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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Putting Together with Light 10:30 pm
Putting Together with Light
Oct 1 @ 10:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Putting Together with Light
October 1, 2017 Topic: Join Westwood Children and Youth in the story of Photosynthesis, Putting Together with Light, where YOU are the elements of transformation! Speaker: All Ages Service Leader:…
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Hungry? Come & Be Fed! 10:30 am
Hungry? Come & Be Fed!
Oct 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Hungry? Come & Be Fed!
October 8, 2017 Topic: Thanksgiving is meant to be a pause for gratitude. But so many of us are hungry: hungry for time … hungry for appreciation … hungry to be…
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Building Community One Apple at a Time: OFRE 10:30 am
Building Community One Apple at a Time: OFRE
Oct 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Building Community One Apple at a Time: OFRE
October 15, 2017 Topic: Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton: Building Community One Apple at a Time Board Member and Orchard Manager, Mike Johnson, will share the history of OFRE. OFRE mobilizes…
Disrupted? 10:30 am
Disrupted?
Oct 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Disrupted?
October 22, 2017 Topic: We have been called – and we are answering. This Sunday will be our #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn2. What does it mean to be ‘disrupted’? Can we really be ‘voluntarily…
The Roots of All Hallows Eve 10:30 am
The Roots of All Hallows Eve
Oct 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
The Roots of All Hallows Eve
October 29, 2017 Topic: Halloween is often thought of as a candy-fueled holiday for the young and the young at heart… But what are the roots of this ancient tradition?…