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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.

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Entries in Affirming Sunday (2)

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!

Monday
Nov172014

OMG!* Deb Pearce is coming!  

She’s Bold. She’s Funny. She’ll be here on December 7th for our Affirming Anniversary Celebration.

A vocal member of Toronto’s LGBTQ community, Deb got her start in entertainment as a drag king in the early 90's. She is also a singer, and a funny gal. Deb co-hosted season 5 of Bump! on Logo and OUT TV, and has been the morning host on 2 radio stations where she interviewed Lady Gaga, kd lang, Debbie Harry and more. She also hosted an award-winning television show 'foQus with Deb Pearce' on Rogers. Deb MC's hundreds of events throughout North America and has raised thousands of dollars for local  organizations that work with Breast Cancer research and people living with HIV/AIDS.

*Please note: At West Hill, a community of sceptics, freethinkers, agnostics, secular humanists, traditional believers, and atheists, using the OMG exclamation does not necessarily presume belief in the big G. Still, when Deb Pearce is coming, what else could we say?