West Hill Podcast

Listen to meditations, prayers, readings & music that reflect life in a progressive Christian community of faith. These podcasts are made possible by the generous support of our listeners.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT OUR PODCASTS:  After 25 years of service, our wireless sound system needs to be replaced. To ensure that we can provide a quality recording to share with others, this system -- like the previous one -- must be of professional quality. Systems of this quality can range from $500-$600.  Can you help us out with a donation?  If you value hearing Gretta's and others' wonderful perspectives, clearly and without distortion, this would be a great way to show your financial support! You can send your donations to West Hill United Church with a notation "for a speaker system".  Or click on the Canada Helps button to the right and note "for speaker system".


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December 2, 2012 - Affirming Anniversary

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.  This Sunday, we celebrate the third anniversary of our commitment to be Affirming.  

As part of this celebration, we are thrilled to welcome guest speaker 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.

December 2, 2012 podcast


November 25, 2012

Today, Gretta talked about generosity and offered up the SANTA C principles of giving:







With these principles Gretta suggests how we might become more interconnected this Christmas season.  

November 25, 2012 podcast


November 18, 2012


October 28, 2012

We welcome West Hill United's own Jacky Laurin as our guest speaker.  She began by offering a reflection by Alfie Kohn then shared with the congregation her thoughts and experiences on compassion.

Below is the clip from Alfie Kohn.  Below that is the link to the October 28th podcast.


October 28, 2012 podcast


October 21, 2012

West Hill welcomes back Deb Sherwin  to talk about baseball and the curve balls of life.

October 21, 2012 podcast


October 14, 2012


October 7, 2012


September 30, 2012


September 23, 2012

West Hill welcomes back the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing as special guest speaker.

About Kathleen Wynne:

Kathleen Wynne was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003. She was re-elected in 2007 and 2011 as the MPP for Don Valley West. On October 20, 2011, Kathleen was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.  Ms Wynne holds a Masters degree in Linguistics from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She also completed mediation training at Harvard University.

September 23, 2012 podcast


September 16, 2012