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Sun. 8 Oct, 2017 - Sat. 14 Oct, 2017

Sun. 8 Oct, 2017

The Healing Grace of Gratitude (Sun. 8 Oct, 2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

Thanksgiving arrives every year, whether we’re feeling thankful or not. Its predictable timing may align nicely with the welling up within us of genuine feelings of gratitude. And it may, for many, if we’re honest, arrive when we’re feeling there’s little to give thanks for. On Sunday, I’ll invite us to consider how cultivating gratitude, even when—and especially when—we’re not feeling particularly full of gratitude, can bring about healing in our lives. In this service, we will also share in our annual Harvest Communion of bread and cider, as we honour the gifts of the earth that sustain us. A reminder that our Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner will follow the service. All are invited!

Below, you’ll see mention of the upcoming Canadian UU Historical Society’s Lecture, which will take place, this year, in our sanctuary (on October 22nd, at 4:00pm). The speaker, Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini, is one of our finest preachers and will fill our pulpit that morning. In his lecture, he will be speaking about Rev. Mark DeWolfe, who had many ties to First Unitarian in the early years of his ministry. DeWolfe was the first openly gay minister ordained in Canada, and he served as the minister of the Mississauga congregation before his death as a young man from AIDS. Though it has been almost thirty years since his death, Mark’s impact on Canadian Unitarianism endures. I hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a very interesting and poignant reflection on his life and his legacy.

Wishing you all a truly Happy Thanksgiving!

In faith and love,
Shawn

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Thanksgiving Potluck (Sun. 8 Oct, 2017 11:30 am - 1:00 pm)

After the service please bring food, beverage, dessert, or another contribution to share, to Workman Hall.

If you’re not a cook, a small financial donation would be appreciated.

Everyone is welcome, as is help with set up and clean up.

Mon. 9 Oct, 2017

There are no events on this day.

Tue. 10 Oct, 2017

We Agnostics (AA) (Tue. 10 Oct, 2017 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

We Agnostics is a program like Alcoholics Anonynmous in which participants are not asked to believe in anything except that recovery is possible. See WeAgnostics.com for more information.

Wed. 11 Oct, 2017

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 12 Oct, 2017

Elements of Magic (Thu. 12 Oct, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

This new course, co-sponsored by Our Pagan Grove and Womynspirit, is facilitatated by Michael Franklin & Sandra Willow Lang. It is an introduction to the basic principles of the Reclaiming magical community, with a focus on the elements of magic with which we work – air, fire, water, earth and spirit.

In the Reclaiming tradition, magic is “changing consciousness at will”. We will learn foundational arts and practices, using tools such as trance/guided meditation, chant, silence, movement, divination and discussion.

Delve into the Earth-based roots of Paganism and Unitarianism. Experience a deepening of meditation and awareness of mystery.

The program is for you whether you are new to earth-based spiritual practice and learning ritual skills for the first time or experienced and seeking to deepen your connection with community and the elements.

Cost: $20 for materials (or pay what you can).

All are welcome. Register by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Crafting (Thu. 12 Oct, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

An opportunity to gather, reflect on creativity and the creative process, work on craft projects, socialize, and learn new skills from one another. Bring your own portable craft project to work on. If desired, we can work on a project together once a month.

We will meet on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Wendy Peebles' house near Dufferin and Bloor.

For more information, please contact Wendy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 416 536 4123.

Fri. 13 Oct, 2017

Jewish Awareness Group (Fri. 13 Oct, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

The members of the Jewish Awareness Group (JAG) will be holding their annual potluck and planning meeting in Workman Hall. People who are interested in Jewish culture are welcome to attend. You don’t have to be Jewish!

Throughout the year, the JAG holds many cultural events with a Jewish theme including celebrating the holidays of Hannakuh, Passover, and possibly Purim, as well as holding a Jewish movie night.

If you would like to attend please contact Merrilee Brand by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or at 416-690-3242.

Sat. 14 Oct, 2017

Men's Group (Sat. 14 Oct, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

All men are welcome to this discussion group.

For information contact Stan Yack by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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