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Parliament of the World's Religions The Parliament of the World's Religions is coming to Toronto in November, featuring more than 500 programs and events with 10,000 attendees from 80 countries.

Seek, Connect, Serve

Committed to love and justice,
we seek to understand the meaning of our lives,
connect with others in common purpose,
and serve life to build a better world.

About links below display calendar events for the services; Read links display the text of the sermons; Listen links play the audio; Watch links play the video. (The last three links are added if and when those media become available.)

Sermons are also available from other years: 2017, Archive

Date Sermon Title and Description Preacher/Participant
September 16 More Joy Somewhere - About Rev. Shawn Newton
September 9 Joy like a Fountain - About, Read Rev. Shawn Newton &
Rev. Lynn Harrison
September 2 "Returning again to where we began" - About Chris Moore
August 26 Recalculating - About Rev. Shawn Newton
August 19 Enoughness - About, Read Rev. Shawn Newton
August 12 Summertime Blues - About, Read Rev. Lynn Harrison
August 5 Birth and New Beginnings - About Curtis Murphy
July 29 To Seek the Spirit of a Child - About, Read, Listen Curtis Murphy
July 22 In Between: Rites of Passage - About, Listen Curtis Murphy
July 15 "Wabi-Sabi" - About, Listen Nicole McKay
July 8 The Pains of Growing - About, Listen, Watch Danielle Webber
July 1 What Does it Mean to Be an Adult? - About, Read, Listen, Watch Curtis Murphy
June 24 Creating a Culture of Elderhood - About, Listen Curtis Murphy
June 17 Break Not the Circle: Death, Ancestry, and the Wholeness of Life - About, Listen, Watch Curtis Murphy
June 10 The Rhythms of our Lives - About, Listen, Watch Rev. Carly Gaylor
June 3 Here Together - About, Read, Listen, Watch Rev. Lynn Harrison
May 27 Let Me Flower, Help Me Flower - About, Listen, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton
May 20 Moving To(o) Fast - About, Listen, Watch Christopher Wulff
May 13 Body of Knowledge - About, Read, Listen, Watch Rev. Lynn Harrison
May 6 "Take Me Out" - About, Listen, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton
April 29 What Does It Mean to Be White? - About, Read, Listen, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton
April 22 Things Have Changed - About, Read, Listen, Watch Rev. Lynn Harrison
April 15 Come Sleet, Snow or Hail - About, Read, Listen, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton
April 8 Question Box - About, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton &
Rev. Lynn Harrison
April 1 "I Feel So Much Spring" - About, Read, Listen, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton
March 25 Risking it All - About, Read, Listen, Watch Rev. Lynn Harrison
March 18 Risk Tolerance - About, Read, Listen, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton
March 11 Love and the World​'​s Religions - About, Listen, Watch Brian Carwana
March 4 At Risk - International Women's Day - About, Read, Listen, Watch Rev. Lynn Harrison
February 25 My Universalist Career - About, Listen, Watch Rev. Peter Hughes
February 18 Inter/Depend - About, Listen, Watch Rev. Dr. Stephen Atkinson
February 11 All Kinds of Love - About, Listen, Watch Rev. Lynn Harrison
February 4 The Complicated Webs that We Weave - About,
Read, Listen, Watch
Rev. Shawn Newton
January 28 The Burdens of Freedom - About, Listen, Read, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton
January 21 Making a Prophet - About, Read, Listen, Watch Rev. Lynn Harrison
January 14 New Horizons for Newcomers - About, Listen, Watch Rev. Lori Kyle
January 7 Lives Lived - About, Read Rev. Shawn Newton &
Rev. Lynn Harrison

The front office on the 1st floor is normally staffed Sunday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm excluding statutory holidays.

On April 27, 2018, 8 - 10 pm, this musical fundraiser featured Dallas Bergen conducting the First Unitarian Choir, and performances by pianist Lisa Iwasaki and our Resident Musicians:

  • We Will Stand With You - Juleth Dawson & friends
  • Janacek piano excerpt - Lisa Iwasaski
  • Do Matki Boskiej Katynskiej - Resident Musicians
  • Even When He is Silent - Choir
  • You Asked Me to Speak - Choir
  • Let My Love Be Heard - Resident Musicians
  • Comfort Me - all
  •            -- INTERMISSION --

  • Bernstein Reading – Dallas Bergen
  • Farewell to Stromness  - Lisa Iwasaski
  • Poetry & Voice - Jewels Kraus & Tahirih Vejdani
  • Prayer of the Children - Choir
  • There is More Love Somewhere - all
  • Tshotsholoza - Choir
  • Take Down These Walls - Choir
  • About links below display calendar events for the services; Read links display the text of the sermons; Listen links play the audio; Watch links play the video. (The last three links are added if and when those media become available.)

    Sermons are also available from other years: 2016, Archive

    Date Sermon Title and Description Preacher/Participant
    December 31 Becoming Beacons - About, Read, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton
    December 24 Twas the Night before Christmas - About, Read, Watch Rev. Lynn Harrison
    December 24 Twas the Morning before Christmas - About, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton
    December 21 "Twinkle, Twinkle" - About Rev. Shawn Newton
    December 17 Presence in the Mystery - About, Watch Rev. Wayne Walder
    December 10 "To Be Here" - About, Read Rev. Lynn Harrison
    December 3 Showing Up in the Hard, Hard Times - About, Watch Chris Wulff
    November 26 What’s in a Name? - About, Read Rev. Shawn Newton
    November 19 Where Are We Going? - About, Read Rev. Shawn Newton
    November 12 Who Are We? - About, Read Rev. Shawn Newton
    November 5 Who Am I? - About, Read Rev. Lynn Harrison
    October 29 All Shall Be Well? - About, Read Rev. Shawn Newton
    October 22 "How to Heal" - About, Listen Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini
    October 15 Healing and Wholeness - About, Read, Watch Rev. Lynn Harrison
    October 8 The Healing Grace of Gratitude - About, Read Rev. Shawn Newton
    October 1 Making It Right - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    September 24 "Keeping Covenant" - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    September 17 "Promises, Promises" - About, Read, No Audio Rev. Lynn Harrison
    September 10 "Water Is Life" - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    September 3 "Unexpected Gratitude" - About, Read, Listen Rev. Lori Kyle
    August 27 "Ideologies of Change" - About, Listen Danielle Webber
    August 20 "Unitarian Universalist Individualism" - About, Read, No Audio Rev. Lynn Harrison
    August 13 "S.O.S. (Source of Strength)" - About, Read, Listen Rev. Lynn Harrison
    August 6 "What is Evil?" - About, Read, No Audio Danielle Webber
    July 30 "Spiritual Practice in our Digital World" - About, Read, Listen Nicole McKay
    July 23 "Horton's Motto" - About, Read, Listen Chris Moore
    July 16 "Aboriginal Spirituality" - About, Read, Listen Danielle Webber
    July 9 "What Makes an Elder" - About, Listen Danielle Webber
    July 2 Canada150? - About, Read, Listen Danielle Webber
    June 25 Kairos Blanket Exercise - About Danielle Webber
    June 18 "The Longest Days" - About, Listen Rev. Lynn Harrison
    June 11 "Leap Before You Look" - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    June 4 "Looking to the Future" - About, Read, Listen Danielle Webber
    May 28 "Sweet, Impossible Blossom" - About, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    May 21 Saving one another; the power of compassionate living - About, Listen Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana
    May 14 The Door of Compassion - About, Read, Listen Rev. Lynn Harrison
    May 7 Coming of Age - About Coming of Age Youth
    April 30 Conscious Capitalism - About, Read, Listen Terri Marks
    April 23 For all that is our life - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    April 16 Turning toward the Morning - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    April 9 Putting Up Resistance - About, Read, Listen Rev. Lynn Harrison
    April 2 Satyagraha - About Rev. Shawn Newton
    March 26 Not so Simple - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    March 19 Simplicity, Simplicity, Simplicity - About, Listen Danielle Webber
    March 12 Simple Church - About, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    March 5 A Celebration of International Women's Day - About, Read, Listen Catherine Lake
    February 26 Why Black Lives Matter - About, Listen Ashah Philar, Rev. Shawn Newton
    February 19 Gilgamesh: A Drama of Life and Death - About Rev. Peter Hughes
    February 12 All Kinds of Love - About, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    February 5 The History of a Nation, the Future of a Congregation - About, Read, Listen, Watch Danielle Webber
    January 29 Ministers at The Improv - About, Watch Rev. Shawn Newton,
    Rev. Lynn Harrison, Danielle Webber
    January 22 On Origins - About, No Audio Rev. Shawn Newton
    January 15 Pathways to Creation - About, Read, Listen Danielle Webber
    January 8 The Gift of Creativity - About, Read, Listen Rev. Lynn Harrison
    January 1 Fired Up - About, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
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    About links below display calendar events for the services; Read links display the text of the sermons; Listen links play the audio; Watch links play the video. (The last three links are added if and when those media become available.)

    Sermons are also available from other years: 2015, Archive

    Date Sermon Title and Description Preacher/Participant
    December 25 Holiday Presence - About, Read, Listen Rev. Lynn Harrison
    December 24 Great Expectations - About, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    December 21 Solstice Vespers Service - About, No Audio Danielle Webber
    December 18 How the Unitarians Created Christmas - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    December 11 Expecting the Unexpected - About, Read, Listen Rev. Lynn Harrison
    December 4 Looking at the Other - About, Read, Listen Doug Buck
    November 27 "Letting Go, Opening Up" - About, Read, Listen Danielle Webber
    November 20 “Now I Become Myself” - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    November 13 “An Altered Universe?” - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    November 6 "Hold on to what is good" - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    October 30 Everyday a Blessing - About, Read, Listen Danielle Webber
    October 23 To Bless the World - About, Read, No Audio Rev. Shawn Newton
    October 16 The Blessing Beyond Our Fears - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    October 9 Count Your Blessings - About, No Audio Rev. Shawn Newton & Rev. Lynn Harrison
    October 2 Blessed Being - About, Read, Listen Rev. Lynn Harrison
    September 25 Welcoming Deeper Understanding - About, Read, Listen Danielle Webber
    September 18 Radically Welcoming? - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    September 11 Come to the Water - About, No Audio Rev. Shawn Newton
    September 4 Stepping into our Second Nature - About, Read, Listen Michael Battenberg
    August 28 A Vision for this Place - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    August 21 A Vision from Sea to Sea - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    August 14 On the Road to Find Out - About, Read, Listen Stephanie Gannon, Summer Minister
    August 7 Teaching Each Other How to Be Human - About, Read, Listen Stephanie Gannon, Summer Minister
    July 31 Alone Together - About, Read Stephanie Gannon, Summer Minister
    July 24 Walking the Holy Road - About, Read, Listen Christopher Moore
    July 17 Opening to Grace - About, Read, Listen Stephanie Gannon, Summer Minister
    July 10 No Religion is an Island - About, No Audio Stephanie Gannon, Summer Minister
    July 3 To Be Loved - About, Read, No Audio Stephanie Gannon, Summer Minister
    June 26 Cultivating Character - About, Read, No Audio Rev. Lori Kyle
    June 19 Unplugged - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    June 12 Welcome to the Play Space - About, Read, Listen Stephanie Gannon, Intern Minister
    June 5 If I Can't Dance, It's Not My Revolution? - About, Listen Chris Wulff
    May 29 Habits of the Heart - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    May 22 A People So Bold - About, Read, No Audio Stephanie Gannon, Intern Minister
    May 15 Sunrise, Sunset - About, No Audio Rev. Shawn Newton
    May 8 Dealing with Extreme Cases - About, Listen Peter Hughes
    May 1 Technology and Tradition - About, Read, No Audio Rev. Shawn Newton
    April 24 The Writing On the Wall - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    April 17 In Celebration of the Earth - About, Listen Stephen Scharper
    April 10 Multiple Intelligences - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    April 3 Stay Tuned! - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    March 27 Begin Again in Love - About, Read, Listen Stephanie Gannon, Intern Minister
    March 20 Renewed - About, Read, Listen Dallas Bergen, Director of Congregational Music
    March 13 The Waiting Game - About, Read, Listen Stephanie Gannon, Intern Minister
    March 6 Spiritual Transformation & The Vagina Monologues - About, Read, Listen Stephanie Gannon and Members of the Cast of The Vagina Monologues
    February 28 Rhythmic Revelations - About, Listen Matt Meyer
    February 21 Beginning Again in Love - About, Read, Listen Stephanie Gannon, Intern Minister
    February 14 All Kinds of Love - About, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    February 7 Making it Right - About, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    January 31 Hello From the Other Side - About, Read, Listen Ben Robins, Seminarian
    January 24 The Lost Art of Getting Lost - About, Read, Listen Stephanie Gannon, Intern Minister
    January 17 How Can I Help? - About, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    January 10 Keep Going! - About, Read, Listen Rev. Shawn Newton
    January 3 Up in Flames - About, Read, No Audio Rev. Shawn Newton
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    The Annual Winter Family Retreat is an opportunity to make connections with other members and friends from First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. Enjoy longer conversations, lots of free play time for kids and parents, in a beautiful and catered setting at YMCA Cedar Glen.

    The 2018 Retreat will be held from the evening of Friday, January 19 until Sunday afternoon.

    Learn more and register at EventBrite.