The 4th Unitarian Universalist principle states that “We affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” In this statement is found the essence of our liberal faith tradition. We are each responsible for engaging in the quest to deepen our understanding of what is meaningful and true to us personally as well as communally. This is a dynamic and lifelong process, enhanced by having like-valued people to accompany us on the journey.
Spiritual Dialogue Circle - This informal interfaith discussion group is coordinated by Lorna Weigand and led by Rev. Michelle Singh, who is an Interfaith Minister. We meet in the Boardroom at 18 Wynford on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. Members of several faith traditions participate regularly. Future topics are chosen by the group and led by different participants.
June: When the Flame Flickers
Everyone is welcome.
Bid Euchre Community Group - This group is coordinated by Jean Javanshir and Irene Ierullo, and is open to experienced and new Bid Euchre Players. It’s a fun, great way to relax and meet new people. They meet most Monday nights (sometimes it’s cancelled for major holidays) at 6:45 pm.
Please check the website calendar or the Bulletin for dates.
Online Book Study - A Different Drum by Scott Peck - questions will be sent out on Tuesdays by Lorna Weigand to the e-mail group.
If you wish to participate, please send an e-mail to Lorna Weigand
Don Heights Singers - This small choral group is open to everyone who loves to sing and wants to improve their voice and learn to make joyful sounds together. The Group is led by Sheila White and meets every Tuesday at 7:00 pm. Sheila focuses on the benefits of group singing for body, mind and soul. The Singers do original and other material in a wide range of styles. The group provides music for two Don Heights Sunday Services each month.
Do Be Do Group - On the last Tuesday of the month this group (named after a Chris White song) meets at Don Heights from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm to deal with all the many tasks necessary to keep our congregation running well. On any given day you may find Don Heighters shredding old documents, cleaning the fridge, watering plants, organizing the archives, knitting caring shawls, setting up for the art show or decorating for other special events. . . the possibilities are endless. Bring a brown bag lunch and prepare to work at a level and task comfortable to you.
Speak to Linda Schofield for more information.
Don Heights Songwriters Group - This is an emerging group which meets on the first Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. This group will be run by Janis Daly and Sheila White.
If you write songs, or would like to learn how, please come out and release your inner song and develop your craft in a fun and welcoming setting.
Festival Theatre - This is a monthly Dinner and Movie night which is coordinated by Ron Weigand. It is held on the second Thursday of every month. Dinner is at a local restaurant at 5:00 pm and then we go back to Don Heights for a movie and dessert and decaf coffee at 7:00 pm.
Ron selects older or foreign films that all have closed captions and can be enjoyed by anyone who experiences hearing difficulties. Check the Bulletin, or call the office to see which restaurant we will be enjoying each month.
The fee is $6.00 for coffee and dessert.
Play Reading Group - play reading took place at Don Heights from 2005 until 2008. We read a number of plays on a monthly basis, from Noel Coward to Neil Simon, Oscar Wilde and others. We are going to do this again, facilitated by Robert Bray, Liz Carmichael, and Judy Newman. It will take place on the last Thursday of each month from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. Come and have fun; no prior experience is necessary.
Registration is required.
Tai Chi - This is an emerging group which will meet at Don Heights in the spring of 2015.
Wine, Women, and Spirituality – Our women’s group meets on the last Friday of each month in various members homes at 7:15 pm. The name for this group was inspired by the book Wine and Spirituality by Tom Harpur. It is a relaxing evening for women in the congregation to get to know each other and just talk. Check the Bulletin or Order of Service for the location each month.
Young Adult Group Gatherings – This emerging group is being
coordinated by Michael Kenny and will meet on the third Friday of the month from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Program ideas will be geared to the interests of young adults (18 to 40). The focus of this group is on Social Justice.
Coffee House - Don Heights provides a relaxed venue for local performers to practice their musical talent. Each month, generally on the second Saturday, we have a main act followed by an open mike for anyone who wants to contribute a performance piece and then the main act closes the evening. Charge for the evening is $5 per person or $8 per family. Watch our Bulletin for information about the featured musician.
Creativity Circle - This is a mini-retreat which includes meditation, music and practicing various forms of art. The group meets at Don Heights on the third Saturday of the month between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. To cover the cost of materials, etc., we suggest a $5.00 donation or Pay What You Can. All are welcome, regardless of financial situation. Please check the Bulletin for the monthly Theme.
Theme Based Ministry - Early in the month, we hold a discussion group based on the theme for the previous month.
April 5 - Freedom
May 3 - Sustainability
June 7 - Story
Book Group - The Book Group will start-up again this winter or spring if there is enough interest. Jane Robson will coordinate this with different members of the group presenting the selected books.
Writing Your Own Memorial Workshop - Sunday, March 29, at 1:00 pm.
Planning your own memorial or funeral service can provide peace of mind to you and your family and ensure that you have the service that you would want.
Pre-planning allows you to choose personal touches such as music and readings, decide what photos or objects you would like to have displayed and ensure that people or events that were important to you are included.
This workshop will help in organizing thoughts and creating a plan that will represent you and your life as you wish to be remembered.
Sunday, March 29 at 1:00 pm, following the potluck lunch. Contact Judy Newman for details.
Vegan Potluck Lunches - These lunches will be coordinated by Judy Newman with members of the Toronto Vegetarian Association, on an occasional basis. Dates will be listed in the Bulletin.