October 4th at 10:30 am
Third Space: turning the average individual into a socially conscious creator, collaborator and change-maker
Presenter: Natalie Danko
Music: Natale Danko with Daniel Salij on guitar
With market, government and societal failure on the rise there needs to be practical action on the ground, a coalition of actors and ideas must be forged to discover the alternative. Natale believes that third sector innovators and third spaces might be the very thing that could create cultural shifts that would change the world.
Natalie Danko was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She Graduated from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Post-Colonial History. She is a former Asia Foundation and IDEX Accelerator Fellow, providing her with experience of developing sustainable inclusive third spaces across the world. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Strategic Foresight and Innovation.
Daniel Salij is a multi-disciplinary artist born and raised in the greater Toronto area. Rather than be limited to a specific medium, Daniel embraces music, visual art and poetry to communicate his simple, yet profound, ideas. Through his art he encourages others to create and share their own visions, and to pursue a life of meaning and purpose.
October 11th at 10:30 am
Presenter: Rev Lori Kyle
Music: Sheila White and the Don Heights Singers
The life of St. Francis of Assisi is widely celebrated in early October. Although credited with significant contributions to the reform of the Medieval Christian Church, his influence goes far beyond Medieval times and the tenets of Christianity. On this Sunday we will explore the relevance of Franciscan ideology in our contemporary world.
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 partner Margaret, and her children Nathan and Maddie. Lori was ordained at Toronto First on June 14.
October 18th at 10:30 am
Is It Fair to Call Israel an Apartheid State?
Presenter: Peter Larson
Music: Eka Shanshiashvili
The presentation will carefully examine the legal and social position of the non Jewish citizens of Israel (i.e. Palestinian Israelis also known as Arab Israelis). Their situation is not the same as that of the Palestinians living in the Occupied territories.
Peter Larson is Chair of the National Education Committee on Israel Palestine, and on the board of the National Committee on Canada Arab Relations.
His professional background includes periods at the Conference Board of Canada, French language daily
“Le Droit” and he was well known as a syndicated columnist with the Southam Newspaper chain. He has authored or directed many studies on governance and public administration, and has worked as a consultant in Canada and internationally on projects with the Commonwealth Secretariat, and various UN agencies.
In recent years, his particular interest is about human rights issues in the Middle East. He has made several trips to the area, including the Palestinian occupied territories of the West Bank, Israel, Jordan and Iran.
October 25th at 4:00 pm
Making Your Voice Heard
Presenter: Amah Harris
Music: Shadiya Aidid
Amah Harris is a prominent Caribbean theatre director, producer and performer. She won the British Council Award in 1964 for best performance in the Commemorative Shakespeare Festival (celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare's birth). Harris founded Theatre in the Rough, co-directed Black Theatre Canada – a public education touring company that delivered workshops in the Caribbean and wrote plays in the Kwakoo Anansi series. She was a member of the Toronto Arts Against Apartheid Foundation organizing a Festival which brought Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the city in 1986. With Harry Belafonte as the honorary chair, the eight-day festival marked a pivotal point in Canada’s stand against apartheid.
Shadiya Aidid is a spoken-word artist, singer/songwriter, fashionista and environmentalist. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with focus on environmental politics. She is Co-President of Regenesis York, an environmental organization, and currently serves on the York University Board of Governors.
Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine