Public Room Bookings
Rooms can be rented for the whole day or for part of the day or evening. All of our rooms and areas for rent are fully accessible to the physically challenged. Renters must provide their own insurance liability certificate.
These page shows links to official Unitarian sites. If you’re interested in seeing other sites that we think are worth a look, see Cool Links.
|Unitarians in Canada|
|Canadian Unitarian Council||www.CUC.ca|
|Unitarian Congregations of Greater Toronto (UCGT)||www.ucgt.ca|
|Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ)||www.CUSJ.org|
|Canadian Unitarian Universalist Historical Society||www.CUC.ca/links/CUUHS.htm|
|St. Lawrence District||www.SLD.UUA.org|
|USC Canada (Founded in 1945 as the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada)||www.USC-Canada.org|
|Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Dundas East & Coxwell)||www.NUUC.ca|
|Don Heights Unitarian Congregation (Don Mills & Eglinton)||www.DonHeights.ca|
|Unitarian Fellowship of Northwest Toronto (Lawrence & Weston Rd)||www.UFNWT.com|
|Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga (QEW & Cawthra)||www.UUCM.ca|
|Huronia Unitarian Fellowship (Barrie)||www.HUUF.ca|
|Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Durham (Oshawa)||www.UUCD.ca|
|Elora & Fergus Unitarian Church||www.EFUUC.org|
|Unitarian Congregation of Guelph||www.Guelph-Unitarians.com|
|First Unitarian Church of Hamilton||uuhamilton.ca|
|Unitarian Congregation of Niagara (St. Catharines)||www.Unitarian-StCatharines.org|
|Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough||www.PeterboroughUnitarian.ca|
|First Unitarian Congregation of Waterloo||www.Waterloo.Unitarians.ca|
|Unicamp of Ontario (near Shelburne)||www.UnicampOfOntario.ca|
|Other Large Canadian Unitarian Congregations|
|Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax||www.UUCH.ca|
|Unitarian Church of Montreal||www.UCMTL.ca|
|Mouvement Unitarien Universaliste au Québec||www.UUQC.ca|
|First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa||www.FirstUnitarianOttawa.ca|
|First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg||www.UUWinnipeg.mb.ca|
|Unitarian Church of Calgary||www.UnitariansCalgary.org|
|Unitarian Church of Edmonton||www.UCE.ca|
|Unitarian Church of Vancouver||www.VancouverUnitarians.ca|
|First Unitarian Church of Victoria||www.VictoriaUnitarian.ca|
|Unitarians in the U.S.|
|Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) (Based in Boston)||www.UUA.org|
|UU World - The magazine for Unitarian Universalists.||www.UUWorld.org|
|Skinner House Books - a publisher of books to aid individuals and congregations in their search for truth and meaning||www.UUA.org/publications/skinnerhouse|
|Beacon Press - an independent publisher of books that promote freedom of speech and thought, religious pluralism and respect for diversity in all areas of life||www.Beacon.org|
|Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO)||www.UU-UNO.org|
|International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU)||www.ICUU.net|
|British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches||www.Unitarian.org.uk|
|Australian & New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association (ANZUUA)||www.ANZUUA.org|
|International Association for Religious Freedom||www.IARF.net|
|Unitarians in Hungary (Magyarországi Unitárius Egyház)||www.Unitarius.hu|
Joining the Choir
Music is important to enhance worship in our Sunday services and the choir is an important means of deepening the worship experience. We come together to share our joy of singing and strive for harmony in our music and our choir.
The choir has grown to the point where we have had to cap its membership due to limited physical space in Sunderland Hall. Vacancies are filled as they become available. It is a non-auditioned group and you don’t need to be a member of the congregation to join.
There are no fees. There is, however, an expectation of commitment, that singers will be available for Thursday rehearsals and for Sunday services.
If you are interested in joining the choir, please download, print and complete the Application for Choir Membership Form and bring it to our Sunday Service. Our Engage and Connect team, located at the top of the stairs outside Workman Hall, will be happy to receive it. Once we have your application, a choir representative will contact you to let you know whether there is a vacancy or, if that is not the case, to ask whether you would like to be placed on our waiting list.
The following list shows a sample of notable Unitarians, Universalists and Unitarian Universalists. Click on the person’s name to find out more.
Note that for privacy reasons, we have listed people who are alive only if they have publically spoken about their faith.
|Louisa May Alcott||1832-1888||Abolitionist, author of Little Women|
|Susan B. Anthony||1820-1906||Activist, publisher|
|Hossea Ballou||1771-1852||Universalist minister|
|P. T. Barnum||1810-1891||Showman|
|Bartók Béla (aka Béla Bartók)||1881-1945||Hungarian composer|
|Clara Barton||1821-1912||Organizer of the American Red Cross|
|Sir Tim Berners-Lee||b. 1955||Physicist, inventor of the World Wide Web|
|Peter Brock||1920-2006||Historian, pacifist scholar, member of this congregation|
|Robert Burns||1759-1796||National Poet of Scotland|
|Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent)||b. 1982||Musician|
|James Coyne||1910-2012||Governor of the Bank of Canada (1955-1961), member of this congregation in the 1960’s|
|E. E. Cummings||1894-1962||poet, painter|
|William Dennison||1905-1981||Mayor of Toronto (1966-1972), member of this congregation|
|Charles Dickens||1812-1870||Novelist, author of A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist|
|Ralph Waldo Emerson||1803-1882||Unitarian minister, essayist, poet|
|Lloyd Francis||1920-2007||MP for Ottawa area ridings (1962-1984), parliamentary speaker (1980-1984)|
|Robert Fulghum||b. 1937||Unitarian Minister, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten|
|Buckminster Fuller||1895-1983||Engineer, designer, inventor, futurist|
|Gary Gygax||1938-2008||Creator of Dungeons and Dragons|
|Edvard Grieg||1843-1907||Norwegian composer|
|Edmond Halley||1656-1742||Astronomer, discoverer of Halley’s comet|
|Nathaniel Hawthorne||1804-1864||Author of The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables|
|Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova||1909-1990||Canadian humanitarian, founder of USC Canada|
|Bruce Hyer||b. 1946||MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North (2008-2015)|
|Margaret Laurence||1926-1987||Canadian author of The Stone Angel and The Diviners|
|Arthur Lismer||1885-1969||Canadian painter, member of the Group of Seven, member of this congregation|
|Dorothy Livesay||1909-1996||Canadian poet|
|Henry Wadsworth Longfellow||1807-1882||Poet, educator|
|Herman Melville||1819-1891||Author of Moby Dick|
|John Molson||1763-1836||Canadian brewer, Member of the Legislative Council of Lower Canada|
|Robert Munsch||b. 1945||Canadian author of Love You Forever and The Paper Bag Princess|
|Sir Isaac Newton||1642-1726||Physicist and mathematician|
|Florence Nightingale||1820-1910||Nurse, humanitarian, statistician, Inventor of the Pie Chart|
|Linus Pauling||1901-1994||Chemist, peace activist, double Nobel Laureate|
|Randy Pausch||1960-2008||Computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, author of The Last Lecture|
|Sylvia Plath||1932-1963||Poet, author of The Bell Jar|
|Beatrix Potter||1866-1943||Conservationist, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit|
|Joseph Priestley||1733-1804||Scientist, natural philosopher, political theorist|
|May Sarton||1912-1995||Poet, author of Coming Into Eighty and Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing|
|Alyson Schafer||Canadian parenting expert, TV host, Author of Ain’t Misbehavin, Honey, I Wrecked The Kids, and Breaking the Good Mom Myth|
|Pete Seeger||1919-2014||Musician, social activist|
|Rod Serling||1924-1975||Screenwriter, TV producer|
|Michael Servetus||1511-1553||Theologian, Unitarian martyr|
|Vilhjalmur Stefansson||1979-1962||Arctic explorer, champion of Native American rights|
|Emily Stowe||1813-1903||Toronto physician, suffragette, first woman doctor in Canada|
|Margaret Sutton (aka Rachel Beebe)||1903-2001||Author of children’s books, including the Judy Bolton series|
|Henry David Thoreau||1817-1862||Author, poet, abolitionist, naturalist|
|Luigi Von Kunits||1870-1931||Founder and conductor of the Toronto Symphony, violinist, member of this congregation|
|Kurt Vonnegut||1922-2007||Author of Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions|
|Zach Wahls||b. 1991||Activist, author of My Two Moms|
|Josiah Wedgwood||1730-1795||British potter|
|Dawud Wharnsby||b. 1972||Canadian musician|
|Walt Whitman||1819-1892||Poet, humanist|
|Dr. Joseph Workman||1805-1894||Toronto psychiatrist, educator, mental health advocate, co-founder of this congregation|
|Frank Lloyd Wright||1867-1959||Architect|
|John II Sigismund Zápolya||1540-1570||King of Hungary|
For more notable UUs, please see these other lists:
What Is Unitarianism?
- Cool Links
- Member Testimonies
- Notable Unitarians
- Our History
- Unitarian Humour
- Unitarian Organizations
- What We Believe
- Worth Thinking About
Unitarian Universalism (UUism) is a liberal religion that promotes freedom of belief and respect for all people. We provide a warm, open, inclusive supportive community for people who believe “how we live is more important than what we believe.”
Unitarian Universalism is approximately 400 years old and there are more than one thousand UU congregations in the United States, Canada, and around the world.
We do not need to profess a “creed” in order to be a UU. We believe that an individual's theology is a result of their own search for truth and meaning, not obedience to an outside authority. Instead, we are united by shared values including tolerance, compassion and on-going commitment to making the world a more humane and peaceful place. Read about our Principles and Sources.
Unitarian Universalism welcomes people with different beliefs and there is rich dialogue in our congregations about spiritual issues. We welcome and embrace all who share our values and principles regardless of their religious beliefs, sexual orientation, race, age or gender.
Unitarian Universalism attracts people who are uncomfortable with the “dogmas” of the most organized religions. As a result, most of us arrived at Unitarianism from either a different faith tradition or from an un-churched background.
Toronto First Unitarian, founded in 1845, is a place where theists (believers in a personal God) and non-theists, Christians, Jews and Buddhists, the rational and the spiritual, can come together in a community of common purpose and mutual respect.
For parents of young children, we provide an alternative to more traditional approaches to religious education.
Toronto First Unitarian also provides a liberal alternative to Metropolitan Community Church as a religious home for gay and lesbian individuals and families.
Our Unison Affirmation
We recite this affirmation in unison as part of our service every Sunday:
Love is our doctrine,
The quest for truth is our sacrament,
And service is our prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve life,
To the end that all souls shall grow
into harmony with the divine —
Thus do we covenant with each other
and with all.
Adapted from L Griswold Williams
About Our Congregation
Toronto First Unitarian, like all UU congregations, is autonomous, self-funding and governed by a Board of Trustees elected annually by our members. However, we gain great strength and numerous services by being a member of a larger movement. We are one of more than 45 congregations in the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC). Learn more about our administration and governance.
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two different religions: Unitarianism and Universalism. Both began in Europe hundreds of years ago. After consolidating in 1961 in the U.S., these faiths became the new religion of Unitarian Universalism through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). In Canada, Unitarian and Universalist congregations have been active since the mid-1800's. The Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) includes congregations that call themselves Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist (UU). In practice, we use the word “Unitarian” as a shortcut for “Unitarian Universalist”.
Both religions have long histories and have contributed important theological concepts that remain central to Unitarian Universalism. Originally, all Unitarians were Christians who didn't believe in the Holy Trinity of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), but in the unity, or single aspect, of God. Later, Unitarian beliefs stressed the importance of rational thinking, a direct relationship with God, and the humanity (not divinity) of Jesus. Universalism emerged as a Christian denomination with a central belief in universal salvation; that is, that all people will eventually be reconciled with God.