Who we are

Capital Unitarian Universalist Congregation is a vibrant lay-led UU community in the James Bay neighbourhood of Victoria, BC, Canada.

We welcome you, whoever you are, whatever religious belief, tradition, gender, race, sexual orientation or age you represent.  We hope that our time together will enhance in all of us a feeling of fellowship and love, help us maintain peace of mind, and bring wisdom and the joy of caring and sharing.

Our mission is to build an inclusive, evolving, liberal religious community which offers a safe, supportive, stimulating environment to those who feel the need for spiritual growth.  Many of us enjoy discussing the moral philosophical issues of the day!

Sunday Services

Our Sunday services are held at 10:00am every Sunday, in the James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies Street. [more info and map] A children’s program is available during the service. Refreshments follow at 11:00am, then an open forum for discussion of the service is held from 11:30am – 12:15pm.

Rosemary Morrison “Learning to Pray?”
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

In this service Rosemary will share with us some of the ups and downs of her experience at Vancouver General Hospital. She is there completing a unit of C.P.E. (Clinical Pastoral Education). In this service Rosemary will talk about some of the challenges and rewards of being a spiritual care provider in a hospital setting. Learning to pray? Definitely one of the challenges!

Dar Gareau Levy “A Message of Love.”
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

In a world where those who are different are still bullied, still made to feel less than the rest, where many Transgender Youth still feel that suicide is the only option they have to escape that hurt and ridicule, we of the Unitarian-Universalist faith continue to stand on the side of love and confirm the inherent worth and dignity of all. In the shadow of the Orlando shootings, and as Victoria wraps up it’s Pride Week, please join us as we take a closer look at what it’s like to be queer, and celebrate how our UU mes-
sage of love and radical acceptance can change the world.

Dar is a member at First Unitarian Church of Victoria today is Pride Sunday and the Pride Parade!

Peter Scales “Spirit Says Sing“
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

If you have no music in your soul then you are not to be trusted.  So wrote Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice.  Music is an important element of worship in UU and other religious services.  Why is that?  What do we get from making music together?

Rev. Samaya Oakley “Living into Interdependence with Love and Justice”
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

On May 20th Canadian Unitarians approved a new vision. Join Rev. Samaya Oakley as we explore the possibilities to bring this new vision to life.

Amanda Tarling “Ceremonies; Marking the moments that matter” and Peter’s Lay Chaplain Retirement Ceremony.
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

How do we make every day celebrations meaningful again? Our culture has seemly forgotten the necessity of honouring transitions through all stages of our lives. Come and hear how we can create ceremonies that resonate be it for a birthday or retirement, baby shower or coming of age. Please also come to acknowledge the 8 years of work that Peter has done for Capital in his role of Lay Chaplain.

Murray Enkin & Peter Scales “Are you: Religious? Spiritual? Neither? Both?”
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ben Dolf “The time has come; so let us plant an apple tree”
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

That is the translated title of a wonderful book by the German scientist, writer and TV personality
Hoimar von Ditfurth. He wrote a number of much discussed books on science, ecology and peace.
Oddly, his most influential book has not been translated into English. It talks about our place on this
earth, our seeming inability to take care of it and about coming to terms with its destruction, without
falling prey to inaction and fatalism. Ben will talk about the subtle messages of this author and the
role this book has played in his attempt to come to terms with a world that is not behaving as it

Lindsay Hindle “Affirming Life With Rituals”
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Rituals are a part of life, from daily routine habits like making coffee to life milestones that inspire us to celebrate. This talk will illuminate how we have an opportunity to harness the power of consciously designed rituals to affirm any aspect of our life, including self growth, transition and manifesting desired dreams our outcomes.

Alan Dawson “The Songlines”
Aug 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

“The Songlines” is inspired by a book of the same title by Bruce Chatwin. He ventures into the desolate land of Outback Australia to learn the meaning of the Aboriginal’s ancient “Dreaming-tracks.” Along these timeless paths, among the fortune hunters and redneck Australians, racist policemen and Aboriginal holy men, Bruce discovers a wondrous vision of our place in the world. In the book Bruce muses upon war, peace, wandering and many other issues. My Homily will hopefully interest each one of us to ask the question, “What is my “Songline” or “Dreaming track” just what is it that guides us through the labyrinth of our lives.