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When the Earth is ravaged, and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the Earth from many colours, creeds and classes; and who by their actions and deeds shall make the Earth green again. They shall be known as The Warriors of the Rainbow.
           ~ Hopi prophecy 

 

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Don Heights is a resilient, welcoming community of diverse individuals, promoting love, reason and freedom in religion, fostering lifelong spiritual growth and acting for social justice and the environment

Approved at a Congregational Meeting, October 4, 2009

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Sunday Services

November 2, 2014 at 10:30 am


Falling Back

Speaker
: Lynn Harrison

On the day that we turn our clocks back one hour, we reflect on the theme of vulnerability.  How do surrender, falling and even failure contribute to our growth?  When we go through difficult times, are there teachings we can “fall back” to that allow us to move forward with strength?

 


Lynn Harrison is a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry.  She was the Intern Minister at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto in 2013-14 and will complete her Master of Divinity studies at Emmanuel College (University of Toronto) in 2015.  In addition, Lynn is a recognized singer-songwriter whose music has been heard on CBC Radio’s “Vinyl Café”, “Fresh Air” and other programs. 

 




November 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

Reflections on War and Peace

Speaker
: Zan Banoo

This Service will be a collage of poetry, music, and images on war and peace.  If you wish, feel free to bring any war mementoes such as photographs, medals, letters, etc., as well as any  souvenirs from peace marches, protests, and memories you may have of such times in your life.  There will be time for attendees to share their reflections on war and peace, and for some people, these objects may serve as a starting point. 



Bänoo Zan landed in Canada in 2010.  In her country of origin, Iran, she used to teach English Literature at universities.   She has been writing poetry since the age of ten and has published more than 80 poems, translations, biographies, and articles in print and online publications around the globe.  Her book, The Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath, was reprinted in Iran in 2010.  Her poetry collection, Songs of Exile, will be published with Guernica Editions in 2016.  She hosts Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) in Toronto and believes that her politics is her poetry.   In a political gesture, she ascribes whatever she writes to an inner voice or muse and does not accept responsibility for the statements in her poetry!





November 16, 2014 at 10:30 am

Strength in Those Broken Places

Speaker
: Chris Wulff

As Jean Vanier notes in his book Becoming Human, "Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness."  We stand so often vulnerable and scared of being broken, and yet it is in those broken places that we are sometimes strongest.  How do we take our vulnerability into the world to help others acknowledge their own and find our shared strength?

 


Christopher Wulff is a seminarian at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto, preparing (maybe) for ordination (someday) as a Unitarian Universalist minister. A fifth-generation UU, he grew up at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, spent ten years at Kingston Unitarian Fellowship and now is back in Toronto. In addition to his being an OWL teacher and a Lay Chaplain with the congregation, he runs a small web development firm for community nonprofits and teaches in the Journalism degree program at Humber College. 

  

 



November 23, 2014 at 10:30 am

Good Without God

Speaker
: Justin Trottier

For 2500 years, ever since Plato's dialogue Euthyphro, philosopher's have known that God could not in and of itself serve as a foundation for morality.  Yet while society has made impressive progress in ethical understanding, the casual belief in the intimate entwinement of religion and morals continues to go largely unquestioned.  In fact surveys show that atheists are still the most reviled and distrusted minority, even insecular western countries. Justin Trottier will remark on why many doubt an individual can be genuinely good without god, how that attitude can be confronted and how it is that atheists, just like their believing friends, can lead good, meaningful and satisfying lives without god.



Justin Trottier is Spokesperson for the political advocacy nonprofit the Canadian Secular Alliance.  He founded the Centre for Inquiry Canada, an educational charitable organization advancing science and secularism. He is a frequent speaker on church-state separation, skeptical inquiry and fundamental freedoms, and participates in debates and dialogue which bring together groups from vastly differing backgrounds and perspectives, exploring issues in ethics, religion, and politics.  He has discussed atheism and non-belief on CBC The National, CTV's Canada AM, Global's 16:9, TVO's The Agenda, CTS, CityTV and OMNI. Justin produces Think Again! TV, an independent media outlet that uses investigative journalism to explore human rights issues, and serve as a watchdog for unfounded and dangerous claims. With a passion for science education, he also hosts The Star Spot, a space sciences themed podcast and radio show.

 
 




November 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

Toronto Unity Mosque

Speaker
: El-Farouk Khaki

Music: Troy Jackson

El-Farouk Khaki will be speaking on the humainist and inclusive theology and foundations of the El-Tawhid Juma Circle (eTJC). 


El-Farouk Khaki is a public and media speaker on Islam, LGBT and Muslim LGBT issues, Refugee and Queer refugee issues, the Immigration and Refugee system, human rights, racism, politics and HIV/AIDS.  He continues to appear in a number of media, including Television shows such as CounterSpin, The Verdict, The Agenda and The Comment, as well as a variety of radio shows.







Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine