Events under 'Sunday Services'
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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Making It Up as We Go Along

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

So much of life is improvisation. And, yet, we can often so harshly judge ourselves and others when things go awry or are less than perfect. What if we were to shift our understanding to better appreciate that most of us, most of the time, are simply making it up as we go along? That will be the question at the heart of my sermon this week. The Resident Musicians will sing a wonderful setting by our own Danny Fong of "You've Got a Friend".

As I prepare to begin my summer break on Monday, with a mix of vacation and study time, I am happy to share that Curtis Murphy will be returning to serve as our Summer Minister for the next two months. Curtis was our Intern Minister in 2014-15 and has twice served the congregation as Summer Minister. Curtis is nearing the end of his preparation for UU ministry and is currently providing spiritual care in a hospice setting in Hamilton, where he lives with his partner Rev. Carly Gaylor and their young son Darragh. In addition to preaching several times over the coming months, Curtis will be available to respond to any pastoral care needs, along with our team of Lay Pastors. It comforts me to know the congregation is in such good hands.

May each of us this summer find moments to deepen our connection with life and all that we love. May these warmer months renew our spirits in every way. (And remember to gather water from some place meaningful this summer to share in our Water Communion Service on September 8th.)

If I don't see you this Sunday, I'll look forward to seeing you again in mid-August.

In faith and love,
Shawn

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Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Sacred Places

Sermon by Curtis Murphy.

It is a pleasure to rejoin you all this summer, and to be a part of the ministry of this congregation again. I look forward to seeing many familiar faces, as well as meeting those of you new to this community in the past year. I will be in the pulpit six Sundays between June 23 and August 11.

Our worship services will be part of a series on the theme of "Place." Wendell Berry wrote: "There are no unsecured places. There are only sacred places and desecrated places." This Sunday we will explore the meaning of sacred places in our lives and in our world.

See you Sunday, and in the meantime, Happy Summer Solstice and Pride Weekend!

Curtis Murphy

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Sunday, June 23, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Named and Claimed

Sermon by Curtis Murphy.

This Sunday is the last day of June, which is Indigenous people's month, and the following Monday is Canada Day. This confluence calls us to reflect on the interweaving stories that make up the places that we live. We'll explore what it means to belong where we live, and what the historical names of places in the Toronto area have to tell us about what has been and what might yet be. Juleth Dawson will share with us the gift of music.

Yours on the journey,
Curtis

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Sunday, June 30, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Soil, Soul and Society

Sermon by Curtis Murphy.

July is upon us, and with it the heat of the summer. I hope everyone is finding ways to stay cool, and to stay connected to community. For those of you travelling or on vacation, may it be a time of renewal and replenishment. For those of you immersed in the ups and downs of the day-to-day, may there be moments of rest, contentment, and laughter sprinkled throughout.

This Sunday at First, we'll be using Satish Kumar's book, Soil, Soul, and Society: A New Trinity for our Times (perhaps a trinity even Unitarians can get behind!) as the starting place for an exploration of what it means to be human in our place and time. Whether you plan to join us in person, online, or in spirit, I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Yours on the journey,
Curtis Murphy

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Sunday, July 07, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Love in the Time of Climate Crisis

Sermon by Reilly Yeo.

What does it mean to love as a Unitarian in a time increasingly defined by the climate crisis? How do we bravely face the reality of our hypocrisy and complicity while still deepening our practices of self-compassion? In this sermon, we will turn towards the search for right action to ground ourselves through these turbulent times. We will cultivate a deeper understanding of love as spiritual growth, and spiritual growth as a continual orientation towards our Unitarian principles of justice, equity and compassion.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Fences and Neighbours

Sermon by Curtis Murphy.

Sunday, July 21, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Time and Space

Sermon by Curtis Murphy.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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The G-Word

Sermon by Terry Palmer.

Sunday, August 04, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Love Like a Fine Ether

Sermon by Curtis Murphy.

Sunday, August 11, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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