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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Spiritual Resistance 10:30 am
Spiritual Resistance
Apr 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Spiritual Resistance
April 2, 2017 Topic:  Spiritual Resistance is the act, or art, of maintaining one’s self-worth & dignity in the face of persecution. Join us for this exploration of powerful resistance.…
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Resistance & the US: a perspective from afar 10:30 am
Resistance & the US: a perspective from afar
Apr 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Resistance & the US:  a perspective from afar
April 9, 2017 Topic:  Congregants with roots in the US will share their reflections on the current political climate and what “resistance” means to them. Speaker:  Carl Ulrich, Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson, Barb…
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A Joyful Journey 10:30 am
A Joyful Journey
Apr 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
A Joyful Journey
April 16, 2017 Topic:  Seeing through the eyes of the voiceless has opened Kath’s eyes to more than just the animals she has helped rescue.  “When animals are treated with compassion…
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Mysticism & Resistance – the Theology of Dorothee Soelle 10:30 am
Mysticism & Resistance – the Theology of Dorothee Soelle
Apr 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Mysticism & Resistance – the Theology of Dorothee Soelle
April 23, 2017 Topic:  Using the work of German theologian and activist, Dorothee Soelle, Rev. McFadyen will explore what mysticism is, and how the religious impulse of mysticism is reflected…
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Which Way to Lean? 10:30 am
Which Way to Lean?
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Which Way to Lean?
April 30, 2017 Topic:  Resistance – warning us of impending danger … or calling us into places of growth? How do we determine which way to lean? Speaker:  Rev Anne…