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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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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

  

 

February 1st at 10:30 am

Omission & Exclusion: Canadian Ethos on Race

Presenter:  Wilburn Hayden Jr.

Service Leader:  Jim Montgomery

There exists a Canadian ethos on race that continues to characterize our nation as openly accepting of black people.  Within this ethos is the view that the lack of opportunities and reduced quality of life for blacks is due to individual failings or lack of compatibility with Canadian culture and tradition.  The term ethos is being used to describe the belief which Canadians project onto the national culture, character, philosophy, laws, principles, attitudes and political systems.  The ethos makes historical omission and exclusion of blacks necessary in order to create the illusion of harmony for those who want to define Canada as a white, non-racist nation.  The ethos serves to underplay our racialized past.  In this talk, early records of Canadian slavery are presented to challenge one of the tenets to the Canadian ethos.

Wilburn Hayden Jr., Professor, School of Social Work, York University, Toronto, Canada; B.A., St. Andrew's University; M.S.W., University of North Carolina; Ph.D., University of Toronto.

Hayden is a noted social work educator and practitioner, community organizer and Appalachian scholar.  His research interests include racism and privilege; rural social work; policy; curriculum outcome assessment; Appalachia; black Appalachians; professional orientation and leadership; race in Canada; and disadvantaged communities.  Currently, his major research interest is slavery and the early history of black Canadians.

 

February 14th at 10:30 am

How TV Affects Our Perception of Black People

Presenter:  Nikki Clarke

Service Leader:  Linda Schofield

Musicians:  Sheila White and the Don Heights Singers

Nikki will examine characters in pop television stories staring black actors in sitcoms and drama, and how their roles have affected our perception of black people.

Nikki Clarke is Jamaican born and holds many degrees.  From McGill University she earned a degree in Film and Communications.  Here she received formal training in print, television and radio and became a gifted television personality.  She is fluent in French and Spanish.  Her many awards include the African Canadian Women Achievement Award for her work in the community and excellence in teaching, and most recently the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) Woman of Honour Award.

 

February 21st at 10:30 am

Do Our Feet Stand on the Side of Love?

Presenter:  Rev. Lori Kyle

Service Leaders:  Liz Carmichael & Gert Montgomery

Musicians:  Sheila White and the Don Heights Singers

A central aspect of our UU faith is the goal of universal love as a basis for how we move in the world; ours is a tradition not based on belief, but on where we stand.  On this Sunday we will explore what it means to truly stand on the side of love in order to live our first principle of the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

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.

 

February 28th at 4:00 pm

Toronto Tool Library

Presenter:  Lawrence Alvarez

Service Leader:  Michael Kenny

Musician:  Mae Janelle Berte

Through his experience with the Toronto Tool Library, a community tool sharing program, Lawrence will speak on the logic of collaboration and access over ownership.  With four locations opened in just over two years and having completed over 25,000 successful tool loans, the Tool Library is an example of a project that maximizes our shared resources and releases us from the burden of ownership.  On a planet with finite resources, it makes sense to wisely use our irreplaceable ground-gifts while keeping the longevity of our human family in mind.

Lawrence Alvarez is the President of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy, and co-founder of the Toronto Tool Library.  Born and raised in Zimbabwe, he has lived in Botswana, Canada, South Africa and Argentina.  His passion lies in travel, exploring human relationships and our shared experience and finding the connections between us.

Lawrence is a public speaker who has delivered talks on new technology and education, and on the sharing economy and how it will define our future.  He recently spoke at TEDxMuskegon, the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council annual conference and has upcoming talks in Toronto and the Yukon.

Mae Janelle immigrated to Canada at age 10.  She began to develop as an artist and perform at local venues.  In 2013, Mae Janelle joined Canada's top music incubator, Coalition Music, in its Artist Entrepreneur Program.  Mae Janelle's debut EP "Penumbra" is out now on iTunes, Spotify, BandCamp and other music store and streaming sites online.  www.MaeJanelleMusic.com.

 

 


Sunday Services Chair: Sharyn Devine