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!
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Check the Calendar for space availability.
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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!
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:
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
** Poster credit Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety