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Sun. 6 Dec, 2015 - Sat. 12 Dec, 2015

Sun. 6 Dec, 2015

Bewitched, Bothered, & Bewildered (Sun. 6 Dec, 2015 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

Paris. Beirut. Baghdad.
San Bernardino. Columbia. Columbine.
Ottawa. Montreal.

For a time, simply speaking the name of a city visited by horrific violence is enough to conjure a powerful memory of the tragedy that recently unfolded there. We hear such a city’s name and immediately our thoughts turn to crime scenes, to mug shots, and to the staggering, senseless loss of even more lives. It’s enough to prompt us to turn off our televisions, and our computers, and our minds.

Our current headlines remind us that we live in a troubled, troubling world. Many of us are struggling to make sense of our living at a moment in history that could so easily be described as both the best and worst of times. On Sunday, we’ll grapple with the meaning of violence in our lives, and in the world around us, asking what we, as Unitarians, can bring to the effort to promote peace and understanding over violence and hate.

During the service, we’ll mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and honour the work of Amnesty International. A special offering with be collected to support Amnesty’s work. Following the service, there will be a brief Congregational Meeting to consider expanding our Syrian Refugee Project to sponsor up to five families.

Wishing you peace in this season.

In faith and love,
Shawn

Amnesty International (Sun. 6 Dec, 2015 10:30 am - 1:30 pm)

Today we celebrate Human Rights during and after the worship service with a special collection for Amnesty International, followed by letter and petition signing and Amnesty merchandise sales during Coffee Hour, and then the In/visible Scars Stop Torture art reception at 12:30 PM.

Congregational Meeting (Sun. 6 Dec, 2015 11:30 am - 12:30 pm)

A special meeting of members will be held in Sunderland Hall, 175 St. Clair Avenue West, immediately following the service to vote on the motion to “confirm congregational support for managed growth of the Save a Family From Syria project for up to five applications, each to be undertaken only after adequate funds ($40,000 per family) are raised for the sponsorship and six or more volunteers per family have been secured.”

This meeting is called in accordance with Congregational By-law 2.14 (iii).

Issues & Ideas (Sun. 6 Dec, 2015 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)

In line with First's theme for the month, we shall explore books relevant to thinking about “Wonder”:

  • Stephanie Gannon will review An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor.
  • Gerta Moray will review Walden by Henry D. Thoreau.

You are invited to participate in questions and discussion, in our Library (next to Workman Hall).

Twerty Somethings (Sun. 6 Dec, 2015 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm)

Looking for a little fun and friendship, all while getting filled up on some great food! Well, this Sunday, and the first Sunday of every month, the Twenty and Thirty Something crowd hit up Union Social for Brunch. We'll meet at the welcome table, just outside of the main hall, and head for brunch around 12:15. Can't wait to see you!

Mon. 7 Dec, 2015

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Tue. 8 Dec, 2015

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Wed. 9 Dec, 2015

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Thu. 10 Dec, 2015

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Fri. 11 Dec, 2015

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Sat. 12 Dec, 2015

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