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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Sunday
Feb122012

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

Sunday
Feb122012

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.

 

Sunday
Jan082012

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. 

Sunday
Jan082012

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,

gretta

Saturday
Jan072012

As I Live, Everyday - The Video

Several years ago Anne Walker adapted the words of the West Hill prayer (written by Gretta and Scott) to music, creating the song "As I Live". Here is the long-awaited video directed by West Hill's own Joanne Worobess.

 

Tuesday
Dec202011

Upcoming Celebrations

Please plan to join us

THE LONGEST NIGHT
honouring the deepest roots of our festive traditions
Thursday, December 22, 7:30

CHRISTMAS MORN'
a time with friends, share the celebration
Sunday December 25, 10:30

Friday
Dec092011

Singing the Season!

Saturday
Nov262011

West Hill celebrates its 2nd anniversary of becoming an Affirming ministry

Don't miss our service on December 4th when we'll celebrate our second anniversary of becoming an Affirming ministry within the United Church. Please join us and our guest speaker Francisco Alvarez, Co-chair of Pride Toronto.

Francisco is an experienced arts and communications leader with a strong history of volunteer work in Toronto's LGBTQ community.

Currently, he is Managing Director of the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum and has also served as the ROM's Director of Communications for nine years.

Holding an MBA degree from York University, Francisco has senior management experience in the non-profit, government and private sectors.

He was one of the co-founders of Inside Out, Toronto's Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, where he remained for ten years. He has also served as co-chair of Dancers for Life, a major annual fundraiser for the AIDS Committee of Toronto and has proudly served on several other boards.

The service begins at 10:30 am.  Please plan to join us for lunch and conversation following.

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