Social Justice & Outreach
Calgary Queer Church (CQC)
CQC is sponsored and supported by Fish Creek United Church and Shared Ministries, and Chinook Winds Region of the United Church of Canada
Calgary Queer Church has a vision of redefining what church is all about. We have a vision of providing a warm, inviting, radically inclusive place that you can call home. A place that you belong. Calgary Queer Church is a safe space for ALL people to engage in relevant worship, a deepening of faith, and meet like-minded people that value LOVE above all else. Come just as you are, with all that you are! Calgary Queer Church is a safe space to serve, heal, contemplate, grow, question, and sit in this mystery that we call God. Everyone, ALL ages, ALL identities, are welcome at CQC! CQC worships online only, two Sunday evenings a month, For more information, please visit calgaryqueerchurch.com or Calgary Queer Church on Facebook.
Malawi Water Project
Bow Bottom Community Garden
Catching the Light
There was great desire to be good stewards of the earth in the Deer Park and St. Andrew’s United Church congregations that continues at Fish Creek United Church. In 2018, when the Alberta Provincial Government announced enhancements to its Residential and Commercial Solar Program, an ad hoc committee was formed to pursue putting solar panels on the Deerpoint Road building’s roof.
The committee was called Catch the Light. After obtaining indicative quotes from a couple of solar system providers, the committee determined how much money the church would need to raise for the project, net of the Provincial government grant. A grant application was submitted, and after initial approval for the grant by Energy Efficiency Alberta, a fund-raising initiative was kicked off to raise approximately $40,000 to install a 29.26 Kw solar panel system. Approximately $20,000 was provided by the Provincial grant.
To raise funds the committee first screened a video called Understanding the Weather Machine. This raised awareness of the urgency of climate change. Then an Open House and Silent auction were held with auction items such as original paintings, glass art, wildlife photography, handmade quilts and vacation accommodation donated by participants of Deer Park and St. Andrew’s United Churches. Donations also came from businesses in the surrounding community. Finally, solar panels were “sold” to individual donors at $500/panel.
The fundraising was successful and the system went live on October 24th.