Events under 'Courses'
Monday, July 16, 2018

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Date

Celebrating Mystery: Spirituality without Belief

Celebrating Mystery: Spirituality without Belief

How do we celebrate being part of the mystery of the universe without a belief in God? What does it mean to be spiritual but not a believer?

Drawing from writers such as Alain de Botton, Scott Russell Sanders, Chet Raymo, and Sharman Apt Russell, we will consider how Unitarian Universalism nourishes a sense of wonder through scientific knowledge and personal attentiveness. We will share conversation, stories and meditation.

This class takes place on two non-consecutive Tuesday evenings. Tuesday April 17th and Tuesday May 1st 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to sign up for both evenings, but may attend only one. Please register with our intern minister Fiona Heath, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Every Week until April 24, 2012

Jesus Without Christianity

Jesus Without Christianity

Mondays, April 16 – May 7, 7:00-9:30 pm with Rev. Shawn Newton

Theodore Parker, the great Unitarian minister of the 19th century, said that he was more interested in the religion of Jesus than the religion about Jesus. Much effort has been made in the past two centuries to better understand what (little) we know of the historical, Jewish Jesus, apart from the Christians traditions that have developed over the past two millennia. This four-week workshop will endeavour to demonstrate how it is that Jesus became “Christ” and how his religious movement became Christianity.

The text for the course will be Jesus for the Non-Religious by John Shelby Spong. Copies of the book will be available for sale in the Book Shop during coffee hour. There is no assigned reading for the first session, though participants are welcome to begin the book, if they wish.

To register contact Shawn Newton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Monday, April 30, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Every Week until May 07, 2012

UU and You (Registration Full)

Registration is now full.

UU and You

Saturday May 12th from 10am to 4pm.

This will be a 1-day condensed version of our six week course intended for those who are not able to come to the evening classes.

Explore what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. Learn about our traditions of worship, social justice, religious education & governance. Examine your own theology and how it intersects with the UU tradition. Connect with newcomers and seasoned members alike.

We will explore the sources and principles, the rich heritage of history, the shape of this congregation, and the meaning of shared ministry.

Led by Diane Wagner and Fiona Heath. The Rev. Shawn Newton will be a guest. A lunch will be provided at cost.

Please reserve your space with Diane Wagner. For information and to register, contact Diane Wagner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, May 12, 2012 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Making Choices As You Age

Making Choices As You Age

 

This workshop is facilitated by Ronnie Rusk, a gerontologist and social worker. Ronnie was a care manager and coordinator of advocacy programs for seniors for twenty years. She will talk about our changing lifestyle needs as we age, realistically analyzing our needs and supports. What choices do we have? What resources are available and how do we access them?

 

Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served. There is no charge, but please RSVP to Allan Brand at 416-690-3242 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Pastoral Care Committee is sponsoring this workshop.

Saturday, May 12, 2012 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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New Member Ceremony

New Member Ceremony

On May 27th, we will welcome new members into the congregation. To take part in this ceremony, please contact Keith Gawronski, our membership convenor, by email.

Prospective members are encouraged to attend the Saturday intensive UU and You session to be held on Saturday, May 12th.

Sunday, May 27, 2012 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Art Reception

Art Reception following service in Sunderland Hall for the Bolivian Wall Hangings that will be on display during July and August. Fair trade and handmade by Indigenous women from Artisania Sorata, the wall art depicts rural life in Bolivia, using traditional dyeing and weaving technique.

 

Sue Berlove has been working with this group since 2004 and will be hosting the show. All hangings are for sale but must remain in the show until the end of August.
For more information contact Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

There will also be Latin American cuisine catered by our former Chief Custodian, Ana Chavarria.

Sunday, July 15, 2012 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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From Silence to Attention

From Silence to Attention

A Non-Violent Direct Action Workshop at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, 175 St Clair Ave West at Avenue Rd, sponsored by Occupy First Unitarian.

 

Do you have an issue that is near and dear to your heart? Are you keen to make a difference - but not sure what to do? Are you looking for ways to garner media attention for your side of the story?

 

This interactive, dynamic and fun workshop, offers proven and practical strategies for getting heard. You will develop the theoretical and practical skills you need to determine when and how to use non-violent direct action to achieve your goals. Specific topics that we will cover include: types of direct action, how to ensure your action is strategic and effective, designing actions, action roles and responsibilities, and dealing with issues that arise during the action itself, such as addressing conflict and negotiating with people with different ideologies and approaches to action.

 

Facilitator: Jessica Bell, M. Ed., works as a facilitator and social movement trainer. She is the co-founder of Toronto training organization, Tools for Change, and a trainer with the Ruckus Society. Jessica teaches advocacy in the Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Management Program at Ryerson University.

 

Who should attend? Anyone seeking effective strategies for working on controversial issues - mega-quarry, tar sands, pipelines, Aboriginal rights, medically-assisted death, Occupy, G-20, & more.

 

Comments from past participants:
- An essential course for ... developing the fundamental skill needed to organize and advertise a rally or march
- A stimulating and informative workshop
- A great model of skill sharing and skill building
- Making me a better activist, allowing me to meet activists with diverse priorities and increasing my long-term resolve to work for justice and peace.
- There was a great mix of theory and interactive experiences. Most important, it was fun!”

 

The cost is $30, sliding scale. (Nobody will be turned away due to inability to pay; if you can pay a little extra, please do so to help us cover expenses).

 

To register please send a cheque payable to “First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto”, with your name, phone number, mailing address, and email address to:

 

Kate Chung,
First Unitarian Congregation,
175 St Clair Ave West,
Toronto M4V 1P7

 

(Please also tell us where you heard about this course.)
Saturday, September 22, 2012 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Learn to Interpret Your Dreams

In this 4 session didactic and experiential course on dream interpretation, we'll come to appreciate the richness of our dreams and the potential which they hold for providing guidance in shaping our lives. This approach fits with any other model the participant may already use. No previous dream experience required. A safe, relaxed setting to explore together what happens during the hours we sleep.

To register, contact Mary Armstrong: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mondays, October 15, 22, 29 and November 5 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Suggested Donation: $20 or pay what you can.

Monday, October 15, 2012 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Learn to Interpret Your Dreams

In this 4 session didactic and experiential course on dream interpretation, we'll come to appreciate the richness of our dreams and the potential which they hold for providing guidance in shaping our lives. This approach fits with any other model the participant may already use. No previous dream experience required. A safe, relaxed setting to explore together what happens during the hours we sleep.

To register, contact Mary Armstrong: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mondays, October 15, 22, 29 and November 5 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Suggested Donation: $20 or pay what you can.

Monday, October 22, 2012 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Soul to Soul

"Soul to Soul" offers opportunities to practice the spiritual discipline of listening, while exploring life issues with a group of 7-9 others, discussing significant stories, compassion, boundaries and trust.

Four Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, October 23rd, November 6th, November 20th and December 4th. You need not take the series in sequential order.

Sessions are led by our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Angela Klassen. Check out the session guide which is available in the bookshop in Workman Hall.

 

To learn more or to register contact Angela 416.924.9654 ext 223, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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UU & You

An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism at First Unitarian

Learn about our traditions of worship, social justice, religious education, and governing structure. Examine your own spiritual journey and how it intersects with the UU tradition. This two-day session takes place Saturday October 27 and November 10, 2012, from 9:30 to 3:00.

Coffee & Muffins at 9:30; lunch provided.

To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, October 27, 2012 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Learn to Interpret Your Dreams

In this 4 session didactic and experiential course on dream interpretation, we'll come to appreciate the richness of our dreams and the potential which they hold for providing guidance in shaping our lives. This approach fits with any other model the participant may already use. No previous dream experience required. A safe, relaxed setting to explore together what happens during the hours we sleep.

To register, contact Mary Armstrong: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mondays, October 15, 22, 29 and November 5 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Suggested Donation: $20 or pay what you can.

Monday, October 29, 2012 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Learn to Interpret Your Dreams

In this 4 session didactic and experiential course on dream interpretation, we'll come to appreciate the richness of our dreams and the potential which they hold for providing guidance in shaping our lives. This approach fits with any other model the participant may already use. No previous dream experience required. A safe, relaxed setting to explore together what happens during the hours we sleep.

To register, contact Mary Armstrong: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mondays, October 15, 22, 29 and November 5 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Suggested Donation: $20 or pay what you can.

Monday, November 05, 2012 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Soul to Soul

"Soul to Soul" offers opportunities to practice the spiritual discipline of listening, while exploring life issues with a group of 7-9 others, discussing significant stories, compassion, boundaries and trust.

Four Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, October 23rd, November 6th, November 20th and December 4th. You need not take the series in sequential order.

Sessions are led by our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Angela Klassen. Check out the session guide which is available in the bookshop in Workman Hall.

 

To learn more or to register contact Angela 416.924.9654 ext 223, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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UU & You

An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism at First Unitarian

Learn about our traditions of worship, social justice, religious education, and governing structure. Examine your own spiritual journey and how it intersects with the UU tradition. This two-day session takes place Saturday October 27 and November 10, 2012, from 9:30 to 3:00.

Coffee & Muffins at 9:30; lunch provided.

To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 9:30 pm - Sunday, November 11, 2012 3:00 am
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UU & You

An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism at First Unitarian

Explore what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist

Learn about our history and traditions of worship and governance.

Examine your own spiritual journey and how it intersects with the UU tradition.

Connect with newcomers and seasoned members alike.

Talk with our minister and intern minister

Coffee & Muffins at 9:15; lunch provided.

To register contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Soul to Soul

"Soul to Soul" offers opportunities to practice the spiritual discipline of listening, while exploring life issues with a group of 7-9 others, discussing significant stories, compassion, boundaries and trust.

Four Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, October 23rd, November 6th, November 20th and December 4th. You need not take the series in sequential order.

Sessions are led by our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Angela Klassen. Check out the session guide which is available in the bookshop in Workman Hall.

 

To learn more or to register contact Angela 416.924.9654 ext 223, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Soul to Soul

"Soul to Soul" offers opportunities to practice the spiritual discipline of listening, while exploring life issues with a group of 7-9 others, discussing significant stories, compassion, boundaries and trust.

Four Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm, October 23rd, November 6th, November 20th and December 4th. You need not take the series in sequential order.

Sessions are led by our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Angela Klassen. Check out the session guide which is available in the bookshop in Workman Hall.

 

To learn more or to register contact Angela 416.924.9654 ext 223, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Learning to Parent With UU Principles

An afternoon of conversation with parenting expert Alyson Schafer, discussing:

  • parenting styles
  • obedience vs. co-operation
  • praise vs. encouragement
  • the purpose behind a child's misbehaviour

How to raise children who are caring, capable, co-operative, curious and empowered is a noble goal. But how to do that when confronted with issues like anxiety, dawdling, lying, tantrums and other forms of protest?

Workshop leader Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and frequent speaker who will use experiential activities to explain a framework for parenting. Alyson provide tools tactics and solutions to implement immediately!

Register by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In Shaw Hall; no childcare available; light snacks will be served.

Saturday, May 25, 2013 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Firstbook 101

Firstbook is a password-protected, secure area of our website for members and friends of First Unitarian, with online forums and discussion, online social justice and committee collaboration, as well as the repository for a growing document archive, and Members and Friends directory. Learn how to login to your account, create your profile, and begin to use the system to connect with others at First.

Choose your session: after Sunday service on January 5th, January 19th, or February 9th.

RSVP to Keith Gawronski This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, January 05, 2014 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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