Events under 'Social Justice'
Tuesday, August 04, 2020

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Songs of Peace & Action

Experience the power & beauty of "protest songs" - past, present & future! Bring your voice, creativity & social conscience, as we explore how songs can be used to build a more just & peaceful world.

Singing brings people together. Every movement for justice has brought singing to the streets. Let's sing!

Everyone welcome! Pay what you can.

Co-facilitators: Lynn Harrison & Kate Chung

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Amnesty International

Group 142 Letter and petition signing.

Sunday, May 25, 2014 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Every Month until May 22, 2014

Aboriginal Awareness Film Series

On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades.

The fourth and final film in the Aboriginal Awareness Group's film series is Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Genevieve Iacovino and Bruce Schwartzentruber.

Please bring your own bag lunch. Coffee, tea, juice and cookies will be provided.

Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Social Justice Committee

Agenda to include co-ordination of SJ fundraising and communications and the proposed new social justice newsletter.

Members of all approved social justice groups and anyone else with an interest in encouraging social justice activity at First are invited.

Monday, June 23, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Municipal Elections Planning

Join Mark Timm Municipal Election Planning Committee NUUC (Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation) to learn about our UU election initiatives.

Your input will be welcomed on the letter to be sent to election candidates based on our 7 UU principles.

In Shaw Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact CUSJ President Margaret Rao by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, September 07, 2014 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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Amnesty International Letter Signing

Letter signing during coffee hour calls for protection of Colombian human rights defender Juan Pablo Gutiérrez and other members of Indigenous human rights organizations. Juan Pablo's photo exhibit was on display in our sanctuary in December 2012. He has recently received death threats and we call on the Colombian government to investigate and to bring those responsible to justice.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:30 pm - Monday, September 29, 2014 12:30 am
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Amnesty International

Today's Amnesty letter signing supports Yaqui Indigenous human rights activists in Mexico and a 10-year old girl in Afghanistan who is at risk of an “honour” killing.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Energy Workshop

The Green Sanctuary Group (Green team) presents a practical workshop on how to save energy in your home this winter.

Allan Lawrence of Green 13 will be talking about solar thermal heating, and Green Savers will talk about how to get a subsidy to increase energy efficiency in your home. Homey suggestions like wearing long johns and sweaters are also welcome. Suitable for all.

In Shaw Hall. Snacks provided.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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Refugee Family

If you would like to help bring a Syrian family to Canada, and would like to know more, please join us in Shaw Hall at this is the first meeting to discuss how we, as a congregation, might sponsor a Syrian refugee family to settle in Canada. Please come and share your ideas over some Middle Eastern snacks.

The newspapers are full of haunting stories of the suffering of innocent Syrian refugees. If we don’t act, our compassion is only hand-wringing. We can’t stop the war. But we can change the world for one young family.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), about 2.5 million have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

We at First can apply to sponsor such a family and leverage the CUC to help us. The commitment includes identifying the family, preparing the application, fundraising and logistical support to enable successful settlement over the first twelve months in Canada.

The Eco/Social Justice Committee has unanimously supported taking this project forward to the proposal stage.

If you are interested, but unable to attend, please contact Annette Wilde by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, November 02, 2014 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Responsible Investment

The Green Sanctuary Group, the Funds Management Committee, the Aboriginal Awareness Group, and intern minister Curtis Murphy will meet to grapple with the issues of investment, divestment from fossil fuels, and Aboriginal justice. Members of the congregation are welcome to attend.

For those interested in these issues, presentations are now available from the Responsible Investor Workshop for Religious Investors held on September 29 at Toronto Friends' House.

Monday, November 03, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Holiday Gift Give-Away

Save the Planet and Your Wallet!

The Green Sanctuary Group invites you to a Holiday Gift Give-Away during coffee hour in Workman Hall, where no money will change hands.

Bring new or gently loved items suitable for use as gifts for children or adults. Before the service place them on the tables in Workman Hall, and after the service choose gifts for you and yours.

(To help us with clean-up, after coffee hour please take home any of your items that have not been gifted.)

Sunday, November 16, 2014 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Eco/Social Justice Film

Conflict & Climate Change, produced by The Movement to Abolish War in the U.K. is a short but striking film making the links between climate change, conflict and (anti-) militarism. Speakers include Mary Robinson and Vandana Shiva among others.

Margaret Rao, Toronto First Chapter Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ).

Light refreshments included; in Shaw Hall.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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Amnesty Letter Signing

Letter signing will take place this Sunday during coffee hour. We will be participating in an urgent action to protect the rights of the Ayoreo Totobiegosode Indigenous people in Paraguay. The survival of the Indigenous people, who live in voluntary isolation, is being threatened and we request that the Paraguayan government protect the territories legally owned by the Ayoreo Totobiegosode.
Sunday, November 23, 2014 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Eco/Social Justice Film Sunday

The Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ) presents presents Origins, a passionate film by the producers of which points to the power of ordinary people and everyday acts to transform our lives and save the health of the planet.

In Shaw Hall. Light refreshments provided.

Sunday, December 21, 2014 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
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CUSJ Social Justice Film

CUSJ presents 5 Broken Cameras, a first-hand account of life in the West Bank village of Bil'in over a 5 year period - from the birth of Emad Burnat's 4th child and the beginning of village protests against encroaching Israeli settlements and the separation wall - to its grim conclusion.

This 90 minute documentary won a 2012 Sundance Film Festival award & was nominated for an Academy Award.

In the Library. Refreshments served. Discussion to follow.

Sunday, January 18, 2015 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
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Snowden's Journalist of Choice

Join us in in the Library to watch an exclusive 30 minute interview with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer prize winning author and the first journalist to report on the U.S. National Security Agency's global surveillance documents leaked by former NSA employee Edward Snowden.

Discussion to follow. Light refreshments available.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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Socially Responsible Investing

The Green Sanctuary Group invites you to join us in Shaw Hall to learn more about how our money can be used to help bring about climate justice.

First's investment adviser, Alan Harman of Scotia McLeod, will speak briefly, followed by a question and answer session. After this, we will share in a mini scrupling session, facilitated by Rev. Shawn Newton.

We will scruple one question: “How does love (of the Earth) affect your decisions about what you do with your money?”

Snacks will be available.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
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Israel/Palestine Dialogue Group

Come to Workman Hall to meet Dr. Tarek Loubani, from Gaza’s Shifa Hospital emergency department.

Dr. Loubani is an emergency physician at London Health Sciences Centre and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Western University.

Sunday, March 15, 2015 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Aboriginal Awareness Event: "Journey to KI"

Sunday, March 22, 2015 12:15 pm - 3:15 pm
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Divesting from Fossil Fuels

When I divest from fossil fuels, where should I take my savings?

Join us in Shaw Hall to learn about the community bonds of Zooshare, Solarshare and the Centre for Social Innovation.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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