Week 44

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Sun. 28 Oct, 2018 - Sat. 3 Nov, 2018

Sun. 28 Oct, 2018

Womynspirit Festival (All day)

All women are invited to join us for our annual Womynspirit Festival Oct. 26 - Oct. 28.

WomynSpirit was born at Unicamp 27 years ago during a “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” course. We celebrate the individual and collective power of women to build a better, more compassionate world. Gathering for ritual, workshops and retreat at Samhainin the beautiful Hockley Valley, we reach into the world beyond to learn and remember, celebrate our ancestors and our Beloved Dead, grieve and let go. A final all-ages ritual provides moments of celebration and closure.

Workshops provide a wonderful opportunity to share our experience and build community. An entirely volunteer-run event, WomynSpirit is based on a spirit of inclusiveness that acknowledges, respects and welcomes all women’s spirituality. We invite women (including transwomen) of all ages and backgrounds to this women-only, alcohol-free and scent-free event.

Registration information.

The Examined Life: Where did I come from? (Sun. 28 Oct, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

When we examine our life (or for that matter, our culture, or our congregation), we quickly discover that we are shaped by forces that came before us. This Sunday, we honour our ancestors in our annual Day of the Dead service, as we take up the invitation to dig deeper toward the roots of our own story.

The service will begin with the building of our Altar of Remembrance. All are welcome to bring forward photographs or mementos of loved ones who are now gone to place on the altar. As always, we will lift up the names of those in our lives who have died but remain close to our hearts.

Our series on The Examined Life will continue over the coming weeks with the following services:

  • November 4 – Why me?
  • November 11 – When, if not now? (Remembrance Sunday)
  • November 18 – What have I done?
  • November 25 – How, then, shall I live?
  • In faith and love,

    View the Order of Service.

    Amnesty International (Sun. 28 Oct, 2018 11:30 am - 12:30 pm)

    In Workman Hall after the Sunday morning service we be writing to urge the Government of Colombia to take immediate steps to overcome the structural causes behind threats and attacks faced by human rights defenders in their work in defence of human rights guarantees for Wayuu Indigenous People in La Guajira.

    Feed it Forward - Soup Luncheon & Talk (Sun. 28 Oct, 2018 11:45 am - 1:45 pm)

    Enjoy soups of the season and a great talk by Jagger Gordon, a pioneer of food rescuing. His organization, Feed it Forward now rescues food from Ontario grocery stores, farmers , growers, bakeries, distributors and restaurants daily. This year he opened a pay what you can grocery store on Dundas West and Runnymede called Feed it Forward.This is only one of his many projects to reduce food wastage in Toronto.

    Come enjoy soup + bread and learn more about this food visionary, after the Sunday morning service in Workman Hall.

    Sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Group.

    Issues & Ideas (Sun. 28 Oct, 2018 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm)

    Today we launch a new season of Issues & Ideas, in the Library.

    Come and meet Edafe Okporo, a compelling storyteller, writer, and human rights activist who will tell us about his new book, BED 26: A Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in United States, which narrates the experiences of Nigerian and West African gay, bisexual men and the reason they are forced to flee from their home country.

    Peace and Quiet (Sun. 28 Oct, 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. 29 Oct, 2018

    There are no events on this day.

    Tue. 30 Oct, 2018

    We Agnostics (AA) (Tue. 30 Oct, 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.

    Wed. 31 Oct, 2018

    There are no events on this day.

    Thu. 1 Nov, 2018

    The Parliament of the World's Religions (All day)

    Parliament of the World's Religions The Parliament will be held November 1-7 at the Metro Convention Centre.

    The theme of this Parliament (the 6th in 25 years) draws from movements of goodwill and cross-cultural respect that are embodied in the spirit of the interfaith movement: The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change.

    It will feature more than 500 programs and events with 10,000 attendees from 80 countries. There has been strong Unitarian participation at past Parliaments. Consider attending and/or volunteering.

    Learn more, register or volunteer.

    Fri. 2 Nov, 2018

    There are no events on this day.

    Sat. 3 Nov, 2018

    There are no events on this day.