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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Bah! Humbug and Pancakes! 10:30 am
Bah! Humbug and Pancakes!
Jan 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Bah! Humbug and Pancakes!
January 7, 2018 Topic: Bah! Humbug Mitch Waldon will lead the annual Bah! Humbug service where we reflect on the past year and set intentions for the year ahead. Speaker:…
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Black Edmonton: Our History, Our Legacy 10:30 pm
Black Edmonton: Our History, Our Legacy
Jan 14 @ 10:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Black Edmonton: Our History, Our Legacy
January 14, 2018 Topic: We will explore the underlying prejudice that Black citizens faced in Edmonton, and their battle to overcome it Speaker: Bashir Mohamed Service Leader: Dean Wood Musician:…
Medicine Without Borders 10:30 pm
Medicine Without Borders
Jan 21 @ 10:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Medicine Without Borders
January 21, 2018 Topic: Medicine without borders Dr. Khalid Aziz is a Professor/NICU in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Care (NICU) in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University…
Sharing Our Faith: Canadian Unitarian Council 10:30 pm
Sharing Our Faith: Canadian Unitarian Council
Jan 28 @ 10:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Sharing Our Faith: Canadian Unitarian Council
January 28, 2018 Topic: Sharing Our Faith with the Canadian Unitarian Council Each year, we host a Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) ‘Sharing Our Faith’ service – where we explore our…