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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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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



An evening of fun, fine Italian dining and plenty of laughs on Saturday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are only $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be vegan and gluten free options available. Contact the office for tickets or for more information.


Toronto Star explores in-school fundraising

Check out this Toronto Star article from the reporter who interviewed me a couple weeks back. I left comments at the end of the article under the moniker Citizen_N. I am expecting another article by this reporter to come out tomorrow.
Two public and two Catholic high schools in Greater Toronto are bringing in more than a million dollars a year through student fees, private revenue...