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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This United Church

Thanks to Jordan Sullivan who posted this link on Facebook, I'm able to draw your attention to the results of a survey recently completed that aimed to get a handle on the identity, values, and beliefs of people in The United Church of Canada.  There's lots in here to explore but a few interesting tidbits to get you going:

The survey results were coalesced into four groups: Pillars (38%), Observers (23%), Traditionalists (21%), and Progressives (17%).  Hmmm.  Which are you?  You'll have to read the descriptions to REALLY figure it out!

The average length of time someone had been associated with the United Church: 23 years

Respondents over 50 years of age: 82%

Respondents born in Canada: 86%

Respondents who said they'd be very comfortable with a gay, lesbian, or transgender minister: 50%

Respondents to said they'd be very comfortable with a transgender minister: 27%

(The following isn't from the report but I thought you'd find it interesting!)

Number of United Churches: 3362

Number that are members of Affirm United: 62 

Enjoy reading the rest of the report!  You'll find it here but you'll need to scroll down a bit to get to the actual links.


A Taste of Tolerance

Many in our community will remember Jaroslav.  Several people within our church community were instrumental in supporting the work of removing him from the immigration detention centre.  The United Church Observer has documented his story.


Congregational Meeting

The congregational meeting will be on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7:00pm, immediately following the pancake supper

Agenda includes review of the 2012 budget, election of board members, and a discussion about the benefits and challenges of having one rather than two congregational meetings per year.  

The board will also be recommending some changes to the policies on board membership and terms of service.

Please make time to attend this important meeting. 


Anne Walker in Concert - February 25, 2012

Join Anne as she stirs hearts and minds with her beautiful melodies and lyrics.
When, Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time: 1-3pm
Where:  Yvonne's Coffee Haus, 98 Island Road, Scarborough, ON (Port Union/401)



Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life: Resources

Did you know . . . that videos and small group questions are now available within the book study section of our website?  Go to the resources tab at the top and click on book study.  


Evolutionary Women's Circle - New Sessions Starting


Find out what it is like to be part of a circle of women gathering for personal empowerment and spiritual growth in a fantastic, synergistic group. Come to a free Evolutionary Women's (EW) information night this WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in West Hill United lounge.   

This is an information night and welcome for new and returning evolutionary women.  We'll be providing more information about what this group is all about and letting you know what themes and topics we will be exploring in this second session of EW circles, meeting for 8 consecutive Wed. nights from Mar 7 – April 25, 2012.

You did not have to attend Session 1 to be a part of this group.  Come on out this Wednesday and see what we're about.


Pancake Dinner February 21st



Come out and join your friends, family, and neighbours at West Hill's pancake supper.

When:  Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Time:  5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Where: West Hill United Church, 62 Orchard Park Drive, Scarborough

Cost is only $7.00 per person (pay at the door)

Vegan option available


Let's Go Bowling


Sign up for our Annual Bowling Tournament this coming Saturday February 18th at Rouge Hill Bowling Centre, 111 Island Road, Scarborough.  

The cost for adults is only $25.00 for 3 games, a delicious cold buffet and an opportunity to bid on some great items at our silent auction. Kids play and eat for free!  

The bidding on the silent auction will start today (February 12th) at the church. Auction items will be set up with bid sheets in the lobby. Bidding closes at 10:00 pm, Saturday February 18th at Rouge Hill Bowling Centre.



Joint Statement from Amnesty International, KAIROS, Canadian Friends Service Committee

In December 2011, KAIROS (of which the United Church of Canada is a part), Amnesty International, and the Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) issued a statement calling for urgent action to improve the living conditions in aboriginal communities in order for Canada to meet it's human right's obligations.

Read the whole letter here. 


Winter; a reflection on being ill

There are many who consider Winter a vile thing. It tears the last fluttering leaves from the trees, casts them to the ground with seeming indifference, if not outright disdain, and allows the dignity and beauty of what seemed only blessing for many months of the year to fade into dust, become mixed with the grey slush of urban street brine and finally, ignominiously, dissolve into the cracks in the pavement, the fissures in the earth, or swirl drainward with the stormsewer swill.

But Winter has much to teach us about patience, renewal, and hope, about the purpose in the luxury of rest, about the importance of a softer light, a cooler reflection, a simpler, sparser palette with which to colour the world. These things are, it seems, lessons nature knows well but that we, whose minds can overdrive on new ideas, possibilities, opportunities,  are able to suppress, overcome. That, perhaps too often, has been to our detriment.

It seems that nature will have its way and that keen though my mind is to race on to the next thing, I am to sit and ponder Winter's gifts for a time, learn that patience thing, regain strength and energy, attend to this simplest of palettes as it offers me its extraordinary perspective. You, West Hill, have chosen to be complicit in this insistence and I thank you for that. As I settle myself into this luxury of time and rest, know that you are each in my heart and as I learn from Winter's deep truths, may you also.

Much love,