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Sun. 6 May, 2018 - Sat. 12 May, 2018

Sun. 6 May, 2018

"Take Me Out" (Sun. 6 May, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton. Well, you may be as surprised as I am that I will be preaching about baseball this week. But, that is, indeed, the plan! What initially began as a wild idea to honour our president (and huge Jays fan), Susan Phillips, has become a deepening reflection on baseball’s many rich metaphors for life. Our new worship leader, Niki Andre, will lead us in an “A Capella Jam”; Paul Bognar will offer a poignant testimony; and the choir will sing Stephen Paulus’ beautiful “The Road Home.” It promises to be a unique and joyous Sunday. I mistakenly reported last week that the Toronto Marathon was being held this past Sunday. It, of course, was not. I confused the dates. It is, however, taking place this Sunday, so plan accordingly, as the marathon(s) will be using both Spadina and Yonge, making First U a bit of an island on Sunday morning. Streetcars and other vehicles will be allowed to cross at major streets during gaps in the marathon. During last Sunday’s service, I spoke about the meaning of whiteness. You can find the text and audio for my sermon posted here. Many have asked for the link to the video I shared of DeReau Farrar, the music director at First Unitarian in Portland, Oregon. You can find it here. In my sermon I mentioned the recent call to action on racial justice by the Unitarian Universalist Ministers of Canada, of which Lynn and I are an active part. Our hope is that we will find meaningful ways in the coming year to build upon the work we’re already doing to respond to this call. Finally, you hopefully received an email earlier this week inviting you to participate in a census of the congregation. Already, we’ve had a significant rate of response, but we hope for full participation. So, if you’ve not yet done so, please take some time in the coming week to complete the census, as it helps us to better understand who we are as a congregation. Having already seen some of the data coming in, I can say I’ve already learned some things about us that I did not know. We’re even more interesting and diverse than I imagined! See you on Sunday. In faith and love, Shawn View the Order of Service.

Art Reception (Sun. 6 May, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)

Opening reception in Sunderland Hall for Joanna Strong's show "Embodiment".

Peace and Quiet (Sun. 6 May, 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. 7 May, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Tue. 8 May, 2018

We Agnostics (AA) (Tue. 8 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. 9 May, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 10 May, 2018

Womynspirit Course (Thu. 10 May, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Calling the Barge – An Introduction to the Sisterhood of Avalon Join this exploration of the teachings of the Sisterhood of Avalon, a spiritual community of women (inclusively defined) on a journey to cultivate self-determination and personal sovereignty through the five-fold cycle of healing, while building relationships with five Welsh goddesses known through the tales of the Mabinogi: Rhiannon, Ceridwen, Blodeuwedd, Arianhrod, and Branwen. Centred on an exploration of the book “Avalon Within: A Sacred Journey of Myth, Mystery and Inner Wisdom” by Jhenah Telyndru, the founder of the Sisterhood of Avalon. Together we will explore the cycle of healing through the cycle of the moon and the wheel of the year, and explore the stories of each of the goddesses. Co-facilitated by Angela Lytle & Kia LaFey. The facilitators will guide sessions, and the group will function as a gathering of peers to co-explore the work. Note: You will need to borrow or purchase the book Avalon Within. It is also helpful to have a copy of The Avalonian Oracle deck to support our explorations. This six-session series will take place two Thursdays per month: March 8, March 22, April 12, April 26, May 10, May 24. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register, please send an email message to Angela Lytle and Kate Chung (with “Avalon Course registration” in the subject line), and with your name, email and phone number. Cost: $20 (sliding scale)

IDEA Group (Thu. 10 May, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Group will hold its monthly meeting in the Library on May 10 (rather than on May 17 as previously scheduled) to review this year's work and plan further for 2018-19. All are welcome to attend.

Fri. 11 May, 2018

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 12 May, 2018

Men's Group (Sat. 12 May, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

All men are welcome to this discussion group. For information contact Stan Yack This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakb54cbb5114ee3d47ec0641370afb7753').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addyb54cbb5114ee3d47ec0641370afb7753 = 'StanYack' + '@'; addyb54cbb5114ee3d47ec0641370afb7753 = addyb54cbb5114ee3d47ec0641370afb7753 + 'FirstUnitarianToronto' + '.' + 'org?subject=TorFirst: Men%27s%20Group'; var addy_textb54cbb5114ee3d47ec0641370afb7753 = 'by email';document.getElementById('cloakb54cbb5114ee3d47ec0641370afb7753').innerHTML += ''+addy_textb54cbb5114ee3d47ec0641370afb7753+''; .

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