New Executive Director for Unitarian Shelter Announced

We are pleased to announce that our new Unitarian Shelter Executive Director is Isha Matous-Gibbs. She started her duties at the shelter April 6th.

Isha comes to us with a wealth of experience as an outreach worker with the Victoria Cool Aid Society and other organizations assisting the poor and marginalized.

We know that with her passion, dedication and skills she will continue the tradition of excellent leadership established by Lois Peterson, our retiring ED.

March Messy Church is CANCELLED

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, our Messy Church activity, previously scheduled for March 20, has been cancelled. We will provide further updates as the situation evolves.

Thanks for your understanding and please stay safe everyone.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: On-site Sunday Services and RE Program Suspended

In response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, FUFON’s  Sunday Services and the Children’s Program will be suspended until information from BC’s Chief Health Officer confirms that the virus has been contained and public meetings can resume.

However, we are making the Sunday Services available via ZOOM technology in REAL time. A modified service will be held each Sunday starting at 11am. Please check the latest Weekly Update for the link sent each Thursday to all members and friends by email. 

An audio recording of the talk or reflection of each service will be recorded and available on our website asap after each services. Go to the Sunday Services tab then click Past Services.

Messy UU Church is Back!

Messy UU Church is back Friday, Feb. 21st, from 5-7:30 pm, at the Unitarian Hall, 595 Townsite Rd. We’ll be making care packages for the shelter and talking about social justice. A vegetarian meal will be served. Everyone welcome!

First Messy Church of 2020!

It’s the first Messy UU Church of 2020 Friday, Jan. 17th, 5-7:30 pm, at the Unitarian Hall, 595 Townsite Rd. We’ll make care packages for the shelter and serve a vegetarian meal to show our compassion for others. Everyone welcome!

Refugee Sponsorship Campaign Update

First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo (FUFON) is an inclusive community of 75 members and friends whose values are: the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice and compassion in human relations; acceptance of one another; and peace, liberty and justice for all.  Another of our core values is social responsibility.  FUFON has been part of the Nanaimo community since 1960.

For the past 11 years, we have lived our values through managing a winter shelter for homeless people in Nanaimo.  In 2018, we expanded our social justice commitment by pursuing Refugee Sponsorship to help with the global refugee crisis.  Our application to sponsor a refugee was approved by the government of Canada on November 5th.

The person we are sponsoring has already fled their home and had to abandon family, friends and livelihood. They are currently living under persecution and risk of harm and human rights violations in a country that is not their own. They are a highly trained and experienced, English-speaking professional who has a lot to give to Canada.

As a government approved sponsor, we are required to raise all funds needed to support the refugee for a year, which support must be raised in advance of the refugee’s arrival.  Due to the incredible generosity of the community, families, friends, the congregation, and others supporting our campaign, WE HAVE RAISED EVERYTHING we are required to raise under our sponsorship agreement.  The Refugee Sponsorship Committee offers a heartfelt THANK YOU!

In early December, the refugee had a positive interview with Canadian immigration authorities. We are encouraged by this news and great support, and will continue fundraising efforts until Dec. 31st for anyone desirous of making a year-end donation.  Any additional amounts raised will be used for refugee expenses.  For example, the sponsored refugee may incur expenses to obtain BC credentialing.  And if not needed for this individual, it could help us with our next  refugee sponsorship!  Or, we can donate excess funds to another local refugee sponsorship.

Please click on this link to find the FUFON Refugee Sponsorship donation page: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/44910

On behalf of FUFON’s Refugee Sponsorship Committee, thank you.

John Soer, Howard Rose, Brenda Steward, Faye Shedletzky, Bob Goodman

CANCELLED Fundraiser Dinner For Fellowship Refugee Sponsorship Effort

We regret to inform you that the Refugee Sponsorship dinner was cancelled due to insufficient reservations.  Our apologies if you did not receive earlier notification.

We greatly appreciate your support and invite you to visit our FUFON Refugee Sponsorship donation page at: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/44910

Your tax deductible donation will be even more valuable, thanks to anonymous donors who have offered to match donations made prior to January 1stEach donation over of $50 or more will be matched, dollar for dollar (to a maximum of $3,500) – doubling the power of your gift.

Our goal: to raise $7,000 by Dec. 31, 2019 and we believe that, with your help, we can do it.

November Messy Church Will Be Fun For All

One potato, two potato, three potato, four…spuds will be on the menu at this month’s Messy UU Church Friday, Nov. 15th, 5-7:30 pm, at the Unitarian Hall, 595 Townsite Rd. We’ll eat them, play with them, do art with them, and have a story about them. Everyone welcome!

CRE Welcome Back Barbecue on Sept 20

Save the date for this great get-together! The Children’s Religious Education Committee is having a welcome back barbecue for our fabulous FUFON kids and their families, 5 to 7:30 pm, Friday, Sept. 20th, at Pacific Gardens, 347 Seventh St. Come join us!

Two Benefit Shows for Unitarian Shelter

Mark the evenings of June 8 and June 22 on your calendar for two high entertaining shows taking place  Unitarian Hall. On Saturday June 8th award-winning stand-up comic Ryan Gunther will have the audiences in stitches with his special brand of humour.  Then on Saturday June  22, CBC and Juno performer Willie Thrasher and partner Linda Saddleback grace the stage with songs and stories drawn from his Inuit culture.

The net proceeds of both shows will support the Unitarian Shelter.

Tickets will be available at the door for for minimum donation of $10. Both shows start at 7 pm.