Who We Are - In a Nutshell
Our church serves Greater Vancouver from the North Shore, with our church located in West Vancouver, minutes from downtown Vancouver, a few blocks from the North end of Lions Gate Bridge. We were formed in 1967 and moved to our present facilities in 1982. There are three other Unitarian congregations in the Greater Vancouver area.
Ours is a growing congregation with more than 220 members, approximately 200 “friends,” 90 children and about 35 youth.
Nationally, we are affiliated with the Canadian Unitarian Council and internationally with the Unitarian Universalist Association. We follow the tradition of congregational polity in which each congregation is autonomous and responsible for its own affairs.
We are committed to the democratic process in the life of our congregation and in society at large. Our operations are directed by an elected Board of Trustees and a small professional staff. Volunteers play an active and important role. Our Minister, Stephen Atkinson, was called to our congregation in April 2007.
Unitarian religious perspectives are characterized by a balance of reason and belief, intellect and intuition, a commitment to spiritual and ethical values, and a celebration of life.
It is our sense that the universe is of such scope — magnificent, vast and mysterious — that no one creed or dogma can encapsulate its entirety. We stand in wonder and awe before the beauty of our universe, hoping to do justice to this gift of life by learning to think and act well, to work for social justice, and to share with one another the insights and truths of our hearts.
We are an intentionally diverse religious community, embracing theists, humanists, agnostics, pagans, persons of many different spiritual paths and traditions, all sharing a desire to learn, serve and celebrate together.
We are an inclusive congregation. We welcome all who share our philosophy regardless of age, race, or sexual orientation.
We are a non-creedal church. We do not require allegiance to religious dogma for membership. Unitarianism promotes respectful tolerance and religious freedom.
For directions to our church, go to How to Find Us.