Throughout our life as a Fellowship, the concept of “shared ministry” has been central to who we are as a religious community. Whether we have had the support of a professional minister, or been lay-led, we have worked together to minister to each other and to the broader community. Our Fellowship exists because of the deep commitments of many people.
At present, we have a Developmental Minister, Rev. Rod Solano-Quesnel, a Minister Emeritus, Rev. Fred Cappuccino, and a Pastoral Care Visitor, Ellen Bell. Our members provide leadership for our ministries of caring, of learning, and of sharing and witnessing for social justice, and have a strong voice in the development and presentation of our weekly services.
Our caring ministry is coordinated by a Caring Committee, supported by our Pastoral Care Visitor. The caring committee exists to facilitate the giving and receiving of care in the Fellowship. Practical, emotional, and neighbourly support is offered non-judgmentally and with due respect for confidentiality. Our members offer their time and talents to help with weddings or other celebrations, funerals, sickness, and loneliness. Their contributions may be food, a phone call, a home to meet in, a ride, or a visit.
Our ministry of Sunday services is planned and coordinated by our members. This weekly time together is an opportunity for learning, listening, reflection and meditation. Many hands and minds contribute to each service – engaging and scheduling speakers, making music, preparing our space and our sound system, making the coffee and snacks, acting as service leaders and speakers, working with the children and youth. Since Unitarians have no dogma or creed, we strive to use this time to deepen our understanding of our principles. Together, we reflect on our beliefs and how we live our lives. We listen to each other. We talk about issues that are important to us – issues of ethics and beliefs, our families, or social concerns.
Social Action Cluster
In our ministry of sharing and witnessing for social justice, we support each other, individually and collectively, to take action on issues that are important to us. We seek to grow as a spiritual and ethical community, where each of us is supported to make contributions to the life of our congregation, to our immediate community and to the broader world. See our Social Justice Activities page for more information.