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Vancouver Unitarians vote to move their money for Climate Justice 

Members vote to divest from Canada’s Big 5 Banks over fossil fuel financing

As a co-operative and democratic community, Vancouver Unitarian members voted by a large majority at our Annual General Meeting last weekend to encourage our members, who bank at the five major Canadian banks, to move their financial business elsewhere because Canadian banks are among the largest financiers of fossil fuel corporations operating in the Canadian Tar Sands and elsewhere.

Vancouver Unitarians are an inclusive and welcoming community, dedicated to spiritual growth, social justice, and reverence for nature and all life. We embody these values through worship, ethical action, artistic expression, and religious education for all ages that aim to connect hearts, heads, and hands.

Vancouver Unitarians have a long history of multifaith environmental and climate justice initiatives, and we encourage all members of faith communities and organizations to divest from fossil fuel corporations and the financial institutions backing them.

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Still some tickets available! Concert tonight featuring Luke Wallace in the Sanctuary

There are still some tickets available for what promises to be an amazing evening of songs, storytelling, and solidarity tonight in our Sanctuary at 49th and Oak. (You can purchase tickets on a sliding scale here: https://fundraise.raventrust.com/event/breathing-lands-circle-of-voices-with-luke-wallace/e491490)

Luke Wallace headlines tonight’s show, which will bring together storytellers, spoken word and a chorus of voices to sing songs of praise and protest for our world. This event is a fundraiser for RAVEN’s Breathing Lands campaign, supporting 10 Indigenous Nations who are in court to protect Canada’s boreal peatlands: lands and waters that sequester more carbon than the Amazon rainforest.

All funds raised tonight go towards RAVEN Trust’s Breathing Lands campaign.

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“All We Can Save” Book Study Group

An invitation from Metro Vancouver Unitarian Zero Waste Group:

Are you hungry for deeper dialogue about the climate crisis and building community around solutions? 

This question opens the description of the small-group discussion program Circles, based on the 2021 anthology All We Can Save. Find out more about the online resources and format of the series here:

https://www.allwecansave.earth/circles

Join Unitarians from congregations near and far in a Zoom series of ten conversations. We’ll keep the group sizes small for optimum participation. For a sample of the thinking behind the program, watch this 2022 TED talk by co-author Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsOJR40M0as&t=15s

We’ll kick off the sessions with a Zoom introduction on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, at 12 noon and hope to finish up by November, meeting about twice per month with optional summer breaks.

Zoom link is the same as for our monthly book group: tinyurl.com/zerowastebooks

Click HERE to sign up for more information: https://forms.gle/xFwGJuKjRJZDmkwL6

Marcia Stephenson & Mary Bennett, Metro Vancouver Unitarian Zero Waste Group 

email: zerowasteunitarian@gmail.com  

Hard copies ($39) and softcover ($24) are available at Banyen Books or if they’re out they can order in for you within a couple of days.

One softcover is also available in UCV library donated by Mary Bennett.

I recommend the hard copy. The smaller softcover makes reading challenging. It’s a small font and grey-toned not black. – Mary

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