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Sun. 16 Dec, 2018 - Sat. 22 Dec, 2018

Sun. 16 Dec, 2018

Still: Let the Stillness (Sun. 16 Dec, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton. As we continue our “Still” series this week, I will invite each of us to consider anew how we engage the holidays and holy days that make up this time of year. While this season can offer many meaningful moments to connect with our nearest and dearest, the weight of expectations and excess often gets in the way of our connecting to what is most important. As a congregation, we offer a number of special services to help support you on this journey: Friday, Dec 21: Vesper services at 6:00 pm and at 8:00 pm. Sunday, Dec 24: Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 pm. Sunday, Dec 30: Fire Communion Service at 10:30 am. I hope you include these special services this year, as a way of seeking out deeper meaning in this season. In whatever ways you celebrate, may the coming days and weeks connect you with a renewed sense of love and hope in your life. This Sunday we’ll entertain the possibility that there are more enriching ways to journey through the holidays. In faith and love, Shawn   Please Enter in Quiet For the "Still" series of worship services during the month of December, we'll enter the sanctuary in silence, and enjoy a few minutes of quiet reflection before our service begins. Feel free to meet and greet your friends in Workman Hall or the narthex beforehand. We hope you enjoy these times of quiet during the holiday season. View the Order of Service.

Issues & Ideas: Hope (Sun. 16 Dec, 2018 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm)

Our open discussion circle will meet in the Library, with reports on two books. We shall consider the theme Hope, with reviews by Peter Brydon of Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason by Steven Pinker, and by Lisa Trentin of Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian, my Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph by Yusra Mardini. Everyone is welcome - come and join the discussion.

Holiday Lunch (Sun. 16 Dec, 2018 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm)

Bring your good cheer, a dish to share after coffee hour (we’re not cooking turkeys this year, so please bring a festive favourite from your kitchen or local shop). Please consider a savoury dish as your contribution - desserts are often abundant and there will be a Make-Your-Own-Sundae bar with ice cream and a variety of toppings. Several electrical outlets will be available for crock pots and other small appliances. Food can be dropped off before the service for refrigeration or heating. Don't forget to bring serving utensils, and a toonie to help cover costs. Contact Liz Galarneau This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak8e38e881344f53d31e3cbd66922f4684').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy8e38e881344f53d31e3cbd66922f4684 = 'lizgalarneau' + '@'; addy8e38e881344f53d31e3cbd66922f4684 = addy8e38e881344f53d31e3cbd66922f4684 + 'FirstUnitarianToronto' + '.' + 'org?subject=TorontoFirst: Holiday Lunch'; var addy_text8e38e881344f53d31e3cbd66922f4684 = 'by email';document.getElementById('cloak8e38e881344f53d31e3cbd66922f4684').innerHTML += ''+addy_text8e38e881344f53d31e3cbd66922f4684+''; with questions or to volunteer your time.

Peace and Quiet (Sun. 16 Dec, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Mon. 17 Dec, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Tue. 18 Dec, 2018

Our Pagan Grove (Tue. 18 Dec, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

On the third Tuesday of every month, year round, Our Pagan Grove meets in the Board Room at 7:15 p.m. to prepare for a 7:30 p.m. start. If you have ever been curious about Paganism and would like to experience ritual in a safe and trusting environment, please come to Our Pagan Grove. We celebrate the eight Sabbats and the turning of the wheel of the year. We honour and borrow from the various traditions of our members, and share the facilitation of our circles. Bring drums, rattles a and snacks if you wish. Rituals are inspired by the congregation’s monthly themes, as well as social issues or personal needs of participants. This month’s ritual will be a celebration of the winter solstice and the theme of Hope.

We Agnostics (AA) (Tue. 18 Dec, 2018 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

We Agnostics is a program like Alcoholics Anonynmous in which participants are not asked to believe in anything except that recovery is possible. See WeAgnostics.com for more information.

Wed. 19 Dec, 2018

Amnesty International Potluck (Wed. 19 Dec, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Anmesty Group 142 will holds its seasonal potluck in Shaw Hall. We will send greeting cards to women human rights defenders and will share refreshments. All are welcome.

Thu. 20 Dec, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Fri. 21 Dec, 2018

Hope: Solstice Vespers (6 pm) (Fri. 21 Dec, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Sermon by Rev. Lynn Harrison. We’ll celebrate the Winter Solstice with candlelight, Celtic music, and the ritual of traveling the evergreen spiral, to honour the deep darkness of late-December before marking the Turning of the Wheel that brings our world back to light.

Hope: Solstice Vespers (8 pm) (Fri. 21 Dec, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Sermon by Rev. Lynn Harrison. We’ll celebrate the Winter Solstice with candlelight, Celtic music, and the ritual of traveling the evergreen spiral, to honour the deep darkness of late-December before marking the Turning of the Wheel that brings our world back to light.

Sat. 22 Dec, 2018

There are no events on this day.

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