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.

Apr
2
Sun
Barbara Freeman “The Devil of Being an Angel: Life Lessons from Sponsoring LGBTQ Newcomers to Canada”
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Barbara Freeman "The Devil of Being an Angel: Life Lessons from Sponsoring LGBTQ Newcomers to Canada"

Drawing on her experiences and those of other people who help LGBTQ refugees, Barbara Freeman reflects on the nature of compassion, mutual respect, patience and cooperation with newcomers, and among their sponsors and donors. The devil of being an angel is often in the details.

 

Barbara Freeman is a member of Capital Rainbow Refuge, an Ottawa organization that sponsors LGBTQ newcomers to Canada and mentors other LGBTQ sponsorship groups. She is also a member of the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa and a winter visitor to Victoria.

Apr
9
Sun
Janet Vickers “Infinite Power”
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Janet Vickers will read from her second trade book of poems Infinite Power (Ekstasis 2016). Infinite power, in her eyes “is not a zero sum game but a journey / a stone thrown in a lake”. The danger of our age is that we have lost contact with that power, made it something to possess like a personal bank account. In writing these poems she hopes for a reconnection to that sacred universal relationship.

Janet is a member of the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo, and lives on Gabriola Island with her husband of forty six years. Her poems have appeared in chapbooks published by the CUC, other anthologies in Canada, the UK, in literary journals and online magazines. She has been a Unitarian since 1985.

Apr
16
Sun
Kimberly Bramadat “Flower Communion: exchange of love and synergy”
Apr 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Kimberly Bramadat "Flower Communion: exchange of love and synergy"

Honoring the UU flower communion, from 1923 by the Reverends Norbert and Maja Capek to our present day exchange of love and synergy.

Kimberly Bramadat-Ramsey was born UU in Winnipeg and now volunteers with youth and OWL sexuality education at First Unitarian Church of Victoria. She is passionate about all types of healing and meditative ecstatic dance, and works as a school educational assistant and a community support worker in the summer. Kimberly is the proud mom of daughter Kisha Raven Bramadat, is married to Michael Ramsey, and is the daughter of Rev. Jane Bramadat.

Apr
23
Sun
Lillie Lentz “Earth Day: Places on the Map and Places in my Mind”
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lillie Lentz "Earth Day: Places on the Map and Places in my Mind"

It is good to celebrate. We celebrate our contributions to the Earth and the Earth’s contributions to us. Let us explore the inherent worth and dignity of all things; Compassion in relationships; and the interconnectedness of all existence.

Lillie has been a member of the First Unitarian Church of Victoria since 2002. Before that she belonged to the Unitarian Universalist (UU) communities in Ottawa and in Vancouver. She has been a UU practioner for more than 24 years. Most recently she attended our Homily Creation Workshop and the Lay Chaplaincy program. She was a Worship Associate and continues to support the Youth in every way possible. In her other work as a communication coach, she is an active member of the Inclusive Leadership Cooperative, is a pagan, a permaculturalist and a Compassionate Communication (NVC) practioner.

Apr
30
Sun
Murray Enkin “Myth from the Ice Age to Mickey Mouse”
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Murray Enkin "Myth from the Ice Age to Mickey Mouse"

Myths make the glue that has held humankind together since the Agricultural Revolution. Do the myths of today really, really, differ from the myths of then?