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Blue Christmas – Wednesday December 21 @ 7:30pm

Blue Christmas Wednesday December 21 at 7:30pm The Christmas season can be incredibly tough for those that have experienced loss. Whether it’s grieving a loved one, the loss of relationships or self, sorrow for the state of the world, or just a deep loneliness, Christmas can feel more tormenting than triumphant. Join Minister Beth Hayward for a special service, known as “Blue Christmas” to acknowledge and release our grief and sorrow, and begin a new...

Invite Your Friends

There is so much happening at Canadian Memorial this Advent and Christmas season. And it is a great opportunity to reach out to those in your life you think might find something of value in this community of faith. Below is a sample email (that our Minister of Community Life, Christine, sent to her family and friends). Copy, edit, and forward it along. We think there is something special happening here, and we want to...

Light Up the Season

Light up the Season Christmas can be a season of deep joy and sorrow. We delight in the people and love that surrounds us. And we ache for those who aren’t here because of distance or loss. Often we struggle too with a shallow consumerism that doesn’t articulate the gratitude and praise that we yearn to share with those who matter most to us. This year we invite you to bring light into the season,...

VIDEO: Remembrance with Rita Nakashima Brock

On Sunday, Nov 6th we were honoured to host renowned theologian and educator Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock as guest preacher for our Remembrance Service. Below is a video of her sermon, followed by the text itself. Because after all the acrid clouds of smoke and cordite, / After all the killing and rivers of blood, / After all the wasted fields and forests, / After all the craters and burnt cities, / After all the...

We’re hiring: Facilities and Maintenance Worker

Facilities and Maintenance Worker Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace is looking for a reliable worker to assist in operating and ensuring the good maintenance of our church and community buildings. Reporting to the Administrator, the Facilities and Maintenance Worker will identify maintenance issues, undertake light repairs and routine caretaking items, and set up rooms for events and activities. This regular part-time morning position offers some flexibility in scheduling and requires a self-motivated,...

Calls to Action

Upon its conclusion, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada published a report of 94 calls to action to achieve true reconciliation among the citizens of the land called Canada. During this Thanksgiving weekend, we see fit to draw attention to these calls to action as a way to be in right relationship with the complicated nature of this holiday. Thanksgiving has traditionally been celebrated in remembrance of the first encounter between the indigenous peoples...

Fall 2016 Connection Circles

Fall 2016 Connection Circles are starting! Connection Circles are an opportunity to deepen relationships with other members of CMUC through a shared interest. Registration sheets are in the main church office. This year they include: Sacred Wounds - Led by Gwen Dirks A 4 session creative exploration into your faith of origin story. Looking into the source of religious trauma and injuries experienced that have affected our relationship to God and each other. Opening to...

SERMON SERIES! Three weeks of Jeremiah!

For the next three Sundays Minister Beth Hayward will be taking us through a journey into Jeremiah. "Who needs prophets in the age of reason?" this sermon series will immerse ourselves in the world of Jeremiah, as we pull an ancient story into today and wonder together: 'What does it mean to be a prophet? Where are the prophets today and is anyone listening?'     Here's the rundown. Sunday August 21 - Week One:...

Rev. Rhian Walker: Prayer As Action in the World

[huge_it_videogallery id="4"] Rev. Rhian Walker graced us with her serene presence last Sunday to deliver her sermon "Prayer As Action in the World". Rhian serves as the Minister at Trinity United Church, which is located at the Heartwood Cafe. A recent graduate of the Vancouver School of Theology, her focus is on new expressions of church. She is passionate about the link between spirituality and shaping the culture and planet to be a more just...