Welcome

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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Thursday
Oct132011

United Church of Canada GLBTT Regional Consultations

Are you a GLBTT person or ally associated with The United Church of Canada? You are invited to attend a regional gathering to tell your story and voice your thoughts about the attitudes toward homophobia and heterosexism in the United Church today. This consultation has been mandated by the 40th General Council 2009.


CONSULTATIONS:   Montreal (Oct. 15 - English); Montreal (Oct. 16 - French); London (Oct. 22); Winnipeg (Oct. 22); Halifax, NS (Oct. 29); Saskatoon (Oct. 29); Newfoundland (TBA). Events have already been held in Edmonton, Quebec City, Toronto, Rendezvous 2011, Ottawa, and Vancouver.

ONLINE CONSULTATIONS are also available for folks to share their stories and ensure all voices are heard. They will be held on the following dates:  October 17, 9:00 pm EST; October 17, 5:00 pm EST; October 27, 5:00 pm EST; October 27, 9:00 pm EST (Toronto time).

Length of consultations: 2 hours. Select the date you wish to register for, and email that information along with your name and phone number to Jordan Sullivan.

Please note: A minimum of 5 registrations is needed for a consultation to proceed.

ONLINE SURVEY:  If you are unable to join any of the above face-to-face or online consultations, you are welcome to complete the online survey found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S8CV8M7 (Survey Closed: Monday, October 31st).

For more information, please contact Jordan Sullivan at jsulliva@united-church.ca or check out the consultation webpage.  
Thursday
Oct132011

Meet Calvin: A story of love, honesty, integrity and other hokey stuff

Calvin is a friend of West Hill.  We were honoured to have him share his journey with us, speaking at West Hill in February 2009 and again at our Affirming Celebration in December of 2009. 

You’re invited to attend the launch of Calvin Neufeld’s new career as a speaker, writer, and thinker. Hear Calvin’s story (a transsexual's journey to radical self-acceptance), view the short film On the male side of middle and benefit from a fresh perspective on truth and happiness. Everyone welcome. Recommended for all ages post-puberty.

Free
Saturday October 29, 2011, 3:00pm
St. Paul’s United Church, 25 Gore Street West, Perth ON

For more information about Calvin, check out his website: www.calvinneufeld.com

Friday
Oct072011

Steve Jobs Once Said . .  .

In talking with Gretta over coffee yesterday our conversation turned to the loss of Steve Jobs. Gretta told me that she had read something that morning that Steve had said during a convocational address, and it had profoundly impacted her.

"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?"

How often do we sit and take stock of what we really want to do? How much latitude to we have to change things if we find ourselves straying off course?
 
-- John DiPede
 

Saturday
Oct012011

Let's go out to dinner!

 

PROGRESSIVE DINNER

Time flies by quickly and one of our very special social events at West Hill is fast approaching. The PROGRESSIVE DINNER is being held this year on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29. Please take note of the date, it is changed from what was previously announced.

We gather in the lobby of the church for appetizers and conversation at 5:45 and to find out where we are going for the main course and more conversation, if we are not amongst the generous people that have offered to host. After we have enjoyed a sumptuous meal we return to the church for dessert, coffee and even more conversation.

This incredible evening only costs $15.00 and a donation to the food bank. Each person also contributes an appetizer, salad, vegetable dish or dessert.

Everyone is invited, please sign up as soon as possible. It takes an incredible amount of organization to pull this evening together and our gratitude goes to Barb and Norm Russell for their enthusiasm and superb organizational skills.

Sign up on the list in the lobby or contact the office for more information

 

Sunday
Sep042011

Amorphous, The Morning

Prayer for Sunday, September 4, 2011

 

 

Friday
Sep022011

Meditative Reflection for July 3, 2011

Friday
Sep022011

Meditative Reflection for June 26, 2011

Thursday
Sep012011

Meditative Reflection for June 19, 2011

Meditative Reflection.  Parts 1 and 2

 

 

Thursday
Aug182011

Song of the Beloved, poetry by Krista Moore

Congratulations to Krista Moore, a member of West Hill United, on publishing her first book of poetry, Song of the Beloved (A Mystical Journey).

From Amazon.com:  "Song of the Beloved" is an awakening into the heart of Love. A new language and way of being is born, bypassing the mind's logic, with a "spellbinding" cadence and imagery that only the soul can know. The result is a more universal experience of Love, at the heart of it Self-realization.


Beautiful. 

Tuesday
Aug092011

Optimism

Last December, Jacky Laurin offered this reading as part of the youth group's presentation to the congregation.  It is deeply insightful and I wanted to share it with you here. A portion of the documentary film Home and the music video, Waiting on the World to Change, were also shared during the service.

When is it the right time to be a pessimist? Shouldn’t it never exist? Shouldn’t we always be optimistic?
But I say all must be present. There is not one without the other.
Here is an analogy.
You may need to be pessimists sometimes, but just don’t live there.
The house of pessimism is a maze, and one can easily get lost in it, if they refuse to open there eyes as they go through it.
Pessimism allows us to see the potential dangers.
But we can’t live in that house, we need to just visit.

We will remain lost in this house as long as we refuse to look at what is.
And I think that that is where we are today. We are lost in the maze.

We need to open our eyes. We need to label the walls. And we need to accept what is. Only then does the house of pessimism transform into a house of realism. We need to look in and label the walls.
Only then can we walk through the maze with acceptance, and our eyes fully opened.
Only then can an arrow appear at the end of the hallway, an arrow that will lead us to the house of optimism. And the house will transform into something new. The maze will disappear and a path will open up to us. Only then can we create.
 
But life works in cycles and you may find yourself at another maze. And the cycle needs to start again. Be clear see the maze, label the walls, accept what is and find the arrows. 

This is not only true of our environment, but it is also true of our relationships, and our way of interacting in the world.