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My parents took me to the Universalist-Unitarian Church of Halifax when I was very young. When my brother was born, it became too difficult to get ourselves there, so we stopped attending before I was really old enough to remember it clearly. When I was growing up, I remember telling people I was Unitarian and that my church didn’t have a creed, but by the time I was in junior high, I stopped identifying with the church at all.
After finishing high school, I came to Montreal to study at l’Ecole de danse contemporaine de Montreal. I moved in with a friend from high school named Olivia, who had moved to Montreal the year before. As it turned out, she had also gone to UUCH when she was very young – we had probably been in the same religious education class – and she had also stopped attending as she grew up. She had rediscovered Unitarianism through UCM in her first year in Montreal, so by the time I moved in with her, she was going every week. We only discovered this coincidence when we became roommates, so of course this made me curious about Unitarianism. I started coming to UCM with Olivia fairly regularly during my first fall in Montreal, and by the time the new year rolled around, I had a job working in the RE nursery.
I spent a year working in the nursery, and by the end of the next year, I was invited to work in the RE grade school. This meant I actually had to know something about UUism! I learned a lot of what I know about our faith through teaching it to children in RE that year. I started getting very involved in the church, joining an Exploration Group and the Worship Planning Committee, and later volunteering as the co-publicity coordinator for BidSunday. I became a member in fall 2015.
One of my major roles at UCM has been working as the Summer Services Coordinator. I have served in this role for the past three years, and I absolutely love it. For 10 weeks in the summer, our staff gets some time off as regular programming comes to an end. My job is to organize volunteers and material in order for the services to continue running during this time. I absolutely love getting to know a different community member each week as I help them prepare a service.
Another experience that has been deeply informative to my UU experience has been Meaning
Makers, a spiritual development program for young adults run by the UUA. The year-long program includes an opening and a closing retreat at UBarU Camp and Retreat Center in Mountain Home, Texas. The centre itself is absolutely beautiful, and its staff, along with the Meaning Makers program leaders, were incredibly inspiring. Every young adult in the program had something to teach me. During the year, I attended monthly virtual small-group meetings with other Meaning Makers
participants, as well as monthly meetings with a mentor from the UCM community. Shoshanna Green acted as my mentor, and every month I looked forward to our meetings.
Unitarian-Universalism has become a huge part of my life and I am so grateful to be a part of the community at UCM!