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Youth and Young Adult Forum on the 8th Principle

Youth and Young Adults Forum on the 8th Principle Saturday, August 7, 12 pm MT |  (2 hrs)Young Unitarian Universalists in Canada ages 14-35 are invited to attend this forum to discuss the 8th Principle and the process for adopting it in Canada. We will respond to the discussion package (“The 8th Principle Process: Next …

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Gathered Here: Stewardship 2021

How You Can Help If you would like to see Westwood Unitarian continue to provide a compassionate community of free religious thought where all people are invited to rest, grow and serve the world, please visit our stewardship pages. It’s easy, it’s right here online. enjoy the music read the information complete one of the …

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RISE Book Club -Humane

RISE (Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton) is hosting a book club featuring the mystery novel, HUMANE, by local author Anna Marie Sewell. A  ZOOM gathering will take place on Saturday, March 13, 2021 @ 3pm. for book readers. Edmonton Public Library is a partner to this event. To register at epl.ca click on the button below. Reserve your spot. Registration is limited. Registrants will …

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Listening Circle – An Invitation

Building spiritual community through deep listening. Deep listening is the practice of listening to what another is sharing with full awareness, noticing both verbal and non-verbal expression. What often gets in the way of deep listening is our focus on ourselves and our own story – how we want to respond, what opinion or advice …

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Westwood’s Online Auction FUNdraiser

Westwood had a rough 2020 financially, as have many of us in our different ways – and that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon. We’ve lost our rental revenue since closing our building and some other sources of funding are going to be delayed and likely reduced. We are small, but mighty. We support …

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Meet Our Story Corner Friends!

Sunshine is a very rare bird in amidst our Story Corner friends! He is very boisterous and joyful and has beautiful lessons to teach us about communicating kindly and listening well when we speak in different ways. You see, Sunshine communicates in birdsong…well, whistles, really, but he has a gorgeous voice! We learned his name is Sunshine by listening very, VERY carefully as he whistled “You Are My Sunshine”.  Sadly, his gorgeous voice doesn’t translate very well over computer audio, so he is very excited for the day he can meet everyone in person! Sunshine’s unique communication style helps teach lessons on accessibility, respect, and active listening skills. All very important in our diverse and pluralistic world!

I have recently noticed that sound tends to pick up more clearly in a recording rather than live viewing, so Sunshine may very well surprise us with an appearance on YouTube or during a Sunday Service Story for All Ages! However, being a Robin, it’s likely this surprise appearance will happen come spring! He is really looking forward to meeting everyone!

Blessed be,

Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet, Director of Religious Education

Meet Our Story Corner Friends!

Goldie has been slithering her way into our hearts since March when Covid first began! Goldie’s full name is Goldie the Golden Rule Corn Snake, but that’s a bit of a mouthful so she usually introduces herself simply as Goldie. She came in from Ilara’s garden near the tree that Spruce lives in to help …

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Meet Our Story Corner Friends!

Image shows Director of Religious Education, Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet, smiling with a squirrel hand puppet. The Puppet's name is Spruce.

Image shows Director of Religious Education, Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet, smiling with a squirrel hand puppet. The Puppet's name is Spruce.

Although many of you have met today’s feature Story Corner friend in the fur, Spruce wanted to share some things about ermself that you may not know yet, and introduce ermself to those of you that e hasn’t met yet! Spruce has A LOT of backstory! In fact, Spruce has so much backstory that I often finds myself as surprised as anyone else by some of the things Spruce comes up with. Spruce is a very unscripted squirrel, and we love erm for it.

Spruce wants to to share a bit of erm backstory for anyone new to our community. Spruce has been a part of Westwood for a few years now, and is a very beloved community member. Spruce’s stories began in the Westwood RealiTree, which was an incredible living sculptural piece that changed every single Sunday to match what was happening in nature. Here is a photo of the RealiTree from this time in a year past!

This was Spruce’s original home, as well as the roots of Spruce’s stories! During our year of time with the RealiTree, I used it for our monthly Sunday Stories for All Ages, so folks got to know Spruce and a few other story friends very well! Originally, Spruce was a little felted squirrel that lived in the RealiTree, but them erm dressed as a puppet of ermself for Halloween one year…and now erm is magically transformed into the puppet version of ermself! Spruce has even changed erm pronouns within our Westwood community and is forever grateful for the loving response e has received.

Now that Spruce has shared a small portion of erm backstory, e tells me e would also like to reveal some NEVER BEFORE SAID OUT LOUD parts about erm life! E hadn’t even told me what I’m about to tell you until this very minute! I, for one, can hardly contain my excitement to hear what e is going to tell me! You folks all ready for this? So, apparently the pouch that Spruce always carries in erm paws is a MAGIC pouch! It’s made to look like an apple, and at one point it held soft things to help line another squirrel’s nest, but in reality it can hold anything that Spruce wishes for inside it! Wow, I can’t believe Spruce hadn’t told me that before! Imagine the story possibilities with a magic wishing pouch!

Speaking of stories, Spruce would love to see you at our Saturday Story Corners! We gather in our Zoom Room to settle in and get comfy at 2:45pm MT, then there is a 3pm story on our Facebook Live! After our story we pop back into the Zoom Room so you can visit with our puppet friends! All are welcome to join us on either platform; Spruce LOVES seeing people commenting on erm stories!

See you all soon!

Much love from me and Spruce!

Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet, Director of Religious Education

 

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