Past Sermons

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

Sermons are also available from other years: 2012, Archive

Date Sermon Title and Description Preacher/Participant
December 29 The Spiritual Value of Spark Plugs - About Rev. Shawn Newton
December 24 Behold! - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
December 22 String of Lights - Read, Listen Lynn Harrison, Intern Minister
December 15 Living with an Enlarged Heart - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
December 8 Light My Fire - Read, Listen Lynn Harrison, Intern Minister
December 1 Overcoming the Big Disconnect - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
November 24 The Cost of Courage - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
November 17 The Courage of Our Convictions - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
November 10 Who Would True Valour See - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
November 3 The Courage to Be - Read, Listen, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton
October 27 The Love We Leave Behind - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
October 20 To Lead Where No One Has Led Before - About Bruce Knotts,
Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office
October 13 Thanksliving - Read, Listen Lynn Harrison, Intern Minister
October 6 On Purpose - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
September 29 The Sound of Listening - Read, No Audio Lynn Harrison, Intern Minister
September 22 Pews, Comfortable and Otherwise - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
September 15 Go Deep or Go Home - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
September 8 Voice, Still and Small: Water Communion - About Rev. Shawn Newton
September 1 The Human Trampoline - Read, Listen Christopher Wulff,
Lay Chaplain and Seminarian
August 25 Dispatch from the Centre of the Universe - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
August 18 Leap of Faith - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
August 11 Atheism’s Gift to Believers - Read, Listen Chris Moore,
student for Unitarian ministry
August 4 Like a Prayer- Read, Listen Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel,
Summer Minister
July 28 Certificate of Awesomeness - Read, Listen Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel,
Summer Minister
July 21 Heart of the Universe - Read, No Audio Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel,
Summer Minister
July 14 Re-Membering and Re-Storing - About, Listen Rev. Joan Montagnes
July 7 Call me Pilgrim - About, Listen Michael Battenberg
June 30 Stride! - Read, Listen Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel,
Summer Minister
June 23 Holy Days - Read, Listen Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel,
Summer Minister
June 16 Making the Most of Ministry - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
June 9 The Meaning of Life - Read, Listen Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel,
Intern Minister
June 2 Where We Stand - Read, No Audio Rev. Shawn Newton
May 26 Flower Communion - About, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
May 19 Theological Gardening - Read, Listen Lori Kyle, Seminarian
May 12 Beyond Our Borders: Burundi - Read, Listen Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, Minister of the Unitarian Church in Burundi
May 5 Coming of Age Sunday - About The Coming of Age Youth and Rev. Shawn Newton.
April 28 The Glorious Music of Life! - Read, Listen Dallas Bergen and the Music Ministry of First Unitarian
April 21 So, What Would You Preach? (Earth Day) - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
April 14 Five Smooth Stones - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
April 7 Three Vows - Read, No Audio Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel,
Intern Minister
March 31 Tag You're It! - Read, No Audio Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel,
Intern Minister
March 24 The Changing Reputation of Human Nature - Read, No Audio Rev. Shawn Newton
March 17 Lots of Luck - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
March 10 Not My Table - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
March 3 BYID: Bring Your Identity - Read, Listen Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel,
Intern Minister
February 24 Taking Responsibility - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
February 17 Romance - Read, Listen Rev. Peter Hughes
February 10 A People So Bold - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
February 3 Proud Sponsors of Elizabeth Taylor's 5th Wedding! - Read, Listen Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel,
Intern Minister
January 27 The Spiritual Meaning of Stuff - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
January 20 Sacred Change - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
January 13 Mental Health and the Way Things Stand - About Rev. John Marsh,
Minister of First Unitarian, Ottawa
January 6 Epiphany (A Dose of Reality) - Read Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel,
Intern Minister
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Read links display the text of the sermons.

Sermons are also available from recent years: Sermons

Date Sermon Title and Description Preacher/Participant
     
March 20, 2005 Why We Can’t Be Friends Forever, or
Why It Takes a Year to Say Good-Bye - Read
Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed
August 29, 2004 Embracing Change - Read Peter House
February 1, 2004 Does Marrriage Need Defending? - Read Rev. Allison Barrett
September 14, 2003 It's Turtles All the Way Down - Read Rev. Donna Morrison-Reed
December 15, 2002 Pacifism is not Passive - Read Laura Friedman
May 12, 2002 Couch Potatoes and Plato's Cave - Read Rev. Donna Morrison-Reed
August 26, 2001 The Speed of Life - Read Peter Boulatta
November 5, 2000 Doing the Dishes - Read Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed
August 6, 2000 Out of the Garden and Into the World - Read Chris Hillman
December 12, 1999 Light One Candle - Read Rev. Donna Morrison-Reed
May 5, 1999 charlotte@twenty.ca - Read Rev. Donna Morrison-Reed
October 18, 1998 Resist Not Evil - Read Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed
November 16, 1997 From Aging to Saging - Read Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed
October 5, 1997 Water Crashing on Stone - Read Sheri Prud'homme
January 5, 1997 From You I Receive (Everyday Heroes 1) - Read Rev. Donna Morrison-Reed
February 25, 1996 The Great Escape - Read Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed
November 26, 1995 A Religion of One and All - Read Rev. Donna Morrison-Reed
January 1, 1995 To Serve Life - Read Rev. Donna Morrison-Reed
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Read links display the text of the sermons; Listen links play the audio. (Those links are added if and when the media become available.)

Sermons are also available from other years: Sermons

Date Sermon Title and Description Preacher/Participant
     
December 24
(Friday)
Between the Manger and the Mall Rev. Shawn Newton
December 26 The Real Meaning of Boxing Day Rev. Shawn Newton
December 19 Lovely, Dark, and Deep - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
December 12 How the Unitarians Created Christmas - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
December 5 Prisoners of Conscience - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
November 28 Music Dallas Bergen, our choir, and our resident musicians
November 21 To Build the Beloved Community:
A Celebration of First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto

On this special day, we gathered together our pledges for the coming year and celebrated the community we are creating.
Rev. Shawn Newton
November 14 Where Faith and Justice Meet
This service was followed by our second Congregational Conversation, focusing on the intersection of our faith and social justice.
Rev. Shawn Newton
November 7 Why We Exist - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
October 31 Counting Love's True Cost: A Celebration of Samhain and All Souls - Read
All were invited to bring photos of loved ones who have died to place on our altar for All Souls.
Rev. Shawn Newton
October 24 A Climate of Change Ellen Campbell, Margaret Rao, & Eryl Court
October 17 Unitarianism Universalism in One Word Fiona Heath, Student Minister
October 10 Living Out of Gratitude
Annual Bread Communion Service - Read
All were invited to bring bread baked from family and favourite recipes.
Rev. Shawn Newton
October 3 What Friends Are For - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
September 26 Transition Towns and a Spiritual Sense of Place - Read Dr. Blake Poland and Rev. Shawn Newton
September 19 Living in Right Relationship - Read
An All-Congregational Conversation on the topic of living in "right relationship" began with lunch following the service and continued into the afternoon. All were encouraged to attend and engage.
Rev. Shawn Newton
September 12 Water Communion & Ingathering
Many attending brought a small bit of water from their summer activities.
Rev. Shawn Newton
September 5 Happy New Year? Tracey Erin Smith
August 29 Course Adjustments - Read
Meditation by Catherine Lake - Read
Rev. Shawn Newton
August 22 Dog Days: The Art of Doing Nothing Much at All - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
August 15 Both Sides Now: the Bittersweet Blessings of Having Been Around - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
August 8 Amazing Grace! A Field Guide for Unitarians - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
August 1 Exiting Our Comfort Zones as Spiritual Practice Carly Gaylor, Summer Minister
July 25 Language of Reverence: Exploring the Diversity of UU Language About That Which is Most important to Us Carly Gaylor
July 18 All You Need Is Love Carly Gaylor
July 11 Elephant Truth: Exploring relative and absolute truth Carly Gaylor
July 4 Saving the Starfish: Community Building and Social Action Carly Gaylor
June 27 Full Circle Carly Gaylor
June 20 The Wheels on the Bus - Read
Volunteer Appreciation Sunday
Rev. Shawn Newton
June 13 Promises to Keep
This moving service explored the commitments we make to each other through a ceremony for the reception of new members, a child dedication, and Margaret Kohr and Richard Kirsh's renewal of their wedding vows on their 25th anniversary.
The congregational picnic followed the service.
Rev. Shawn Newton
June 6 Flower Communion
Everyone was asked to bring a flower.
(Rev. Shawn Newton was preaching in Mississauga, while their minister is on sabbatical, to honour Toronto First's commitment to provide a minister in the pulpit.)
Partner Church Committee and Vicky Sanderson
May 30 Our Whole Lives: Faith & Sexuality Rev. Shawn Newton
May 23 Why I'm Not an Atheist Michael Battenberg
May 16 Silver, Gold & Platinum Rev. Shawn Newton
May 9 The Spiritual Practice of Sleep"
Meditation by Catherine Lake - Read
Rev. Shawn Newton
May 2 A Celebration of Music at Toronto First Rev. Shawn Newton and Dallas Bergen
April 25 Spiritual But Not Religious... Rev. Shawn Newton
April 18 Saving More Than Whales: a Unitarian Vision of 'Salvation Rev. Shawn Newton
April 11 Speaking With One's Voice - Read, Listen Cameron Linton
April 4 Threatened With Resurrection: An Easter Celebration - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
March 28 Living Beyond the Breaking Point - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
March 21 Walt Whitman, My Brother, and the Great Beyond - Read IleneCummings
March 14 The Art of the Apology - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
March 7 Telling Our Stories - Listen
Family Chapel in Shaw Hall, Rev. Shawn Newton
Women From Toronto First
February 28 Making Peace with Jesus - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
February 21 Creative Conflict - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
February 14 All Kinds of Love: a Celebration of Poetry and Music -
Listen
Rev. Shawn Newton
February 7 Getting Engaged - Listen
Testimony by Robbie Brydon - Listen
Testimony by Kelly Ferguson - Listen
Testimony by Karen MacDuffee - Listen
Beth Ann McFadden and the Member Engagement Team
January 31 A Celebration of the Music of UU Jim Scott
Part 1 - Listen -
Part 2 - Listen
 
January 24 An Amid-Life Crisis... - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
January 17 The Other G Word - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
January 10 The G Word - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
January 3 Ignite!" – Fire Communion Service - Listen
Reading by Mary Oliver - Listen
Rev. Shawn Newton

Read links display the text of the sermons; Listen links play the audio. (Those links are added if and when the media become available.)

Sermons are also available from other years: Sermons

Date Sermon Title and Description Preacher/Participant
December 27 The Year in Review - Listen Lay Chaplains Peter Brydon, Margaret Kohr & Margaret Rao
December 24
(Thursday)
This Shining Night - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
December 20 The Light of Truth - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
December 13 The Fire of Commitment - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
December 6 The Glow of Love -Listen
Reading: The Shells of Our Affection - Listen
Rev. Shawn Newton
November 29 The Warmth of Compassion - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
November 22 The Urban Menace - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
November 15 Test of Faith - Read Angela Klassen, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
November 8 Unimagined Change or Delayed Journey - Read, Listen Doug Buck
November 1 What They Dreamed Be Ours to Do - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
October 25 Connecting the Dots: United Nations Sunday - Listen
Reflection by Elaine Harvey in Streaming Audio - Listen
Rev. Shawn Newton
October 18 For Giving and For Getting - Listen
Reading by Barbara Kingsolver - Listen
Rev. Shawn Newton
October 11 Giving Thanks for Small Miracles
Annual Bread Communion Service - Listen
The Rev. Peter Hughes
October 4 It's Up to Us! - Read, Listen Kalvin Drake, President of the Canadian Unitarian
Council
September 27 Why Bother?! - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
September 20 Text Appeal Rev. Shawn Newton
September 13 In the Moment
A Celebration of Water Communion
Rev. Shawn Newton
September 6 Beyond Belief: Confessions of a Religious Naturalist - Read Michael Battenberg
August 30 Is Faith Meant to be Kept? - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
August 23 Is There Unity in Our Diversity?
Rev. Shawn Newton
August 16 Is There Meaning in Suffering? Rev. Shawn Newton
August 9 Is Happiness Our Aim? Rev. Shawn Newton
August 2 Is All the World a Stage? Tracey Erin Smith
July 26 The Liberal Heart of Islam Rev. John McCarthy, Summer Minister
July 19 Love and Intimacy in Community - Read Rev. John McCarthy
July 12 Fortune Favours the Brave - Read Rev. John McCarthy
July 5 Emerson in Our Lives - Read Rev. John McCarthy
June 28 Born in Heresy Dr. Marvin Anderson
June 21 Pride & Prejudice Rev. Shawn Newton
June 14 For Work That Is Real Rev. Shawn Newton
June 7 Flower Communion
A multigenerational celebration of spring and our Partner Church.
 
May 31 Phoenix Rising: Finding Renewal Within Youth Led Worship
May 24 This I Believe" Coming of Age Sunday Coming of Age Group
May 17 Refusing to Shame, Choosing to Claim Dr. Marvin Anderson
May 10 A Wing and a Prayer Rev. Shawn Newton
May 3 Be the Voice of Hope Dallas Bergen, Director of Music
April 26 We Are the Change Robbie Brydon and Worship Team
April 19 A Celebration of Earth Day First Unitarian Green Team
April 12 Our Saving Message Rev. Shawn Newton
April 5 What Makes for a Meaningful Da
(Shawn was in ministry with children and youth )
Barb Wentworth
March 29 What Price Perfection? Rev. Shawn Newton
March 22 Would I Shelter You? Would You Shelter Me?
A Conversation About Sanctuary
Rev. Shawn Newton
March 15 Fried Fish Last Night Dear?"
Peter is a UU minister from Rochester and a former Summer Minister at Toronto First.
Rev. Peter House
March 15 Rev. Katherine Britain, minister of our neighbouring congregation, St. Matthew's United Rev. Katherine Britain
March 8 Talking Our Walk
The Unitarian ministers of Southern Ontario exchanged pulpits this morning to honour the interdependence at the heart of our congregational polity. Shawn preached this morning in Peterborough, returning to preach the same sermon in Toronto in the evening. Rev. Kathy Sage is minister of Kingston Unitarian Fellowship.
 Rev. Kathy Sage
March 1 Moving Boulders in an Age of Climate Change: Farming a Future in the Hidden Himalayas Dr. Susan Walsh, Executive Director, USC Canada
March 1 The Increasing Light
A simple Pagan ritual, facilitated by members of Our Pagan Grove and Womynspirit, involving meditation, song, spiral dance and drumming. All were invited to bring along their drums or other percussion instruments. The service theme was Finding Hope in the Cold Time.
Kate Chung
February 22 Explaining Our Faith With Three Words Rev. Shawn Newton
February 15 Evolving Toward Enlightenment Rev. Shawn Newton
February 8 The Many Faces of Love Beth Ann McFadden and Vicky Sanderson
February 1 The Adventures of Reverend X Rev. Shawn Newton
January 25 The Sacrament of Small Groups Rev. Shawn Newton
January 18 Life Passages: Reflections on Life as a Lay Chaplain Our Lay Chaplains
January 11 Photography of the Spirit - Read Cameron Linton
January 11 To Act or Shut Down?
An Exploration of Pain and Interdependence
Melina Bondy
January 4 Our Annual Fire Communion Service Rev. Shawn Newton

Read links display the text of the sermons; Listen links play the audio. (Those links are added if and when the media become available.)

Sermons are also available from other years: Sermons

Date Sermon Title and Description Preacher/Participant
December 25 Slouching Toward Bethlehem Fiona Heath, Intern Minister
December 24 The Wonder of It All - Candlelight and choral music Rev. Shawn Newton
December 18 Turn the World Around - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
December 10 A Fair Country? - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
December 4 Waiting at the Gate for Elvis - Listen Jessica Purple Rodela
November 27 Wearing the Face - Read, Listen Fiona Heath
November 20 Our Great Covenant - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
November 13 A Question of Trust - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
November 6 Beyond Belief - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
October 30 The Time of Our Lives (All Souls Service) - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton and Wanda Morris (Dying with Dignity)
October 23 To Build a Better World (UN Sunday) Rev. Shawn Newton and Holly Sarkissian (UU-UNO Office)
October 16 People of the Place - Read, Listen Fiona Heath, Intern Minister
October 9 A Mystic Sweet Communion (Thanksgiving Bread Communion) Rev. Shawn Newton
October 2 Wresting With Our Higher Power - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
September 25 Whose Are We? - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
September 18 Everybody's Got a Story - Read, Listen Fiona Heath, Intern Minister
September 11 Water Communion Rev. Shawn Newton and various musicians
September 4 The Inspiration of Rocket Robin - Read, Listen Lori Monson
August 28 The Spiritual Practice of Play - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
August 21 The Blessings of Imperfection - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
August 14 The Demands of Dignity - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
August 7 Storytelling As Theology - Listen (reading and sermon) Carly Gaylor, Summer Minister
July 31 Divine Love, Universal Compassion - Read, Listen
Read The Charter for Compassion
Chris Moore, Member of the Congregation
July 24 The Yooks and the Zooks - Listen
Read about Ron Kraybill’s Conflict Styles
Carly Gaylor, Summer Minister
July 17 Freedom is Coming - Listen Carly Gaylor, Summer Minister
July 10 Roots and Wings - Listen Carly Gaylor, Summer Minister
July 03 WWMD - What Would Muhammad Do? - Read, Listen Rev. Dick Weston-Jones,
Visiting Minister
June 26 To Fly or Not to Fly: Is That the Question? - Read, Listen Judy Vellend, Member of the Congregation
June 19 The Love We Leave Behind - Read, Listen (full service) Rev. Shawn Newton
June 12 The State of Things - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
June 5 Home - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
May 22 To Trust the Dawning Future More - Read, Listen, Watch
A service at Convocation Hall, with over 1400 UUs from across Canada celebrating the CUC's fiftieth anniversary.
Rev. Shawn Newton
May 15 Chautauqua Days - Listen Fiona Heath, Student Minister
May 8 Coming of Age Sunday Coming of Agers and their Faciliators
April 30 How to Survive 50 Years of Marriage in Spite of Extreme Provocation. Rev. Fred Cappuccino
April 24 A Broken Hallelujah - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
April 17 Our Six Sources: The Sacred Circle - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
April 10 Our Six Sources: Human Mind, Human Spirit" - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
April 3 Our Six Sources: Love as a Reponse to Love - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
March 27 Our Six Sources: Wisdom from the World's Religions - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
March 20 Our Six Sources: Prophetic Deeds of Women and Men - Read, Listen Rev. Allison Barrett
March 13 Our Six Sources: Mystery and Wonder - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
March 6 International Women's Day - Read, Listen Catherine Lake and Rev. Shawn Newton
February 27 People Like Us - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
February 20 Paganism and the Interdependent Web - Read, Listen Janice Tait
February 13 "Starlings in Winter" - Listen Fiona Heath, Student Minister
February 6 To Whom It May Concern: Musings on a Life at Prayer - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
January 30 The Spiritual Implications of Groundhog Day - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
January 23 Which Way to Mecca? - Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
January 16 A Question of Belonging - Read
This service was followed by a Congregational Conversation on the question of what we can expect of one another in the life of our congregation.
Rev. Shawn Newton
January 9 A Community of Books and People Rev. Peter Hughes and members of the Library Committee
January 2 Making the Most of Regret - Read
Annual Fire Communion Service
Rev. Shawn Newton
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