Our Blog

Faith Commuter Challenge

Faith Commuter Challenge - Sunday, June 4  This Spring, CMUC will join hundreds of faith communities in a nationwide Commuter Challenge. Between June 2-11, people of all faiths across the country will be reducing the ecological footprint of their commute to worship. At Canadian Memorial we invite you to participate on Sunday, June 4th by travelling to church on foot, by bike, or by public transit and carpooling. We will have a place to log your trip...

As We Evolve – Congregational Conversation

On March 26th, 2017 we gathered to listen, dream, and envision the future of this growing, evolving congregation. It was a powerful morning. Here is some of what you said. Thanks to Brandon, our Board Chair, for compiling it all. Results of the Congregational Visioning Exercise, held on March 26, 2017. 76 people turned in forms, so there was lots of data! The wordclouds show key words people used in their answers: the bigger the...

Spring Cleaning Donations to First United

FIRST UNITED DONATIONS:  Spring Pick Up March 12th and 19th We will have two major campaigns, spring and autumn 2017, for donations to First United. SPRING:  Spring is fast approaching - daffodils and tulips are pushing up - and with spring comes the promise to declutter the closets and to admit that the perfectly good shirt you bought three years ago -  70% off -  and have worn once was not a good purchase.  Or that...

Thomas Berry: Prophet & Mystic

Thomas Berry, Prophet and Mystic With Gertie Jocksch SC Saturday Jan 14, 2017, 10 – 4:00 pm Thomas Berry can be an inspiration for these challenging times of unparalleled Earth devastation. Our task, he says, is to begin the transition from our modern industrial-technological civilization to a more benign mode of human presence to Earth. This calls for a radical re-visioning of what it means to be human among the communities of our planet home and...

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...