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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...

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...