Remembrance Day Sunday

Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud, peace advocate, will be the Guest Speaker on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, 2018.

This Remembrance Day, as we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, come and pay tribute  to those who fought for our freedom, remember lives lost, and celebrate the 90th anniversary of the church as a Memorial to Peace.

On November 11th, our commemorative service with church choir and orchestra will feature peace advocate Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud as our guest speaker.

An Open House for viewing of the windows will be from 12:30-1:45 pm.

The Universal Gospel Choir concert begins at 2 pm. This concert is by-donation and all are welcome.

Organ Recital featuring Neil Cockburn, Oct. 19

Please join us for what promises to be a wonderful concert and a celebration of peace in our 90th of year.

International prize-winning organist Neil Cockburn is performing an organ concert at Canadian Memorial United Church (1825 W 16th Ave, Vancouver) Friday, October 19, starting at 7:30 PM. Cost is by-donation.

Neil Cockburn

The concert is part of the church’s 90th anniversary celebrations. Dr. Cockburn is currently Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (Anglican) in Calgary.

The 90 year old organ at Canadian Memorial is a beautiful 42 rank, 3 manual instrument built by Casavant Frères (Opus 1269). Intriguingly the organ was gifted to the church by the people of the United States as a memorial to the 1500 American soldiers who died while serving in the Canadian Army during World War I.

Connect with our learning circles and on-going activities

Our Fall 2018 programs are designed to welcome the person who can commit to all sessions as well as those who can drop-in even for one class. 

Visit a Tuesday night Bible study with Rev. Beth that will continue  through Nov. 20, or drop-in randomly to the 3-week seminar, “A Theology of Randomness (Oct. 10, 17 and 24).

Connection Circle – A Theology of Randomness

Led by Rev. David Ewart
Dates: Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm, Oct. 10, 17 and 24
Location: CMUC Centre for Peace
Register during coffee hour or in the Main office starting Sept 16th, or just Drop In

A Theology of Meaninglessness, Purposelessness, and Randomness, of Good, Justice and Evolution. Can we trust God if and when events happen randomly and without any meaning or purpose? All are welcome.

Bible Study with Beth

Led by Rev. Beth Hayward and guests
Dates: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm, Oct- 9-Nov 20
Location: CMUC Centre for Peace
Register during coffee hour or in the Main office starting Sept 16th, or just Drop In

A key part of nurturing our Christian faith is learning to wrestle with our texts. Led by Rev. Beth Hayward. No experience required.

Chancel Choir

Led by our Minister of Music, Lonnie Delisle
Dates: Thursdays 7:15-9 p.m., ongoing
Location: CMUC Sanctuary
Talk to Lonnie or email lonnie@canadianmemorial.org to sign up

A mix of gospel, contemporary and traditional music. No auditions required.

Cinema Sophia

Led by Tom Little
7-10 p.m., every second Friday
Location: CMUC Centre for Peace
Limit: 25 people. Register during coffee hour or in the Main office starting Sept 16th. Please commit to attending at least 50% of films.

More than a film-watching group, this is a chance to experience deep and moving (and sometimes funny) films, and then discuss and reflect on them among spiritual community.

ONGOING DROP-INS

Meditation Group: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Fireside Room

Learn meditation techniques, listen to spiritual readings.
Questions? Contact Sam Wyatt, sam@samwyatt.com.


Parent and Tot Group:
Thursdays, 10:00-12:00 p.m. | Great Hall

Build community and offer support and encouragement while young children play and interact.
Questions? Contact Michelle Cobban, mcobban@hotmail.com.

JUSTICE AND SERVICE

In from the Cold

Join us to serve a hot meal at First United Church on the second Friday of every month from 3:30-7:30 pm. Volunteers cook a meat or veggie stew, set-up, and serve those in need of a nourishing meal.

To get involved, contact Heather McKelvie, hdmckel@gmail.com.

Street Meals

Street Meals is an outreach ministry that has been supporting street-involved youth in Vancouver with a hot meal and sandwich program. Street Meals provides food, clothes, and scholarships to street-involved youth.

To get involved, contact Joanne Hausch, jhausch@deloitte.ca.

Reconciliation

The Canadian Memorial community continues to listen and learn how we can live into the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.

To get involved, contact Hilary Kitson, hfkitson2@gmail.com.

Affirm

CMUC is part of a network of over 200 Affirming ministries across Canada. We declare in word and action that God loves and accepts people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We are committed to working for the full inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the United Church of Canada and in society. Check out our action plan for the upcoming year here.

To get involved, contact Emily, emilyasimpson@gmail.com

An Affirming Congregation

Canadian Memorial becomes an Affirming Ministry!

On June 10, 2018 after a full year of education and reflection spread throughout worship, numerous events, and monthly display tables, Canadian Memorial voted resoundingly to become an Affirming ministry. We join St. Andrew’s Wesley as the second Affirming United Church in Vancouver and stand with over 200 Affirming United Church ministries across Canada in witnessing to the wider community that God’s love extends to everyone equally and without reserve.

Affirming ministries declare in both words and actions that God loves and accepts people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. They commit to continued education and work for justice and inclusion of all people: combating racism, sexism, homophobia and  transphobia; increasing accessibility; and challenging bias and discrimination based on appearance, culture, class, or age.

What does this mean for us? We already had an inclusive marriage policy and LGBTQ folk in the congregation and leadership, but you might notice some new language in our mission and values (check out our inclusion statement!) and more importantly new signage on our website, bulletins, and church building as we “come out” to the wider community as Affirming.  We’ll also be planning an official celebration of our Affirm status for the fall.

Our Affirm working group will be working closely with the leadership over the next year on the action plan idea prioritized by the congregation.  If you’re interested in facilitating the next part of our journey as an Affirming congregation, whether you have a little time or a lot, you’re a planner or doer, an introvert or extrovert, technophile or luddite, there is space for you!  Please contact Emily Simpson (emilyasimpson@gmail.com).

You can read more about the process and learning here.

We are so proud.