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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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Saturday
Dec032016

Culture, Context, and Reconciliation

Seventh Annual Affirming Anniversary Celebration

 

West Hill became an Affirming Congregation, officially welcoming LGBTQ2S people into leadership roles at West Hill, in 2009. In fact, we had included diverse sexualities and genders in congregational leadership for some years before but realized that, from the outside, it was hard to tell we were welcoming. Since our initial celebration, we've recognized our diversity every year on the first Sunday of December.

This year, we are excited to be welcoming Ej Kwandibens, an indigenous gay man and cultural educator. Ej will illuminate the history and meaning of the indigenous term "Two Spirited". He will also bring his own experience and perspective to bear on the issues of sexuality in indigenous culture and the importance of reconciliation to the nurturing of healthy relationships in the community and organizations.

As we do on the first Sunday of each month, there will be a meal following the service. This month, the meal will be vegan and built around the Three Sisters Soup recipe which has its roots in indigenous communities. We look forward to breaking bread with Ej and with you!

 

Monday
Nov172014

OMG!* Deb Pearce is coming!  

She’s Bold. She’s Funny. She’ll be here on December 7th for our Affirming Anniversary Celebration.

A vocal member of Toronto’s LGBTQ community, Deb got her start in entertainment as a drag king in the early 90's. She is also a singer, and a funny gal. Deb co-hosted season 5 of Bump! on Logo and OUT TV, and has been the morning host on 2 radio stations where she interviewed Lady Gaga, kd lang, Debbie Harry and more. She also hosted an award-winning television show 'foQus with Deb Pearce' on Rogers. Deb MC's hundreds of events throughout North America and has raised thousands of dollars for local  organizations that work with Breast Cancer research and people living with HIV/AIDS.

*Please note: At West Hill, a community of sceptics, freethinkers, agnostics, secular humanists, traditional believers, and atheists, using the OMG exclamation does not necessarily presume belief in the big G. Still, when Deb Pearce is coming, what else could we say?

Saturday
Nov172012

Affirming Anniversary Celebration 2012

In 2009, West Hill became an Affirming ministry within the United Church of Canada, publicly and vocally standing in solidarity as allies of the LGBTQ community.  On Sunday December 2nd West Hill United will celebrate the third anniversary of our commitment to be Affirming.  

As part of this celebration, we are thrilled that our guest speaker will be Kamal Al Solaylee, author of the award-nominated Intolerable. Kamal’s harrowing memoir describes his ihrab - his escape - from the increasingly fundamentalist Arab world in which he grew up. Gay and unable to share his reality with even the closest members of his family, he carried the emotional burden of his escape with him to Canada, particularly the recognition that, in making it, he left behind his mother and sisters for whom life had also become close to intolerable.

Please plan to join us for this special celebration and our Visitors and Travellers’ lunch following the service.