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Sun. 24 Nov, 2019 - Sat. 30 Nov, 2019

Sun. 24 Nov, 2019

Life Beyond Binaries (Sun. 24 Nov, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton

 

This Sunday, my sermon will explore what it means to live beyond binaries. With gratitude for our Trans siblings, who offer such powerful lessons about living life beyond set categories, we will consider what this way of being can teach us all about living in a time of increasing polarization. What might it mean to take in the depth of nuance that is so often a part of our living? To shift from “either/or” thinking—thinking that is overly concerned with categorizing people/places/things as “this” or “that”—to embrace a “both/and” way of understanding the world? The choir will sing Jane Perry’s setting of “How Could Anyone?” and our Resident Musicians will offer a beautiful version of “True Colours.”

 

As a religious community that seeks to honour and celebrate the gift of human sexuality and the wonder of human diversity, we seek to grow in our understanding and acceptance of one another. During the service, Leslie Solomonian and Art Brewer will kick off our efforts to renew and deepen our commitments as a Welcoming Congregation. Below, you will find more information about this initiative, as well as the link to an anonymous survey that will help us understand how the members of our congregation identity in terms of gender, sexual orientation, and family and relationship structures. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

 

Finally, I ask you to consider adding your voice to this petition asking Mayor John Tory to declare homelessness an emergency in our city. While City Council took meaningful steps to add significantly to the number of available shelter beds in this year’s budget, it simply hasn’t been enough to address the crisis we are facing in Toronto. In the last month alone, eight (eight!) homeless people have died on the streets of our city. This has to stop. In a city with such prosperity, our failure to care for those with the least is absolutely immoral. If you’re willing and able to do more, I encourage you to phone the mayor’s office, or the office of your councillor, as well. Thank you.

 

In faith and love,
Shawn

 

View the Order of Service.

Amnesty International (Sun. 24 Nov, 2019 11:30 am - 12:30 pm)

During coffee hour we will be signing letters demanding support for people in the Philippines harmed by a deadly typhoon related to climate change.

Issues & Ideas: Celebration/Ritual (Sun. 24 Nov, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm)

Fred Lautenschlaeger will survey December’s topic of Revelry and Celebration, and Terri Palmer will review Ritual: A Very Short Introduction by Barry Stephenson.

 

I & I is a monthly book review forum where members of our congregation can find new and old friends and discuss ideas after coffee hour on the 4th Sunday of each month, in the library next to Workman Hall. Usually two reviewers present a 15 minute review each of a book relevant to the congregational theme of the month, followed by questions and discussion. You can participate or just listen - everyone is welcome.

Mon. 25 Nov, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Tue. 26 Nov, 2019

Our Pagan Grove (Tue. 26 Nov, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

Everyone is invited to share a Japanese tea ceremony with Our Pagan Grove.

We are a small eclectic, egalitarian group dedicated to exploring Paganism in a Wiccan context with trust, intimacy and respect, encouraging members to contribute and participate.

We gather in the Boardroom, arriving about 7:15 PM for a 7:30 PM ritual start.

We Agnostics (AA) (Tue. 26 Nov, 2019 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. 27 Nov, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 28 Nov, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Fri. 29 Nov, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 30 Nov, 2019

There are no events on this day.

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