Week 8

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Sun. 16 Feb, 2014 - Sat. 22 Feb, 2014

Sun. 16 Feb, 2014

Heart of Compassion (Sun. 16 Feb, 2014 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

I was in Grade Six when I first heard excerpts from Bach’s stirring St. Matthew Passion. I’m embarrassed to admit, though, that what I most remember today about the experience was my confusion. At the time, I apparently knew only one of the many meanings of the word “passion.” While I understood Bach’s oratorio was about the suffering and death of Jesus, I struggled to square all of that horror with my narrow sense of passion as romantic desire. Only later did I finally come to comprehend that another of passion’s definitions is suffering.

This week, as we explore different facets of February’s theme of passion, we take up the common condition of human suffering—and with it, the invitation to live lives of compassion, meaning to “suffer with.” My sermon will consider how “suffering with” helps to alleviate suffering, be it our own or that of others.

It will also be my great joy on Sunday to lead the congregation in the Dedication of Charlotte Hannah Martin-Johnston, the newborn daughter of Chad Martin and Eleanor Johnston. Chad, a composer, has written for Charlotte a special piece called “Cradle Song” to be sung by our resident musicians.

In faith and love,
Shawn

Social Justice Film: The Economics of Happiness (Sun. 16 Feb, 2014 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

This film features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. All around the world communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm - an economics of localization.

An ISEC (International Society for Ecology & Culture) production 2011.

In the Board Room. Suggested donation $5.00

Toronto First Chapter
CUSJ (Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice)

Art Reception (Sun. 16 Feb, 2014 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm)

Join us for a very Cuban reception Sunday for the Art Show in Sunderland Hall during February.

Diana Rosa combines the sensual with the spiritual to create contemplative and surreal scenes reminiscent of her native Cuba. Using sharp brush strokes, contrasting textures and multiple layers, she creates a visual delight of abstracted and primal figures. Bold and colourful, Diana Rosa's tropical paradise is filled with love, laughter, music and dance.

We will begin at noon with a professional salsa dance performance by C. U. Dance Productions. This will be followed by an inspiring artist's walk-and-talk, and afterward, a salsa dance lesson.

Mon. 17 Feb, 2014

There are no events on this day.

Tue. 18 Feb, 2014

Our Pagan Grove (Tue. 18 Feb, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

We meet for ritual on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, gathering at 7 p.m. for a 7:30 start in the Spirit Play Room.

We are eclectic, honouring and borrowing from the various traditions of our members, and sharing the planning for our circles. The monthly congregational themes are a focus this year. If you're curious about Paganism, feel free to visit our gatherings. Bring a drum or other percussion instrument, if you wish. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Diversity Working Group (Tue. 18 Feb, 2014 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Wed. 19 Feb, 2014

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 20 Feb, 2014

Choir Practice (Thu. 20 Feb, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Practices take place weekly in Shaw Hall.

You are welcome to join us.

Learn more.

Creative Writing Exploration (Thu. 20 Feb, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Toronto First Unitarian, 175 St. Clair Ave E (SW corner St. Clair & Avenue Road)

Resolve to engage your creative self in the new year. We give you the openings then you are free to explore in story, poetry, stream of consciousness, haiku... wherever your creativity roams. NO JUDGEMENTS ALLOWED! All you need is a notebook and a pen and permission to leave fear and doubt behind.

We’ve expanded the program so you can also stretch your creative muscles and develop a longer work of writing over the 6 weeks. Those already working on a project can choose to bring that in. Those without a previous project will have the opportunity to build an intentional piece with guidance from the facilitators. You are welcome to bring a laptop for this part of the session — battery charged please.

Find your voice, nurture your muse, and (re)connect with your creative self.

$30 for 6 sessions: Thursdays Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27.

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Fri. 21 Feb, 2014

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 22 Feb, 2014

There are no events on this day.