April 27, 2014 at 10:30 am
Letting Go of the SAD Diet
Speaker: Selam Teclu
The current Standard North American Diet, appropriately referred to as the SAD diet, consists mostly of animal products, sugar, processed foods and refined grains. This trend is partly based on our need for fast and convenient food to match our fast paced life styles. Unfortunately the SAD diet has failed to meet basic nutritional requirements to achieving a healthy body and a sound mind. Our communities’ face ever increasing incidences of diet based diseases of the mind and body, including: Cancer, High Blood Pressure, Depression, Allergies, Type II Diabetes, and ADHD, just to name a few. However, a vibrant counter trend towards healthier lifestyles has inspired many in Toronto to rethink their eating habits.
SERVICE AT FIRST UNITARIAN - 175 St. Clair Avenue West at 2:00 pm
May 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm
"May the Force Be With You"
Speaker: Lynn Harrison
On the unofficial holiday known as “Star Wars Day,” we reflect on the meaning of Yoda’s powerful blessing.
What are the forces we can draw on, especially in times of danger or uncertainty? How are they connected to the powers evoked by others, in times and places far, far away? Just as Luke Skywalker learned to trust “the force,” how can we learn to trust the sources of strength found in ourselves and beyond?
May 11, 2014 at 10:30 am
My Journey to Palestine
Speaker: Father Bob Holmes
Father Bob will present in stories and photos the current situation in the Holy Land and the underlying causes of the conflict. He will introduce you to the Holy People – the Peacemakers: Jews, Muslims and Christians; Israelis, Palestinians and Internationals – who are working nonviolently to bring about justice and peace.
May 18, 2014 at 10:30 am
The Work of North York Women's Shelter
Speaker: To be Announced
An official from the North York Women’s Shelter will speak about the success of their organization, and what work remains to be done in society so that such shelters become unnecessary. There will be a special collection at this Service.
May 25, 2014 at 10:30 am
Niches, Screens, and Possibilities: Religion in the 21st Century and Our Place in It
Speaker: Sean Neil-Barron
Unitarian Minister, Theodore Parker once said in an 1841 sermon: "Religious forms may be useful and beautiful. They are so, whenever they speak to the soul and answer a want thereof. In our present state some forms are perhaps necessary. But they are only the accident of Christianity. Not its substance. They are the robe, not the angel, who may take another robe, quite as becoming and useful.”
As we enter the depths of the fourth great awakening, is it time for the angels in our midst to get a change of clothes? What is our place in, and the role of Unitarian Universalism in the future?
Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine