West Hill is a people, a place, and an idea. We are a community living out a progressive faith, striving to make a positive difference in our own lives, the lives of others, and the world.

Our mission:

Moved by a reverence for life to pursue justice for all, we inspire one another to seek truth, live fully, care deeply and make a difference.

Over the past many months, we've been challenged to engage broadly about who we are and what we see the future of church can be. We'd be delighted to talk with you about it and have extended an invitation to congregations across the country to reach out if they are interested in having a conversation with us. It can be about what this "theologically non-exclusive" church is really like. It might be about the rise of the "Nones" and how we are engaging them. You might want to just talk about the review of our minister. Whatever your interest, we will find a way to engage. So be in touch and let's set a date. 

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A Pilgrimage Reflection

On Sunday May 27th Debbie Sherwin spoke to us about her pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. The following is the Focuesed Moment she offered for our reflection

Sit quietly…follow the footsteps of your mind & be open to your heart’s meandering. The road lies before us. Which path will we take? Will we be wanderers or pilgrims?

Too often we walk as wanderers, roaming without purpose, lost in the past, oblivious to the signs of beauty all around us, distracted by illusion. Other paths take us away from the trail…career, marriage, family…

Pilgrims travel with inner intentions. A wise pilgrim prepares for the journey. She travels lightly, taking only the essentials. She knows to rest along the way for self-care is an absolute must.

The secret is in beginning & beginning again…day after day. The challenges are repeated until we get the lessons & move on to the next step of our journey.

There are signs for the observant pilgrim…the encounters along the way; the many guides in different guises: The road may be rocky at times, and there will be mountains to climb…the unexpected happens…we get lost along the way, forging our own path, trying to find ourselves. If only life came with a map, and it was all just as simple as following the yellow markers.

We call for courage & often fear calls us to grow and transform. The bridges we come to challenge us to commit to their crossing…and once we make the commitment, there’s no turning back.

STOP? But I was just hitting my stride…sometimes the way is marked by obstacles that slow us down or stop us in our tracks…but eventually the way becomes clear. We discover that the way was closed as an opportunity for guidance…a chance to reassess our lives.

Listen to the voice of Holy Wisdom. Take time to smell the flowers. Breathe in Beauty. Be still. The wisdom in stillness will guide you home.

Blessed be the journey.


Three Cups of Tea

On June 3 we welcome Alan Ely back to our pulpit. His meditation is entitled "Three Cups of Tea "- and he will share his thoughts on the depth and breadth of engagement in the moments of our lives together.

Alan is a true friend of West Hill and has on a number of occasions shared his gifts of both song and inspiration with us. We are delighted that he will be with us again. Please plan to be a part of our service.


Companions on the Journey

On Sunday May 27, Debbie Sherwin returns to West Hill. 

Pilgrimage is a spiritual discipline not many consider. Come walk with Debbie as she shares her reflections from her pilgrimage on the 800-km Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Please plan to join.


AMEN - Globe and Mail mini review


What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief

By Gretta Vosper, HarperCollins, 356 pages

"Hate to take issue with the subtitle of this progressive Canadian Christian minister's book, but a whole lot of the world is nowhere beyond belief. In fact, it's immersed and wallowing in it, and thereby causing much misery. That said, though, this is a very intelligent guide to prayer, as Vosper shepherds us through the very diverse reasons why we humans are given to it. For some, it's a direct channel to God, or the cosmic life force. For some, it's meditation; for others, a waste of time and energy. Vosper is especially good on unanswered prayers and how, rather than expecting supernatural agents to act in historical time, we ought to assume responsibility for suffering."


Shhhh.....Listen to the Silence

Next Sunday, May 20th our own John King will explore with us the topic of silence in our lives. As a retired teacher John has a life-long interest in history, philosophy and energy therapy. During his time with us he'll share his thoughts and suggestions on how "silence" can be a powerful, non-invasive and interesting " tool " for the journey.
Please plan to join us a we welcome John to our pulpit.



Guest Speaker, May 13

On Sunday May 13, 2012, we welcome Tash Jeffries to our pulpit at West Hill. Tash is a recently published author and organizational consultant. She says of herself - I am driven by one passion and purpose - to help people live vibrantly, fully self expressed and true to who they are. Please join us as she shares her vision of how each of us as individuals can have a huge and profound impact on the globe.


Do you want to be part of growing our virtual community? 

Our virtual community is important to us and we want to see it continue to thrive.  Here's an opportunity to help.

Are you looking to give back to West Hill?  Are you comfortable with technology and social media?  West Hill is looking for a volunteer to work with the webmaster to create and post the video and audio podcasts of the “meditations” (aka “sermons”) each week following the service.

Ideally, the volunteer should be comfortable with social media and blogs, be familiar with video and audio editing software, be sensitive to privacy issues, be committed to this very important outreach component of our services, and demonstrate good judgment.   The time commitment would be approximately 1 to 1.5 hours a week, perhaps a bit more at the beginning as you become familiar with the responsibilities.  If you are intrigued and would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Dana at webmaster@westhill.net



Guest Speaker - May 6th & Visitors and Travellers Lunch

We are very pleased that Catherine Dunphy will join us on May 6th as our Guest Speaker.

Catherine is a communications professional, a writer and the secretary for the Board of Directors of the Clergy Project - a safe haven for active and former clergy who do not hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions. Catherine will share her thoughts and views with us.

Please plan to join us for what will be a most interesting and inciteful service.

Following the service a light lunch will be available that fits well with the begining of our baseball season.


A Psalm of Love - an adaptation of the psalm of the shepherd

The reading on Sunday April 29th, was an adaptation of the psalm of the shepherd, one which has, for generations and generations, offered solace, guidance, and strength to those whose lives are rimmed with mountains of sorrow and fear. It is part of the Christian lectionary and was read before millions of our sisters and brothers in a great Sunday morning wave that sweot around the globe. We, too, are part of that wave and share an adaptation of the psalm, its essence distilled and offered here.

Watch Gretta's reflection on the Psalm.  The text of the reading is reproduced below.

A Psalm of Love - an adaptation of the psalm of the shepherd

With love as my guide, I shall not want.

It makes of my days a green pasture;
it leads me to ponder still waters;
it restores my soul.

Love offers me paths that bloom with its truths.

Even though I walk through the darkest valleys,
I fear no ill;
for love is with me;
its presence and strength -- they comfort me.

Love lays a table before me
that I might invite and serve my enemies;
it calms the anxiety of my mind
       with the sweet oil of the heart;
my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall flow from me
       all the days of my life,
if I but build each one

with the words of love

my whole life long.

Offered as wisdom for the journey


Signed copies of Amen by Gretta Vosper now available

Signed copies of Amen are now available to order directly from West Hill United Church.  Just follow the link for all the details.