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Sun. 7 Apr, 2013 - Sat. 13 Apr, 2013

Sun. 7 Apr, 2013

“Three Vows” (Sun. 7 Apr, 2013 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel, Intern Minister

This week, we, as a congregation, will gather for the rare privilege of ordaining a new minister to the Unitarian Universalist ministry. On Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm, we will ordain Carly Gaylor, who grew up at First and has served as our Summer Minister. In our tradition, it is the congregation-not the clergy or ecclesial higher-ups-who bestows the blessings of ordination. Only a congregation can create a new minister. So, please plan to join us for this wonderful celebration. Those attending are asked to contribute finger foods to the reception that will follow.

On Sunday morning, for the Time for All Ages, I'll be telling my favourite story (of Ingiri the Wart-Hog), before leaving with the children and then meeting with our Youth to plan the Coming of Age Service for May 5th. Rod will be preaching. He says this about his sermon, "Three Vows":

I will be speaking about the vows we all seek to follow in our shared ministry. Spiritual leaders often take a set of vows when they formally enter a religious vocation; Unitarian Universalist ministers also make a set of commitments to maintain a responsible relationship with congregants and communities. Indeed, all Unitarian Universalists-lay or ordained-have at some level affirmed to live with deep awareness of our shared life together, with our principles as guide. I look to share this conversation and responsibility with the congregation as we prepare to ordain a partner in our ministry.

Finally, between Coffee Hour and the ordination, consider joining our Aboriginal Awareness Group for Round Table event on "Aboriginal Peoples and Right Relations: Our Shared History, Our Treaties, Our Future Together," with Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, the newly appointed Vice Provost at Lakehead University. This will be a wonderful way to "make a day of it" at First. For more information, see the notice immediately down below.

See you on Sunday!

In faith and love,

Newcomer Orientation (Sun. 7 Apr, 2013 11:45 am - 12:45 pm)

Held in the Board Room after the service on the first Sunday of each month.

Aboriginal Peoples and Right Relations (Sun. 7 Apr, 2013 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Our Shared History, Our Treaties, Our Future Together

Round Table with Guest Speaker Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux.

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux is the newly appointed Vice Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, and the former Nexen Chair in Aboriginal Leadership. She is interested in environmental and humanitarian causes. Her research and writing is directed towards understanding Historic and Intergenerational Trauma primarily within the Aboriginal community.

Shaw Hall (traditional lunch at cost will be available)

Issues & Ideas – Books That Changed My Life (Sun. 7 Apr, 2013 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)


Stan Yack reviews Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan: The impact of the highly improbable, and Margaret Rao reviews Carolyn Baker's Navigating the Coming Chaos: A Handbook for Inner Transition.

We meet in the library, usually on the first Sunday of the month, 12:15-1:30 pm (unless otherwise indicated) when two congregation members present reviews of recently accessioned books followed by an open discussion.

Suggestions for topics and books, and volunteers to review them, will be very welcome. Please contact Gerta Moray by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ordination of Carly Gaylor (Sun. 7 Apr, 2013 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

The Board of Trustees of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto is proud to invite you to the Service of Ordination for Carly Helen Gaylor. Carly grew up in our congregation and served as our Summer Minister in 2011.

A potluck reception will follow the ceremony. All are invited to bring finger foods to share.

Mon. 8 Apr, 2013

There are no events on this day.

Tue. 9 Apr, 2013

There are no events on this day.

Wed. 10 Apr, 2013

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 11 Apr, 2013

Choir Practice (Thu. 11 Apr, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

No auditions necessary ... fun and fellowship guaranteed.


First Unitarian's Choir is a friendly, warm group of singers eager to welcome you, and blend their voices with yours.


Come join us in Shaw Hall at 7 pm.


For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fri. 12 Apr, 2013

Conversational French (Fri. 12 Apr, 2013 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

French conversation classes take place every Friday at 1-3 pm in the Board Room at First, where we read and discuss articles from the magazine L'Actualité as well as engage in conversation "du coq à l'âne".


For more information, please contact Claude Françoise Marchand, animatrice des heures de conversation française à l'église unitarienne: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Twerty-Something Deep Sharing (Fri. 12 Apr, 2013 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm)

Are you in your 20s or 30s? Then you are a Twerty-Something!

On the 2nd Friday of every month beginning at 7:30pm, join us for a Deep Sharing session and begin to build bonds.

Afterwards we head down to the pub.

Contact Lis Kean by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or seek out our Facebook group.

Sat. 13 Apr, 2013

Men's Group (Sat. 13 Apr, 2013 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

All men are welcome to this discussion group.

For information contact Stan Yack by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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