Welcome

West Hill is a people, a place, and an idea. We are a community living out a progressive faith, striving to make a positive difference in our own lives, the lives of others, and the world.

Our mission:

Moved by a reverence for life to pursue justice for all, we inspire one another to seek truth, live fully, care deeply and make a difference.

Over the past many months, we've been challenged to engage broadly about who we are and what we see the future of church can be. We'd be delighted to talk with you about it and have extended an invitation to congregations across the country to reach out if they are interested in having a conversation with us. It can be about what this "theologically non-exclusive" church is really like. It might be about the rise of the "Nones" and how we are engaging them. You might want to just talk about the review of our minister. Whatever your interest, we will find a way to engage. So be in touch and let's set a date. 

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Friday
Nov162018

Sonia Faruqi returns to WHU this Sunday!

Meet Sonia Faruqi!
 We invited Sonia back to speak after her engaging talk earlier this spring on food sustainability. Now, she's ready to share her Perspective(s) on ocean conservation with her theme "The World Beneath the Waves". 

Sonia Faruqi pushes the boundaries of imagination in her debut novel, The Oyster Thief, an underwater story for adults and young adults with themes of ocean conservation.
In The Oyster Thief, two worlds collide when a mermaid and human man meet, plunging readers into a vast underwater world brimming with adventure and intrigue. This is what Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper, says about The Oyster Thief: “The Oyster Thief creates a lush, imaginary underwater world that somehow manages to reinforce the reality of the need for environmental awareness—it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read.” The Oyster Thief has also received favorable reviews in Toronto Star and Globe and Mail.
 Sonia is also the author of Project Animal Farm, a work of critically acclaimed investigative journalism about the world’s food system. A skilled storyteller and speaker, she lives in Toronto.
 

 

Thursday
Nov082018

Temporary Location until further notice!

Due to work being undertaken to replace our roof, we are meeting temporarily at the former Church of the Master's location. You can find us at 3385 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1H 1A8 at our regular hours. Programs will also be run at that building.

Here is a MAP to the temporary site. Parking is limited at the building. If you do not need handicap parking, please park across the street in the mall parking area taking care not to park in the area which is reserved for the Liquor Store.

 

See you on Sunday!

Thursday
Nov082018

2018 Winter Book Study

2019 Winter Book Study

For over twenty-five years, between January and May of each year, on alternating Friday evenings, a group of enthusiastic learners has gathered in the lounge of West Hill United Church to uncover the kernels of wisdom found in that year's chosen book.  Because each book has had a provocative edge to it, the Book Study Group has been the crucible within which much of the theological shift that the congregation has seen over those twenty years has taken place.

Participants are not always West Hill congregants and the Book Study is always open to new voices who are interested in respectfully engaging the many ways we are challenged to live radically ethical lives. Please do join us for an intriguing and animated discussion. 

The book study takes place in the lounge at West Hill at 7:30 on alternating Fridays.  You don't need to attend all meetings or necessarily be up to date with the chapters, we know the conversation will be richer for having you with us, even if you just pop in when you are able.

We are now accepting title suggestions before the facilitators make their decision. Be sure to pass along the full title, author and a brief summary of why you think your book choice would be a great read and make make for rich conversation.

Click here to share with the team.


 

Thank you to our community partner for support of our programming at WHUC!

Friday
Nov022018

Jukebox Saturday Night Returns!

Juke Box Saturday Night returns to West Hill Saturday November 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us at our new location:

Church of the Master at 3385 Lawrence Ave. E

Showtime started 30 years ago to create a unique vocal and performance style using the very best of the songs from the Big Band and Pop eras…and we succeeded! Today we’ve expanded our repertoire to include tributes to some of the great R&B groups and Rock and Roll singers to bring you “Great Songs, Great Memories and Great Entertainment!”

The songs that we will sing for you on November 3 will come from the songbooks of these great artists…and many others: Glenn Miller, The Drifters, Josh Groban, Brian Wilson, The Marcels, The Diamonds, Nat King Cole, Danny and the Juniors, The Four Freshman, John McDermott, The Four Lads and Johnnie Ray.

It’s a great pleasure for us to be returning to West Hill United!

 - Alan Ely, The Voices of Showtime

Tickets available at the door - $25

Thursday
Oct252018

Celebrated Lives Service

Celebrated Lives Service

Please join us for this special service on November 4th. On this day, we will celebrate the lives of love ones we have lost and hold them in the hearts of our West Hill family.
During the service we will read the names you offer, as we light candles and hold each other in community no matter how far. 

You may contact the office to offer names for remembrance here.

Please message us by Thursday Nov. 1st.

 

 

Wednesday
May022018

7th Cousins - Nightwood Theatre Presentation

Wednesday
May022018

Wyne Crossley Memorial Golf Tournament

 

Tuesday
Apr242018

Food Sustainability - Welocme Sonia Faruqi

Thursday
Apr192018

Pub Night at West Hill - April 28th, 2018

Thursday
Apr192018

Lives In the Balance - June 2nd Conference

It's official.
Registration for Lives in the Balance conference is now open. The conference will be held on June 2, 2018 
at the Factory Theatre in Toronto.
Tickets are limited so reserve your seat early.

There are too many lives in the balance these days. Whether wavering on the frantic edges of poverty, wrestling with the backlash of simply identifying one’s gender or sexuality, remaining in relationships that are toxic and abusive, or expressing one’s own thoughts within entrenched regimes, people around the world risk their lives because of where they are, who they are, who controls their lives and bodies, and what it is they believe.

Lives in the Balance was imagined as a conference that would bring people together to raise awareness of persecution related to beliefs while raising funds for refugees fleeing their own countries because their lives are imperiled for that same reason.

To make our concerns disturbingly clear, we are bringing together some of the most bracing voices for change in the work of protecting freedom of expression around the world. In one day.

The day will be moderated by our minister, Gretta Vosper. 

THE SPEAKERS

  Gretta Vosper

Gretta Vosper has been irritating the church into the twenty-first century since founding the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity in 2004. Since that time, she’s written the best-selling With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important than What We Believe; Amen; and Time or Too Late: Chasing the Dream of a Progressive Christian Faith. She has also identified her progressive beliefs as atheism. In 2015, her denomination, The United Church of Canada, began a heresy trial against her, arguing that her belief system, despite being deeply entrenched in the UCC’s social gospel roots and contemporary critical scholarship, was no longer acceptable. Vosper has continued to lead her United Church community throughout her trial which is not yet complete.

  Bonya Ahmed - Writer, Blogger, Activist

She survived machete attack carried out by AQ affiliated groups which took her husband writer and founder of Secular blog site MuktoMona.

  Alishba Zarmeen - Human Rights Activist

Working to educate and protect progressive Muslims who have dared to read the Koran and find it deeply disturbing.

  Raihan Abir - Writer, Blogger, Activist

Avijit’s co-author and now a landed immigrant in Canada.

  Ensaf Haider - Human Rights Activist

Wife of imprisoned Saudi, Raif Badawi, whose sentence included ten years of prison and one thousand lashes.

  Ali Rizvi - Human Rights Activist

Working to educate and protect progressive Muslims who have dared to read the Koran and find it deeply disturbing.

  Aruna Papp - Human Right Activist

A local activist who continues to expose the spectre of honour-beating that continues against girls in our own local high schools.