Sunday services
10:30 am each Sunday, September to June. Informal services in July and August.
Visitors are very welcome. Refreshments and conversation follow each service.
Childcare and children’s programs are offered on Sundays from September through June. Drop-ins are welcome. See upcoming service details in our calendar and newsletter.

Smoke & scents policy
We request that people please refrain from wearing perfumes, perfumed body products, or any other scented products at Westwood. There are those among us for whom illness is triggered by smoke and scents. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

How do we worship?
Many elements contribute to our worship: music, meditation, words for reflection, stories, hymns, a sermon or address, poetry, and sharing joys and concerns.

We believe that our worship is inclusive and meaningful for people with differing beliefs and needs.

Worship committee
Our worship committee is responsible for the services. If you have questions, comments or ideas about worship at Westwood, please send them an e-mail or leave a message in the office at (780) 434-5819.

 

Special Services

Ingathering
In the first regular service after the summer break (September), we share stories of our summer experiences and reconnect for the coming year.

Winter Solstice
On the darkest day of the year – come and share the light with us! Westwood has held annual celebrations of Winter Solstice since 1987. We gather at City Hall for an afternoon or evening all-ages gathering. Enjoy a time of music, story, and celebration as we reaffirm our ties with nature and celebrate the return of light and longer days. The service is led by Anne Barker, minister of the Westwood Unitarian Congregation, and features Gordon Ritchie and his harp and Westwood choir, Harmonia.

For information about this year’s winter solstice celebration, visit Westwood’s calendar.

Flower Communion
Flower Communions are a long standing Unitarian tradition. By exchanging flowers, we show our willingness to walk together in our search for truth, disregarding all that might divide us. Each person takes home a flower brought by someone else – thus symbolizing and celebrating our community.

Summer Solstice
In June, we usually have a joyful celebration in the neighbourhood park with song and dance to mark the beginning of summer and longest day of the year.

Weddings and Ceremonies
Unitarians offer celebrations of birth and naming, marriage or partnership, or a life that has ended.

Our Minister and Lay Chaplains welcome the opportunity to adapt ceremonies to help people create a personalized experience.

For details, visit our page on rites of passage.

Upcoming Services

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Westwood Open House 10:30 am
Westwood Open House
Sep 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Westwood Open House
Sept. 2, 2018 Westwood Open House! Join us for an opportunity to make or renew acquaintances, tour the building, learn about Westwood & Unitarian Universalism, and ask all the questions…
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Ingathering & Water Communion 10:30 am
Ingathering & Water Communion
Sep 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Ingathering & Water Communion
Sep. 9, 2018 Topic: Join us this Sunday, where we install the 2018/19 Board of Trustees, share summer reflections, and renew our connections for the coming year. You are invited…
Seasons of Change 10:30 am
Seasons of Change
Sep 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Seasons of Change
Topic: Seasons of Change Join us for this first ‘regular service’ of the season – as we introduce our new theme “Seasons of Change”. Special bonus – a visit with…
Nasra Adem: Sparking Change with Spoken Word 10:30 am
Nasra Adem: Sparking Change with Spoken Word
Sep 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Nasra Adem: Sparking Change with Spoken Word
Sep. 23, 2018 Nasra Adem: Edmonton Youth Poet Laureate NASRA is a queer, Muslim, Oromo artist and organizer, living in Amiskwaciwȃskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. As festival director of…
UU Seasons of Change 10:30 am
UU Seasons of Change
Sep 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
UU Seasons of Change
Sep. 30, 2018 Topic: UU Seasons of Change This Sunday we are reflecting on the changes, through the years, within Unitarian Universalism. It’s a great chance to learn/review a little…