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.

Aug
27
Sun
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.

Sep
3
Sun
Oliver Belisle “The Outsider’s Perspective”
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Oliver Belisle "The Outsider's Perspective"

There has always been tremendous pressure on individuals to conform and follow the rules laid out by various social institutions, and this pressure appears to have reached a fever pitch in today’s world. Whether covertly or overtly, we are constantly being told how we should look, speak, think, and behave; what goals we should pursue and what situations we should avoid. We often hear about the plight and suffering of people who, for one reason or another, fail to follow these instructions and end up on the fringes. But could there also be advantages to being on the outside? What can we learn from history’s best known outsiders and how can we put this knowledge to work in our lives?

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.

 

Sep
10
Sun
Dana L. Seaborn “Water Communion”
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Dana L. Seaborn "Water Communion"

Come wade in the water and explore the “communion” part of Water Communion. Communion, from the Latin: “common, ordinary, communal.” Fire Communion, Water Communion, Flower Communion . . . . We Unitarians seem to love our communions. Join us!

D L Seaborn experienced her first water communion at age 5 when she fell into the duck pond at the local park. Her subsequent university studies in psychology and religion prepared her to speak to religious communities; however, her studies did not prepare her for a full immersion baptism in Shawnigan Lake at age 45, when her black lab capsized her kayak. As a result of these, and other, experiences, Dana considers herself to have extensive experience with water communions of various types. Happily, she’s a good swimmer.

Sep
17
Sun
Jessica Rourke & Shanna Grant-Warmald “There is a Crack in Everything: That’s how the Light Gets in.”
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Jessica Rourke & Shanna Grant-Warmald "There is a Crack in Everything: That’s how the Light Gets in."

Using restorative justice as a reference point, we will have a conversation about healing – what it means to “heal” and struggles and triumphs we’ve witnessed on people’s healing journeys, whether they were harmed by another or were the ones who created the harm.

 

Restorative Justice Victoria is a non-profit, community-based organization that facilitates dialogues in the aftermath of crimes that occur in the City of Victoria, Oak Bay, and Esquimalt. They are our August Capital Connects Recipient.

Sep
24
Sun
Rita Wittman “I’m Your Man – The Life and Times of Leonard Cohen”
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Rita Wittman "I’m Your Man – The Life and Times of Leonard Cohen"

Leonard Cohen was Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Come, immerse yourself in the words and music that touched the hearts and minds of so many of us in celebration of his September 21st birthday.