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.

For information about our Adult Programs, contact Angela Klassen, Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE) at 416-924-9654 ext 2230 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We also actively encourage anyone who has an idea for a group or workshop that they would like to lead or develop to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss it.

Read the complete Adult Program Guide for Fall 2017.


Belonging and Congregational Life
Newcomer Information Meetings The first Sunday of every month at 11:45 am
“At First” Sessions

Are you new to First Unitarian, or ready to revitalize your connection with the congregation? This is a friendly and informative way to learn more about our community and the UU tradition. Ideal for those preparing for membership, At First 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 At First sessions in any order, and they are not a prerequisite for membership at First Unitarian.

3 Sundays, 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.  Spirit Play Room (206); Light lunch is provided.  $5 donation suggested.

  • At First Seek - September 24 and February 11: An Introduction to UU History, Our Principles and Sources
  • At First Connect - October 22 and March 25: Sunday Mornings and Beyond, Community and Covenant
  • At First Serve - November 12 and May 6: Shared Ministry at First Unitarian, Serving the World
Creativity and Spirituality

Sunday afternoons, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 
Locations to be confirmed at both Toronto First and Neighbourhood congregations.

October 8: Wonder and Awe
November 19: Choicemaking and Limits
January 14: Beautiful Imperfection

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…?

Learn more
Life Stages
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
Reconciliation Working 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 2018 to build kidergarten schools in Honduras
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 20: “In the Garden of Beasts: love, terror, and an American family in Hitler’s Berlin”, by Erik Larson
October 18: “The Givenness of Things: essays”, by Marilynne Robinson
November 15: “Burial Rites”, by Hannah Kent
January 17: “Do not say we have nothing”, by Madeleine Thien
February 21: “The Little Red Chairs”, by Edna O’Brien
March 21: “The Return of History”, by Jennifer M. Welsh
April 18: “Indian Horse”, by Richard Wagamese
May 16: “Mothering Sunday”, by Graham Swift
June 20: “Mad enchantment: Claude Monet and the painting of the water lilies”, by Ross King
Creating Together Crafters’ Circle Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at a member’s home near Dufferin and Bloor.
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)
Yoga Mondays at 7-8 pm until the end of June. Suggested contribution: $30 for all ten classes
Womyn Spirit Meets for holiday celebrations, including Solstices and Equinoxes; WomynSpirit is a “Neo-Pagan Eco-Feminist” circle begun at Unicamp 27 years ago. All womyn are welcome to join in our gatherings - sharing chants for the wheel of the year, video nights, and rituals focused on the rhythms of nature and issues in the lives of the participants. Facilitated by volunteers, ritual circles may include meditation, sacred circle dance, drumming, chanting and sharing of snacks.
Womynspirit sponsors occasional courses in feminist spirituality. Watch for news of an upcoming course in Spring 2018. We also join in organizing the annual October Samhain weekend Womynspirit Festival.


Planning to show a film at First?

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.

If it is not, please inform our Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE) Angela Klassen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 416-924-9654 ext 2230 that the studio is missing from our coverage, and consider either obtaining the appropriate permissions or choosing an alternate film selection.