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
Jun022017

Refugee resettlement. We won't let them journey alone.

Ibrahim is an atheist blogger and activist in Bangladesh who has received repeated death threats because he wrote about atheism, LGBTQ freedoms & Islamization.

He not only expressed his beliefs, but stands up courageously to uphold the principle of basic human rights. The penalty for doing so is death, often carried out by vigilante groups; the violence generally condoned by local governments.

Talking and writing about a humanist way of living is not tolerated in many parts of the world. Many of Ibrahim’s friends have been murdered by AL-Queda in Bangladesh, others have fled to escape brutal murder; he is one of those seeking safety for his family.

We won’t let them journey alone! Now you can help bring them to Canada.

Ibrahim and his family are UNHCR recognized conventional refugees. They hope to continue their journey to Canada through West Hill United Church’s sponsorship agreement with the Canadian Government.  Their application has recently been accepted by Canadian Immigration Services and is currently being reviewed for processing.

You can help by offering financial assistance as they plan for resettlement. 

Donations can be forwarded through CANADAHELPS.ORG

Please direct funds to the West Hill Refugee Resettlement fund and CanadaHelps will provide you a charitable tax receipt.

Your support for the Khalil family is very much appreciated and will offer security to a family who have not known safety in far too long!

Friday
May262017

First Nations Study Group - May Meeting


The Federal Government is considering creating a Reconciliation Trail in the Rouge Valley and our local MP, Gary Anandasangaree, has suggested that our First Nations Study Group may have a role to play in the creation of this trail.

Dorine, who is assistant to Mr. Anandasangaree will be our guest on May 29th to tell us all about the proposal for the Reconciliation Trail, our possible involvement, and to answer questions. 

Please join us if you are able, on Monday May 29th at 1 p.m. for some great conversation and important community planning. All are welcome!

 

Friday
May262017

Flow into Summer at West Hill

Friday
May262017

10th Annual South-East Scarborough Pow wow

Thursday
May182017

The Blanket Exercise

West Hill United has been invited to join Rabbi Denise Handlarski, spiritual leader and Program Director of the Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, as they lead a
Blanket Exercise.
We plan to meet at the Borochov Cultural Centre in North York on Sunday June 25th at 4 p.m. MAP Spots are limited due to the venue; please let us know you'd like to attend so we can RSVP on your behalf.

ABOUT THE BLANKET EXERCISE

"The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop.

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group. This often takes the form of a talking circle." - Kairos

Watch Video HERE

 

Thursday
May182017

Spring Clean-up

The building and grounds at West Hill will be given our TLC on Saturday May 27th and we'd love for you to join us in the gardens! All hands, hearts, gardening tools and supplies would be greatly appreciated as we get set to tidy, weed and plant for the coming warm weather.

Donations of bulbs, plant cuttings and yard waste bags would be wonderful!

9AM-3PM  Pot luck lunch planned!


If you'd prefer to lend a hand inside, we'd also appreciate help sorting and organizing some storage areas, and possibly an office or two. 

Please sign up in the lobby or contact he office if you'd like to lend a hand.


 

Friday
Apr282017

Social Innovation challenge

Now is the time

Develop your concept, discover new partners, and compete for a chance to win start-up funding!  Focusing on proposals that have financial sustainability, positive social impact, an environmentally friendly focus, or are spiritually grounded, the winning ideas will have the support of mentors from across the business world, receive start-up funding, receive ongoing support, and create connections with many other like-minded people from around the local community.

The Social Innovation Challenge Details.

Read more about the Toronto Event here.

 

Friday
Apr282017

Women's group returning this spring.

In syn●the●sis, women gather to celebrate life, explore its many beautiful but often ravaged elements and weave them together into a whole. Creating an atmosphere of intimacy and support, syn●the●sis encourages engagement on many levels, bringing to the fore the layered depths of our being that sometimes take a back seat to the many demands on our time.

Here, we can unwind, discover, share, create, consider, and become known – to ourselves as much as to the others gathered with us.

Getting it all together is a start. 
Keeping it together is an art. 
syn●the●sis provides a place where wholeness can happen.

Please hold time to join us this spring. Our six week program will run alternating Thursday and Friday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon.

Detailed Schedule:

May 26th, June 1st, 9th, 15th, 23rd, and 29th.

 

 

Tuesday
Apr182017

Yoga at West Hill United Church

Friday
Apr142017

Kairos Event

How do indigenous, immigrant and settler people connect?

Join the coordinators at Kairos for an information session that speaks to the themes detailed in the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action recommendations # 93 & 94.

Thursday April 27th, 6:30-8:30

Christian Resource Centre, 40 Oak Street

Carpooling will be arranged. If interested please contact Marion at 416-284-6696