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On Saturday September 16, four of Vancouver’s premier vocal ensembles will perform a benefit concert to celebrate Dunbar Ryerson United’s rich legacy as a centre for local and touring choirs. For over 80 years Dunbar Ryerson United has hosted rehearsals, recordings, and performances in its heritage sanctuary. Join us this[…]

Update: What`s In A Name

In late spring 2017, Dunbar Ryerson United Church embarked on a process to choose a permanent name.  The name Dunbar Ryerson was a temporary selection, meant to answer the question of what the new congregation should be called when the two legacy churches became one on January 1, 2017.  As[…]

Voices Choir

Fall Season: We are looking forward to next season’s concerts on November 24 at 7 PM and November 25th at 2 PM. Tickets will be available starting in October. Rehearsals begin Monday September 11th, from 7PM to 9PM at the 24th Avenue campus (at Collingwood St). The repertoire for this[…]

Minister’s Message – June 25, 2017

You might have many reactions to this adaptation of the Canadian flag. You might find it charming, or puzzling. You might think it’s beautiful and challenging. Or you might find it a bit disturbing, even disrespectful. The Canadian flag was born into controversy, and it turns out how we look[…]

Minister’s Message – June 16, 2017

Friends, my note to you is longer than usual today. That’s because I’m sending you an article about going to church. I think it’s beautiful and inspiring. And I believe what the author finds valuable in her congregation is something that you all offer at Dunbar Ryerson. This Sunday we’ll[…]

Minister’s Message – June 11, 2017

One of my favourite encounters in the forest are nurse trees; those stumps or fallen logs that serve as nurse or midwife to a new tree, or new green growth. We might think the stump is dead, that the log crashed to the ground in its last days, but they[…]

Minister’s Message – May 28, 2017

“…so that they may be one as we are one.” (John 17:11) Often this passage is used to encourage the Church to be unified, even in our diversity. But we’re not talking about a benign tolerance here. Notice the second half of the sentence: “…so that they may be one,[…]

Minister’s Message – May 21, 2017

This week’s note doesn’t have anything to do with this Sunday’s message – we hope that you’ll join with others in the congregation, as our Minister of Pastoral Care, Brian Thorpe, shares his reflections on the scripture. The Ministry Team has been preparing for the summer and the fall –[…]

Minister’s Message – May 14, 2017

“Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, …” 1 Peter 2:4-5 Did you see what Peter did there? In just one sentence and with one metaphor he made[…]

Minister’s Message – May 7, 2017

Sometimes (OK, regularly) I get irritated when people don’t talk straight. So often we use euphemisms, skirting around issues, hesitating to just ‘spit it out’ and say what we’re really thinking. I know dancing around an issue can be an attempt to soften saying something difficult, but we can on[…]