Sunday Services 

June 19 was the last regular Sunday Service before our hard working and generous community volunteers and staff take a summer break. There will be no Sunday Services in July and in August, we will offer a ‘Summer Lite’ Sunday series. The building will be open every Sunday in August from 11:00am till 1:00pm for conversation and social connections.

Some things are still in the works, but we've included some details in this newsletter for your anticipation. So far, we know that there will be tea and coffee, and someone to lead the discussion or presentation. There might be a video to discuss, or a poem, or simply a tantalizing question. Look for details in the weekly update in August, and on the website.  This is an in-person event only, because the AV Team is taking a well-deserved break.

The first full hybrid service after the summer is September 11th.
The Sunday Service Committee wishes everyone a very fine summer.

Previous services are recorded and posted on our website at
The Office & Weekly Update
The Fellowship Office will be closed during July.
Telephone messages will be collected once a week.

The Weekly Update last email distribution is Thursday, June 30,
and the next will be Thursday, July 28.

Have a great summer!

With a mixture of relief, satisfaction and sadness, we leave behind this past year, its accomplishments and its challenges. The second COVID year ended with our Sunday morning multi-spacial community almost equally divided between people in the hall and people joining in from home. For those in the hall, it was a delicious treat to be in the same physical space, to sing together and socialize around the snack laden table. 

Looking into the next church year, there is a feeling that we can hope again. Hope to be able to make plans that will stick. Hope for seeing those we love and have missed so deeply these last years. Hope that our community, having withstood with creativity and resilience the pressures of Covid, can rebuild. We have fulfilled the goal of the 2021-22 year to reopen with sensitivity and thoughtfulness, and we now look to a future of renewal and growth. 

Yet, I take a lesson from my garden. I was so excited when winter was over and the ground was warm enough to plant seeds. I was eager for their green growth to emerge. Which it did, but there were problems I didn’t anticipate. The long cool spring turned into a cool wet summer and brought an abundance of slugs, who enjoyed the sweet new leaves with a boundless appetite. Now I am managing slugs so the new plants can thrive. 

The lesson I take for this next Fellowship year is this:  Let us make our plans and anticipate growth, but also be prepared for what we cannot predict.  We can lean into our hope and prepare for the unexpected.  

I hope for each of you, days of summer pleasure. May this be a time of rest and renewal.
I look forward to rebuilding the Fellowship community with you in September. 

Warmly, Rev Debra
Hiiye’yutul tst ‘u to’ mukw stem ‘I ‘u tuna’ muka
Everything in nature is part of our family; we are all family
This August, the Unitarian Hall will be open for connection and discussion on Sundays between 11:00am and 1:00pm. Each Sunday is hosted by volunteers who will unlock the door, put on the kettle and start off a discussion. You are welcome to bring nibbles to share. 

August 7
Meaningful Questions

August 14
Unitarian Revival Tent with Matt Meyers 

This will be a live-streamed service from Vancouver, hosted by the Vancouver Unitarians.  Matt is a travelling troubadour and who has led worship for hundreds of congregations, traveling the country sharing a message of love and justice, through rhythm and song.

August 21

August 28
The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown

We’ll watch this 20-minute video on vulnerability, and discuss the topic. 

September 4
Fabulous Fufonics Open House

Come sing your favourite songs with our Fufonics choir. The choir is open to everyone who finds singing with others fun and rewarding. Yes, you can!
Summer Pastoral Support
If you have a pastoral emergency in July, contact Anne Morrison, her number is in the directory.

In August, contact Rev Debra by leaving a message at the main office or her cell phone number. 

What is a pastoral emergency? If you or a member of the community is in the hospital, had a serious accident or illness, or they, or someone in their family has died, and comfort is needed, call for pastoral care.

The Connection Callers are available for telephone conversations through-out the summer.

If you are feeling isolated or lonely, you are encouraged to reach out to Nuria Courtin.  She will make sure that someone calls you. You can access her contact information in the Directory or by leaving a message at the office.    

The Unitarian Foundation of Nanaimo is embarking on a capital campaign
to raise money for a new roof.
The campaign will run from June 12, 2022, to September 18, 2022.

The Need
Our Fellowship building at 595 Townsite Road is in need of a new roof. The building was constructed in 1949 and has serviced us well, providing sanctuary space, kitchen, meeting rooms and office space. In addition, it provides space for a much needed shelter for up to 30 unhoused guests each night. Nothing is more important for a building in a rain forest than a watertight roof to provide a safe, dry environment for all who reside there. We have been having problems with leaks over the last two years, and the time has come for a replacement. The building replacement cost is over $2M, so we need to protect that for years to come.

The Ask
The budget for the roof is $150,000. While we have some funds available, we are hoping to raise at least $50,000, with a stretch goal of $100,000. If we meet the stretch goal, we will be able to proceed without any borrowing.

The Dedication
The roof capital campaign is dedicated to the memory of Sam Cosco, long time member of the Fellowship who died suddenly last year. He was among the earliest supporters of purchasing the building, believing that a "home of our own" would lead to growth and recognition in the community. He was a key member of the Joint Building Committee, overseeing and directing many maintenance and improvement projects and, of course, roof issues. His passion for doing the right thing was always appreciated, and we are continuing that spirit by replacing the roof rather than just continually patching it.

How to Donate
  1. By cheque
  • Make cheques out to “Unitarian Foundation of Nanaimo” and add “For the roof” on the memo line
  • Mail or drop them off at the office: First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo, 595 Townsite Road, Suite 1, Nanaimo BC V9S 1K9
  1. By e-transfer
  • Name of account “Unitarian Foundation
  • Contact method - email -
  • The account is set up for auto-deposit                       
  • In the memo, please add “For the roof”
All donors who provide name and address information will receive a charitable tax receipt for their donation.
Things with the shelter feel as if there is a rekindled sense of energy, as Paul Manly, Shelter ED, has begun to get immersed in the many facets of its operation and management. What began as a simple offering of mats on the floor driven by a force of volunteers has over the years, grown to an extensive operation with a great many tentacles that need to be managed.

The Shelter Management Team is breathing a sigh of relief as Paul is picking up these threads, and at the same time, looking with fresh eyes, and bringing in many new changes and improvements. Paul also brings a thriving spirit of community involvement, and has established relationships with those agencies that do similar work to our own. We are genuinely blessed to have him!

The Vancouver Island Health Authority and the Community Action Team has requested that the Unitarian Shower program at Caledonia Field expand due to an outbreak of sepsis among the homeless population. The shower hours may be increased to deal with this current crisis.

The funding for the Outreach program has recently ended, so that program will come to a close, and the program will be evaluated. Staff in the shelter will continue to offer assistance to guests with housing issues and provide community referrals informally as part of their daily work.

Preparations and planning are underway with transitioning to a union environment with job classifications being figured out and benefits and pension plan programs coming into place. Paul has also held about a dozen interviews for casual positions within the shelter. Eventually, a new shelter coordinator will be hired, and from a human resource perspective, things will be doing well. Paul also took the time to plant some raspberries, strawberries, mint and grapevines in the garden area! We are definitely ready for summer! 🌞 Let’s hope for balanced weather, so that we don't have to worry about opening a cooling station during summer heat waves like last year. In the meantime, it's good to know that whoever is in need can find a safe and welcoming refuge at the Unitarian Shelter.

Debra Librock
Unitarian Shelter Advisory Committee

Our Greening Tree project in all its leafy flourish.

Celebrating a year of environmental action by the Fellowship!
Words of Summer

Drop-in Zoom writing group - working from prompts
July 6, 20, 27, August 3, 10 and 24
Wednesdays 3:30pm to 5pm

Contact to receive the weekly prompts and Zoom link or for more info.

This is an open group, welcoming new and experienced writers, our own members and friends and others.

Write, share, listen and learn

Summer Creativity Circle
Join our members and friends for an informal social morning at the Fellowship hall.
Bring extra supplies if you have them, to share with others.

SPECIAL: Family Event - Thursday, August 4
Bring your children, grandchildren, neighbours for some planned activities
Supplies provided

Learn. Share. Or Just Do You Own Thing
Covenant of Right Relations

In creating the beloved community here at the Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo, we remember that relationships are more important than the issues

We, the members and friends, commit to:

a) consider our personal responsibility in the community
b) come from a place of compassion and integrity in our communications with others
c) work to uplift congregational life
d) be mindful of the breadth of diversity in our congregation
e) engage in conflict respectfully
Unitarian Shelter     595 Townsite Road     (250) 754-3720

Phone is checked daily for messages and calls are answered as possible depending on staff and client needs. 

Shelter Facebook page: 
Outreach Program: or 250-758-1601
Next publication date: August 26th
Have something for the September newsletter?
Submissions due the 15th of the month
Contact the Newsletter Editor, Crystal Ironside, at

Need to make changes to your subscription?
First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo
First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo
250.755.1215 or email us at        595 Townsite Rd. Nanaimo BC, V9S 1K9 

Copyright © 2022 FUFON all rights reserved.