CanUUdle XII

Oh the Places We’ll Go!
May 18th–21st in Ottawa, Ontario

CanUUdle is the Annual National Youth Social and Business Conference that takes place concurrently with the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Annual Conference and Meeting. This year the CUC is holding a ‘Spiritual Leadership Symposium’ instead of the usual ACM, and it’s happening in Ottawa.

As an important part of the Canadian Unitarian community, youth and advisors will participate fully in the Symposium. There will also be fun evening programming for youth and advisors at CanUUdle, including worships, community building games and more.

Youth (age 14-20) and their advisors from across Canada are invited to CanUUdle, at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa

When: Friday, May 18 – Monday, May 21, 2012. Everything starts at 7pm on the Friday and ends by noon on Monday. (On-site check-in/registration will open at 3pm at the Westin)
Where: First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa – 30 Cleary Avenue in Ottawa.
Daytime programming will happen at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa (transportation to and from the hotel is arranged by CanUUdle).
How (to get there): Start thinking about travel arrangements now! Ask your congregation about fundraising and carpooling. Apply for a subsidy from the CUC (see below). Ask adults you know, if they have travel points you could use to take the plane or train.

Did you know the CUC provides subsidies to help youth and young adults attend CanUUdle and other events? You can receive up to $200 to help over your travel and registration costs! More information and the application form are available here. Subsidy applications must be received by Friday, April 27!

So what’s this Symposium all about?

For the first time, Canadian Unitarians are gathering in multigenerational community to talk about what it means to do spiritual leadership. Together we will work to answer some of the big questions we have as UUs, like:

  • What would it take to create a more integrated view of our sense of ourselves as leaders—allowing us to bring our full potential to the world?
  • How can social justice work be effective, sustain energy and commitment, and feed the soul?
  • How can we bring our whole selves to daily leadership of organizations and communities?
  • What does it mean to ‘do ministry’ at any age and by anyone?
  • How do we live out our personal theology through leadership and ministry?
  • How do we get things done in congregations, while sharing power and building a culture of trust?
  • What’s the difference between responsibility, accountability, and authority from a spiritual perspective?

Youth are such an important part of the Canadian UU community. You are invited to participate fully in the Symposium programming and share your unique visions and ideas through the workshops, touch groups and plenaries of the Symposium. As current and future leaders of our congregations and UU community at large, your voice needs to be heard at this important event!

Youth Advisors: We are looking to you to also be full and vibrant participants at CanUUdle and the Symposium and to model for others what it means to be strong, empowering youth allies.

Oh the places we’ll go!

The theme for this year’s CanUUdle is “Oh, the Places We’ll Go!”, in reference to Dr. Seuss’ book entitled, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”. We have altered the wording because as UU youth, we are a strong body on the move! We are evolving from something that, as a whole, we were not alive to see begin, and we are continuing on to somewhere we might not be able to imagine right now!

This theme is tied in with the changes in CanUUdle this year; it is changing just as we, the yUUth of Canada are. Let this theme be a floodgate for all the changes in our own, young lives, and the journey we shall all take together! We hope to see you there for some Seussical fun!
-Andrea and Kaleb, co-deans of CanUUdle XII

Registration is now closed.

More details about the weekend’s schedule

This year CanUUdle will begin on Friday May 18th at the main Symposium site (The Westin Hotel in Ottawa) with registration and community building activities starting at 3pm. After the In Gathering and Opening ceremony we’ll hop on the school buses and head over to Ottawa First to get settled and start our CanUUdle weekend.

Our first evening together will start at the Westin with community building games and the opening welcome and key note address and the first multigen Touch Group session. Traveling to Ottawa First the evening will continue with an orientation, and evening worship. We’ll focus on getting to know each other and preparing for an exciting weekend ahead!

We’ll spend most of the day at the Symposium, attending workshops, ultigenerational touch groups and large group sessions. We’ll also have lunch at the Symposium. Youth and advisors will attend workshops in one of 6 streams, which are described here.

Back at the church, our evening plans include engaging activities such as a coffee house, a dance and worship and more! We’ll also be sharing dinner together at the church.
Older youth bridging into young adulthood are invited attend the Bridging dinner on Saturday evening with the young adults. Please sign up for this on your registration form.

Starts with the long anticipated swimming and showering, followed by the Sunday Worship Service at the Westin Hotel. The service will include the Bridging and Transitions Ceremony for jr. youth coming of age to youth and for sr. youth bridging into young adulthood.

Sunday’s programming will again take place at the Westin with the whole community. We’ll participate in workshops and large group plenaries where we’ll see what has emerged from the Symposium process. After a multigenerational dinner, we’ll take part in the closing celebration of the Symposium.
Sunday evening we’ll be back at the church for more CanUUdle fun, activities and worship.

Marks the closing of this lovely conference, wrapping up with a sleepy eyed clean-up and a CanUUdle Farewell Circle. CanUUdle will be officially over at noon on Monday, though some youth and advisors may have to leave earlier.
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ~Dr. Seuss

If you have any comments, suggestions, questions please email us at:

We can’t wait to see you there!

Your Fantabulous CanUUdle XII Staff Team:
Andrea Garland (Durham) and Kaleb McNeil (Saint John) ~ Co-Deans
Arden Hody (Ottawa) – Logistics Coordinator
Sara MacDonald (Halifax) – Worship Coordinator
Stephanie Devine (Saskatoon) – Worship Coordinator
Micaela Corcoran (Hamilton) – Leaders Coordinator & YOB
Samuel Meyer (Ottawa) – Community Captain
Tamara Kuhn-Cummings (Ottawa) – Registrar
Katrina den Hollander (Mississauga) – Special Events
Jacky Slade (Vancouver) – Youth Chaplain
Jennifer Channin (Ottawa) – Adult Chaplain
Bryan Carroll (Saskatoon) – Adult Coordinator

CUC staff:
Asha Philar (Ottawa) – CanUUdle Coordinator
Ariel Hunt-Brondwin (Vancouver/Toronto) – CUC Youth and Young Adult Ministry Development