The Unitarian Church of Vancouver proudly proclaims that it is a community of diverse beliefs and shared values. I’m not sure exactly what this means, although I toyed with: we all believe something different and all beliefs are of the same value even when they contradict each other; thus they are all rendered equal but meaningless – relatively speaking; or We value the fact that everyone in our church believes something different because…. well, we’re daft or Our shared value is that we don’t care that no-one believes the same thing; we are a church with no duplicate beliefs!
Whatever the real meaning, a value that is not shared is the sanctity of human life:
A Vancouver church is stepping in to host a workshop by an Australian right-to-die doctor after the city’s public library cancelled the event over legal concerns.
Rev. Steven Epperson of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver said he believes Dr. Philip Nitschke, director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, has the right to free speech, even if he’s telling people how to kill themselves.