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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...

Humans of Canadian Memorial: Anne

"On May 21, 1941 my parents were married at Canadian Memorial. My mother had graduated in Psychiatric Nursing and my father was studying to be an Electrical Engineer. During my father's summers away from school he worked up at the Britannia Beach copper mines where my Mom's brother Howard also worked. Uncle Howie set my Mom and Dad up on a blind-date and that's where their life story together began." “Blessed are the peacemakers, for...

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...

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...

Humans of Canadian Memorial: Nathalie & Diego

Nathalie and Diego are an absolute delight to get to know and share a beer (or South American wine) with. Just watch them finish each other’s sentences....  Nathalie: “When we started dating we always used to talk about living abroad. Learning new cultures, learning new languages – that’s something I’ve always been interested in. Rio is a hard city to live in. So we decided to apply for residency in Canada (Diego: “and it worked!”) Besides...

Humans of Canadian Memorial: Rosemary

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28 "When I met my future husband in England, he was married. Financially, we couldn’t see a way that we could ever have a future, so he moved his family to Zambia! After 18 months there, he decided to move to Vancouver and asked if I would consider...

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...

Shrove Sunday Pancake Lunch

We're being a bit sneaky. It's of course suppose to be Shrove Tuesday, but we can't help but want to eat pancakes with you all, and many folks travel a ways to get here on Sundays, making weekday evenings harder. So we're doing it a couple days early. Please join us for a pancake lunch as we reflect and celebrate our way into the season of Lent. Sunday, February 11, after service in the Great...

Black History Month and the Power of Gospel

What a joy and an honour to have had Terrance Kelly, and the Universal Gospel Choir, join us for worship this past Sunday, and the moving testimony of our own Matthew Brewer. We kicked off Black History month a little early, celebrating the power of gospel music, and deepening our commitment to faithful racial justice work. You can read Matt’s words, and words from our Lead Minister Beth, below this video of Terrance leading the choir and the congregation in song.

Holding Space for One Another at Christmas

Vancouver, BC. December 11, 2017. – “Christmas time is here. Happiness and cheer. Fun for all that children call. Their favourite time of the year.” So goes the popular holiday song. But sometimes Christmas can be anything but fun. It’s a season where we naturally call to mind relationships with family. We reflect on all the things we accomplished this past year…or didn’t. We look back and smile at our successes, or cringe with...