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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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Song of the Beloved, poetry by Krista Moore

Congratulations to Krista Moore, a member of West Hill United, on publishing her first book of poetry, Song of the Beloved (A Mystical Journey).

From  "Song of the Beloved" is an awakening into the heart of Love. A new language and way of being is born, bypassing the mind's logic, with a "spellbinding" cadence and imagery that only the soul can know. The result is a more universal experience of Love, at the heart of it Self-realization.




Last December, Jacky Laurin offered this reading as part of the youth group's presentation to the congregation.  It is deeply insightful and I wanted to share it with you here. A portion of the documentary film Home and the music video, Waiting on the World to Change, were also shared during the service.

When is it the right time to be a pessimist? Shouldn’t it never exist? Shouldn’t we always be optimistic?
But I say all must be present. There is not one without the other.
Here is an analogy.
You may need to be pessimists sometimes, but just don’t live there.
The house of pessimism is a maze, and one can easily get lost in it, if they refuse to open there eyes as they go through it.
Pessimism allows us to see the potential dangers.
But we can’t live in that house, we need to just visit.

We will remain lost in this house as long as we refuse to look at what is.
And I think that that is where we are today. We are lost in the maze.

We need to open our eyes. We need to label the walls. And we need to accept what is. Only then does the house of pessimism transform into a house of realism. We need to look in and label the walls.
Only then can we walk through the maze with acceptance, and our eyes fully opened.
Only then can an arrow appear at the end of the hallway, an arrow that will lead us to the house of optimism. And the house will transform into something new. The maze will disappear and a path will open up to us. Only then can we create.
But life works in cycles and you may find yourself at another maze. And the cycle needs to start again. Be clear see the maze, label the walls, accept what is and find the arrows. 

This is not only true of our environment, but it is also true of our relationships, and our way of interacting in the world.




Summer speaker series

We've got some great speakers lined up for Sunday services this August.

August 7: Gretta is back after being away last Sunday.
August 14: Janice Meighan and Ken Ramsay.
August 21: Debbie Sherwin
August 28: Alan Ely

Don't miss any of these fantastic and inspirational speakers.


Let's talk about beautiful things a little bit


May we spin a persistent beauty


Make a dent in the universe

This Slideshare presentation includes Seth Godin, one of the voices whose work has influenced me in the past and was included in last week's reflection.




My Heroes
View more presentations from Coach Bay

On the male side of middle

Our friend, Calvin Neufeld, and his family share the challenges and joys of transgender transition.




Response to the Label "Atheist Congregation"

During the welcoming portion of the June 12, 2011, Ken Ramsay -- a member of West Hill -- , responds to the label "atheist congregation", which was used to describe West Hill in the Vision TV documentary "Godless".



“Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.”

“On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.”

“Earth Hour is organized by WWF. With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries/territories, it’s one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.”

from the Earth Hour website



Water is a basic requirement for all life, yet water resources are facing increasing demands from, and competition among, users. In 1992, the UN General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World Day for Water.

This year’s theme is “Water Quality” reflecting its importance alongside quantity of the resource in water management.

 Each year more than 1 billion of our fellow human beings have little choice but to resort to using potentially harmful sources of water. This perpetuates a silent humanitarian crisis that kills some 3900 children every day and thwarts progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The consequences of our collective failure to tackle this problem are the dimmed prospects for the billions of people locked in a cycle of poverty and disease.

from World Health Organization brochure “Celebrating Water for Life”, 2005

Please go to the following websites for more information:

World Water Day

UN World Water Day