Sunday Services


Services are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 am (unless noted), followed by coffee. Services are in English with some French. Come for an hour of beautiful music, meditation and a thought-provoking sermon from our minister, Rev. Diane Rollert.

 It's a great way to kick-start the week with a calm state of mind. We offer loving caregivers in our nursery and wide-ranging programs for children and youth during the service.

Upcoming Worship Services

All services start at 10:30 am (unless noted) with childcare available.

October

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Sunday, October 29
Connecting the Unconnected

Rev. Nicoline Guerrier
Music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
Many embrace the goal of making sure the world's 3.9 billion "unconnected" people get connected to the internet. But what have we learned about how technology reshapes our sense of what it means to be "connected"? How has life in the digital era changed you?

November

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Sunday, November 5
The Sacred Teaching of Humility: All Souls Sunday

Rev. Diane Rollert with Elders Jean Stevenson and Delbert Sampson
Music by Sandra Hunt
On this Sunday, we’ll share in our traditional All Souls bread communion, as well as light candles for all the souls we have lost in our lives. We will be joined by spiritual teachers Elder Jean Stevenson of the Muskego Cree Nation and Elder Delbert Sampson, who is Shuswap from the Adams Lake Band in British Columbia.

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Sunday, November 12
The Humble Leader: Remembrance Day Service

Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Maider Martineau and Louise Halperin
Lao-Tzu once said that if you avoid putting yourself before others you can become a great leader among the people. What does it mean to lead humbly rather than with hubris and pride? On this Remembrance Day Sunday, we take time to remember those who have served in wartime and those whose lives have been impacted by war, as we consider the power of humble leadership to lead us to a place of peace.

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Sunday, November 19
The Humble Act of Co-Creation

Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau with the Parts in Peace choir, and special guests, Evie Mark and Paujungie Nutaraaluk, Inuit throat singers
It takes both humility and courage to collaborate and co-create with others. Join us for a Sunday of humbly attempting to create something new together through word, silence and song. 

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Sunday, November 26
Our Most Humble Moments

Rev. Diane Rollert with special guests Rev. Lynn Harrison and Noah Zacharin with Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
No matter how far we’ve come, we’re always reminded of how far we have yet to go, as individuals and as a religious movement. Join Rev. Diane Rollert and Rev. Lynn Harrison as they explore mentorship and humility in ministry and social justice work. In addition to being the Minister of Community Engagement at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, Rev. Lynn Harrison is a sought-after voice in the Toronto acoustic scene. Joining her in song this Sunday is singer, songwriter and guitarist, Noah Zacharin. The duo will also be playing a fund raising concert for the church on Saturday, November 25 at 7:30 pm. 

What do we do here? Is it worship?

Several years ago, Rev. Rollert and the congregation explored a series of questions regarding “Wounded Words” – the words of religion that have wounded us or may have been wounded or co-opted by others.  As we talked about the word “Worship” she asked us this question: “What do we do here?”

Here’s the answer that came from the congregation:

What do we do here?
We gather together to play with ideas of the world and our place in it,
To celebrate, discuss, care, wonder and act,
To reconnect with what is important in life,
To reflect upon love, sorrow, joy, conflict, peace, complexity, and diversity,
To meet kindred souls for a special pause from the mundane,
To have our hearts and minds stretched and to be comforted that we are not alone,
To move further towards the heart’s truth,
To be grateful,
To be curious,
To search,
To commune,
To spend an hour of oneness in the mystery of “sacred stillness”....
To inspire and let ourselves be inspired,
To acknowledge the mystery of our short lives, and to admit that we haven’t got it all figured out.

We hold space.  We hold hearts.  We come together because things of worth are worth gathering for.