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
Apr192019

Dream Away Services

Dream Away Service Series
Each year, West Hill's community gathers, along with all churches in the west (Eastern churches recognize other dates), to explore the great themes of death and resurrection. We don't, however, focus on a death and resurrection that took place two millennia ago. Rather, we explore these themes as they are relevant right now in our world, our relationships, and our lives.

In a theologically barrier-free community, there will be those for whom the traditional Easter story has deep meaning and there will be those for whom the story seems anachronistic when viewed from a 21st century perspective. And so it is important to honour the tradition while doing so in language, metaphor, and symbol that can be interpreted by anyone to be meaningful regardless the worldview through which they are experiencing it. That's one of the things that West Hill does and struggles to do with more integrity each year. 

Join us on Sunday April 21st for the second of our Dream Away services as we reach deep into the complexities and challenges that resonate with an ancient story but face us at this moment in time… and seek within them the beauty of possibility and hope.

Thursday
Apr042019

The Power of Kindness 

 

We have a special guest coming this Sunday, April 7th!
Dr. Brian Goldman is the author of West Hill's 2019 Book Study,
"THE POWER OF KINDNESS:
Why Empathy is essential in Everyday Life"   

We are SO privileged to have him come and share his wisdom and experience with us; please pass this along and invite your friends who enjoy hearing him on CBC's 'White Coat, Black Art'!

Brian Goldman, MD, is a highly regarded emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.  He is also the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s award-winning radio show “White Coat, Black Art”, where he takes listeners behind the scenes of hospitals and doctor’s offices. 

His TEDtalk – “Doctors Make Mistakes. Can We Talk About That?” has been watched by close to a million viewers, and has been featured in The Huffington Post and NPRs TED Radio Hour.

He is the author of the bestselling book The Night Shift:  Real Life in the ER, which takes readers through giddying heights and crashing lows as Goldman works through a typical night shift in one of Canada’s busiest ERs.  He is also the author of  The Secret Language of Doctors – published by Harper Collins in 2014 – which takes a biting look at medical slang.

In his latest book, The Power of Kindness, Goldman leaves the comfortable, familiar surroundings of the hospital in search of his own lost compassion.

Friday
Mar292019

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 your 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! 

Doors open at 7pm, the band takes the stage at 8pm.

Tickets on sale now. $20

Check out the band HERE

Wednesday
Feb202019

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 24th, we'll be talking about "The Upside". 

Directed by Neil Burger. Screenplay written by Jon Hartmere, Eric Toledano and Oliver Nakache. 

"Phillip is a wealthy quadriplegic who needs a caretaker to help him with his day-to-day routine in his New York penthouse. He decides to hire Dell, a struggling parolee who's trying to reconnect with his ex and his young son. Despite coming from two different worlds, an unlikely friendship starts to blossom as Dell and Phillip rediscover the joy of living life to the fullest." - Google 

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.

 

 

Tuesday
Feb192019

Leadership Workshops at WHU

At West Hill we have a long history of striving to improve how we work together to achieve our shared goals. Continuing that tradition, beginning on March 5th we will be offering a series of six Leadership Development workshops to members of the Board; and the entire congregation is invited to attend since the topics apply to home situations as much as to how, for example, Boards make decisions.

We have, at no cost, secured an experienced nonprofit Board Member and Executive Director to deliver six lively, fun and interactive workshops on topics that include 'The Role of the Board’, ‘Proposal Writing’, and ‘Decison-Making’.  
Board members will be invited to attend all six so that the Board is even more effective than before. Congregants can attend any or all or none of the sessions. The fine details will be posted soon, but if you are considering joining us, we'd appreciate your RSVP so we can plan and prep for our time together. We look forward to seeing you there.


Mark your calendars for the Leadership Workshop dates:

March 5th & 19th,     April 16th & 30th,     May 21st,     June 4th

 

 

Monday
Feb182019

Second Harvest Soup Luncheon - March 3rd, 2018

JOIN US FOR LUNCH!

West hill has a tradition of supporting Second Harvest, a group that rescues surplus food to create meals for those in need. Let's help bridge the gap between surplus food and hungry people. Our outreach committee will host our annual soup lunch on March 3rd and we hope you’ll join us following the service.

Enjoy homemade soup and fresh bread. For every $10 we raise, WHU can help Second Harvest to provide 20 meals for the hungry.

A Little Goes a Long Way!

Each month, over 100,000 hungry Torontonians depend on Second Harvest for healthy meals.
We are very glad to once again offer support though participation in the HERO campaign, raising money that will prvide 2 meals for every $1 raised.
Join the Outreach Committee for our Annual Bread and Soup Luncheon on March 3rd.

Food Rescue & Delivery

The Food Rescue & Delivery Program is the core of Second Harvest's work. With seven trucks and a van on the road, it connects excess food with those in need. The program runs seven days a week and provides food to its network of over 220 social service agencies. This year, Second Harvest's goal is to rescue and deliver 8.5 million pounds of food.

Harvest Kitchens

The Harvest Kitchens program trains adults and youth with barriers to employment in food preparation, while providing healthy, prepared meals to Torontonians in need through our agency network. 

 

Thank you to our community business partners for supporting our programs and events!

Please check out our website for our class schedule, rates and more information: 

 www.inthespirityoga.comor email us at letsconnect@inthespirityoga.com

Located in the Highland Creek Plaza, 376 Old Kingston Road. O pen SEVEN days a week.  

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

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 27 - 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.