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JOB POSTING: Administrator

ADMINISTRATOR POSITION - MAY 2018 Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace (CMUC & CFP) is an inclusive, progressive and vibrant Christian community in central Vancouver. Our heritage church is at West 15th & Burrard, and our office is in the Centre for Peace, a rental facility across the lane at West 16th & Burrard. Ours is a congenial and collaborative work environment in which all beliefs are welcome. www.canadianmemorial.org POSITION SUMMARY We seek an...

Humans of Canadian Memorial: Tammy

“I was born in Hamilton Ontario, 2 months too early which is why I have a visual disability. I was so small that they put me in an incubator. I think I was only 2 pounds when I was born and back in the 60’s they didn’t really know much about incubators so they turned up the oxygen too high and my retinas got damaged. That’s how I lost my sight.” Can you tell me...

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...

Humans of Canadian Memorial: Wilda

How did you get into stand-up comedy? “Over a lifetime, in a round-about way. As a child, my mom entered me in public speaking contests and talent shows. She could see I got a kick out of entertaining. In my adult life, I've been on a quest to find my purpose. I was in a long-term marriage and spent a lot of my energy on things important to my husband. But I was out of...

Humans of Canadian Memorial: Michelle

"I came to Canadian Memorial three years ago, after a crisis in my life. Six months earlier, my husband Paul had contracted a severe case of cerebral malaria after a trip to Africa. He was in a deep coma, with complete kidney failure, liver failure, and a very poor prognosis for recovery. We ended up taking him off life support, but then he started to improve a little bit, so we plugged him back in....

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. 

Humans of Canadian Memorial: Jay

How was Trilojay formed? I knew Jason Nickel from a recording session we did a while back and J2 (Jay Esplana) as a substitute drummer for a hip hop group I was in called the Airtights. Jason, who has been with the CMUC years, recommend us to Lonnie as great options for the band: thankfully, Lonnie agreed! It was actually Andrew, the church sound tech, who came up with the band name: “Hey, there’s 3...

Humans of Canadian Memorial: Duncan

"What I like about being a physician is the relationships. They became the key to my enjoyment of  medicine. They are built on listening at a critical time. People come to the doctor to tell their story and if the patient doesn’t have a chance to tell their story it’s an unsatisfactory encounter. I came to view medicine’s job as helping patients by listening to their symptoms and helping them to find an ending to...

Shirley, Alan and Chris

"My parents, Shirley Gwendolin Rigler and Alan Austin Mann, both 23, married on December 19, 1953 at Canadian Memorial United Church. Alan was part of the "Eleven-Sixty Club" or the "1160" Club at Canadian Memorial. Shirley soon joined in the fun at Canadian memorial. Though all the members from that time are in their late 80's, they still call their group the "young people's club". Canadian Memorial had a very active youth group and they...

Humans of Canadian Memorial: Hannes and Lonnie

Hannes: I grew up Dutch-Reformed, my Grandfather was a reverend, and we lived in a small community where everyone went to church. And then I was drawn to an evangelical church. They had an ex-gay ministry there to help people change from being gay to being straight. And that’s how Lonnie and I met in 2005: we were at a Living Waters Conference together and I was a small group facilitator and he was doing...

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