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, worship@westwoodunitarian.ca , or leave a message in the office at (780) 434-5819.

 

Special Services and Seasonal Celebrations

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.  Enjoy a time of music, story, and celebration as we reaffirm our ties with nature and celebrate the return of light and longer days.

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 life’s passages: birth and naming, marriage or partnership, memorial and interment services, home blessings and more.

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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The Solutions Economy 10:30 am
The Solutions Economy
Nov 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
The Solutions Economy
Nov 4, 2018 Topic: The Solutions Economy In “An Army of Problem Solvers”, Shaun Loney writes that social enterprises, social entrepreneurs and the small farm movement comprise the “solutions economy”.…
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Spirit of Peace: Elder Evelyn Day 10:30 am
Spirit of Peace: Elder Evelyn Day
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Spirit of Peace: Elder Evelyn Day
Nov 11, 2018 Topic: Spirit of Peace Elder Evelyn Day will be exploring two avenues of peace in this special Remembrance Day Service; peace as a whole in the context…
Seeds of Peace 10:30 am
Seeds of Peace
Nov 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Seeds of Peace
Nov 18, 2018 Topic: Seeds of Peace If you were to sow ‘seeds of peace’ throughout the world – what shape would those seeds take? Join us today for an…
Peace in Uncertain Times 10:30 am
Peace in Uncertain Times
Nov 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Peace in Uncertain Times
Nov 25, 2018 Topic: Peace in Uncertain Times Jodi Lammiman co-created Refugia Retreats, an initiative that creates safer spaces for individual self-discovery and for communities to re-envision and re-create the…