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We are a community of people sharing our spiritual life journeys.  Visitors are welcome to join us any Sunday.

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The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are.

~ Robert Fulghum

 

Our Vision Statement

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

  

 

May 1st at 10:30 am

 Challenges of Liberal Faith in a Post-Denominational World

 

Presenter:  Pat Trudeau

Service Leader:  Janis Daly

 Music:  Sheila White and the Don Heights Singers

 

As we contemplate the individual challenges ahead of us in the next year, let us consider the challenges of liberal faith in this post-denominational world.  Where are we heading as a denomination?  What does it mean to live our values and principles in the larger community?

 

Pat Trudeau is in her third year of seminary at Emmanuel College in preparation for Unitarian ministry, currently doing clinical pastoral work, CPE, as an intern chaplain at Baycrest Health Centre.  She has been a member of Neighbourhood Congregation since 2007.  Pat is married with one son.

 

 

May 8th at 10:30 am

 

Antarctica: The World’s Largest Reservoir of Fresh Water ~ Life on the Ice

 

Presenter:  Laura Tarver

Service Leaders:  Sharyn Devine and Glenn Tarver

 

Laura will talk about her "Life on the Ice" including mention of the environmental concerns and science projects of the scientists from many countries working together in harmony.

 

Laura Tarver is a technical education teacher in the York Region District School Board.  She describes herself as being a poor student when she attended high school, who now champions struggling students and loves her job.  She manages her school's basketball team and the Student Council as extracurricular activities.  In 2004, she journeyed to the South Pole as a sous chef, cooking for the 290 scientists and other employees who summer at the South Pole.

 

 

 

May 15th at 10:30 am

Character:  One of Humanity’s Building Blocks 

 

Presenter:  Rev. Lori Kyle

Service Leader:  Gert Montgomery

Music:  Sheila White and the Don Heights Singers

 

An important aspect of our human development is the advancement of our personal character.  On this Sunday, we will explore author David Brooks’ take on character development, and how such advancements have the potential to enrich our spiritual lives.

 

Rev. Lori Kyle has been the spiritual leader at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Durham since October, 2014 and lives in eastern Toronto with her spouse Margaret, and her children Nathan and Maddie.  Lori was ordained at Toronto First on June 14, 2015.

 

 

 

May 22nd at 10:30 am

Stuck:  Excerpts from a Play

 

Presenter:  Alexandra Sproule

Service Leader:  John Sproule

 

Storytelling is an age-old way of coming together in community and understanding the world.  This week emerging artist Alexandra Sproule will share excerpts from her work, particularly her new play 'Stuck'.  Alexandra's work explores the effect of denial on the human body and spirit, and what we need (and think we need) to love, heal and grow.

 

Alexandra Sproule is an artist and a consultant on community building, equity/diversity and event planning.  She is currently finishing work on the Engineers Without Borders national conference and is an artist-in-residence at the Watah Theatre.  She is a Unitarian and is grateful to have grown up in the Don Heights Congregation.

 

 

 

May 29th at 4:00 pm

The Quest for Resilience

Presenter:  Rev. Carly Gaylor

Service Leader:  Florence Ivany

Music:  Sheila White and the Don Heights Singers

 

At a time when liberal religious participation is waning, many of our congregations are searching for ways to become resilient in the face of societal change. 
What are we looking for in our quest and how are we equipping ourselves?

 

Rev. Carly Gaylor and her partner Curtis Murphy are planning on starting a UU urban ministry this fall, beginning with a microloan program.  Formerly, she has served as Sabbatical Minister at the Unitarian Church of Calgary, Assistant Minister for Outreach and Social Justice at the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton and Executive Director of Welcome Inn Community Centre in Hamilton.  She is passionate about integrating spiritual growth, community building and social justice.

 


Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine