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.
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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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 5th and we hope you’ll join us.
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 6th.
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.
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.
Feeding Our Future
Feeding Our Future is a summer program that, in partnership with the Sodexo Foundation, feeds hungry kids in city camps. Last summer we delivered just under 39,000 lunches.
Our title for winter 2017 is "Sapiens: A brief History of Humankind."
by Yuval Noah Harari.
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 have come to the first to still join us. You can pop in mid-way through.
Given the depth, complexity and richness of the chapters, and our limited time together, some may wish to continue conversations, so we invite anyone interested in respectfully offering thoughts to engage with fellow readers. We hope to post our facilitation questions and let you take it from there. Visit our blog HERE!
[Photo: Mark Klotz, Flickr [CC BY 2.0]
Despite opposition from Indigenous leaders, environmental groups, and community advocates, the government approved the Trans Mountain (Kinder Morgan) pipeline on November 29.
“We fail to see how Canada will be able to fulfill its fair share of carbon emission reductions under the [COP 21] Paris Agreement, as the Trans Mountain Pipeline increases emissions,” wrote Moderator Jordan Cantwell in a letter to the church.
Take Action today. Ask the Prime Minister how approving the Trans Mountain pipeline will fit with Canada’s commitments to emission reductions and reconciliation.
Once again, we are getting ready to set the stage for Women ROCK!
In celebration of International Womens' Day, on March 8th, we would like to welcome the Women of West Hill to sing back-up with our favourite band TRAINWRECK.
We are vere excited to be hosting an evening with Rick Miller's band, Train Wreck on April 11th. It is going to be an exciting night as we step into the band scene in our intimate venue and an exciting night for us as we welcome back friends Rick Miller and Stephanie Baptist!
But your role that night might amaze you even more! Consider what it would be like to be a back up singer for Train Wreck! Totally AWESOME! If you've ever flipped up your soup spoon or shampoo bottle when no one was around and rocked those songs we all so love. well, baby, it's time to come clean: you're a diva and you know it!
Led by Stephanie Baptist and her diva companions, you'll choose a favourite song from Train Wreck's incredible repertoire, learn the words and the oo-oo-aahs. get some choreography down, and polish your singing voice. Then, on the night of the concert, you'll be the back-up singer for your very special moment in the limelight.
The facilitated Women Rock workshops are scheduled for Wednesday evenings in April Get those dates in your calendar now!
We're working to accommodate as many divas as possible so reserve your spot early by contacting the office.Costs for participation is $50/person; $20 for participants under 20. If the cost is prohibitive, please speak with gretta. Register by contacting the office.
Here are the official dates!
This 6 week Vinyasa Yoga practice beautifully complements Mindfulness Training and is a great wellness booster: improving balance, flexibility and overall resilience.
This yoga practice is appropriate for beginners, intermediate, and advanced yogis alike.
Remember you are flexible enough, you are tall enough, you are slim enough, you are good enough...YOU ARE ENOUGH!
Adult classes offered weekly Saturday mornings 10am-11am, February 4th - March 11th
$35 for the 6 week program
Children’s 1/2 hour Mindful Yoga class
Saturday mornings 9 am
$35 for the 7 week program
Over the millennia, we have learned to gather together in community to share resources, find protection, increase confidence, hang on to courage. Especially at difficult and dangerous times, turning to one another for support, affirmation, and encouragement is as natural as instinct; we do it intuitively.
Long before recorded time, the power of nature reigned supreme. It birthed us into being, nurtured and sustained us, sent us reeling with its often catastrophic indifference. And as the sun slipped beneath the horizon in the winter sky, our bewilderment must have turned toward despair.
Our attachment to light is primal. We need it. Indeed, we crave it. Our lives could not be nourished without it. And so, even when we can rationally understand the physics of a leaving and returning sun, we find within the cosmic cycles a metaphor for much within our lives.
Join us on one of the two evenings of the Winter Solstice to retell the story of darkness pressing over light and light's ongoing triumph. We'll reflect on what has been and our complicity in its dark and brutal tale. And then, encouraged in community, we'll move into light and, in so doing, let darkness slip from our hearts.
On Sunday, December 18, we'll be at the home of West West Hill in Mississauga, 84 Burnhamthorpe Road in the Community of Christ Church building. This gathering of West West Hill will, as usual, commence at 4:30 for an early potluck meal as we do every third Sunday of the month. Our service,The Longest Night, will start at 6:00 that evening, necessarily compressing our informal time together.
We'll gather on Wednesday, December 21 at our Scarborough location, 62 Orchard Park Drive, three blocks east of Morningside Avenue on Kingston Road. The service commences at 7 p.m.
We look forward to having you with us. After all, who wants to be alone on the longest night?
The Outreach Committee, in conjunction with Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities has volunteered to make Christmas Hampers for 12 families with children.
You can help share the joy! We invite you to:
· Donate food!
· Donate a toy!
Choose a stocking from the board in the lobby and return the
un-wrapped gift with the stocking attached, on Dec. 11th
· Contribute financially!
White Gift envelopes are in the lobby.
Insert your cash or a cheque payable to West Hill United Church,
and place it in the collection plate.
· Deliver hampers!
Volunteer to help with delivery of the hampers.
For information, please contact Dorothy Hirlehey, the Outreach Committee or call the office
After 25 years of service, our wireless sound system needs to be replaced. To ensure that we can provide a quality recording to share with others, this system -- like the previous one -- must be of professional quality. Systems of this quality can range from $500-$600. Can you help us out with a donation? If you value hearing Gretta's and others' wonderful perspectives, clearly and without distortion, this would be a great way to show your financial support! You can send your donations to West Hill United Church with a notation "for a speaker system". Or click on the Canada Helps button to the right and note "for speaker system". Thanks for your ongoing support!