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Sun. 27 Oct, 2019 - Sat. 2 Nov, 2019

Sun. 27 Oct, 2019

A Good Enough Life (Sun. 27 Oct, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton

 

This Sunday, we begin a four-part series on the theme of “Enough” with our annual service to honour our loved ones who have died. Across many different cultures and religions, the onset of autumn invites reflection on our mortality and the ongoing presence of those we have lost. Our Service of Remembrance will offer us an opportunity to lift up their names once more and affirm their ongoing place in our lives. You are invited to bring photos or meaningful mementos of loved ones to place on our Altar of Remembrance during the prelude or opening hymn on Sunday morning. The choir will sing Daniel Gawthrop’s “Sing Me to Heaven” and Clif Hardin’s “Wherever you go now.”

 

I want to share with you a copy of the staff’s Covenant, which we review and renew each year. This set of living promises gives shape to our life together and, we believe, deepens the quality of our work in service to the congregation. We ask, as always, that the members of the First Unitarian community help us in living up to the aspirations of our covenant. You can read the covenant here.

 

Finally, a note about the beginning of our worship services. With the challenges of traffic and transit in Toronto, we understand that it’s not easy for everyone to arrive on time for our Sunday morning service. Still, out of respect for those who have gathered and to honour the contributions to the service made by our musicians and others, we ask that all latecomers respectfully follow the guidance of our ushers as to when it there is a suitable moment to take your seats. Most Sundays, this will occur during the opening hymn and as the children come forward for the Time for All Ages. Thank you for your understanding and help in this.

 

In faith and love,
Shawn

 

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Amnesty International (Sun. 27 Oct, 2019 11:30 am - 12:30 pm)

During coffee hour we will be signing letters during coffee hour calling for the release of Evelyn Hernandez in El Salvador as she has been declared innocent by the appeal court of any crime related to her obstetric emergency.

Issues & Ideas: Belonging (what it means to be in community) (Sun. 27 Oct, 2019 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)

Welcome to the 12th year of Issues and Ideas, our monthly book review forum where members of First’s congregation are invited to find new and old friends and discuss ideas after coffee hour on the 4th Sunday of each month. We meet in the library next to Workman Hall, where usually two reviewers present a 15 minute review each of a book relevant to the congregational theme of the month. This is followed by questions and discussion, and you can participate or just listen. Everyone is welcome.

October 27, 12:15-1:130 pm: Belonging (what it means to be in community)

Ilene Cummings reviews 'Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home' by Toko-pa Turner (Ilene has done writing workshops with Toko-pa and will share with us some of the insights from this inspiring and thoughtful book.) Herb Wright reviews George Orwell’s little known critical novel, 'The Clergyman’s Daughter' (a woman’s crisis of belonging as she confronts social inequality and loses her faith in dogmatic religion.)

Mon. 28 Oct, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Tue. 29 Oct, 2019

We Agnostics (AA) (Tue. 29 Oct, 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. 30 Oct, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Thu. 31 Oct, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Fri. 1 Nov, 2019

There are no events on this day.

Sat. 2 Nov, 2019

There are no events on this day.

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