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.

Rita Wittman The Tao of Pooh
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Rita Wittman The Tao of Pooh

While Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Rabbit calculates and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is. And that’s a clue to the wisdom of the Taoists. Come, explore how Benjamin Hoff connects one of the world’s most famous bears with one of its oldest philosophies.

Amanda Tarling “Three weddings and a funeral – why rites of passage are an important part of Unitarianism”
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Amanda Tarling "Three weddings and a funeral - why rites of passage are an important part of Unitarianism"

Capital’s Lay Chaplains spend most summer weekends officiating for weddings up and down the island. It’s wonderful and exciting work as well as being important outreach for Unitarianism. Come join us as Amanda delves into fascinating wedding customs from around the world, peppered with some of her most memorable weddings.

Arran Liddel “The Rainbow Connection”
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Arran Liddel "The Rainbow Connection"

Like any culture, queer culture changes over time. With these changes, we see ourselves and each other differently, both inside and outside of queer communities. We will share stories and reflections about how evolving queer identities offer a more nuanced understanding of love & inclusion… And, of course, some fabulous music! This service will be related to but separate from the pride service the Sunday before at First Victoria.

Oliver Belisle – Wisdom and the human connection
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Oliver Belisle - Wisdom and the human connection

Homo sapiens sapiens–wisest of the wise ones. This is the name we’ve given our species, and on the surface it seems well-deserved; but observe yourself carefully, or the people around you, or read the news, and you may begin to question whether we’ve earned this name at all. What does it mean to be wise, and if we are not yet wise ourselves, how can we become so?


Oliver Belisle is a father of 3, husband, blogger, writer, and spiritual explorer whose travels have led him along many different paths. He recently discovered the need for a structured and systemic approach to life and started building his own philosophy, which he describes as a blend of Stoicism, Taoism, Vedanta, and Zen. From the first time he set foot in a Unitarian Universalist church he knew that it was a perfect fit for him, and he has been a member of FUCV since 2014.

Mary Louise Meadow – Speaking of women in religion
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mary Louise Meadow - Speaking of women in religion

Anyone hoping to understand women’s lives needs to attend to the extent to which religion has not only reflected basic cultural assumptions about gender but has also helped shape, alter and reinforce those assumptions. The study of women in religion gives us access to women’s interior lives and how women have understood themselves, their social context and their world. Religious institutions historically have been a major sphere of women’s activities, second perhaps only to the domestic sphere itself.

Elizabeth Atchison – Our Inclusive Community
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Elizabeth Atchison - Our Inclusive Community

Finding our full potential sends many of us looking for social belonging. We often find this in a community. What is it about this community that makes it so important to you and me? Let us think about it together.

Peter Scales – Principles and Sources
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Peter Scales - Principles and Sources

A look at the principles and sources of Unitarian Universalism.

Michelle Brown – Religion as survival strategy
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Churches were language sanctuaries for Hungarians who came under Romanian authority in 1920. Even today, seminarians in Transylvania are charged with responsibility for the survival of the Hungarian people. Michelle Brown, recently returned from a three-month stay in a Unitarian seminary, offers a look at the 21st century reality facing this child of the Reformation.

Nicola Li – The Spiritual fallout of trauma
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Nicola Li - The Spiritual fallout of trauma

There is a myth that trauma results from a single experience. The potential sources of emotional trauma are numerous and can add up. What does the path of healing look like?

Nicola served five years in the Canadian Forces. She is a friend at Capital and a practicing Buddhist. She lives with PTSD and loves to write. Copies of Nicola’s book, Refuge in the Black Deck:
The Story of Ordinary Seaman Nicola Peffers will be available for sale following the service.

Joan Carolyn – Small is beautiful and mighty!
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Joan Carolyn - Small is beautiful and mighty!

Joan Carolyn, CUC Congregational Dev. staff welcomes you to join her for a service celebrating the role of small congregations within our UU family. Leaders within a variety of faith traditions see the small congregation as a growing trend and highly valuable. How do we tell our small congregation stories from a Strengths Based Perspective, which not only provides wisdom and inspiration for others but re-energizes our own involvement?

Following the service, all are welcome to Capital’s focussed forum conversation. Joan anticipates hearing feedback regarding concerns and celebrations, both regarding Capital as well as CUC, your national office. There will also be time to honor just some of Capital’s contribution and in invitation to consider another option to share your wisdom.

Ms. Joan Carolyn, CUC Congregational Development staff, has been an active participant with the First U. U. church of Winnipeg since early 1999. She is married to life partner, Ken Nicholson and shares with him two sons, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters.

Joan has been privileged to pursue studies in World Religions and Cultural Anthropology as well as completing a B. Th. and M. Div.. Of special note are training and experience with: Conflict Resolution; Cycles of Violence and Wellness Planning and; Cross-cultural Awareness.