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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.

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
Feb082019

Inspired by Hollywood - 2019 Series

 

Inspired by Hollywood

For several weeks each winter, our Sunday gathering draws inspiration from Hollywood, bringing the innovation, challenges, and provocation of the silver screen into our Perspective(s). It is a wonderful way to engage newcomers so don't hesitate to bring your friends to explore and discuss these amazing films. 

Please watch the movie beforehand and then join us Sunday for the inspiration.

This Sunday, February 17th, we'll be talking about "Green Book". 

Directed by Peter Farrelly. Produced by Jim Burke, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga and Charles B. Wessler.Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie and Peter Farrelly.

"When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime." - Rotten Tomatoes

If you miss a Sunday or would like to catch up on any service from this or any other series, feel free to listen to our West Hill United Podcast.

 

 

Friday
Feb012019

Our House Is On Fire - Greta Thunberg calls on YOU.

"Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate activist, has told world leaders: 'I don't want you to be hopeful, I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day and then I want you to act.' In an impassioned warning to act now on climate change, Thunberg told her audience at Davos: 'Either we choose to go on as a civilisation or we don’t'."

Guardian News, Published on Jan 25, 2019


"Today our little climate giant, Greta Thunberg, is joined by her father, Svante to talk about her path from an unknown Swedish school girl to an internationally recognized climate leader. If governments don't give a damn about her future, why should she give a damn about their laws! Svante discusses how Greta's passion for the truth about climate has changed the family's lives. Very compelling."
UPFSI Published on Dec 9, 2018

 

Friday
Feb012019

WHUC Spring Market

 

SPRING MARKET PLACE - SATURDAY MAY 25, 10am-1pm

BBQ LUNCH
BAKE TABLE
WHITE ELEPHANT/BOOKS/DVD'S
FASHION BOUTIQUE (GENTLY-USED)
CRAFTS/CRAFT SUPPLIES
PLANTS/PERENNIALS/HOUSEPLANTS

 

PLEASE SAVE ITEMS YOU’D LIKE TO DONATE

We’ll let you know when to bring them to the church. (No large furniture at this time)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!

Sign-up sheets will be in the lobby in March

 Our Crafty Ladies are now accepting 100% Wool Sweaters (to be made into mittens)

and unused jewelery you'd like to rehome (to be cleaned and offered for sale)

Friday
Feb012019

TRAINWRECK - Pub Night April 27th 

TRAINWRECK  is coming back to our stage on Saturday April 27th for our annual Pub Night and we couldn't be more excited!
Grab a couple of friends, bring your dancing shoes and join our indoor street party! 
TRAINWRECK features a talented ensemble of East End Toronto musicians who play pretty much anything to shake the house down... from Elvis (Presley) to Elvis (Costello), from ABBA to ZAPPA. A guaranteed 'wrecking' good time! 

Tickets go on sale in March

Check out the band HERE

Friday
Feb012019

Women ROCK! - 2019 Program


In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8th, we are inviting women to take the stage and ROCK! while singing with our favourite band  TRAINWRECK at our annual Pub Night.
March 20 - Introduction,     April 3  - Music Direction 
April 17 - Choreography,    April 29 - SHOWTIME! 
 
Consider how much fun it would be to grab a friend or two for a duo or trio! The program fee is $50.
Meet the woman behind the program Stephanie Baptist.

Tuesday
Jan292019

Climate Change Minutes

It has been ... interesting. We want to hear about the things we can do to reduce the impact of climate change, but we have so many automatic behaviours seemingly hard-wired into our brains that we sometimes can't think our way to the good we can do. On Sunday, Wendy Hyland joied Deb Ellis and shared about the drinking straw kit she gave as Christmas gifts and told us that she'd imposed a new rule at her cottage this year: no single use bottles allowed. Wendy, you rock!

Here's a quick read article that can help you put together a Zero-waste Kit that will help you cut down on the plastics you're trying to avoid. 

Wednesday
Jan162019

2019 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. 

We kick things off on January 18th at 7:30 pm in West Hill lounge, and we'll run from there.

The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life by Dr. Brian Goldman.
Please join us this Friday evening for our first gathering. We plan to talk about the first 2 chapters, share a warm drink and roll into some rich conversation.
Haven't finished the reading...come on out anyway; we'll get you caught up. It's always better for having more voices in the mix.
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Thank you to our community partner for support of our programming at WHUC!

Sunday
Jan132019

Inspired by Hollywood - Service Series 2019

Inspired by Hollywood

For several weeks each winter, our Sunday gathering draws inspiration from Hollywood, bringing the innovation, challenges, and provocation of the silver screen into our Perspective(s). It is a wonderful way to engage newcomers so don't hesitate to bring your friends to explore and discuss these amazing films. On January 20th, we began our annual exploration of Academy Award "Best Picture" nominees. 

Please watch the movie beforehand,
and join us Sunday for the inspiration.

If you miss a Sunday or would like to catch up on any service from this or any other series, feel free to listen to our West Hill United Podcast.

Wednesday
Jan092019

Annual Congregational Meeting 2019

West Hill's Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20th.
We hope you will be with us as we come together to review the wonderful, if challenging, year we've shared in 2018 and to reflect on events, hurdles, growth and opportunities shared during our time together. 
We invite you join us as we present the Annual Report, and share highlights from the teams and groups that worked so hard, and with great success, to engage us and our community.
Doors open at 6:30 for Pot-Luck desserts; the meeting will commence at 7pm.

Saturday
Jan052019

Let's Change "Change"

West Hill friend and support, the inimitable Munroe Scott, blogs about the word "change" as we often see it appended to the word "climate". In this article, he argues that the word is perhaps a tad too comforting, as though we might still see something positive coming out of the quandary we are in.

Thank you, Munroe, for this powerful reminder of the reality we currently know.