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Sun. 7 May, 2017 - Sat. 13 May, 2017

Sun. 7 May, 2017

Coming of Age (Sun. 7 May, 2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by members of our Coming of Age youth group.

This Sunday we mark a very meaningful rite of passage in the life of six young people—and in the life of our congregation. It’s routine on Coming of Age Sunday for me to hear adults who were not raised Unitarian say, sometimes through their tears, they wish they had had access to such a program when they were teenagers.

This week's service is the culmination of the work these young people have done this year, as they have sat in an intentional way, with the help of their teachers and mentors, with life's big questions. What causes many of us to choke up when hearing the Coming of Agers offer their credos from the pulpit is the freedom they have to express their minds, without fear of being shunned or labeled heretics. I'm proud of this group, especially for the work they've done in recent weeks, and I look forward to hearing their thoughts in Sunday's service.

Two notes:

This Sunday morning, the Goodlife Marathon will be unfolding on the streets of Toronto, so plan your travel accordingly.

Also, the powerful story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, the Unitarian minister and his wife, who risked their lives to save children during the Holocaust is now on Netflix. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, by Ken Burns, describes how this ordinary couple left their children in the care of their congregation for two years so they could help save the lives of hundreds of people. For their heroic efforts, the Sharps were named "Righteous among the Nations" by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem.

See you on Sunday.

In faith and love,
Shawn

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At First: Serve (Sun. 7 May, 2017 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm)

Are you new to First Unitarian or seeking a way to connect more deeply with UUism? Join Rev. Lynn Harrison and Angela Klassen in Spirit Play for an afternoon workshop where we reflect on UU Principles, explore our personal callings, and look at shared ministry at First Unitarian.

Ideal for those considering membership, but open to all.

To register, or find out more about membership, contact Lynn Harrison by by email.
(The next New Member Joining Sunday is May 28th.)

Light lunch provided, $5.00 donation suggested.

Issues & Ideas: Resistance (Sun. 7 May, 2017 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)

Issues and Ideas will meet in the Library this coming Sunday, May 7, for a final look at the April theme of Resistance.

Claude Marchand will review Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie, and Ahmed Shabir will discuss The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

As usual, there will be an opportunity for you to share your own thoughts on the presentations and the theme.

Do come and join the discussion in the Library on Sunday after coffee hour.

Mon. 8 May, 2017

Meditation Group (Mon. 8 May, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Join us on for an evening of meditation and readings.

Please bring your own cushion or bench (chairs will also be provided). Bringing readings to share is encouraged but not required.

The group meets on the second Monday of each month. All are welcome.

Tue. 9 May, 2017

Pagan Grove (Tue. 9 May, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Paganism 101.

Deepen your understanding of Paganism within Unitarianism.

Our Pagan Grove will be facilitating the UU program "Paganism 101" from Feb to May 2017 - on the 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 PM.

All are welcome. Suggested donation $20 (to cover cost of materials).

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Wed. 10 May, 2017

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 11 May, 2017

Fri. 12 May, 2017

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 13 May, 2017

Men's Group (Sat. 13 May, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

All men are welcome to this discussion group.

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CUC’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (Sat. 13 May, 2017 11:30 am - 5:30 pm)

The CUC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the national gathering of Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists from across Canada. This is the business meeting where delegates gather to discuss and decide on resolutions, finances, and other matters that affect the CUC.

Eco-Social Justice Film (Sat. 13 May, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

The film REVOLUTION: Save the Humans is by the late Rob Stewart, whose life tragically came to an end while filming his latest documentary ‘Shark Extinction’ .

Donations will be gratefully accepted for Rob’s favourite foundation, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a pizza party and friendly conversation.

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