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Sun. 26 Oct, 2014 - Sat. 1 Nov, 2014

Sun. 26 Oct, 2014

Finding Life In Death (Sun. 26 Oct, 2014 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

We gather this Sunday at a tender time in our national life, newly reminded of how precious life is, and how fragile. The violent events of this week have stirred a range of emotions, from sadness and anger to fear and pride. We’ve been confronted with our vulnerability, but also shown the depths of our resilience. The sights and sounds of this week leave us with unsettling questions we will likely grapple with for some time. On Sunday, at 12:15pm, I will host a Sharing Circle in the library for all who wish to grapple together. This will be a respectful time of deep listening to what’s on our hearts as we try to understand the meaning of what has happened and what response we hope to make, as individuals, as a community, and as a country.

This Sunday, we will also, during our annual celebration of the Day of the Dead/Samhain/All Souls, honour the lives of beloved family and friends who have gone before us. You are invited to bring their photographs and other mementos to place on our Altar of Memory during the prelude or the opening hymn. Later in the service, we will lift up the names of those we’ve loved and lost, and collectively affirm their continuing presence in our lives: ¡Presente! My sermon will explore the seeming paradox that we so often find life in the midst of death.

Finally, I’m delighted to invite you to join a delegation of members from First Unitarian who will attend the Installation Service at the Unitarian Congregation of Mississauga. Happily, their new minister is our former Intern Minister, the Rev. Fiona Heath. The service will take place at 3:00pm on 1 November.

In faith and love,
Shawn

Amnesty International (Sun. 26 Oct, 2014 11:30 am - 12:30 pm)

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.

Energy Workshop (Sun. 26 Oct, 2014 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm)

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.

Mon. 27 Oct, 2014

Tue. 28 Oct, 2014

Thinking Through Justice and Morality (Tue. 28 Oct, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

In this four-session program (“Sandel lite”), we will view a selection of videos from the Harvard University (Prof. Michael Sandel) on-line course on “Justice,” discuss them, and then apply our analytical skills to the consideration of similar topics of particular interest to Unitarians.

No extra materials are required, but Prof. Sandel has written a popular book (obtainable from our church bookstore or Amazon.ca) to accompany the original 12-episode Harvard course.

Tuesdays, October 7 to 28 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

To register please contact Jane Larimer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Suggested donation $20 for the series or pay what you can.

Wed. 29 Oct, 2014

Meditation Practice (Wed. 29 Oct, 2014 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Wednesdays from September 24 to December 3

This opportunity to meditate will be based on Vipassana or breath focused meditation.

The evening will begin with a reading drawn from well respected Buddhist teachers followed by a 30 - 40 minute sitting session.

The session will support members of our congregation in incorporating meditation into their daily lives, leading to what Buddhists call "right living".

In the Buddhist spirit of generosity, each time you attend, please support our congregation with a donation known as dana.

To register please contact Diane Strong by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thu. 30 Oct, 2014

Choir Practice (Thu. 30 Oct, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Practices take place weekly in Shaw Hall.

You are welcome to join us.

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Fri. 31 Oct, 2014

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 1 Nov, 2014

There are no events on this day.

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