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Sunday, September 24, 2023 @10:30am
"Honouring Residential School Survivors and Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce"
Online Zoom Service
Service Leader: Jane McNulty
Reader: Melanie Walters, Jeanette Lewis
Technical Assistance: Wilburn Hayden
Welcome all. Whoever you are we welcome you. Wherever you come from, we welcome you. Whomever you love, we welcome you.
Once known as Orange Shirt Day, September 30 has been declared a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation by the Canadian federal government. In this service, we will hear recollections and reflections from Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor whose shiny orange shirt, a gift from her grandmother, was taken from her when she arrived at St. Joseph Mission Residential School near Williams Lake, British Columbia. Phyllis’s experiences became the foundation of Orange Shirt Day when she chose to share her story of loss and resilience with the world. We will also learn of the courageous efforts of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce to try to alleviate the suffering of Indigenous children in residential schools, as told by his great grandson Andy Bryce and by Indigenous children’s advocate Cindy Blackstock. In the video “Finding Heart,” school children from across Canada contribute heart-shaped messages of love, empathy, and hope to a ceremony in Ottawa honouring the children who lost their lives, the children who survived, and the doctor who sacrificed his job and his status by telling the truth.
Letter of Invitation to become a member of UFNWT
If you have found a spiritual home in our congregation, we invite you to deepen your connection to this faith community by becoming a member. We are delighted you have chosen to join with us on Sunday Zoom Services , and we invite you to participate in all of our Sunday Services and events, whether or not you are interested or ready for full membership. If you are ready for membership, we are ready to welcome you to the benefits and responsibilities of membership at the Unitarian Fellowship of Northwest Toronto.
The decision to become a member is an emotional and a spiritual commitment, but it is also a physical and financial commitment. By giving your physical presence (your time and energy) and your financial support to the Congregation, you will demonstrate your commitment to help this community thrive, grow and transform lives.
Yes, you can become a member while we operate online; contact our Membership Chair, Daphne Walters or Rev. Pat Trudeau [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Membership at Northwest
When you become a member of Northwest, you are welcomed into a community that pledges to support the principles of Unitarian Universalism. These principles are not a declaration of faith; they are a covenant of relationship, expressing how we want to relate to one another and to the wider world. At a New Member Joining Ceremony, you would confirm your support for the same principles.
When you become a member of Northwest, you become a vital part of our spiritual and social community and may participate in the decision-making that determines the future of the congregation.
Daphne Walters and Rev Pat Trudeau.