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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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Wednesday
Feb142018

A Box of Chocolates - Another Layer

Please join us for a very special presentation On March 24th

The Friends of Gretta Vosper Association is pleased to once again bring you another very special concert by our good friend Alan Ely. Alan is a long-time friend of West Hill and has shared his musical gifts with us on a number of occasions.

Last year Alan offered us a musical Box of Chocolates. When asked about the concert, he referenced what Forest Gump once said, “Mama told me life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.”

 

This year Alan has added another layer… with some of the old favourites and some brand new songs and stories delivered with Alan’s warmth and humour. So sit back, and get comfortable, as Alan entertains you with some country and soft rock, some jazz and pop, some chart toppers, Oscar winners, Grammies winners, and some Broadway,  not to mention favourites from the Silver Screen... you just never know!

It's just Alan, a stool, a mike, maybe a music stand, and another layer of the songs and stories that will bring back memories or carry you away.

Tickets on sale Sunday mornings at the WHU Kiosk, or call the office to hold tickets at the door. 416-282-8566


Friday
Feb092018

40 days of Action - Let's Go GREEN!

40 Days of Lenten Action to Live with Respect in Creation (A modified initiative of Toronto Southeast Presbytery)
Let’s Go Green in 2018
We invite you to participate in this challenge, Feb 14 – Mar 25 by focusing on a new suggestion each day of Lent and then, incorporating these practices into your daily routine.

Here are the top 10 to get you started, but don't forget to click on the full list below!

1. Run the laundry washing machine on cold/cold setting and during off peak times.

2. Unplug electronics that are not in use. Many electronics draw power when off (it’s called
“phantom power” and can account for up to 10% of a household’s energy use). Place
electronics on a power strip and turn it off in between uses.

3. Drink tap water or install a water filter at home (e.g. Brita filter) instead of buying
bottled water. Bottled water produces more than 1000 times more carbon emissions than
tap water (mainly from packaging and transport) and creates unnecessary plastic waste. Of
the total energy use and greenhouse- gas emissions produced by a single load of laundry,
approximately 75% of it comes from warming the water itself.

4. Check the tire pressure on your car. Under inflated tires lower fuel efficiency.You can improve your gas mileage by 0.6% on average—up to 3% in some cases—by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure.

5. Consider skipping the dryer when you wash your clothes. If you run the dryer 200 times
per year you could save nearly half a ton of carbon emissions by hanging clothes to dry
instead.

6. Are you separating your waste properly? Check out the City of Toronto guide at
https://www.toronto.ca/services- payments/recycling-organics-garbage/houses/what-goesin-
my- blue-bin/. Do a test check of your recycling and green bins.

7. When driving, obey the speed limit. Higher speeds use up more energy and are more
dangerous. Most vehicles operate at the highest fuel efficiency when travelling between 50
and 80 km/h. Above this range, vehicles consume increasingly more fuel the faster they go.
At 120 km/h, a vehicle uses about 20% more fuel than at 100 km/h.

8. Try a meatless Monday. Lowering meat consumption to within accepted health
guidelines could reduce global food-related emissions by nearly a third by 2050. Widespread
adoption of a vegetarian diet could cut emissions by 63%.

9. Turn down your thermostat by at least 1 degree. This can reduce your energy bill by 1-
3%. Lowering it by 5-10 degrees overnight can lead to even more significant savings of 10-
15%.

10. Take a break from the TV and internet. Unplug your wifi, go for a walk, play a game, read a book.

Full list of 40 actionable items to kick-start the change we long to see in becoming active stewards for the planet.


 

Saturday
Jan132018

Women ROCK!

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.

Here is your program:
April 4th - Introduction                                   
April 11th - Musical Direction                                
April 18th - Choreography                                      
April 25th - Independent Rehearsal                                              
April 28th - Sound check, and SHOWTIME!

Spots are limited, please call the office to reserve.
The program fee is $50 . Consider how much fun it would be to grab a friend or two for a duo or trio!
The cut-off date to sign up is March 1st, we need 6 women to run the program.

 

 

Wednesday
Jan102018

Inspired by Hollywood 2018

 

 

Wednesday
Dec132017

Winter Book Study 2018 - In Search of a Better World

Our winter book study all set to get rolling, but we've decided to bump back our start date to give everyone a chance to catch their breath after a wonderful holiday season!

January 26th is our new kick-off date! Join us at 7:30 in the West Hill lounge.

We have a few copies of this year's title for sale through the kiosk if you'd like to get a jump on reading.

Our cost for the book is $17.50, or you can pick one up at your local book store.



"In Search of a Better World"
by Payam Akhavan 

"A work of memoir, history, and a call to action, In Search of a Better World, the 2017 CBC Massey Lecture, is a powerful and essential work on the major human rights struggles of our times. In February of 2017, Amnesty International released their Annual Report for 2016 to 2017, concluding that the “us versus them” rhetoric increasingly employed by politicians is endangering human rights the world over.
Renowned UN prosecutor and human rights scholar Payam Akhavan has encountered the grim realities of contemporary genocide throughout his life and career. He argues that deceptive utopias, political cynicism, and public apathy have given rise to major human rights abuses: from the religious persecution of Iranian Bahá’ís that shaped his personal life, to the horrors of ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia, the genocide in Rwanda, and the rise of contemporary phenomena such as the Islamic State. But he also reflects on the inspiring resilience of the human spirit and the reality of our inextricable interdependence to liberate us, whether from hateful ideologies that deny the humanity of others or an empty consumerist culture that worships greed and self-indulgence.

A timely, essential, and passionate work of memoir and history, In Search of a Better World is a tour de force by an internationally renowned human rights lawyer." - goodreads.com


Click here to read cbcradio's review.


Thank you to all those who offered other title suggestions,

we've compiled quite a  reading list!

 

 

Saturday
Dec092017

Cancelled - Friday Evening "Play" for Grown-Ups

 

Unfortunately, we did not get enough responses in time to allow us to run our special "Play" Program. A heartfelt thank you goes out to our wonderful facilitator Cynthia Breadner for all her work and planning for this special West Hill workshop. If you were interested but couldn't make the timing fit, let us know and we'll see if we can reschedule.

In a world where aging appears to equal memory loss and aging is frowned upon, the art of play is lost.  This six-week program will bring play back into your life.  During this Friday evening program, we will explore the art of playing while utilizing meditation and self-discovery. 
 

This program is designed to create, through meditative experience, an opportunity to awaken the senses.

 In a world that is moving so quickly and, with technology taking over most daily actions, it is important to purposefully sit down and create space for thought and self-exploration. This introductory 6-week program is your opportunity to explore yourself, your thoughts and to how to settle your mind. By doing so you will soon see physical changes, such as a lowered heart rate, lower blood pressure and better sleeping abilities.
This program will include breathing techniques, relaxation tools and overall body awareness.

Dates:  Friday Evening Play Program 6:30 – 9 PM

Jan 5 and 19, Feb 2 and 16, Mar 2 and 16

Cost:  Small fee will be set to offset cost of supplies and materials.

Email the office to register.

Friday
Dec082017

50+ Aging Well Seminar

January 20th 9:30-12:30

Are you tired of hearing all the stories about AGING?  Let’s explore the concept of getting “Younger Next Year”!  This three-hour workshop will include teaching, awareness and awakening to how you can feel younger and look fantastic while using only the tools at hand.  Basic fitness techniques will be discussed along with a lesson on antioxidants and free radicals and the challenges in your body!  Watch for more details in the upcoming weeks. 

 

This seminar will be facilitated by West Hill's Cynthia Breadner.

Cynthia is a graduate of Laurentian University with a BA Hons in Gerontology and Religious Study.  She graduated 2013 from Emmanuel College with an M.Div. which has sparked her passion for spiritual care.  Matthew Fox defines Spirituality as “our everyday experiences of depth and deeper meaning and the connection that they carry.  Spirituality is present wherever we undergo or observe deeply”.   She has worked with aging adults for many years teaching and growing her understanding of optimal aging.  To age well is to do so with purpose and passion.  Cynthia is a mother of two, grandmother of two, an avid runner and triathlete, a health and fitness instructor with a passion for sharing and teaching.  The culmination of her experience and training combined with her supercharged personality make her fun and approachable.

Register in the lobby of call the office to save a seat.

 


Thursday
Dec072017

West Hill hosted 30 people at our Watch Party! 

Every year for a single day, the Climate Reality Project invites us to unite across the globe to demand solutions to the climate crisis. Renowned scientists, business leaders and a star-studded cast come together to give voice to our committment in taking the steps to solving this crisis.
 
Deb Ellis hosted a Watch Party at West Hill United Church on Monday evening, bring together over 30 people to watch part of the broadcast of 24 Hours of Climate Reality with Al Gore and others around the world. Thank you Deb!

West Hill hosted 30 people at our Watch Party! 

If you’re ready to learn more about what’s next for the climate movement – and how you can get involved – this action kit will help you uncover the potential for solutions and change. 
Download the free Make It a Reality - Action Kit now for a thorough look at the issue and ways you can participate in the fight for a bright, sustainable future right now. You’ll learn how to:

  • Inform others on the basics of climate change.
  • Answer common questions about the climate crisis.
  • Use social media to raise your voice online.
  • Contact relevant decision-makers in your area.
  • Connect with trained experts for a personalized look at climate solutions.
  • Become a trusted messenger about climate action in your community.

Together, we will help solve the climate crisis.
Click HERE to learn more

Thursday
Dec072017

The Longest Night

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.

Mississauga

On Sunday, December 17, we'll be at the home of West West Hill in Mississauga84 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. 

Scarborough

We'll gather on Thursday, 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?

Wednesday
Dec062017

Singing the Season

Any who have joined West Hill for a Sunday Gathering will know that Scott's relationship with the piano is one of passion and if they have heard him speak, they know he has a riveting presence and a delightful sense of humour.

Those who celebrate Christmas, even secularly, know it as a season that can inspire great acts of charity, and infuse whole communities with a sense of wellbeing and joy.

Singing the Season, West Hill's festive evening of sing along and solos, fuses the wonder of Scott with the beauty of Christmas. It is an evening of celebration, wistful memory, inspiration, and joy.  

Please join us on December 10th at 7 p.m. for this signature event and invite your friends and family for a lovely taste of West Hill's unique perspective.