Meewasin Valley United History
Our journey began in 1974 as a Community Church is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, eventually moving into our own building by 1988 as Meewasin Valley United Church, then flourishing in numbers and programming for the next 20 years. The ministry couple who led us for 17 years introduced those who were interested to recent theologians like Spong and Borg. Our progressive or expansive direction and re-visioning ourselves was a natural progression from these learnings which resulted in naming ourselves as a Progressive Christian congregation in 2011. Many long term members and friends left because they were uncomfortable with the changes, which was very painful for all, and led to the decision to sell the building that had been our home for so long.
Those who remained, moved to St. Andrew’s College on the University of Saskatchewan campus in 2012 and we began to live into and out of the Values we had agreed upon in our visioning work. Our gatherings included guest speakers, informal conversation, music, inspiring words from contemporary sources, audiovisual offerings, and monthly potluck meals. Invitations to speak about Progressive Christianity with various presbyteries, at workshops across the province and to offer worship for the SK Conference Annual Meeting in 2015 were opportunities to be embraced. We birthed an annual event, Celebrating Spirit, bringing in awesome presenters and spiritual practices, gathering folks from all across Saskatchewan and beyond. We became an Affirming Ministry of the UCC in April of 2016.
Outreach has been a long-term commitment for MVU. Our members have reached out into the community contributing time and funds toward many social justice causes over the years such as organizations to aid immigrant families, young mothers in need of support, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, inner city programming, LGBTQ conferences along with marches to support social and environmental issues.
Over the years, MVU has attempted to market itself to “like-minded” individuals that wanted to commit to this direction but has not been able to find significant numbers of individuals in Saskatchewan. Therefore, MVU (as we know it) will close as of June 2018. We are a close-knit group of people who wishes to remain in community. In the absence of a community on the expansive faith path in Saskatoon, it is with great jubilation that we are entering into relationship with SSUC.
The Spiritual Seekers of Saskatoon meet once a month on the UofS campus. More info here