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.
We began our journey of understanding and engagement with Sunday service speakers Eugene Arcand, Jacqueline Maurice, Joan Adair, and Gary Groot. We participated in Reconciliation workshops, bringing in guests such as film-maker and Elder Marjorie Beaucage. Fall of 2016, we hosted a workshop-event weekend, a multi-faith, inter-spiritual response to the truth & reconciliation calls to action. June 2017 we hosted and co-sponsored a Reconciliaton -Youth Film makers workshop and had a public viewing of the NFB film ‘Birth of a Family’.
In 2016 Saskatoon Unitarians joined forces with other community members and established a refugee sponsorship. We are bringing a family of six to Canada. They are fleeing from the atrocities of Burundi. Thanks to the generosity of many, and the success of the Latin Vibe fundraiser this past winter, we are at 75% of the funds needed to settle this family here in Saskatoon.
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.