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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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.



Upcoming Celebrations

Please plan to join us

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

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


Singing the Season!


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.


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.  

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.

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


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


Let's go out to 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



Amorphous, The Morning

Prayer for Sunday, September 4, 2011




Meditative Reflection for July 3, 2011