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Sun. 5 Mar, 2017 - Sat. 11 Mar, 2017

Sun. 5 Mar, 2017

A Celebration of International Women's Day (Sun. 5 Mar, 2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Catherine Lake.

Memory is the servant of conscience.

International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women and focuses our attentions on the ongoing quest for gender equality throughout the world. Women’s history, like Indigenous and Black histories, have been actively suppressed by those who publish, promote and shared but not-so-common history. “Hidden Figures” indeed.

How can we as people of conscience continue our search for truth and justice when the truth of women’s lives remain untold? How can girls and women be included fully in the present and visualized in the future when we are not included in the past?

“Rehabilitating History” is this week's sermon presented by Catherine Lake who highlights the contributions of women such as Jigonsaseh who helped establish the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy centuries before colonization and Judy LaMarsh who defended the civil rights of four lesbians evicted from the Brunswick Tavern in 1974.

Reconciling history is a critical element of truth as expressed through the Truth and Reconciliation process to which all Canadians and Unitarian Universalists are called to participate. This Sunday’s service will include guest speaker Joanne (Okimawininew) Dallaire, LLD whose Healing Work contributes to transforming the lives of individuals, the culture of agencies and the recognition of and respect for Aboriginal people, their culture, concerns and contributions within mainstream society. Joanne will be speaking about her Healing Work at the YWCA Toronto’s Winona’s Place — a unique and vibrant residence that provides independent living within a supportive and secure environment for Indigenous women and their children.

Joanne Dallaire currently sits as the Elder for Ryerson University’s Aboriginal Education Council, and the Truth and Reconciliation directive and as a Traditional counsellor at Ryerson’s Aboriginal Student Services.

A special collection will be taken up to support the work of Winona’s Place and the Indigenous women they serve.

View the Order of Service.

Art Show Opening Reception (Sun. 5 Mar, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)

First Unitarian has a long tradition of celebrating our artists, dating back to Arthur Lismer of the Group of Seven. All are invited to view the excellent creative work produced by our members and friends, from March 5 to March 26, 2017.

Please join us for the opening reception.

Mon. 6 Mar, 2017

UU Biographies (Mon. 6 Mar, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Join us for a series of PowerPoint lectures with short biographies of Unitarians and Universalists, one letter at a time. With this format, each talk stands on its own, but after a few talks you'll have a good overview of UU history.

The biographies are often funny, often inspiring, sometimes scandalous. Talks are organised into sections: Arts, Science, Government, Education, Religion, and (my favourite) Agents of Change. Within each section, we go from oldest to youngest by birthday, to get a sense of what happened when.

Each talk is about an hour, so sessions are about 90 minutes with discussion.

John has collecting these stories for 7 years and has made it to letter K. He is going to make it exactly 26 talks by hook or by crook, but not one per letter; there are two talks for B, three for C, and so on. Rooms to be announced.


  • October 11: A is for Amazing Unitarians
  • November 8: B is for Brave Unitarians
  • December 14: B is for Brilliant Unitarians
  • January 11: C is for Creative Unitarians
  • February 8: C is for Clever Unitarians
  • March 15: C is for Courageous Unitarians
  • April 12: D is for Dynamic Unitarians
  • May 17: D is for Dedicated Unitarians
  • June 14: E is for Exciting Unitarians


Please register here. (There will be seats available for drop in guests.)

Aboriginal Awareness Group (Mon. 6 Mar, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Our regular rescheduled meeting is open (all are welcomed), where we plan our different projects for the congregation, and share our collective experiences in Aboriginal current events.

We will meet in the Spirit Play Room, on the second floor across from the large kitchen.

Tue. 7 Mar, 2017

Wed. 8 Mar, 2017

The Pussyhat Monologues (Wed. 8 Mar, 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

On this International Women's Day, bring your favourite women's poems, manifestoes, or brief homages to celebrate the women who have changed your life. (Please limit open mike items to 3 minutes or less.)

  7 - 8 pm Workman Hall Potluck food
  8 - 9 pm Workman Hall Open mike with MC/DJ Rev. Lynn Harrison
  9 - 10 pm Workman Hall Dancing, music, conversation

There will be a $10 (or PWYC) door fee to raise money for Sistering.

Thu. 9 Mar, 2017

Fri. 10 Mar, 2017

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 11 Mar, 2017

There are no events on this day.

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