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

Administrator’s Office Hours
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Story Corner!
Oct 3 @ 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!

Oct 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Date: October 4, 2020  ONLINE (link below)               

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

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


Liz James was half way through Ministerial formation when she realized she was on track to be a truly mediocre Minister at best. Rather than try to fit into the thing she was failing at, she began the painful process of trying to figure out a path that was a better fit. What began as a practical joke became an experiment, and then became a 40,000 person religious community. How do you find your way when you keep ending up in the ditch?

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.  October is “EMERGENCE”.

Guest Speaker: Liz James

Service Leader: Reverend Anne Barker

Musicians: Carrie Day & Rebecca Patterson

Service Techs: Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet & Bill Lee



Administrator’s Office Hours
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
UCE Tuesday Nights Social
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
UCE Tuesday Nights Social
You are invited to join the Unitarian Church of Edmonton – our neighbours across the river – for a Tuesday evening social.
or phone in without a video dial 1 587 328 1099        Meeting ID 956 5643 4070With Pauline Atwood hosting, each person brings their music choice and we talk about why we chose the song, what was happening in our lives, what was happening in the larger society, the artist, the context…
Minister’s Coffee Chat
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Minister's Coffee Chat

Minister’s Coffee Chat: Wednesdays from 10-11am MT      online only

Reverend Anne’s Coffee Chat …
10-11 Wednesday mornings
Bring your beverage of choice & join the conversation


Meeting ID: 917 7225 3052
Passcode: 058552



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

For a better understanding of this important issue visit:

Welcome Member