11135-65 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T6H 1W3 · Traditional Lands of Treaty 6 First Nations



A compassionate community of free religious thought, inviting all people to rest, grow, and serve the world.


Bookings & Ceremonies

Wondering how to hold an event at Westwood?

**  Please note that the building is closed to all activities until further notice  **

Planning a wedding, memorial service, child dedication or other ceremony?

Want to book a one-time or recurring event: workshop, class, performance, meeting, social event etc.?

Here’s your guide – select the item from the Bookings & Ceremonies menu below that best matches your needs.

Still confused? Our administrator can help!

Voicemail: 780-434-5819
Email: info@westwoodunitarian.ca 

Bookings & Ceremonies

Lay Chaplain Services

The Westwood Unitarian Congregation offers the services of our Minister and licensed* Lay Chaplains to the community of Edmonton and surrounding area. Our services are open to people of any or no faith affiliation, of any race, gender or sexual orientation. We offer memorable services conducted in our Sanctuary or at a location of your choice.

*Officially licensed by the Government of Alberta to officiate at weddings

Our Lay Chaplains officiate at weddings, memorial services and funerals, child naming and dedications, and other significant life passages.

Westwood’s Lay Chaplains are happy to perform any respectful rite of passage ceremony. In developing rites of passage ceremonies, Unitarian Universalist practice starts from human needs rather than fixed religious ideas. The ceremonies which result are often, in their preparation and enactment, deeply spiritual and memorable, being firmly based on the integrity and compassion of the Chaplain and the spirituality of those for whom the service is conducted.

For more information, please download and read our Ceremonies and Rites of Passage brochure (pdf). Click here to view our fee schedule.

If you believe one of our Lay Chaplains may be the best person to provide for your needs on one of these highly important occasions, please phone (780) 434- 5819 laychaplain@westwoodunitarian.ca

If you are interested in renting Westwood building for your special event or ceremony, contact our administrator at (780) 434-5819.

Westwood’s minister, Reverend Anne Barker, also conducts weddings and other ceremonies. Please contact her for further information and availability.

Email: anne (at) westwoodunitarian (dot) ca
Voicemail: (780) 434-5819 (extension 1)

Our church is a warm and bright building with great acoustics located in the quiet Parkallen neighbourhood south of the main University of Alberta campus. Capacity is 100 sitting people.

It is used by the community for activities such as dancing, yoga, music workshops.

It can also be rented for events such as child dedications, memorial services, marriage ceremonies, and even birthday parties.

A Westwood Lay Chaplain is also available to officiate ceremonies. Click here for information about ceremonies conducted by Lay Chaplains.

Contact Westwood’s administrator for building rental information at info@westwoodunitarian.ca

Check the Calendar for space availability.

Documents for Download

Is your committee planning a meeting, workshop, or other event at Westwood? Are you a member planning to use the building for an event? Remember – it’s not booked until you get the administrator’s confirmation!

Step-by-step Guide:

1. Check the Calendar
Check the Westwood Calendar for:

  • Building Bookings/Rental for building availability (brown entries in the calendar)
  • Events, Meetings, and Sunday Services to ensure your event doesn’t conflict with another Westwood activity

2. Book a Westwood space (sanctuary, downstairs, or whole building)
Contact the administrator at:
Voicemail: 780-434-5819
Email: info (at) westwoodunitarian (dot) ca

3. Arrange For Child Care
Westwood congregational meetings and many workshops and events include child care, arranged for by the event planners and paid by Westwood. Contact (pending) for assistance booking child care providers.

4. Publicize your event by emailing event details to events (at) westwoodunitarian (dot) ca.

See Communications for details.

5. Check before leaving the building
Building Checklist

Conversations on Truth & Reconciliation
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 26 @ 8:30 pm
Conversations on Truth & Reconciliation @ Zoom Meeting

Co-hosts Sara McEwan and Miranda Jimmy invite to a vitally important discussion of Truth  and Reconciliation taking place on three consecutive Tuesday evenings. January 12, 19 & 26. Watch this space for Zoom meeting details to follow.


Story Corner!
Jan 16 @ 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Ilara, Spruce the Squirrel, and our many puppet friends for silly stories related to our monthly themes and a time to visit and ask questions!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Join us on zoom for the entire time or watch our story live on our Facebook Page at 3pm!

Jan 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash

Date: January 17, 2021  ONLINE (detailed link below)                                                                                                                        Join Service here:  https://zoom.us/j/99545384626

10:30 AM MT (service at 10:30 / doors open at 10)

Topic: The Auction Sermon!

Last year at our Westwood Auction, Rev. Anne offered up ‘the sermon topic of your choice’. Come and learn what Colette chose.                  

There is an opportunity for ‘social time’ in break-out rooms following the service – a time to connect with friends old and new. 

Our 2020-2021 Westwood Theme is FORWARD MOTION.  January is “VULNERABILITY”.

Speaker: Reverend Anne Barker

Service Leader: Colette Orieux

Musician: Jennifer McMillan & Rebecca Patterson

Service Techs: Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet & Bill Lee


Join Sunday Service here:  https://zoom.us/j/99545384626

Or phone +1 587 328 1099        Meeting ID: 995 4538 4626

Not in Alberta? Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aejpP0uzSP



Admin Office Hours
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Administrator will be in checking phone messages and emails at this time.  Due to the current COVID-19 situation, please do not come to the building unless you have made prior arrangements.

Beyond Acknowledgements and Good Intentions; The Truth About Reconciliation
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Beyond Acknowledgements and Good Intentions; The Truth About Reconciliation @ Westwood Zoom

Westwood Unitarian Congregation is hosting this workshop series for everyone interested in deepening their own knowledge and commitments to reconciliation. Together, we will explore present day Indigenous perspectives, learn about the history that has brought us here, and understand our role in creating a better future.


Join co-hosts Miranda Jimmy, a proud member of Thunderchild First Nation and fierce defender of truth, and Sara McEwan, a settler on a personal journey of reconciling her presence on this Land, through three interactive conversations about the present, past, and future of this work to repair relations.

Tuesdays in January from 7:00-8:30 PM via ZOOM

January 12: Reconciliation Among Friends

January 19: From Contact to Cultural Genocide

January 26: Obligations and Actions


As the workshop sessions are designed to offer collaborative learning, please be prepared to attend all three, reflect on the provided readings in between and participate actively in the online discussion.

No Charge but Registration Required.

Register Here

Conversations on Truth & Reconciliation
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 2 @ 8:30 pm
Conversations on Truth & Reconciliation @ Zoom Meeting

Co-hosts Sara McEwan and Miranda Jimmy invite to a vitally important discussion of Truth  and Reconciliation taking place on three consecutive Tuesday evenings. January 12, 19 & 26. Watch this space for Zoom meeting details to follow.



Scented products such as hair spray, perfume, and deodorant can trigger reactions such as respiratory distress, headaches, and migraines.

Out of consideration for the health of others, please avoid using scented products when attending events in the Westwood Congregation building.

In consideration of others, PLEASE, no perfumes or scented products.

Thank you!

** Poster credit Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

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