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CanUUdle: The National Youth Conference in Ottawa

Our youth are on the move!

As I write this, six of our youth and one lovely adult advisor are in an airplane getting ready for landing in Ottawa. The national youth conference, CanUUdle, is being hosted by First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa this year. In total, we are sending eight youth from UCV, two from South Fraser, and one from North Shore this year, along with an adult advisor from UCV (all hail Nancy) and one from North Shore (the wonderful Richard). That’s a lot! After successfully hosting the conference ourselves last year, we’re over the moon to send so many young people from our area. Five of our youth are attending as staff for the con, meaning they are holding specific leadership positions.

CanUUdle is immensely important to UU youth. It’s where they engage in spiritually fulfilling worships, make connections with peers and adults from across the country, and think up some of the silliest jokes imaginable at somewhere around 3am local time.

Every two years, CanUUdle coincides with the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Annual General Meeting and Biannual Conference, as it does this year. One of UCV’s delegates is accompanying our teens to help them on their flight and their tourist day in Ottawa. Thanks, Emilie!

Our kids have been fundraising all year for this, so we hope they have a good time – they might even run into our Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Kiersten, who is attending as a member of the CUC’s board, and Rev. Lara, who will be there for the ministerial conference. Hope the grown-ups have time for some fun, too!