South Fraser Unitarian Congregation is a liberal religious community: A place to worship joyfully, engage compassionately, and question boldly.
We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace.
We have radical roots and a history as self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything.
We need not think alike to love alike. We are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be.
On the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer inclusion for more than 40 years, we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
We welcome you: your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries and your hopes. Join us on this extraordinary adventure of faith. Get involved!
South Fraser Unitarian Congregation was formed in 1990 to provide a setting for inclusive, liberal religious gathering and worship.
To those who visit our community, we offer a warm welcome and an invitation to join us.
In a world that often seems exclusive rather than accepting, and dogmatic rather than open to a spectrum of individual spirituality, we are working to create meaningful connections.
We are continually striving to become a community of inspiration to seekers, and of solace to those in distress.
All who are looking for a religious community and searching for answers to life’s compelling questions can find a home here.
We have crafted this mission statement to reflect our spirit of person-to-person connection, and our determination to bring compassion and healing to our local community and to the larger world.
Our Symbol: The Flaming Chalice
A flame within a chalice (a cup with a stem and foot) is a primary symbol of the Unitarian faith tradition. Many of our congregations kindle a flaming chalice in gatherings and worships and feature the chalice symbol prominently.
Hans Deutsch, an Austrian artist, first brought together the chalice and the flame as a Unitarian symbol during his work with the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II. To Deutsch, the image had connotations of sacrifice and love.
To Unitarians today, the flaming chalice is a symbol of hope, the sacred, the quest for truth, the warmth of community, the light of reason, and more.
We light a flaming chalice in worship to create a reverent space for reflection, prayer, meditation, and singing.