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.

Dec
11
Sun
Brenda Wilson & Dr. Lilli Rosenberg “Citizens’ Counselling Centre: Ripples in the Community Pond”
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Brenda Wilson & Dr. Lilli Rosenberg “Citizens' Counselling Centre: Ripples in the Community Pond”

Ripples in the Community Pond” Learn about the origin of Citizens’ Counselling Centre, the work they do in the community, the volunteers they train and supervise and the clients who come to them for support.

Dec
18
Sun
Phoebe Ramsey “Shukran Habibti: Gifts from the Refugee Trail”
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Phoebe Ramsey “Shukran Habibti: Gifts from the Refugee Trail"

Phoebe Ramsay spent seven months volunteering in solidarity with refugees in Greece, and will return in January to continue her work. In this, the season of giving, Phoebe will be sharing with the congregation some of the gifts that she received while on the refugee trail, and the stories and journeys they hold. Reflecting on our 6th principle, responsibility to the larger community, she will also be sharing the story of her personal journey, and speaking about finding light and hope in the darkest of places.

Dec
25
Sun
Dr. Dana L. Seaborn “Songs and Stories of Solstice.”
Dec 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Dr. Dana L. Seaborn “Songs and Stories of Solstice.”

Come join us to explore the various midwinter cultural traditions and sing and have fun!

Jan
1
Sun
Anna Isaacs “Fire Communion”
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Anna Isaacs "Fire Communion"

Gather for a simple ritual of new beginnnings. Take this opportunity to reflect on what you would like to let go of and what you wish to welcome into your life.

 

Jan
8
Sun
Rabbi Harry Brechner “Holding Faith in Anxious Times”
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Rabbi Harry Brechner "Holding Faith in Anxious Times"

We welcome teaching from the Rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El, the egalitarian Conservative Jewish congregation in Victoria.

Jan
15
Sun
Shannon Kirk “Virtues and Principles”
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

What does it mean to be virtuous, and how does this goal manifest in our Unitarian Universalist principles? Which of the classical virtues match the UU principles and sources and which virtues have we abandoned? Why? Come and share!

Jan
22
Sun
Nomi Kaston, M.Sc., Speech Language Pathologist “We CAN communicate! Teachings for all of us from the worlds of Autism and Neuro-Diversity”
Jan 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Nomi Kaston, M.Sc., Speech Language Pathologist "We CAN communicate! Teachings for all of us from the worlds of Autism and Neuro-Diversity"

For all of us, communication sometimes feels impossible. We can all learn from the innovative techniques that give a voice to people with Autism and other communication disorders. An uplifting and hopeful vision for a listening world.

Nomi Kaston, M.Sc., Speech Language Pathologist
Nomi earned her Master of Science degree at McGill University, in Speech Language Pathology. She has a private Speech Therapy practice in Victoria, specializing in creative exploration of AAC, Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems involving pictures, music, gesture, and computer generated speech. She has worked and presented internationally in the fields of social cognition and communication.

Jan
29
Sun
Paige Thombs “The Rise of Secularism in Canada and Its Impact on Freedom of Religion and the Duty to Accommodate”
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Trinity Western University’s recent application for a law school has been met with incredible backlash, both from the general public and from the legal community, due to its mandatory “community covenant” and the perceived discrimination contained within it. How does Canada continue to protect the rights of all (particularly the rights of women and LGTB community members) while still protecting religious freedom?

 

Paige Thombs is an MA Candidate in History and Culture, Social and Political Thought at the University of Victoria. As a member of the LGTB Community, she is grateful to live in a country where she can live freely. She seeks to find balance between her rights and the rights of others.