March 1, 2015 at 10:30 am
Free and Easy?
Speaker: Lynn Harrison
Freedom sounds like such a carefree word. Yet we often don’t feel as “free” as we’d like, and it’s sometimes hard to know how to exercise the freedom we have. On March 1st, we’ll reflect on the different ways we see “freedom.” It may not be so easy, after all - and that awareness may be liberating.
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.
March 8, 2015 at 10:30 am
Why Are Young Men So Angry?
Speaker: Dr. Scott Good
Scott will take a critical look at this question posed by the Don Heights Sunday Service Committee. As a father of two boys, this subject is of particular concern to him. He will be citing work by philosopher and social critic Christine Hoff Sommers (author of The War Against Boys), and psychologist Tom Gordon (author of The Way Men Heal) as well as providing his own insights into what he believes is one of society’s most pressing issues.
Dr. Scott Good is a trombonist and composer of orchestral, chamber, and songs that have been performed in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Scott works in various musical avenues. From 2008 until 2011, he was composer in residence with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He worked as curator for the Esprit Orchestra Creative Sparks program.
He has served as trombonist in many orchestras, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet Orchestra among others. Scott also performs with such diverse ensembles as Waterhole, the Woodchoppers Association, and GUH.
March 15, 2015 at 10:30 am
To Trust the Dawning Future More
Speaker: Rev. Shawn Newton
We live in a time of dramatic change that presents both dangers and opportunities for religious communities. The communities most likely to endure will adapt, making the most of the opportunities. As we consider the future of Unitarianism in Toronto, how might we work together to not merely survive, but thrive? What would it mean for us to work toward a more vibrant Unitarianism that remains ever relevant to the times?
Reverend Shawn Newton has been the Minister at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto since September 2007. Originally from the United States, he served congregations in Dallas, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Cleveland, Ohio; and Wellesley, Massachusetts. Shawn loves to travel, to take in theatre and classical music, and to explore the fascinating array of neighbourhoods in Toronto.
March 22, 2015 at 10:30 am
The Green Rule - an Experiential Journey
Speaker: Rev. Michelle Singh
The Green Rule poster was developed by Faith & the Common Good to create awareness about the sacredness of all of creation. It depicts one tree with many different species of leaves - each leaf symbolically significant to the faith it represents. How can we apply these teachings to walk in the world in peace, harmony and health?
Reverend Michelle Singh, Interfaith Minister, completed her theological studies at The New Seminary in New York. She was ordained in 2008 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Synod House) under the auspices of The Interfaith Temple. Michelle is co-founder of the Spiritual Dialogue Circle that has been meeting monthly at Don Heights since 2009. She sits on the Toronto Steering Committee for World Interfaith Harmony Week and is a facilitator for the transformative Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium. In 2013, Michelle became a volunteer Hike Leader with Rouge National Urban Park leading monthly hikes throughout the Park. Michelle also continues to lead site visits to places of worship in the GTA and is a life cycle officiant.
March 29, 2015 at 10:30 am
Free to Be, You and Me
Speaker: Christopher Wulff
In practicing our fourth principle, the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, we often get hung up on that first adjective, and ignore the second. Online trolls are the strongest modern example of what goes wrong when we exercise freedom without responsibility, but the problem exists offline too. How do we counter a culture of saying whatever you want, without thinking about who it affects?
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.
Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine