Our programs will help to nurture your spiritual growth and to find community. We welcome all, members, friends and visitors, to engage in all of our programs. Come and learn, explore, and experience the many groups and activities here at First. Read the Adult Program Guide.
Unless otherwise specified, all programs take place at 175 St. Clair Avenue West.
For those programs with associated fees, please make cheques payable to “First Unitarian Congregation” and write on the memo line “Adult Program” and the activity covered. A sliding scale recognizes differences in ability to pay. If you are unable to pay the stated fee for the program, talk to the program leader and adjustments will be made according to your needs.
If you need childcare, please discuss this with the group leader who will contact the adult program committee about childcare requests.
|Belonging and Congregational Life|
|Newcomer Information Meetings||The first Sunday of every month at 11:45 am|
|“First Steps” Sessions||Are you new to First Unitarian, or ready to revitalize your connection with the congregation? Thisis a friendly and informative way to learn more about our community and the UU tradition. Ideal for those preparing for membership, First Steps provide a way to connect with others, present an engaging introduction to Unitarian Universalism, and offer a time to reflect on your unique life’s calling. All are welcome and lunch is provided.
Note: You can attend First Steps sessions in any order, and they are not a prerequisite for membership at First Unitarian.
First Steps 1: Belonging At First: Sunday, October 16 at noon to 2:30 pm
First Steps 2: UU Principles and Sources: Sunday, October 30 at noon to 2:30 pm
First Steps 3: Finding Your Ministry: Date TBA (2017)
|Journey through the Themes|
|Journey Groups||Throughout the year, our congregation explores a different theme each month through Sunday worship, children’s religious education, adult programs, and the feast of materials found in our publication New Horizons. One of the most meaningful ways to engage with the monthly topics is by being part of a Journey Group.
These groups provide a structured way to connect with others, while delving deeper into your own spiritual development. The groups involve the shared spiritual practice of deep and respectful listening, which carves out the all too rare space in our busy lives to slow down and “hear ourselves think.”
These small gatherings of 5-10 people come together for two hours once a month to reflect on a variety of questions related to the monthly theme. The overarching question for each month is what does it mean to seek a life of…?
|The Twerty-Somethings of Toronto First||For people in their twenties and thirties; Varies|
|Prime Timers||For people in their forties and better|
|Wise Elders Circle||The first Thursday of the month at 1:30 to 3:30 pm|
|Social Justice Groups and Events|
|Amnesty International Group 142||Meeting: The third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm;
Letter and petition signing: The fourth Sunday of each month at 11:30 am
|Aboriginal Awareness Group||Varies; Watch for information in First Light (our weekly e-newsletter)|
|IDEAs Diversity Working Group||The third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm|
|Eco/Social Justice Committee||The third Monday of each month at 7 pm|
|Green Sanctuary Group||Monthly on Sundays at 12:15 pm|
|Central America Construction Expeditions||Three trips in 2017|
|Other Small Groups|
|Choir at First - Let's Sing!||Rehearsals most Thursdays at 7 to 9 pm; Performances three Sundays each month; No experience necessary! New members are welcome in September and January.|
|Book Group||Wednesdays at 1:30 - 3 pm;
September 21: “Palace Walk” by Naguib Mahfouz
October 19: “The Betrayers” by David Bezmozgis
November 16: “Mister Pip” by Lloyd Jones
January 11: “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan
February 8: “The Mistress of Nothing” by Kate Pullinger
March 15: “The Lifeboat: a Novel” by Charlotte Rogan
April 26: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
May 17: “The Noise of Time” by Julian Barnes
June 21: “The Illegal” by Lawrence Hill
|Issues and Ideas: Mini Book Talks||Sundays monthly at 12:15 to 1:30 pm; Learn more|
|Bridge Group||Tuesday afternoons at 1:15 to 3:30 pm|
|Conversational French||Fridays at 1 to 3 pm|
|Jewish Awareness Group||Meets for holiday celebrations and other events|
|Men’s Group||Second Saturday of the month at 10 am to noon|
|Our Pagan Grove||Third Tuesday of the month at 7 to 9:30 pm (meeting starts at 7:30)|
|Womyn Spirit||Meets for holiday celebrations, including Solstices and Equinoxes|
As we become more and more competent in promoting our events and programs on Facebook, on our congregational website and via other electronic means, we attract liability to the members who serve on our Board of Directors were there ever to be action on a copyright infringement.
Out of consideration for our Board, for the good name of First, and for those whose creative works we enjoy, our Program Convenor, Margo Holland has researched the subject and found that the community standard in UU and other faith communities is to become mindful of what is considered "fair use" in all aspects of using creative work in congregations such as music, poetry, stories et cetera. We have purchased a blanket license which allows us to show videos from a variety of popular studios without straying into copyright infringement.
If the film you are showing in your programs for children, youth or adults is not an NFB film or a film which comes with limited public performance rights, you should check which studio produced the film, and verify whether that studio is on that list of studios.