Earth Day Service – April 22

Join us for a moving Earth Day Service, with local gospel, soul and jazz singer Dawn Pemberton and reflections from Rabbi Dr Laura Duhan-Kaplan, Director of Inter-religious Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology.

Along with our usual (incredible) music and leadership team, and all the warmth and welcome of this unique community of faith.

ALL ARE WELCOME. We really mean it. We’d love to have you there.

 


CMUC gathers and worships on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We acknowledge that history and that present reality each Sunday when we gather, and particularly on the occasion of this service.

April 1st: Easter Sunday Service

April 1st, 10:30am

Join us as we celebrate Easter with a special worship service.

Each Sunday our morning worship includes both lively and reflective music from our choir, band, and guest musicians. It includes scripture, prayer, a sermon, and musical meditation. We pray, celebrate, grieve, and grow together, bringing all that we are, and all that we are carrying.

This Easter, if you are able, bring a few flowers. 

DineOut CMUC

This Lent we are organizing our second DineOut CMUC!

April 9th to 20th :: various locations
What’s that?
During the two weeks from April 9th to 20th, the Canadian Memorial community will get together in one another’s homes to break bread, share a meal, and deepen the relationships that make this place so special. Some folks will volunteer to host and cook (you can even pair up to do so, if it feels daunting), and others will sign up to attend. It’s a chance to do as Jesus and his disciples did: build beloved community over food and conversation.
I’ll host a dinner!
We invite you to sign up to host (and cook) a dinner for CMUC folks in your home. You fill out the form below to let us know what possible dates (between April 9th to 20th) work for you, how many people you can fit, what dietary requirements you can meet, etc. Hosts will be reimbursed for food costs, and dinners will be BYOB.
Drop the form off for Christine in the main office by March 4th.
I’d like to attend!
After Worship on Sundays from March 11th to April 1st, there will be a table in the Great Hall to sign up to join a meal. The cost is a sliding scale $5-15, and will go to reimbursing the hosts for food costs. Guests are invited to bring wine/beer to share if they would like.
Questions? Find Christine, our Minister of Community Live, during coffee hour, or email her at christine (at) canadianmemorial (dot) org.

SIGN UP TO HOST A DINNER

6 Months into the Affirm Process

Reflection from Emily Simpson, co-chair of CMUC’s process to become an Affirming Congregation:

“It’s been 6 months since CMUC started the Affirming process so Toni and I wanted to offer a brief reflection on that time. Through the kick-off event, conversation circles, film night, monthly Affirm table, testimonies, sermons, Shower of Stoles exhibit, and Fireside chat–  we have seen people begin to realize the difference between welcoming and Affirming. We have learned more about the implicit and explicit privileges of being heterosexual and/or cis-gender in both church and society. This process has created space for people to tell their own stories, or stories of family and friends that have impacted them, around sexual orientation and/or gender identity, where before there was silence. We have met new people who shared that hearing about the Affirm process made them feel CMUC was a safe place to come worship.

“We have also heard concern about how to encourage more people to engage in the process and whether everyone finds it welcoming. We have heard fear around what happens if the vote is not unanimous – how do we continue together? We have heard curiosity about what will change if we become Affirming. We have been asked “Why this particular issue? Is it more important than any other?” This process is not saying that seeking justice and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community is more important than any other work – all justice seeking work is important. This is simply what we are focused on right now; it does not and will not make us a single issue church.  For anyone who has this concern, we’d like to ask you to consider if you would feel the same way if we spent a year focused on Reconciliation, sexism, racism, or ableism. For many churches, the Affirm process has been a catalyst for further education around and intentional inclusion of other marginalized groups.

“As we move forward into the next 6 months, we are seeking to respond to what we’ve heard. To address the desire for education on terminology and the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, we’ve planned a workshop with Anna White that’s happening February 25th. We’ll have another film event in March. For those with questions about what would change if we became affirming –take a look at videos by Hillhurst United and Riverside United on our Affirm webpage, the Open Hearts document from Affirm United, or talk to Toni or myself.  In April, there will be a workshop to craft language for our mission statement that explicitly includes LGBTQ+ folk and an action plan for future ways of developing ourselves as an Affirming congregation. The last step is the congregational vote in June where the draft mission statement and action plan will be presented for approval.  We want all of you to feel that you’ve had the opportunity to learn more about LGBTQ+ justice issues, reflect on the reasons for this process and its possibilities for our future, so we encourage you to join us at these upcoming events. Finally, we want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who have helped make this process possible and everyone who has participated so far.”

Find out more:

What is Affirming?
Why Affirming?
Past Events (a record of our past  Affirming events/activities)
Resources

NEW Parent and Tot Play Group

Happening Thursdays from 10am – noon.

Canadian Memorial is hosting a brand new, FREE play group for all ages, from babies to preschool. A more peaceful play group for your littlest ones or those who prefer a bit less stimulation. Professional storytime with songs and stories and puppets every week. Snacks, tea and coffee (by donation). This is not specifically a religious program, it is truly welcome to all.

Drop in, play and connect!

At Canadian Memorial United Church’s Centre for Peace (not the sanctuary building): 1825 West 16th Ave. Free parking onsite.

For more info, email Michelle: mcobban (at) hotmail (dot) com.