner of Rose Street and 13th Avenue around 11:30 am. Bring your sun hats and hopefully wecan convince the sun to say!!
Saturday, June 24, 12:00 PM to 4:30
DRAFT COVENANT OF RIGHT RELATIONS
Update and Request for Feedback
The draft Covenant of Right Relations was published for review and comment in late January. We (board and covenant agreement team) received feedback from a few people during February and March. The comments were reviewed by the covenant agreement team and incorporated as it seemed appropriate. Some re-ordering and re-wording of the guidelines also resulted from the feedback and the team’s review.
One suggestion received indicated a preference for a title change. The team agrees with the suggested change – Covenant of Healthy Relations. We recommend this change as well.
Now it’s time to seek the second round of feedback from our members and friends.
April to December 2017: The team will ask for feedback from the congregation to be given by December 2017. Please forward the feedback to the board or the covenant team (Andrew Quackenbush, Joanne Green, Pam Bocking).
April to June 2017: Work will continue on drafting a conflict resolution guideline.
COVENANT OF HEALTHY RELATIONS
Our covenant reminds us to aspire to be our best selves as we strive to create a space and place where we feel safe to grow and explore. We acknowledge that we are different from each other and that we are enriched by our diversity. However, we also recognize that our differences may sometimes be a source of conflict. The guidelines in this covenant help us support one another.
We maintain healthy community and nurture our connections with one another by committing to:
- assume good will on the part of others.
- be honest with ourselves and kind to each other.
- listen attentively and with an open mind.
- share differing views respectfully.
- be aware of how our words and actions may affect others.
- seek clarification and confirm our understanding.
- value the contributions of others.
- stay engaged and be patient with ourselves and others when participating in congregational life.
- accept disappointments with civility.
- attempt to resolve conflicts by following our collectively defined process.
Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting
The Unitarian Fellowship of Regina will be holding our AGM on Sunday, March 5th at 10:30 AM.
Pursuant to our by-laws, in order to vote or petition as a member for any purpose, a person must have been a member for at least 30 days preceding the date of such vote or petition. Furthermore the names of members shall be posted 30 days prior to the AGM. Friends and newcomers as well as members are welcome to take part in our AGM. Questions or concerns should be addressed to the membership chair, Wayne Williamson, or to the president, Wybo Ottenbreit-Born.
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.
Covenant of Right Relations Workshop
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 9 am – 4 pm
Our Board has been considering a recommendation arising out of Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz’s first year-end report. The Regina Unitarians Board recognizes a need for us to have both an agreement about how we will be together in fellowship with one another, as well as a process for resolving all sorts of conflict when they arise.
Since Spring of this year, the Board along with Rev. Karen and Joan Carolyn (Canadian Unitarian Council – Congregational Development) and discussed the possibility of having Joan help us begin to develop a covenant of right relations for our fellowship. Happily she has agreed to work with us in developing a workshop set for Saturday, October 22, 9:00-4:00.
This will be an opportunity to share ideas regarding the content for our Covenant as well as engage with samples of covenants from other UU congregations. Our covenant includes aspirations for our life together, as well as the supportive process necessary to address the rough spots as we grow towards those ideals.
These ideas will be collected and a draft covenant will be created by a team in the month following the workshop. The draft along with a summary of our covenant ideas will then be shared with everyone in our Fellowship and people, especially those unable to attend, will have a couple of months to respond. Then our Covenant Team will create a final draft which will guide our interactions the remainder of one year.
We will gather at year’s end for an opportunity to review the covenant and its relevance for us. Following our deliberations, we will share in a feast honoring this community of which we are all a part.
Your participation in this process is fervently desired! Please save the date and join us for this very important first step.
Coffee and Conversation with the Consulting Minister
Friday, November 18, 2016, 3:00-4:30 PM
If you are free on Friday afternoon, join Rev. Karen by the 13th Avenue Coffee House between 3 pm and 4:30 for coffee (or tea) and conversation. Bring your questions, your ideas and your curiosity!
Unitarian Fellowship Mitten Tree
In support of Rainbow Youth Centre Christmas Stocking Project
For several years now our Fellowship has supported this project with donations of new mittens, gloves, toques, and personal toiletry items. Rainbow Youth is once again calling upon us for help in making this a most successful project. Their shopping list includes:
Toques – mittens – socks (sizes – infant, child & adult)
Toothbrushes & toothpaste (children’s & adults)
Deodorant – bar soap – baby shampoo – shampoo (500 or 710 ml size)
Reading books (infant & children)
Colouring books (children’s) & crayons (wax pkg of 24)
Last year our Fellowship provided many articles for the project. I hope we can do even more this Christmas. The tree will be up this coming Sunday, so please start bringing in your donations right away. All donations must be delivered to the Rainbow Youth Centre by Dec 8th. In that regard I am looking for a volunteer to make the delivery as I will be out of province from Dec 1st to the 12th.
The Rainbow Youth Centre is a multi-cultural, community based organization providing support services to children and young adults in Regina. For more information about their services and programs please go to www.rainbowyouth.com
New Sign and Logo
The Communications Action Group is happy to announce that the new two-sided outdoor sign is up! It has the slightly modified chalice logo plus a new slogan for Regina Unitarians – “Diverse Beliefs, Shared Values”. The rainbow symbol is included so passerbys will know we are a Welcoming Congregation. The website has been emphasized so that anybody who is interested will know where to get more information.
The chalice logo was given a more modern interpretation while staying true to the spirit of Mac Hone’s original design. Besides the outdoor sign the Group has started to make use of the updated logo in the Chalice newsletter. Soon you will see it on the website, on Facebook, on a revised Order of Service, on letterhead and wherever else it is needed!
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.
Second Sunday of Each Month September to June
On the 2nd Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck brunch after the service. Bring your favourite dish to share with the others and share in the fellowship.
We welcome visitors to join in sharing the food offerings.
Each year we have circle dinners (organized potlucks) in February and/or March. Circle dinners are hosted in individual homes for approximately 8 people. They are a great way to get to know each other in a small, informal setting.
Hosts are responsible for organizing the main course and supplying the venue, cleanup, etc. Guests are usually asked to bring side dishes, desserts, beverages, etc.
This year’s dinners will take place on the weekend of February 26/27. A sign-up sheet for hosts and guests is posted at the Fellowship. Or contact us to sign up!
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.
World Religion Day – January 17th, 2016
The Unitarian Fellowship has been a part of the Multi-Faith Forum for about twenty-five years. One of the original founders was Richard Jack, a Unitarian whom had been president of the Fellowship at least once. Each year there are events that we have taken part in as members of the organization. Some of the events are public events at places like shopping centres or the University.
The most recent event was World Religion Day which was held at the Beth Jacob Synagogue. The theme for the gathering was prayers for peace; here you see Navdeep Singh, President of Regina MultiFaith Forum welcoming attendees.
Refugee Sponsorship Project with Regina Multi-Faith Forum – January 2016
In October, 2015 the Regina Multi-Faith (RMFF) forum decided that it would be a great project for the RMFF to sponsor a refugee family. Many of the members of the RMFF were immigrants themselves, and see the project as a great way to create cooperation amongst faith traditions.
In late October, the Unitarian Fellowship of Regina committed $2,000 to the Regina Multi-Faith Forum (RMFF) in support of the project. The Fellowship sees this as an important project, both for the refugee family chosen, and to act as a model for cooperation amongst faith traditions. Joanne Green is also participating in the organizing committee in the area of health & education.
Thanks to all the donors for this special fund. Donations are still being accepted for this project. Make a donation today.
Mitten Tree for Rainbow Youth Centre
Every year we gather gloves, mittens, toques, and toiletries for the Rainbow Youth Centre in Regina. We collect for a couple of weeks and decorate our tree before sending the donated items on to the Centre.
Since 1982, the Rainbow Youth Centre has been providing a place for Regina youth, 11 to 25 years, to grow and develop, providing a variety of individual and group counseling, skill development, educational, recreational, and direct service programs.
Support to Unitarian Universalist Minister in Burundi – November 2015
In November, a Unitarian Universalist minister in Burundi was arrested and questioned. There was great concern for his wellbeing and the safety of the congregation. In response, many Unitarian congregations including ours sent letters to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Burundian ambassador to Canada and the Canadian consulate in Burundi. Letters were also sent by many individual Unitarians. Thanks to everyone that participated in this letter-writing campaign. http://www.icuu.net/
Cathedral Arts Festival May 2015
Every year we participate in the street fair which takes places on the last day of the Cathedral Arts Festival. This year we stopped borrowing and purchased a new canopy in May to use at the festival. It is a beautiful blue to attract attention and keep the rain out! Once again thanks to Wybo Ottenbreit-Born & others for setting up, and hosting a table at the street festival.