Join us before and after the service on March 24 for a Silent Auction, and on March 31 for lunch and a live auction where you can bid on the time, talent and treasures generously donated by members of our congregation.

About links below display calendar events for the services; Read links display the text of the sermons; Listen links play the audio; Watch links play the video. (The last three links are added if and when those media become available.)

Sermons are also available from other years: 2018, Archive

Date Sermon Title and Description Preacher/Participant
March 17 Wing and a Prayer: Thanks - About, Read Rev. Shawn Newton
March 10 Wing and a Prayer: Help - About, Read Rev. Stephen Atkinson
March 3 Wing and a Prayer: Hello - About, Read Rev. Lynn Harrison
February 24 Women Working for Change - About, Read Rev. Lynn Harrison
February 17 What Is My Faith? - About, Read, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton
February 10 All Kinds of Love - About Rev. Shawn Newton
February 3 Change Is Gonna Come - About, Read, Watch Rev. Lynn Harrison
January 27 Change: Looking Beyond the Great Change - About, Read, Watch Rev. Peter Hughes
January 20 Change: What, Me Change? - About, Read, Watch Rev. Lynn Harrison
January 13 Change: The World's Slowest Roller Coaster - About, Read, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton
January 6 Lives Lived - About, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton &
Rev. Lynn Harrison

This page provides information and guidelines to help you get started with planning an event.
(See Event Planning Resources below for a printable version.)


The purpose of these guidelines is to:

  • Ensure we direct First’s staff and volunteer energy and resources towards activities that support our mission and vision.
  • Ensure that activities at First fit within the calendar and context of First’s overall programs
  • Maximize the likely success of the event.
  • Minimize any disruption or conflict which could arise as a result of an event.
  • Scope

    These guidelines cover any activity or event which:

  • Fits First’s mission to “Seek, Connect, Serve”.
  • Is not already a regular part of an ongoing program being managed by staff and/or volunteers.
  • Will require First’s resources (volunteers, staff, premises, equipment, money).
  • Serves and engages First members, as well as friends and/or the public.
  • Process

    Begin the event planning process at least four months before the proposed date (beginning closer to your proposed date may result in postponement):

  • Fill out a Preliminary Event Plan form [hyperlink: First UU Preliminary Event Plan Form 24.1.19] as completely as possible. Items in the Event Planning Resources section, at bottom, will help you.
  • Contact the Chief Convenor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your proposed event to schedule a meeting, including a copy of your Preliminary Event Plan.
  • In your meeting, you’ll discuss the fit and likelihood of success of your proposed event. Your meeting may result in proposed edits, plans to meet with additional collaborators, and/or preparation for the decision making process.
  • Decision Making

    To go forward with an event at First, your plan must be approved by the Chief Convenor, often with input from staff and/or the Executive Committee (comprised of the Chief Convenor, the President of the Board of Trustees, and the Ministers.) This part of the process may take up to 3 weeks and you will likely be contacted to answer some questions in the meantime.

    To understand the decision making process, review and consider your intended event using the Sweet Spot tool [hyperlink:The Sweet Spot.pdf]. If the information you provide makes it clear that your plans “hit the sweet spot”, there is a higher likelihood your event can proceed.

    If the decision is to not proceed, the Chief Convenor will discuss the rationale with you. The decision may relate to timing, fit, logistics and resources, or competing priorities. In some cases, an adjustment to the plans may resolve the items of concern while, in other cases, the event will not be able to go forward in the foreseeable future.

    Event Planning Resources

    Forms and Policies - Downloads

  • Event Planning Guidelines - Downloadable Document [hyperlink: First UU Event Planning Guidelines and
  • Policies PRINTABLE 21.2.19]
  • Preliminary Event Plan form [hyperlink: First UU Preliminary Event Plan Form 24.1.19]
  • First’s Social Justice Policy [hyperlink: First UU Social Justice Policies 2000.pdf]
  • Event Run Sheet template [hyperlink: First UU Event Run Sheet Template 24.1.19]
  • Sweet Spot tool [hyperlink:The Sweet Spot.pdf]
  • Promotion

  • First Light Announcements
  • First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto Facebook
  • Scheduling and Organizing

  • Doodle meeting organizer
  • Volunteer signup organizer
  • Gatherings, workshops, celebrations—would you like to produce an event at First Unitarian that serves the congregation and perhaps the wider community? Use our Event Planning Guidelines and Policies to organize your vision and propose your event! Please submit your completed proposal at least four months in advance of the event date to avoid delays.

    If you’ve reviewed the resources included in the Guidelines and you still have questions, please contact the Chief Convenor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    The front office on the 1st floor is normally staffed Sunday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm excluding statutory holidays.