Honouring the wisdom and truths found in a wide range of spiritual and secular sources, Saskatoon Unitarians are a nurturing and diverse community in which people of all ages gather to search for meaning, experience wonder, and be a positive influence in the world.
Find meaning. Experience wonder. Live ethically.
Unitarian Universalist Principles
As Unitarians we do not have a dogma or creed that we believe or follow. We have Seven Principles that we strive to consciously live by.
We Affirm and Promote our Principles
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our Congregation and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.
We are part of the interdependent web of Unitarians across Canada – We are Canadian Unitarian Universalists, video by the Canadian Unitarian Council
We are a Welcoming Congregation, inclusive and expressive of the concerns of all people at every level of congregational life, however they choose to define themselves in terms of sexual and gender identity.
We are Self Sustaining & Governing
Each Unitarian Universalist congregation is independent and self-governing, we use democratic process within the congregation and we are finanically self-sustaining.
What does the Chalice mean to us?
We light our chalice at the beginning of every service. The flaming chalice, like our faith, stands open to receive new truths that pass the tests of reason, justice, and compassion.
Truth-Telling, Healing, and Reconciliation
We are about to embark on a three-month journey of truth- seeking. In 2014 the Canadian Unitarian Council and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers of Canada issued a Truth and Reconciliation Statement, and in this declaration, they made a commitment to accept responsibility for truth-telling, healing and reconciliation.
While this is not a linear process with an end point, there definitely is an important starting point, and that is the learning and acknowledging of truths. For there can be no healing or reconciliation without first knowing the truth of how colonization has impacted and continues to impact Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Participate in upcoming ConnectR events – events page
In 2016 Saskatoon Unitarians joined forces with other community members and established a refugee sponsorship. We brought a family of six to Canada. They fled from the atrocities of Burundi. Thanks to the generosity of many, many people, we received the needed 75% funds to settle the family here in Saskatoon. In 2019 they are adapting to our climate in all its variations, the children are enrolled in school, and the parents continue to study english and are seeking work. Our Refugee team continue to assist them to flourish in their new homeland. Your ongoing financial support is still needed and deeply appreciated.
Our congregation is striving to live more consciously, to respect & celebrate the interconnected web of which we are a part, teach environmental justice in our religious education programs and practice sustainable living. We hold a vision towards a healthier future for generations to come.
Some of the recent Green Sanctuary initiatives are reducing paper waste by projecting orders of services on a screen, changing lighting to LED’s, and creating a butterfly & bee garden. The Green Sanctuary project, Habitat for Wildlife made the news when it was showcased in the Star Phoenix article that celebrated our youth Justice Makers. We grow vegetables & herbs in our Permaculture garden, we recycle and compost. We endeavour to live sustainably & ethically.