May 24, 2015 at 10:30 am
Litter Issue Advocacy: The Untold Story
Speaker: Sheila White
Musicians: Sheila White & Alex King
Sheila White’s passion for tackling litter is well known to Don Heights Congregation. We invited her to speak to us last year about littering and the Litter Prevention Program she pioneered. This year we will learn Sheila’s tricks of the trade for taking an important and often-ignored issue like littering and getting it into the headlines. A crash course on advocacy and on getting others to pay attention to the causes that matter to you.
Sheila White worked in political backrooms for 25 years after getting her start as a community news reporter out of high school in her late teens. Today she has her own small communications enterprise. Sheila is publisher and editor of www.litterpreventionprogram.com and a weekly newsletter, This Week In “Litterland.’ In 2014 she received the African Canadian Achievement Award for Politics. Sheila is also our Don Heights music director, leader of the Don Heights Singers and a mentor to songwriters.
Alex King is a professional musician who performs in the Toronto-area, specializing in musical theatre for young people. After tinkering with a neglected guitar in a friend’s basement at age 11, Alex acquired his first instrument when he was 12, and went from there. He had quite a recording career in reggae music, but his range spans from East Indian to jazz, classical, rock and popular music. He studied music at York University and also obtained his teaching certificate from Toronto Teachers College.
May 31, 2015 at 10:30 am
Roots and Shoots - How The Stories We Tell Plant Us Firmly and Send Us Forth
Speaker: Christopher Wulff
Arundhati Roy wrote “In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.” What are the great stories of Unitarian Universalism that have inspired you?
Christopher Wulff is a seminarian at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto, preparing for ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister. In addition to his being an OWL (Our Whole Lives) teacher and a Lay Chaplain with his congregation, he runs a small web development firm for community nonprofits and teaches in the Journalism degree program at Humber College.
June 7, 2015 at 10:30 am
Growing Together - Flower Communion
Speaker: Lynn Harrison
We will celebrate the annual Flower Communion service on Sunday June 7th, reflecting on the year together and the many ways in which we are “growing together” in congregational life and in the wider UU community. Lynn Harrison will also share reflections on her experiences at the recent Canadian UU ministers’ retreat and her journey toward UU ministry.
Lynn Harrison is a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry. She recently received her Master of Divinity degree from Emmanuel College (University of Toronto) and plans to be ordained later this year.
June 14, 2015 at 10:30 am
Disappearance/Reappearance at Emmaus (Luke 24) and Canada Park:
Law, Justice, and the Theology of 'Revolutionary Forgiveness'
Speaker: Michael Keefer
Mr. Keefer's talk will touch on several topics. Canada's relations with Israel and Palestine (with a focus on Gaza); the question of anti-Semitism and Harper's anti-terrorism act. Also will mention Omar Khadr's wrongful conviction in a US military kangaroo court and his continued mistreatment in Canada.
These subjects are all interrelated. The anti-terrorism act is largely aimed at frightening people away from involvement in Palestine solidarity (the act is itself, in that sense, a piece of 'state terrorism'); anti-Semitism is used by Harper and others to smear people who call on the state of Israel to respect international law, and our government is complicit in an Israeli apartheid colonization whose genocidal implications are now inescapable. "Revolutionary forgiveness" is a term developed by the Jewish liberation theologian Marc Ellis.
The talk will begin with a brief reflection on the post-resurrection narrative in the gospel of Luke, chapter 24. What Christians know as "Emmaus,", which is a Greek transliteration of Imwas. This village together with two adjoining villages, was ethnically cleansed and bulldozed in 1967.
With Canadian tax-free donations worth $15 million in the early 1970s (and ten times that amount now), these villages were converted into "Canada Park," a beauty spot whose name, ironically, has become a by-word for crimes against humanity.
Michael Keefer, a graduate of few universities, is Professor Emeritus in the University of Guelph's School of English and Theatre Studies, a former President of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, a member of the Seriously Free Speech Committee, and an associate member of Independent Jewish Voices Canada. He has published widely on early modern literature and philosophy and on contemporary political issues.
His books include: Lunar Perspectives: Field Notes from the Culture Wars (1996), the edited collection. Antisemitism Real and Imagined: Responses to the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (2010), and Hard Truths for Canada about Israel and Palestine (2015).
June 21, 2015 at 10:30 am
Title to be Decided
Speaker:Diedre Walton d-lishus
Musician: Mojo Rainos Mutamba
Details to Come.
June 28, 2015 at 10:30 am
Speaker: Lorna Weigand
Musicians: The Song Writer's Circle
Flushed with the success of Peach Party Bingo last August, the Sunday Services Committee decided to hold a strawberry festival, involving the congregation in the manufacture of goodies. We are planning on making scones, three pies (strawberry, rhubarb, and strawberry-rhubarb), jam, and rhubarb fool for our mutual enjoyment. There will be a round of bingo, with the prize being the pie of your choice.
Lorna will speak briefly about the benefits of organic and local fruits and vegetables (and where to get them), and the Song Writer’s Circle will perform a song specially written for the occasion.
Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine