West Hill United is holding a unique service celebrating the winter solstice, which draws on the deepest roots of the Christian tradition on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
West Hill United has eliminated its Christmas Eve services in favour of a Longest Night service that recognizes the Winter Solstice and celebrates the return of lengthening days.
Assimilated into the early Christian tradition, the solstice is recognized as the root of what we now consider Christmas.
Rejecting the belief in a virgin birth, congregations of heavenly angels, a natal star, wandering wise men, and a manger, West Hill’s minister, Gretta Vosper, founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity and author of two books that challenge the church beyond doctrinal beliefs, felt the community’s need for something with the “powerful and symbolic” ability to connect people and their deeply emotional experiences of Christmas.
Vosper serves West Hill as its minister. She presses leaders within mainline denominations to evolve their congregations by including and affirming contemporary scholarship in their rituals, services, and practices.
West Hill United is recognized internationally as the leader in progressive Christianity. Thursday’s service starts at 7:30 p.m. and the church is located at 62 Orchard Park Dr., at Kingston Road east of Morningside Avenue.
For more info, visit www.westhill.net