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Sun. 29 Apr, 2018 - Sat. 5 May, 2018

Sun. 29 Apr, 2018

What Does It Mean to Be White? (Sun. 29 Apr, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton. Dear Members and Friends of First, It has been a difficult week for Toronto as we’ve absorbed the news of a terrible act of violence on our city’s streets and sidewalks. Yet, it has also been heartening to see so many signs of resilience, as we find our way forward. In Sunday’s service, we will pause to honour the lives lost this week and hold in our hearts all those affected by Monday’s violence. And we will carry on, doing what we always do, which is working to bring more love and justice into our world. It is, I believe, the best possible way for us to respond and to heal. This Sunday, we will take up the topic originally intended for the service on April 15th. As you may recall, the plans for that service were upended by the ice storm. Here’s how I described that service a couple of weeks ago: What Does It Mean to Be White? I am guessing there aren’t too many sermons bring preached around the globe this weekend on the topic of what it means to be white. But that is precisely what I will be doing. The service isn’t meant to denigrate white people, of which I am obviously one. It’s, frankly, far more complicated than that. I want for us to look at white racial identity as honestly and openly as we can—not to induce paralyzing feelings of guilt, but to isolate the meaning of whiteness so that those of us who are white can be more effective in working for racial justice. It is said that in a Unitarian Universalist congregation, the sermon is never the last word on anything. I especially hope that to be true with this topic. My hope is that this service will serve encourage us to take the next step as a congregation, challenging us to deepen our efforts and the quality of our conversation. I hope this will be heard as an invitation, individually and together, to do the soul-work of self-examination that is required if we are to truly live into our principles. As we dig into this month’s theme of “Change,” let us all bring a full and open heart to the service on Sunday. Following the service on Sunday, I, with leaders of our Reconciliation Working Group, will lead a Scrupling session on the Calls to Action in the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This is an opportunity for us all to listen to our hearts and consider how we are being called to help bring healing and reconciliation to the relationship between Settlers and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Lunch will be available. I encourage you to attend. Finally, an invitation to attend the Feb 27 concert by our congregation’s music program. The concert will present musical responses to significant events of the 20thcentury. In light of this week’s events, may this concert offer a healing balm to us all. In faith and love, Shawn View the Order of Service.

Amnesty International (Sun. 29 Apr, 2018 11:45 am - 12:45 pm)

For Amnesty letter signing onduring coffee hour we will write to Ethiopia requesting the immediate and unconditional release of journalists, bloggers and opposition members who were arrested while attending a private ceremony in Addis Ababa. They have not been charged with any offence or brought to court.

Reconciliation: what does it mean and what can we do? (Sun. 29 Apr, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report contains 94 Calls to Action about what needs to happen to make amends for the damage done by the residential schools. Many of us want to help but are unsure what to do. Join us for lunch and a Scrupling session on Sunday, April 29 following the service. Scrupling is a Quaker practice designed to reflect on common concerns and seek paths forward. This Scrupling session is Sponsored by First Unitarian Congregation’s Reconciliation Working Group. A light lunch will be provided. You can read about the Scrupling Process, a Brief Introduction to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Summary of the First 42 Calls to Action, which deal with Legacy.

Peace and Quiet (Sun. 29 Apr, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

The chalice will be lit, ambient music will be played, opening words will be offered, and there will be a lengthy and deep shared silence during which you may simply be. The service will end after almost an hour with closing words and the extinguishing of the chalice.

Mon. 30 Apr, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Tue. 1 May, 2018

We Agnostics (AA) (Tue. 1 May, 2018 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. 2 May, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 3 May, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Fri. 4 May, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 5 May, 2018

There are no events on this day.

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