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Online Sunday Service – Guest Speaker: Anti-racism work as Spiritual Practice – Donovan Hayden

This Sunday at 10:30am we can all enjoy the service from the comfort of homes, sipping coffee!

This Sunday we warmly welcome Donovan Hayden, a life long Unitarian speaking on Anti-Racism as a Spiritual Practice. We will be on Zoom ONLY as Donovan shares his experiences as a Black activist, storyteller, and artist who has been working with UUs and anti-racism in both Canada and the US. Donovan grew up in the Neighbourhood congregation in Toronto.

Summer 2020 was a moment of racial reckoning. However, with those months of intense activism behind us, those committed to social justice must ask “What do we do now?”. As Unitarians, committed to this struggle, it is important that we continue to engage and support anti-racism work through spiritual practice.

Donovan Hayden is a Black activist, storyteller, and artist. He recently finished a MA in Theatre & Performance Studies at York University. Donovan has had the opportunity to engage with Unitarians and anti-racism work in both Canada and the US. He blends activism and art for the goal of Black liberation and the dismantling of white supremacy.

Sunday Services Zoom Link

Time: October 17, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 881 5564 8070
Phone In via: 647-374-4685

The YouTube livestream of the Service will also be available to subscibers to the UCM channel:

Please be aware our livestream is public. Although it is unlikely for you to appear, if you want to ensure you are not visible please keep your video off during the service.


I have been engaged with Beloved Conversations this fall. Beloved Conversations is a UU program that involves personal reflection and spiritual practices while learning to use an anti-racist approach to church. Last night I had the joy of a worship session that involved a meditation on the power of hands, a compelling sermon on “truth makes love possible and love makes truth bearable” and a dance party! I came away hopeful that the people of the chalice are on a good path forward. Our own Dismantling Racism Task Group will meet in November to explore educational events and concrete strategies for UCM.

Through out the fall and early winter we are having services focused on the eight principles. I am also offering Wednesday evening Zoom seminars where we explore the challenges of living by our values in a time of crisis. Join me for a time of conversation, reflection and action as we dig deep into the principles. There is also an in-person session on Resilience and Strength which offers strategies for staying grounded. Check our Calendar

I am away the next two Sundays but look forward to being with all of you when I return.




October 17, 2021


10:30 am - 12:00 pm




Fiona Heath

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