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Online Connections through the Canadian Unitarian Council

In this unprecedented time of physical isolation WITH electronic communication, the Canadian Unitarian Universalist community is evolving to provide a variety of ways to serve and support its members and friends. We invite Westwoodians (and others!!) to participate in any of the events listed below: CUC Update Sessions – COVID-19 Virus Join the CUC’s weekly …

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“Reversals of Fortune” – A Poem

This was the poem read by Lorian Kennedy last Sunday. It is used with permission. by Unitarian Universalist minister, Theresa I. Soto from “Spilling the Light: Meditations on Hope and Resilience”, 2019. People wake up to ordinary days all the time, and then, somehow, as though things were just too peaceful, they experience drastic reversals …

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Edmonton Unitarians first Online Sunday Service available now!

On March 22, Westwood Unitarian and Unitarian Church of Edmonton held their first ZOOM service.  The service featured a sermon by Rev. Anne Barker, recorded music by Sheila Killoran, text based lighting of ‘candles of care and celebration’ and coffee hour breakout rooms at the end.  Thanks to all who pulled a great service together, …

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From the Minister’s Home

From the Minister’s Home … April 2020  Beloveds, How are you doing?  School’s out, many are unable to work, and those who are working are providing ‘essential services’ – which puts them at higher risk. And anyone who was struggling before COVID-19 arrived, finds themselves in even more precarious circumstances. Our church buildings are closed …

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Seniors Free ‘Keep Fit’ Program Online

Westend Seniors’ Activity Centre is offering an 8 week “stay at home” keep fit program. The series of free of charge and can be accessed via computer, tablet or smart phone.  The Centre writes: “We are happy to share with you our 8 week fitness program for seniors. We have created a video series for …

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March meeting of the Westwood Freethinkers

Westwood Unitarian FreeThinkers’ Book Club 7:00- 8:30 PM, March 25 2010 We will be staying home this Wednesday- but gathering via a ZOOM web conference. The URL for the meeting is https://us04web.zoom.us/j/780381039 The URL and titles for next month are on the Westwood web site at https://www.westwoodunitarian.ca/freethinker-book-club-selections-2019-2020/This month’s selection is How the West Really Lost …

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Sounding Board Notes – March 2020

Here are some of the Highlights of the March 5, 2020 Westwood Board Meeting: We discussed plans to prepare a message to the congregation on a Corona virus response. The Board discussed and completed this year’s ministerial performance review, resulting in a positive outcome. The board has made suggestions to improve the current evaluation instrument. …

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Why You Should Go to Church (Even If You’re Not Sure of Your Beliefs)

In an insightful post at the “ArtOfManliness” website Brett and Kate McKay offer a multitude of reasons why men (and folks of  all genders) should go to Church. For many (most Canadians) Church seems so ‘19th Century’, boring or irrelevant, that they find all sorts of alternative activities to indulge in on their Sunday mornings.  …

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Social Justice Movie Night – Fish Out of Water

Mar 13, 2020- (World religions) – Fish Out of Water (NFB) 2009 1h This documentary uses humour and original animation to make a traditionally complex and controversial topic accessible to those who don’t like talking about religion and sexuality. Fish out of Water delivers a voice to the oppressed and informs the misled. Most importantly, Fish out of …

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Sounding Board Notes – Feb. 2020

The Lay Chaplaincy team has been working to make preparations for our April workshop that will take place here at Westwood from Friday April 3 to Sunday April 5, 2020. Registration is live on the CUC website. If you are interested in taking this training, a closer venue will be a long time in coming again!  …

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