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Sun. 3 Apr, 2016 - Sat. 9 Apr, 2016

Sun. 3 Apr, 2016

Stay Tuned! (Sun. 3 Apr, 2016 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

A few years ago, I saw a painting created to visually depict Unitarian Universalism. Among many other symbols, the painting included a stack of three books meant to visually convey the different sources of inspiration and authority in our tradition. On the bottom was a copy of The Bible, representing our Jewish and Christian heritage. Next was a collection of essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the one-time Unitarian minister who went on to challenge much of the religious orthodoxy of his day. And on top of this stack was a blank book—a book without a title on the spine, a book with pristine pages without a word of text. This book was meant to convey our conviction that “revelation is not sealed”—that the wisdom of the world wasn’t granted, once upon a time, and once and for all. Instead, we affirm that the journey of insight and understanding about the meaning and purpose of life is an ever-unfolding adventure. On Sunday, as we take up this month’s theme of Revelation, we’ll explore what our approach to the evolving nature of knowledge means in a world of competing and conflicting revelations, especially when so much is at stake.

Earlier in the service on Sunday, we will dedicate our new memorial space that has been created on the landing near the base of the stained glass tower. The memorial will provide a tangible way those within our congregation can mark the deaths of loved ones and honour their loss in a shared space. The names of members who have died and those added by others will be displayed for the year following the person’s death. At the end of each month, cards that have been in place for a year will be collected and held until our annual Day of the Dead service in late October, when they will be burned and the ashes scattered in our Secret Garden. While this part of the service will be brief, it will be a meaningful moment to create this sacred space that will surely benefit us all for years to come.

Finally, it is good to be home! I used my sabbatical month this year to delve more deeply into my understanding of European religious history. As you might expect, I hope to share stories about it all in the weeks and months to come. Thanks, as always, for the time away and for your commitment to my ongoing growth and renewal. It is a great gift.

In faith and love,
Shawn

Art Show Reception (Sun. 3 Apr, 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

The York Artists Guild’s mission is to provide a stimulating, open and supportive place where members can meet to create works of art, exchange ideas and increase their skills. The Guild is committed to improving skills for all member artists and to promoting art awareness and education through workshops and seminars, exhibits, fellowship, and the provision of a forum for art-related community events.

All are invited to attend the opening reception April 3 from noon to 1 pm.

Issues and Ideas (Sun. 3 Apr, 2016 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm)

The congregational theme for the month of April is “Revelation”.

At our book circle we shall look at two books that treat different aspects of this theme:

  • Michael Battenberg will review The Search for Meaning: A Short History by Dennis Ford.
  • Peter Hughes will review Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation by Elaine Pagels.

Come and join us in the Library after coffee for a lively discussion.

Twerty Somethings (Sun. 3 Apr, 2016 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. 4 Apr, 2016

Aboriginal Awareness Group (Mon. 4 Apr, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Aboriginal awareness volunteers gather to plan events and educational materials for the benefit of the congregation and the wider community. Participants bring their knowledge, ignorance, and teachings to converge into something interesting to share through working by consensus on projects.

In the Library, starting from 7 pm to 9.

Tue. 5 Apr, 2016

There are no events on this day.

Wed. 6 Apr, 2016

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 7 Apr, 2016

Creative Writing Exploration (Thu. 7 Apr, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

CALLING ALL WRITERS, DOODLERS, AND NOODLERS!!!

Connecting with your creative self is a practice charged with delight and discovery. Of the many ways to express your creativity, writing is one of the most accessible. With prompts, exercises, and structure we’ll create imagery, ideas, drama, and self-reflection. Come stretch those muscles that connect heart and head to hand and page.

In Workman Hall, six Thursdays starting March 10.

To confirm your attendance, or to get more information, contact Catherine Lake at 416-906-9911 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fri. 8 Apr, 2016

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 9 Apr, 2016

There are no events on this day.

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