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Events under 'Sunday Services'
Monday, August 19, 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.

Robert Frost is often credited with the saying “Good fences make good neighbours.” But it seems he didn’t coin the phrase, only popularized it in his 1914 poem “The Mending Wall.” The sting goes back a few hundred years, and there are also similar expressions in different languages around the world.

Though proverbs can make things sound simple, this one involves a lot of ambiguity. What, after all, is a “good” fence? And what does it mean to truly be neighbours in a complicated world?

These are some of the questions we’ll explore in the service this Sunday.

Yours on the journey,
Curtis Murphy, Summer Minister

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

Sermon by Curtis Murphy.

Our lives are shaped by many practices and traditions, including ones that we may not think about very often. One of these traditions is the practice of keeping the Sabbath, observed in Judaism from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and in Christianity on Sundays. Our congregation meets on Sunday mornings as a result of our heritage in these traditions. Yet the meaning of the Sabbath goes much deeper than this - it is rooted in an understanding of time as a way of touching the sacred. This Sunday we will look at what it means to dwell in sacred time.

Yours on the Journey,
Curtis Murphy, Summer Minister

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

Sermon by Terri Palmer.

Unitarian Universalists sometimes get asked why we go to church if most of us don't believe in God. How do we talk about the divine, the spiritual, the things greater than any one person, without using that word? This week we'll talk about the G-word and how we think differently about it.

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

Sermon by Curtis Murphy.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "the whole human family is bathed in an element of love like a fine ether." This can be hard to reconcile with the reality of violence so present in the world, and the many crises that are unfolding at any given moment. In some ways, this makes the very persistence of ordinary love, kindness and gratitude all the more remarkable, and this Sunday we will reflect on and marvel at the ordinary blessings we offer each other in the course of our days.

It will also be my last time in the pulpit as summer minister. Even though summer is still several weeks from over - rest assured! - Rev. Shawn Newton will be back Sunday August 18, and Rev. Lynn Harrison the following week. As always, it has been an honour and a pleasure to share in ministry with you these past two months, and I wish all the best to each of you and the congregation as the year unfolds.

Yours on the journey,
Curtis Murphy

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Sunday, August 11, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Keeping the Faith

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

I hope each of you in recent weeks has discovered anew the great gifts of summer. I hope you have taken the time to bask in the sun, to literally smell the roses—to rest and rejuvenate, and more deeply connect with life itself. I’m grateful to say I have. (Thank you, as always, for the gift of study leave and vacation time. It is a balm for my soul and a needed time to prepare for the year ahead with renewed energy and exiting ideas.) If you’ve not yet made the most of this summer, well, there’s no time like the present. The world awaits!

In my sermon on Sunday, I’ll take up the question of what it means for us to “keep the faith,” especially in a rapidly changing world. I’ll ask you to consider what truly grounds you in this life—and gives you a foundation upon which you build your days, one upon another.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

In faith and love,
Shawn

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Sunday, August 18, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Return Again

Sermon by Rev. Lynn Harrison.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Challenge By Choice

Sermon by Nicole McKay.

Sunday, September 01, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Water Communion

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton & Rev. Lynn Harrison.

Sunday, September 08, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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