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Member Testimonies

First Unitarian has become something of a home base, and the Unitarian Universalist faith the language I use to make sense of the feeling of walking a hundred roads as one. Since becoming a member, I’ve learned from Buddhist Monks and Wiccan Priests, talked at length with Indigenous elders, sat at Shabbat tables and danced with dervishes, but First is always the place I come back to, to put it all together. I’ve never been particularly good at sitting still. For people like me, who spend so much of our time wandering, having a home to come back to is truly an extraordinary feeling.

— Juensung Kim, June 2020

Testimony of Catherine Lake, March 14, 2021

Life Suspended One warm September Saturday, our car was stopped on the 401 highway with thousands of westbound travellers. My Karen and our six-year-Nigel onboard, the speeding traffic had abruptly […]

Testimony of Terri Marks, February 14, 2021

What Black History Month Means to Me Thank-you for this opportunity to share a reflection on what Black History month means to me. Did you know that Black History month […]

Testimony of Richard, June 16, 2019

When did you know? When did you first know she was right for you?  Was it when you first met her?  Was it when she smiled that special smile?  Was […]

Testimony of Margaret Kohr with Rosemary Kohr, November 18, 2018

Why I say “Yes” to First There are so many ways I could tell you about why I say “yes” to First. But to keep it simple, I say “yes” [...]

Testimony of Moara Sarah Barrett, October 21, 2018

Good Morning, Everyone. I have been attending First for almost three years, now, and I’d like to share a bit about my experience singing in the choir. When I first […]

Testimony of Doug Buck, March 4, 2018

Good morning; I’m Doug Buck, a member of this congregation. York University, where I taught, ran on committees — so it was easy for me to fit right in at […]

Testimony of Margaret Bryant, May 14, 2016

Good morning. I am Margaret Bryant and I’m a member of this congregation. My husband Dominic and I were married at First, and our daughter Alix attends the Grade Five/Six […]

Testimony of Ariel Hunt-Brondwin Oct. 19, 2014

Hello.  My name is Ariel Hunt-Brondwin – I am a member of this congregation and it is my deep joy to share a part of my story with you all […]

Testimony of Dallas Bergen, September 21, 2014

Reflection I am usually pretty comfortable speaking publicly, but I won’t lie… I’m feeling pretty nervous about doing this… addressing what is quite possibly the MOST polarizing, MOST incendiary topic […]

Testimony of Bruce Schwartzentruber May 27, 2012 (died November 10, 2014)

Good morning! My name is Bruce Schwartzentruber and today I’m going to speak briefly about 25 years ago, last May, the Philippines, Kenya, Angela Klassen’s job and diversity. I’m going […]

Testimony of Agnes Vandergang, New Year’s Eve, 2000 (died December 10, 2005)

Part I Good morning.   My name is Agnes Vandergang, and I have been a UU, and a member of this congregation, for more than 12 years.   During that […]