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Sun. 21 Apr, 2013 - Sat. 27 Apr, 2013

Sun. 21 Apr, 2013

“So, Just What Would You Preach?” (Sun. 21 Apr, 2013 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

I typically settle on my sermon titles many months in advance. A certain title comes to mind and a sermon slowly begins to take shape. If I'm lucky, the perfect reading comes along, too, and maybe a wonderful anecdote or joke, as well. As the pieces of the service fall into place, ideas percolate until I sit down to actually write my sermon on the Saturday before it's delivered.

As I began planning last summer for this year's Earth Day Sunday, though, I found myself at a complete loss. What could I possibly say that I haven't already? Aren't we all fully aware of the need to "reduce, reuse, and recycle"? Don't we all know that climate change may be humanity's greatest challenge yet? What more is there to be said when the situation is so serious?

So, my sermon title isn't merely a rhetorical question. What would you preach? If you had a turn in the pulpit this Sunday, just what would you say while knowing that we humans can be so slow to change our behaviour? I hope you'll sit with that question in the coming days. And I hope you'll give thought to the sermon you might deliver this Earth Day, at least to yourself.

As for me, in the end, I've decided to preach about reverence this Sunday, and about our need for a great deal more of it.

See you on Sunday.

In faith and love,
Shawn

Earth Sunday (Sun. 21 Apr, 2013 10:30 am - 1:45 pm)

During the service this Earth Sunday the Time for All Ages will feature art work and comments from the children on how to make Toronto a Green City, and Judy Vellend will give a special testimony about Climate Change.

The Green Team will be requesting a donation for its yearly collection. We have used this past year's donation on projects to help the church. Please bring a contribution so that we can continue helping the environment and making the congregation a Green Sanctuary.

After the service, there will be several information tables on environmental issues, and a speaker from the Climate Reality Project updating Al Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

All together, it will be a celebration of the Earth.

Climate Reality Presentation (Sun. 21 Apr, 2013 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm)

An update on the state of the climate and solutions to climate change.

Over the last few years, there has been an increasing number of extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Sandy. The Climate Reality Project presentation, which has evolved from Al Gore's award winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth", will explore what is happening around the world, why it's happening and, most importantly, what we can do about it.

Presenter: David Faltenhine was recently trained, in California, by Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project team.

Shaw Hall. Hosted by the Green Team.

Mon. 22 Apr, 2013

There are no events on this day.

Tue. 23 Apr, 2013

UU Film Festival (Tue. 23 Apr, 2013 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Join us in the Library for the docudrama, Owning Mahowny about a mild manner Toronto bank manager who has a gambling obsession which leads to a $10.2 million embezzlement.

This film was recently shown at No Casino Toronto meeting.

Wed. 24 Apr, 2013

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 25 Apr, 2013

Choir Practice (Thu. 25 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.

 

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Fri. 26 Apr, 2013

Sacred Dance Circle (Fri. 26 Apr, 2013 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

Sacred Circle Dance

“Come, come whoever you are!” In the spirit of community we dance for hope, for healing and for fun. No dance experience necessary.

Newcomers are always welcome. Sacred Circle Dance takes place on the 4th Friday of the month from 7:30 to 9:30 pm in Shaw Hall.

Refreshments provided. Suggested donation $5.00.

For more information contact Margaret Rao at 416-658-0998 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sat. 27 Apr, 2013

There are no events on this day.

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