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Date Sermon Title and Description Preacher/Participant
December 24
Between the Manger and the Mall Rev. Shawn Newton
December 26 The Real Meaning of Boxing Day Rev. Shawn Newton
December 19 Lovely, Dark, and Deep - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
December 12 How the Unitarians Created Christmas - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
December 5 Prisoners of Conscience - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
November 28 Music Dallas Bergen, our choir, and our resident musicians
November 21 To Build the Beloved Community:
A Celebration of First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto

On this special day, we gathered together our pledges for the coming year and celebrated the community we are creating.
Rev. Shawn Newton
November 14 Where Faith and Justice Meet
This service was followed by our second Congregational Conversation, focusing on the intersection of our faith and social justice.
Rev. Shawn Newton
November 7 Why We Exist - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
October 31 Counting Love's True Cost: A Celebration of Samhain and All Souls - Read
All were invited to bring photos of loved ones who have died to place on our altar for All Souls.
Rev. Shawn Newton
October 24 A Climate of Change Ellen Campbell, Margaret Rao, & Eryl Court
October 17 Unitarianism Universalism in One Word Fiona Heath, Student Minister
October 10 Living Out of Gratitude
Annual Bread Communion Service - Read
All were invited to bring bread baked from family and favourite recipes.
Rev. Shawn Newton
October 3 What Friends Are For - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
September 26 Transition Towns and a Spiritual Sense of Place - Read Dr. Blake Poland and Rev. Shawn Newton
September 19 Living in Right Relationship - Read
An All-Congregational Conversation on the topic of living in "right relationship" began with lunch following the service and continued into the afternoon. All were encouraged to attend and engage.
Rev. Shawn Newton
September 12 Water Communion & Ingathering
Many attending brought a small bit of water from their summer activities.
Rev. Shawn Newton
September 5 Happy New Year? Tracey Erin Smith
August 29 Course Adjustments - Read
Meditation by Catherine Lake - Read
Rev. Shawn Newton
August 22 Dog Days: The Art of Doing Nothing Much at All - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
August 15 Both Sides Now: the Bittersweet Blessings of Having Been Around - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
August 8 Amazing Grace! A Field Guide for Unitarians - Read Rev. Shawn Newton
August 1 Exiting Our Comfort Zones as Spiritual Practice Carly Gaylor, Summer Minister
July 25 Language of Reverence: Exploring the Diversity of UU Language About That Which is Most important to Us Carly Gaylor
July 18 All You Need Is Love Carly Gaylor
July 11 Elephant Truth: Exploring relative and absolute truth Carly Gaylor
July 4 Saving the Starfish: Community Building and Social Action Carly Gaylor
June 27 Full Circle Carly Gaylor
June 20 The Wheels on the Bus - Read
Volunteer Appreciation Sunday
Rev. Shawn Newton
June 13 Promises to Keep
This moving service explored the commitments we make to each other through a ceremony for the reception of new members, a child dedication, and Margaret Kohr and Richard Kirsh's renewal of their wedding vows on their 25th anniversary.
The congregational picnic followed the service.
Rev. Shawn Newton
June 6 Flower Communion
Everyone was asked to bring a flower.
(Rev. Shawn Newton was preaching in Mississauga, while their minister is on sabbatical, to honour Toronto First's commitment to provide a minister in the pulpit.)
Partner Church Committee and Vicky Sanderson
May 30 Our Whole Lives: Faith & Sexuality Rev. Shawn Newton
May 23 Why I'm Not an Atheist Michael Battenberg
May 16 Silver, Gold & Platinum Rev. Shawn Newton
May 9 The Spiritual Practice of Sleep"
Meditation by Catherine Lake - Read
Rev. Shawn Newton
May 2 A Celebration of Music at Toronto First Rev. Shawn Newton and Dallas Bergen
April 25 Spiritual But Not Religious... Rev. Shawn Newton
April 18 Saving More Than Whales: a Unitarian Vision of 'Salvation Rev. Shawn Newton
April 11 Speaking With One's Voice - Read, Listen Cameron Linton
April 4 Threatened With Resurrection: An Easter Celebration - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
March 28 Living Beyond the Breaking Point - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
March 21 Walt Whitman, My Brother, and the Great Beyond - Read IleneCummings
March 14 The Art of the Apology - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
March 7 Telling Our Stories - Listen
Family Chapel in Shaw Hall, Rev. Shawn Newton
Women From Toronto First
February 28 Making Peace with Jesus - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
February 21 Creative Conflict - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
February 14 All Kinds of Love: a Celebration of Poetry and Music -
Rev. Shawn Newton
February 7 Getting Engaged - Listen
Testimony by Robbie Brydon - Listen
Testimony by Kelly Ferguson - Listen
Testimony by Karen MacDuffee - Listen
Beth Ann McFadden and the Member Engagement Team
January 31 A Celebration of the Music of UU Jim Scott
Part 1 - Listen -
Part 2 - Listen
January 24 An Amid-Life Crisis... - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
January 17 The Other G Word - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
January 10 The G Word - Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
January 3 Ignite!" – Fire Communion Service - Listen
Reading by Mary Oliver - Listen
Rev. Shawn Newton