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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Tuesday
Apr042017

Draw for our Mother's Day Basket

This year our Mother's Day Basket is filled the brim with things that will make her day!

 


2 Crystal Wine Glasses, Wild Wines Strawberry White Zinfandel

1 Lindt Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, 1 Lindt Orange Dark Chocolate, Ferrero Collection Chocolates

Italian Coffee and Floral Mug, Black Currant Jam

Hand painted Bird House, Gardening Gloves, Bachelor Button Seeds, Cosmos Seeds

Multipack Silver Embossed Cosmetic Bags, Body Shop Shower Cream, Shower Gel and Hand Cleanser

Lip Balm, Obsession Perfume by Calvin Klein 100ml, Olay Body Soap, Exfoliating Sponges

Spa Cleansing Scented Wipe, Aroma Therapy Diffuser with Essential Oil and Batteries

Yves Rocher, Wrinkles and Lifting Cream, Alia Blue Earrings, Purple Silicone Watch

Love Necklace, Rafiki Bracelet, Blue, Peaceful, Tranquil Trustworthy and Wise Bracelet

Guest Book, Picture Frame 5 X 7, Brag Book Photo Album, Colour Pencils and Colouring Book

Silver Serving tongs, Crystal Dish, Party Lite Candle Holder, China Pink Rose, Conair Colour Candle

Slipper Tea lite Holder with Tea lites, 1dish Cloth, 1 Scrubby, 1 hand towel, 1Jar Opener

$15 Tim Horton's Gift Card

$25.00 Shopper's Gift Card, $25.00 LCBO Gift Card, $50 Ultimate Dining Gift Card

Thursday
Mar232017

Toronto Conference moving toward becoming an Affirming Conference

Focus of Annual Meeting of Toronto Conference 

For many years, annual meetings of Toronto Conference were adorned with an enormous rainbow cross. The cross, normally displayed at the now-closed Cliffcrest United Church, was a quilted construction with rainbow ribbons reaching out over the gathering area. It was a dramatic site and a powerful symbol of inclusion. At this time, its exact location is unknown.

While the rainbow cross was welcomed at Toronto Conference and members of the Conference were fiercely passionate about its presence and what it represented, the Conference itself has never been recognized as an Affirming body within the United Church. At this year's Annual Meeting, it hopes to change that. Toronto Conference will discuss a proposal that it become an Affirming Conference. To that end, it has created a Vision Statement and Plan of Action and has reached out for comments from its membership. 

West Hill's Journey

Many of you know that West Hill became an Affirming congregation in 2009. Each year, on the first Sunday in December, chosen because of its proximity to World AIDS day, we celebrate that anniversary. Over the course of our affirming history, we've had some remarkable speakers: George Smitherman, then an openly gay member of the Ontario legislature; Kathleen Wynne, then Ontario's Minister of Transportation; Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of the Canada Reads finalist Intolerable: Growing Up Gay in the Middle East; Francisco Alvarez, then Chair of Pride Toronto; Irene Miller, Chair of PFLAG Toronto; Deb Pearce, Broadcaster and Comedian; Dr. Spencer Harrison, artist and sponsor of Ontario's first Camp fYrefly; EJ Kwandibens, Indigenous gay man and cultural interpreter. We've been richly stimulated by the gifts and insights they have shared.

West Hill has welcomed individuals of diverse sexualities and gender identities into leadership positions as a matter of course over many years and most likely decades. Being recognized by Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble was expected by many to be a simple process. That wasn't the case for reasons that are most likely well outside the usual congregational challenges experienced in the Affirming process.

In most situations, the work of educating a congregation on the realities and rights of LGBTQ+ individuals is the focus of the Affirming process with difficult conversations taking place in which those opposed to full inclusion may express their views passionately. West Hill members were already aware of the realities and rights society has extended to LGBTQ+ individuals and were eager to be recognized as allies. What we hadn't expected was that some LGBTQ+ members of the congregation didn't want to be identified by their sexuality. At West Hill, they were just people like everyone else and they worried that an Affirming designation would erase the comfort they experienced with us. Similarly, others noted that West Hill's welcome extended to those who had mental health illnesses or who were socio-economically marginalized because there were no statements or prejudices that excluded them. Concerns were raised that if we identified one particular group for inclusion, we might intimate the exclusion of those in other groups. It was a vibrat conversation.

In the end, we were deeply moved by the documentary film For the Bible Tells Me So which places the responsibility for homophobia squarely in the hands of religious organizations and institutions. Sensitive to all the concerns raised, we created a statement of inclusion that honoured the requirements set out by Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble while addressing other areas in which church has traditionally fallen short. We continue to walk that path toward inclusion, finding its widest point to be the place of non-exclusion actively seeking to discover ways to refuse to exclude and things we do better.

Toronto Conference's Vision Statement

The following is the Vision Statement currently being circulated for comments by Toronto Conference.

Striving to be faithful followers of Jesus in our time and place, Toronto Conference will continue to remove barriers to participation in the life and work of the Conference and society, committing itself to be open to the Spirit in others. Resisting all forms of oppression, we welcome and celebrate all expressions of sexual orientation, gender identity, and those who are marginalized.

Gretta has submitted the following response to the Vision Statement.

As in any commentary on the life and teachings of Jesus, it is important to clarify "what" Jesus is being invoked. There are many who would say that the inclusion of sexually active LGBTQ+ in any aspects of church life would be entirely counter to the biblical God Jesus was seeking to illuminate in the community of his time. See, for example, the current controversy over Princeton's "snub" of evangelical Tim Keller. For that reason, the introductory statement is problematically vague. 

When speaking about Jesus, I find it important to add a clarifying aside that might look something like this: "Jesus, who I understand to have been a man who poured his life out to bring about justice across the full spectrum of community of his time, ... ". I believe it is important for Toronto Conference, in doing this work and elsewhere, to be boldly specific about how it chooses to define Jesus and what it bases that definition upon. How have we circumscribed the gospel narratives to create the composite Jesus we preach which is, most definitely, not the Jesus preached by others? Why do we consider that valid?

I am always uncomfortable about welcoming and celebrating all forms of anything and resisted, in one endeavour, the phrase in relation to "spiritual expression", some forms of which - like genital mutilation or the shrouding of women - are offensive to me. There are also forms of the expression of any sexual orientation that are deeply offensive to me and, I expect, other members of the Conference such as practiced paedophilia, non-consensual sadomasichism, etc. What one considers their personal sexual expression does not need to be welcomed and celebrated by all. Would the Conference consider adding a qualifier such as "life-enhancing" or something like that which might trim back the wide open "all forms" which I am fairly certain is not really what we want to say? For me, "Resisting all forms of oppression" requires that we resist including "all forms of sexual expression...." in the statement.

Toronto Conference's Plan of Action

The Plan of Action has several sections including "Removing barriers to participation in the life and work of the Conference;" "Removing barriers to participation in society;" "Being open to the Spirit in others;" "Welcoming and celebrating all expressions of sexual orientation and gender identity;" and "Welcoming and celebrating those who are marginalized." You can read the complete plans for each of these endeavours here

Gretta replied extensively to the plan. The following is her submission.

Removing barriers to participation in the life and work of the Conference

INVISIBILITY
Over the course of our history, we have been inclusive in many ways. Unfortunately, we are only ever able to extend inclusivity to those groups we see. Over the course of human history and the history of the UCC, whole segments of society have been invisible to us and we have moved toward removing barriers only as "scales have fallen from our eyes." Barriers to women, to divorced individuals and divorced clergy, to non-whites, to indigenous peoples, to LGBTQ+ individuals. 

Removing barriers to participation in the life and work of the Conference means creating visibility. There are many ways this can happen and I believe many congregations would enthusiastically pursue this element of the work. 

DISCRIMINATION
Visibility, however, is not enough. This past Tuesday, in Toronto Southeast Presbytery, we discussed the transfer and settlement remit and it was noted that clergy with disabilities were often able to get their start in productive and meaningful ministries because of the T&S process. Concern was raised that those who have disabilities may be at a disadvantage.

Which raises the question about our record as an equal rights employer. 

The United Church of Canada is a charitable religious organization. That gives it certain rights, one of which is the right to discriminate based on religious beliefs. That right is exercised by congregations who do not wish to employ LGBTQ+ clergy or staff. Their right to do so is defended by The United Church of Canada. While we would be extremely uncomfortable defending the right of a congregation to discriminate against individuals with disabilities, we routinely allow congregations to discriminate against clergy and staff based on sexuality and gender identity.

Does becoming an affirming conference mean that we will no longer allow congregations to choose to discriminate based on sexuality and gender identity? Would we require all congregations, against the Basis of Union, to allow their clergy to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in accordance with secular law? How is our defense of congregations who do not allow their clergy to perform same-sex marriages any different than the practices of other denominations who discriminate in ways we would consider inappropriate - refusing to ordain women, for instance? Are we prepared to support clergy in their pursuit of justice should they be discriminated against based on sexuality and gender? Would that require changes to the Basis of Union? Would it be perceived to undermine our right to discriminate in other areas of our religious practice? Would the Effective Leadership process of matching congregations effectively provide guidance and mitigate situations in which discrimination might arise? How would it be monitored? How would LGBTQ+ applicants be provided support throughout the process? Would we provide financial support to clergy seeking employment justice through the courts? 

If becoming an Affirming Conference does not extend justice to our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters throughout all levels of our ministry, it will appear to be symbolic at most and protective of discriminatory attitudes and practices at worst. I note that these comments are also pertinent to the final point in the section "Welcoming and celebrating those who are marginalized: Identify, challenge, and/or eliminate barriers in hiring or ministry development process.

EDUCATION
In order to implement a process of employment that was consistent with Canadian law and that did not allow congregations to discriminate based on sexuality or gender identity, it would be important that the Conference no longer rely upon external organizations such as Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble to do the education of congregations. As clergy are required to upgrade their skills and sensitivities related to race and sexual improprieties, so must congregations be required to upgrade their skills and sensitivities related to sexuality and gender identity. If that is not required, then the Conference will not be able to meet its commitment to remove barriers to participation in the life and work of the Conference as those pertain to congregations within it.

Hold Conference events and meetings in locations that are accessible

I am unclear as to what this means. If we are referring to accessibility in terms of gender and sexual diversity, it would mean, I think, congregating in affirming congregations. Doing so, however, would have the adverse effect of allowing discriminating congregations to remain comfortable unengaged in a very serious way. I believe an affirming Conference should engage all its congregations in activities that build and encourage awareness and acceptance. 

Engage guest speakers/preachers at events to reflect diversity

Again, I'm not really clear on what this means. Are you suggesting that guest speakers will be asked to include reference to sexual and gender diversity in their program? Or are you suggesting that the Conference engage speakers from diverse sexual and gender identity populations? 

Additionaly, I believe it is discriminatory to only invite LGBTQ+ speakers and preachers when we are addressing gender and sexuality issues just as it is discriminatory to invite women speakers and preachers only when addressing feminist or women's issues. LGBTQ+ leaders practice in many fields; to assume they can only speak to LGBTQ+ issues is to ghettoize them. 

Monitor diversity in its nominations procedures

This is extremely difficult. Sexuality and gender identity are invisible. And they are or should be entirely incidental to leadership skills and character traits required for ministry. Asking people to declare their sexuality is inherently discriminatory. That said, heterocentrism is alive and well in the church and in society and we must work to move away from it. 

In order to monitor diversity, language related to the disclosure of minority status, whether race, ethnicity, economic status, age, ability, sexuality, gender identity, etc., must be at through an invitation to self-disclosure. To assure this, nominations documents may ask if an individual wishes to identify with any particular minority group with a list of possibilities provided. 
The Conference included the opportunity for further comments. Because the conversation is one about removing barriers to participation, Gretta also submitted the following reflection on that work as it continues at West Hill. 

When barriers to participation have become visible, West Hill United has historically sought to remove them in whatever ways it has been able to do so. In the 1980s, this included a massive renovation to overcome physical barriers to participation. In the 1990s, gender-exclusive language was explored and rejected to overcome perceived barriers to participation. In the early 2000s, the theistic language that prejudiced the church toward certain doctrinal beliefs not held by most of the congregation, was identified as a barrier to progressives and those otherwise excluded from participation in United Church communities. Over the course of some years, it was removed and replaced with values-based language sharing the same vision of ministry but without the barriers traditional language posed. Although lesbian, gay, and trans individuals had long participated in leadership at West Hill (and very likely unidentified individuals of other sexual orientations and gender identities), West Hill became an Affirming ministry in 2009. In 2013, in recognition of the discrimination against those professing no religious beliefs both internationally and within our own communities, we actively embraced those who identified as "atheist." 

We have been deeply saddened that this most recent decision, one we knew to be marginal, and which as been seen as provocative by many, has not been recognized as the work of making yet another demographic visible and so invite us to find ways to remove barriers to that demographic's participation in The United Church of Canada. 

It is our hope that the conversation at Toronto Conference will be deep and rich and that the considerations of all participants are met with respect. At the conclusion of the meeting, we'll make sure we update you on the decision and how the statements were further developed.

Tuesday
Mar212017

Yoga at West Hill - Spring Classes to Warm You!

Karma Yoga Class - Free trial

Saturday April 15th
9 am-10 am
No Charge for this trial class for adults.
All you’ll need to bring is a mat and a water bottle.
Friends welcome too!
Meet Dawn, our wonderful instructor 
for a flowing yoga class.
To let us know you are coming,
please sign up on the bulletin board or call the office.

 

Mindful Yoga - 6 Week Program - Spring 2017

This Vinyasa Yoga practice beautifully complements Mindfulness Training and is a great wellness booster: improving balance, flexibility and overall resilience. This yoga practice is appropriate for beginners, intermediate, and advanced yogis alike.Remember you are flexible enough, you are tall enough, you are slim enough, you are good enough...YOU ARE ENOUGH!

Adult classes offered weekly Saturday mornings*

9am-10am, April 15th - May 27th

$45 for the full program

*We will need 10 participants  to run this program.

*NEW*Children’s 45 minute  Mindful Yoga class 

6 week program April 15- May 27

Saturday mornings 10 am

$35 for the full program

*We will need 12 participacts to run this program.

 

This semester classes will be held in the lovely West hill Gathering Hall!

 

 

 

Monday
Mar202017

Conflict: You've got it; we've got it; they've GOT it.

Last week, gretta began a series based on next year's Lenten lectionary readings. The theme has been dispute and conflict and she's helped us, with the assistance of the Oxford English Dictionary and TED, differentiate between the two and explore some models for working through them. 

She has used a number of resources on the web and we wanted to make them available to you.

The first was the Ladder of Inference. Here's the picture gretta created for the gathering. You'll find more information about the Ladder of Inference here and much more is available on the web.

Basically, what the ladder teaches us is that we tend to interpret reality in ways that may or may not be helpful, stepping away from the raw facts and finding ourselves acting in ways that may or may not reflect what the reality of any situation was. Very quickly, we assume certain facts are more important than others, selecting them to hold a prominence they may not have had. Once we do that, it is easy for us to interpret those facts and create assumptions based upon them. Gretta noted that the ladder, to this point, is helpful in resolving disputes, arguments of perspective that are usually about facts that can be examined. Above that, when we get to establishing beliefs, we're into conflict, differences of opinion based on values, culture, relationships, and religious beliefs. Its a comfortable place to be and so loops us back, over and again, into the selection and interpretation of reality. Changing our beliefs is like changing our worldview; it's a hard learn when it comes to us. So conflicts may often be long and arduous because they are undertaken at the level of our worldviews. 

Here are the TED talks that animated this week's Perspective(s). And the page for Abraham's Path, an initiative created by William to address the systemic conflicts in the Middle East. Enjoy!

Clair Canfleld's address on The Beauty of Conflict. 

ChrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke. Conflict: Use it; don't Diffuse it.

William Ury. The Walk from "No" to "Yes"

Saturday
Mar182017

Meals on Wheels Support

The Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities is looking for folks who might be interested in "adopting" a Meals on Wheels delivery route, and with your help, West hill might be able to offer some support.

This would simply mean a pool of people who one day a week would take it in turns to deliver meals in the community. In other words if we has a WHU team and our pool had 4 members then each person would deliver meals once a month.

The deliveries take between one and two hours, and start at either Extendicare (pickup @ 10:30 am) on Guildwood Parkway, or Seven Oaks (pickup @ 11:30) at Neilson and Ellesmere.

Routes typically have around ten to fifteen meals to deliver. Ideally it's easier with a team of two (driver and runner) but from personal experience I had no problems doing it solo. It's possible that SCHC might be able to supply a runner if required. Drivers are partially reimbursed for mileage.

Interested volunteers should contact Peter Thomas through the church office.

Tuesday
Jan312017

Bishop John Shelby Spong's Newsletter

Bishop Spong's Newsletter By Fred Plumer

Good morning friends. I am the Board President of ProgressiveChristianity.org and have held that position for over 12 years. Our organization has been the publishers of the Bishop Spong’s newsletters and the owners of the John Shelby Spong website for nearly five years now. The website is titled, A New Christianity for a New World. I hope you all avail yourself to this treasure of fascinating and interesting articles by Bishop Spong that go back almost 20 years. As subscribers you have access to these absolutely wonderful writings of one of the best authors of our time. If you have trouble accessing these nearly two thousand articles by Bishop Spong please contact our office and we will help you. This morning, however, I want to share with you some of the things we are doing with your subscriptions newsletter.

As you know, Bishop Spong had a serious stroke several months ago and for a long time we had hoped he would recover enough to continue writing this column. Well, the good news is he has recovered quite well and he continues to improve. He is back to his 3 mile walk every day on his treadmill. He is driving and he finished his “final” book. However, after some serious pondering, he decided it would be in his best interest to let the column go. As you can imagine, putting out a weekly column, with the details and research he always included, was extremely demanding. We were disappointed.

We immediately began looking for a “replacement” for Spong. We actually interviewed several people but it became clear rather quickly, there was no permanent single individual who could put out a regular column every week and maintain the interest of you, our readers. That is when we decided to look at some of the other talented writers that already had columns who had been heavily influenced by Bishop Spong. We thought it would be something special to see how some of these writers not only had been influenced by Bishop Spong, but also what they were doing and how they were using Spong’s ideas. We have to remember Spong was talking, preaching and writing about a “New Christianity,” not yesterday’s leftovers.

So let me explain how we picked these writers. First, we talked to Bishop Spong and he recommended three people. We expanded the search and found a few more candidates. Once we had this group we then talked to them all and explained exactly what we wanted and needed; and a couple dropped out right then. That left us with a group of eight. All of them are trained clergy from five different denominations. Each one of them already had a blog page and we had already reviewed their writings. Most of them have written at least one book and we took the time to read them. We did this with all eight of the candidates.

You may be wondering if we have had some kind of a framework or expectations from our writers. I suppose the honest answer is yes. We did and do have certain expectations about what we wanted from them. Of course we had a pretty good idea at this point about what they believed and were writing, but we wanted to be certain.

First, they must have a clear idea about what the Bible is and what it is not. That is, they must realize that the Bible is not a historical document that tells the story of the Jewish people from Adam and Eve to the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament) were created by at least forty different authors who did not write or even think in literal terms. Each author, having his or her idea about what happened, always had a bias. The Bible was spoken or written starting over as much as 3,400 years ago, but it was actually not canonized until the second century ACE. There are a great many differences, and biases in the entire text. However, anyone who wants to seriously study will realize what these differences are and how they came to be. We expected that kind of study.

As far as the New Testament was concerned, we had similar expectations. As Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan once wrote in the book, The Last Week (Harper/San Francisco), the gospels are not a straight forward story but were rather a “combination of history remembered and history interpreted.” They all have been “updated” for the time that they were written. That is probably a 90 year span. And finally the writers had to know the differences between the description of Jesus by Paul, as well as the different depictions of Jesus we find in the gospels. We did not assume that they would all have the same interpretation of our view on the Bible but we wanted them to point out their differences and how they came to those conclusions.

The Second requirement was the writer had to have a clear idea of who Jesus was. The concept of an all-powerful, “Divine being” who was sent by his Father (God) to save the world, is at its best, a poetic myth. Those of us who have studied for years, and most of our readers, know this as well. And yet when we work up the nerve to enter a church, even one that professes to be a Progressive church, we find this story repeated in the prayers, the liturgies, the tapestries, our hymns, and even the sermons. I have been told to relax when I complain about these things. I am told they are just stories, or rituals. And yet, I would find myself quietly critiquing the theology, or trying to find the symbolic meaning. We did not want our writers to do that to you.

Jesus was a man born just like you and me. He grew from a child, born to a very young, poor Galilean woman and against all odds he became a respected teacher, a rabbi even. He had a deep level of compassion for all living beings that astounded everyone he met.

Why was he so special? It may have been the fact he was most likely considered a mamzer, an Israelite of suspect paternity, at least in his early life. That may be why he supposedly never married. It may have been the influence of John the Baptist and his subsequent death. It may have simply been the fact that he was born a poor Galilean who struggled against oppression his whole life. He had a rough life but he somehow overcame all of these challenges. In the midst of all of these difficulties he found a way to find peace, clarity, and the discovery of the important things in life. He seemed satisfied, even happy at times. He taught where he was welcomed and had followers that tried to live by his model. He gave us all a road map to a wonderful place in our world, regardless of our financial means or stations in life.

We wanted our writers to already know this Jesus.

The third thing we wanted was some clarity about God. I tried here not to have a bias but rather to listen. We have several ideas about this “God thing” as one of the people in an audience once called it. What we did not want was a God-man. That is the assumption that there is a God up there that has human attributes, is Jesus’ father, intercedes in history and listens to our daily prayers.

We wanted people to be aware of Bishop Spong comments about God. The most common one is: “You can be part of who God is and he becomes part of what you are.” I believe he was saying something like, we can evolve to be fully in one with Oneness or Unity of the world.

You may find it interesting to know that our one atheist writer was Spong’s first pick when we asked for suggestions. Rev. Gretta Vosper could challenge all of us to really know what we mean when say, “God.” I hope you read her carefully. There is a reason the Bishop Spong loves her and what she is doing.

Just for the record I do not believe that there is a God out there. What we call God is everything. It is all of me and I am part of it. We can discover this with meditation and self-discovery. But we did not ask the writers to follow my beliefs about God. We did rather say if you are going to write about God, then please explain what you are talking about. So far I believe that this has been true.

And finally we wanted to our writers to explore how to expand this “New Christianity” into the everyday lives of others. We were not interested in providing mental gymnastics or expressions of superior intellects. We did not want to be simply impressing you with the superior intellect of our writers. We did not want articles that were boring or so light you could not help but yawn. I hope we have achieved that.

However, this brings me to the main purpose of writing this article. This is truly your subscription newsletter. If you decide that you do not like what we are doing, you have the right to cancel your subscription. We know that. However, we need some input from you if we really want to tailor this newsletter to your taste. I already have had one person let me know that they did not care for a particular writer. Unfortunately a second respondent told me that this was the best writer we had and that we should let him write every week.

We will of course have to work through some of those kinds of things. Please let us know what you are thinking. We have just recently completed going through one full cycle so you should have an idea what each of our contributors has to offer. We have given them permission to strike out on their own and I think you will enjoy them even more.

But most of all I want to thank you all. We know that you are a very special group of people and that is the main reason we wanted to continue to publish the newsletter.

~ Fred Plumer, President
ProgressiveChristianity.org

Read the essay online here.

Wednesday
Jan182017

Second Harvest Soup Luncheon - March 5th, 2017

Save the date!

West hill has a tradition of supporting Second Harvest, a group that rescues surplus food to create meals for those in need.

Let's help bridge the gap between surplus food and hungry people. Our outreach committee will host our annual soup lunch on March 5th and we hope you’ll join us.

Enjoy homemade soup and fresh bread.

For every $10 we raise, WHU can help Second Harvest to provide 20 meals for the hungry.

A Little Goes a Long Way!

Each month, over 100,000 hungry Torontonians depend on Second Harvest for healthy meals.
We are very glad to once again offer support though participation in the HERO campaign, raising money that will prvide 2 meals for every $1 raised.
Join the Outreach Committee for our Annual Bread and Soup Luncheon on March 6th.

Food Rescue & Delivery

The Food Rescue & Delivery Program is the core of Second Harvest's work. With seven trucks and a van on the road, it connects excess food with those in need. The program runs seven days a week and provides food to its network of over 220 social service agencies. This year, Second Harvest's goal is to rescue and deliver 8.5 million pounds of food.

Harvest Kitchens

The Harvest Kitchens program trains adults and youth with barriers to employment in food preparation, while providing healthy, prepared meals to Torontonians in need through our agency network. 

Feeding Our Future

Feeding Our Future is a summer program that, in partnership with the Sodexo Foundation, feeds hungry kids in city camps. Last summer we delivered just under 39,000 lunches. 

Tuesday
Jan172017

Respond Faithfully to the Trans Mountain Pipeline Decision 

[Photo: Mark Klotz, Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Despite opposition from Indigenous leaders, environmental groups, and community advocates, the government approved the Trans Mountain (Kinder Morgan) pipeline on November 29.

“We fail to see how Canada will be able to fulfill its fair share of carbon emission reductions under the [COP 21] Paris Agreement, as the Trans Mountain Pipeline increases emissions,” wrote Moderator Jordan Cantwell in a letter to the church.
 
Take Action today. Ask the Prime Minister how approving the Trans Mountain pipeline will fit with Canada’s commitments to emission reductions and reconciliation.

Monday
Jan162017

Mindful Yoga Program at West Hill

This 6 week Vinyasa Yoga practice beautifully complements Mindfulness Training and is a great wellness booster: improving balance, flexibility and overall resilience.

This yoga practice is appropriate for beginners, intermediate, and advanced yogis alike.

Remember you are flexible enough, you are tall enough, you are slim enough, you are good enough...YOU ARE ENOUGH!

Adult classes offered weekly Saturday mornings 10am-11am, February 4th - March 11th

$35 for the 6 week program

*NEW*

Children’s 1/2 hour Mindful Yoga class

Saturday mornings 9 am

$35 for the 7 week program

 

 

Saturday
Dec242016

Inspired by Hollywood Service Series