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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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Thursday
Jan032019

Values Based Time Leadership

Values Based Time Leadership - January 6th and 13th at West Hill United 

On both January 6th and 13th, George Oliver will be leading a workshop during the Perspectives segment of our service. The workshop is called Values-Based Time Leadership.  This is NOT called Time Management because, as George will explain, time can’t be managed.  Neither can people.  But time is our most important asset and should be led if we want to have an enjoyable life and leave a legacy.  The workshop’s primary goal is to share how we can all spend more of our time on the things that we value in life.  And how we can - to the extent possible - get rid of the things we don’t value.  Session 1 is all about sorting out what we, as individuals, think is important.  There are no wrong answers; whatever you think is important is what IS important to you.  Session 2 on the 13th is all about planning and putting into practice what we learned on the 6th.

Traditional Time Management is all about accomplishing more and being efficient. Efficiency is a pretty silly measure of success if you are being efficient in accomplishing things you don’t value.  Because efficiency is measured in terms of outcomes produced by a given level of resources - like gas mileage - even if we don’t value it.  On the other hand, Time Leadership is about having shorter to-do lists, NOT working on unimportant things, taking care of yourself and being effective where effectiveness is measured as achieving what you care about with the things that are real…like people, WHUC, your health, learning, contributing to causes, and laughing.  There’s not a tombstone in the world with an epitaph that says “I wish I had spent more time in the office.” 

 Time Management is like the Gross National Product (GNP).  If GNP growth was a good measure of success, a large % increase would mean we’ve solved our problems.  But it is frequently the case that the chase for GNP growth has led us to many disasters as is the case of the deteriorating environment.  Bobby Kennedy once eloquently spoke about how GNP measures economic output very well, but has nothing to say about what matters - our health, happiness, the state of our families and so on.  The tiny Asian country of Bhutan has developed a Gross National Happiness Index (GNHI) measurement and takes it very seriously.  It covers measures of income inequality, the health of the people, their happiness, rates of homelessness and so on.  And when measures of, for example, health deteriorate, they take action.  Bhutan develops the GNHI by surveying every citizen annually.  Time Leadership takes a holistic approach to Time much like Bhutan’s approach to Happiness.

 In Session 1, we will be discussing a LOT of topics including:

  • How Time Leadership is not Time Management Why New Year’s resolutions don’t work   
  • The three things you must do for a chance to have a long life - no guarantees
  • How much of what happens to change our lives is unplanned and out of our control
  • How to identify and stand on what Einstein called the “shoulders of giants”.
  • Margaret Atwood’s cure for procrastination
  • If you hate getting up, how to stay in bed longer without being late
  • The advantages of getting up early
  • Using the time you feel least energetic (e.g., after a big lunch) productively
  • The important relationship between a lost plane, your dirty dishes and scuba diving.
  • How to identify what you value.
  • Special attraction: Gordon Lightfoot will be appearing with wise words.

 And more!

View the Slide Presentation from Session 1 HERE

 Your homework for Session 1 is simple…you’ve already done it:

  • Think about who has had a good influence on your life and why
  • Think about what your important values are (e.g., sports, family, friends, the environment). Keep the bar high…Ice cream is not a value…you may like it but…
  • Write down the challenges you have with time (e.g., not enough time for exercise)
  • Optionally, think of the tricks you’ve used to spend more time having a ‘rich’ life where things you don’t value take up as little time as possible.
  • If you want to send me a question re your time challenges, send an email to George Oliver.  The source will be kept confidential.  We will try to cover as many as possible, most likely in Session 2.  If there are lots of questions we can hold over to a weeknight session to continue the conversation.

Homework for Session 2

1. Create a simple list of your values or, alternatively, develop a Credo.  The latter is hard at first.  Here’s an example;  George’s Credo that he shared with us. 

“Through intellectual understanding, emotional commitment and thoughtful action, I will improve the ‘machine’ (i.e., physical and mental health), love Eileen and my family/friends, learn, laugh, work meaningfully, enable & support ‘causes’ & people — all while ‘walking softly’ on this Earth.”

He has been refining it every year for many years….it changes - if only a little - over time. 

2.  Think of the things that you want to stop doing or start doing.

3.  Identify the activities (e.g., visiting friends) that give you energy and those that drain your energy (e.g., stuck in traffic). 

4.  If you have some tricks, tips, techniques or tools related to Time (reducing meetings), prepare to share one. 
Think of the 5 D’s: Defend, Ditch, Defer, Delegate and Do.  We don’t have a lot of time, but I want to make the session interactive. 

View the Slide Presentation for Session 2 HERE

As always, family and friends are most welcome to join us!

Friday
Dec282018

TED Sunday, December 30th

Every so often, the month provides us with five Sundays instead of four. At West Hill, we've decided to take advantage of that extra-ish week and dedicate it to one of the many engaging videos available on TED.com.

TED Talks run the gamut from inspirational social commentary, through personal enlightenment, picayne scientific studies, and pop culture. The acronym, TED, stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design but as time goes on, the breadth seems to be extending far beyond its original parameters. TED conferences bring together the brightest minds in the world and TEDx opportunities provide local communities the opportunity to shine the light on its own local heroes. West Hill welcomed one of those heroes into its midst when Pascal Murphy spoke as our first LGBTQ ally at our 2017 Affirming Anniversary Celebration. 

That's a lot of talent, education, passion, and commitment. So each time the calendar offers up a fifth Sunday, we're going to take advantage! We will gather at our normal Sunday morning time to watch a curated TED talk together and then engage in discussion.

Our curator, Dennis Hollingshead, is a TED afficionado. He is a committed subscriber, watching a new TED video every morning. His first offering was Steven Pinker's Is the World Getting Better or Worse? A Look at the Numbers. Clearly, we're in for some interesting discussions!

On Sunday, December 30th, we'll be watching the video of Biological Oceanographer, Penny (Sallie) Chisholm's 35-year quest to understand "an amazing little being: Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic species on the planet." If that sounds overwhelmingly weird, drop in and see where we go with it and why Dennis chose to share this interesting look at the most abundant photosynthetic species on the planet. (Really! We'll make it fascinating!) Watch The Tiny Creature that Secretly Powers the Planet

See you Sunday!

Tuesday
Dec182018

The Longest Night, Friday, December 21, 7 p.m.

 

Friday
Nov162018

Sonia Faruqi returns to WHU this Sunday!

Meet Sonia Faruqi!
 We invited Sonia back to speak after her engaging talk earlier this spring on food sustainability. Now, she's ready to share her Perspective(s) on ocean conservation with her theme "The World Beneath the Waves". 

Sonia Faruqi pushes the boundaries of imagination in her debut novel, The Oyster Thief, an underwater story for adults and young adults with themes of ocean conservation.
In The Oyster Thief, two worlds collide when a mermaid and human man meet, plunging readers into a vast underwater world brimming with adventure and intrigue. This is what Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper, says about The Oyster Thief: “The Oyster Thief creates a lush, imaginary underwater world that somehow manages to reinforce the reality of the need for environmental awareness—it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read.” The Oyster Thief has also received favorable reviews in Toronto Star and Globe and Mail.
 Sonia is also the author of Project Animal Farm, a work of critically acclaimed investigative journalism about the world’s food system. A skilled storyteller and speaker, she lives in Toronto.
 

 

Friday
Nov022018

Jukebox Saturday Night Returns!

Juke Box Saturday Night returns to West Hill Saturday November 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us at our new location:

Church of the Master at 3385 Lawrence Ave. E

Showtime started 30 years ago to create a unique vocal and performance style using the very best of the songs from the Big Band and Pop eras…and we succeeded! Today we’ve expanded our repertoire to include tributes to some of the great R&B groups and Rock and Roll singers to bring you “Great Songs, Great Memories and Great Entertainment!”

The songs that we will sing for you on November 3 will come from the songbooks of these great artists…and many others: Glenn Miller, The Drifters, Josh Groban, Brian Wilson, The Marcels, The Diamonds, Nat King Cole, Danny and the Juniors, The Four Freshman, John McDermott, The Four Lads and Johnnie Ray.

It’s a great pleasure for us to be returning to West Hill United!

 - Alan Ely, The Voices of Showtime

Tickets available at the door - $25

Thursday
Oct252018

Celebrated Lives Service

Celebrated Lives Service

Please join us for this special service on November 4th. On this day, we will celebrate the lives of love ones we have lost and hold them in the hearts of our West Hill family.
During the service we will read the names you offer, as we light candles and hold each other in community no matter how far. 

You may contact the office to offer names for remembrance here.

Please message us by Thursday Nov. 1st.

 

 

Wednesday
May022018

7th Cousins - Nightwood Theatre Presentation

Wednesday
May022018

Wyne Crossley Memorial Golf Tournament

 

Tuesday
Apr242018

Food Sustainability - Welocme Sonia Faruqi

Thursday
Apr192018

Pub Night at West Hill - April 28th, 2018