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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.

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Tuesday
Apr222014

Religion and Politics? Janice Meighan to launch new book about Sen. Lois Wilson

We're so pleased to announce the launch of a fabulous new book by a prominent member of our congregation.  Janice Meighan, who has led so many wonderful study sessions, book studies, and rituals for our community, has also spent the last several years working on a biography of the Very Reverend, the Honourable Lois M. Wilson, a phenomenal Canadian leader.  Lois was the first female moderator of The United Church of Canada as well as the first female President of the World Council of Churches, and she was also appointed a Senator.  Lois continues to offer her pointed critique of the life of Canadian society, global politics, and the church.

Janice's book is called Feisty and Fearless: Glimpses into the Life of Lois M. Wilson," and we are hosting the launch of the book!  Janice will speak during our service on the major themes of the book, politics and religion, gender, and blazing a trail.  Lois Wilson is a gem of our denomination and we're so excited to read the book!

May 4, Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Janice will speak during the service, and the book will be available for purchase afterwards (and Janice will be signing copies)!

Tuesday
Apr222014

Religion and Politics? Janice Meighan to launch new book about Sen. Lois Wilson

We're so pleased to announce the launch of a fabulous new book by a prominent member of our congregation.  Janice Meighan, who has led so many wonderful study sessions, book studies, and rituals for our community, has also spent the last several years working on a biography of the Very Reverend, the Honourable Lois Wilson, who was the first female moderator of The United Church of Canada, the first female President of the World Council of Churches, and a member of the Senate.  Lois still offers her pointed commentary on politics and religion today.  

Janice's book is called "Feisty and Fearless: Glimpses into the Life of Lois M. Wilson," and it promises to be a rolicking read into the life of a woman who shattered a number of stereotypes and paved the way for generations of women leaders to come!  

Janice will speak about her work and the major themes during the service, and afterwards during the Visitors and Travellers' Lunch, we will have an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author.

Don't miss this wonderful event on Sunday, May 4, during the service at 10:30 and immediately afterwards as well!

Thursday
Apr102014

Line 9 on our Doorstep - Information Evening

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 
WEST HILL UNITED CHURCH 
62 Orchard Park Drive, at Kingston Road, Scarborough 
Light refreshments will be served 
 

 

Enbridge’s Line 9 runs through 115 communities including the City of Toronto  where it runs through the Finch Avenue Hydro corridor. It crosses dozens of major rivers draining into Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence putting the drinking water of millions of Canadians at risk of an oil spill.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS:
Jim Robb, Friends of the RougeWatershed 
Carolyn King, Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation 
Sabrina Bowman, Environmental Defence 
WHAT IS GOING ON? 
SAFETY CONCERNS 
WHAT CAN YOU DO? 
 
SPONSORED BY FIRST NATIONS STUDY GROUP – WEST HILL UNITED CHURCH 
416-282-8566

 

Tuesday
Mar182014

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day with Playwright Judith Thompson

This Sunday, March 23, our service will focus on celebrating World Down Syndrome Day. 

Judith Thompson, is one of Canada`s most celebrated playwrights . Her plays are performed across the country in both official languages. She is a two-time recipient of both the Governor General's Award and the Chalmers Award, and has received many other awards including the Order of Canada and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. 

A fierce champion of the mentally or psychologically challenged, in 2012, Ms. Thompson created and directed the eye-opening play RARE in collaboration with nine women and men living with Down Syndrome. The play received excellent reviews and helped audiences to “see the ability”. She is current working on BORNE with ten wheelchair users.

On March 23, the Sunday following World Down Syndrome Day, Ms. Thompson will be at West Hill United to share her insights and perspectives with us.  We're absolutely thrilled to have her joining us!

Cast members from RARE.

Friday
Feb212014

At Last, the Auction List

At long last, a day in advance of our annual auction, the list of offerings is here!

Click to read more ...

Saturday
Feb012014

Annual Congregational Meeting

This Tuesday, February 4th, at 7 p.m., please come out for our congregational annual meeting.  This is a moment to look backwards and forwards, recognizing the growth and challenge we've experienced in the last year and looking ahead with hope and commitment.  We'll celebrate the leadership that people have offered and affirm the new leaders stepping forward.  And we'll have fun while we're at it!

Please let us know if you require childcare during the meeting.

 

Friday
Jan242014

Did you know?

As a new year's resolution, we're providing regular updates on the Board's activites in our News from the Board page.  Check out the first update here.

Need a bit more information about the board?  Find out more on our Board Members page

Monday
Jan202014

Awaken Light

As seasons change and darkness wanes,
for thousands of years
we have welcomed back the light through
communal gatherings, personal sighs of relief,
and a growing anticipation of the world adorned with verdant green.
Yet the light that shines upon us
is nothing compared to that which can shine from within us.
Join us on February 2nd at 7:00 in the evening
as we celebrate & embolden ourselves for the lighting
of the world.

Saturday
Jan042014

Winter Book Study

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, by Thomas King, is the subject of our Winter Book Study this year, suggested by Ruth Gill, coordinator of West Hill's First Nations Study Group. Ruth convinced those gathered to choose the book for this year's study that King's book warranted their attention by sharing her own perceptions of it; "It is highly entertaining, devastatingly truthful, and makes one feel ashamed at times at the actions of our forefathers. It raises questions in our minds as to what our present day governments are about. It opens our eyes ... It is a must read for anyone who is even lightly interested in learning more about and understanding native people and the relationship between First Nations and Europeans... It is an outstanding read!"  

From the opening chapter, "About fifteen years back, a bunch of us got together to form a drum group. John Samosi, one of our lead singers, suggested we call ourselves 'The Pesky Redskins.' Since we couldn't sing all that well, John argued, we needed a name that would make people smile and encourage them to overlook our musical deficiences. ...
"I had forgotten about 'Pesky Redskins' but it must have been kicking around in my brain because, when I went looking for a title for this book, something with a bit of irony to it, there it was.
"PeskyRedskins: A Curious History of Indians in North America.
"Problem was, no one else liked the title.  Several people I trust told me that Pesky Redskins sounded too flip and, in the end, I had to agree. Native people haven't been so much pesky as we've been ... inconvenient.  Author Thomas King applies his wit and wisdom to non-fiction.
"So I changed the title to The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious History of Native People in North America, at which point my partner, Helen Hoy, who teaches English at the University of Guelph, weighed in, cautioning that "history" might be too grand a word for what I was attempting.  Benjamin, who is finishing a Ph.D. in History at Stanford, agreed with his mother and pointed out that if I was going to call the book a history, I would be obliged to pay attention to the demands of scholarship and work within an organized and clearly delineated chronology.  
"Now, it's not that I think such things as chronologies are a bad idea, but I'm somewhat attached to the Ezra Pound School of History. While not suscribing to his political beliefs, I do agree with Pound that 'We do NOT know the past in chronological sequence.  It may be convenient to lay it out anesthetized on the table with dates pasted on here and there, but what we know we know by ripples and spirals eddying out from us and from our own time.'
"There's nothing like a good quotation to help a body escape an onerous task.
So I tweaked the title one more time, swapped the word 'history' for 'account,' and settled on The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America. Mind  you, there is a great deal in The Inconvenient Indian that is history. I'm just not the historian you had in mind."

Join us at 7:30 at the church every other Friday (with a few changes of dates due to other calendar obligations - call the office to make sure of dates) beginning on January 10th.  It's going to be a great read!

 

Saturday
Jan042014

The Mindfulness Way

A ten-week program that will engage you in the practice of mindfulness using a variety of exercises. Starting with an introduction to Tai Chi and few simple foundation exercises, the program will take you through an introduction to Yoga, Qigong, Mindfulness mediation and finally, Walking Meditation (labyrinth). Each week will also feature a discussion topic or two related to the activities. Our Mindfulness Way facilitator is Rollie Cormier. Tuesdays, beginning January 14th; 7 pm - 9 pm. Participation is limited. Fees are $80. Please contact the office to register.