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October 23, 2016  
In This Community, You Gotta Sing!”  



UNITUNZ of GUELPH return for their annual musical celebration! There are many reasons people form and are attracted to a variety of communities. For the past many years, the UCG’s Unitunz musical ensemble has provided an wonderful outlet for aspiring musicians, of all levels, to express and share their varied talents. Services, created and performed by this group have always been well received. This service will explore the theme of community through songs and readings with a special effort to invite EVERYONE into the Unitunz musical community during this service. 



October 30, 2016
“Cloud of Witnesses.”

Matt Meyer (Rhythm Revelations)


Unitarian Universalists are called to live out our values through love and justice. We recognize though that we are not alone in this work and our community of fellow of travelers includes those who have gone before and those of future generations will carry our unfinished work.  Join us for an energetic celebration of this wider community through story and song.   *Today is also the children’s costume parade – come dressed for fun! *

Matt is a musician and community organizer who has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country.  He has a degree in music and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana and Central America.  Matt is a founding resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative in Roxbury and serves as Director of Community Life for Sanctuary Boston.




November 6, 2016  

“Wings Set Me Free.”  

Rev. J. P. Rodela and The Spirit of Life Choir


In his book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, surgeon Atul Gawande observes:  “Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end.”  How do we, as Unitarian Universalists, face “the very end”?     

Daylight Savings Time Ends – don’t forget to reset your clocks!




November 13, 2016

Celebration Sunday:  “Once Upon a Time. . .”  

Rev. J. P. Rodela and Friends


The congregation turns 60 this week.  Come help us celebrate stories from six decades of community.  




November 20, 2016

“Between Bounded and Bounce.”  

Rev. J. P. Rodela


We rest in the natural tension between staying grounded and taking flight, between tradition and novelty, between steadfastness and releasing.  How do we find the balance between letting go and giving up?  



November 27, 2016

“UU-UN Sunday:  Reviving our Global Participation.”

Tui Torrie with Service Leader Kathie Keefe


We have a voice at the United Nations, due to our association with our American Unitarians.  It is a fragile association that we need to address and to strengthen, especially as our Prime Minister brings his enthusiasm to the UN.  Our renewed commitment would reinforce our values on the global stage and contribute to a broader North American perspective.



December 4, 2016

“Spirit of Life, Come to Me.”  

Rev. J. P. Rodela  


When the gift of an answer does not meet our expectations, how do we find the grace of gratitude? Come hear a story about Shopping for Buddhas by Jeff Greenwald.  



December 11, 2016

“To Be Good for Goodness’ Sake.”  

Rev. Jess & Friends


This year’s Christmas Party Service is inspired by the advice of UU minister Robert Fulghum to an ‘anxious heathen’ on how to have a ‘good’ Christmas.  




December 18, 2016

“Light the Way.”  

Rev. Jess & The Spirit of Life Choir, directed by Rich Hrytzak


Margaret Atwood writes:   “This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight,

the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath…”



Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m. 
Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service: 
“Each Night a Child Is Born Is a Holy Night.”   

Every year we tell the tale of those wandering magi, wondering shepherds, and wondrous parents.  Come celebrate in story, song, and candlelight.  

*There is NO service on Sunday, December 25*


January 01, 2017

“Come as You Are:  A Pajama Party Sharing Service”.  


Wear your pj’s on this ‘morning after’ service for our annual Fire Communion Sharing Service.  Bring a poem, quote, affirmation or other short reading to share as we welcome the new year. 


Welcome to our Congregation!

We are a liberal religious community that draws inspiration from its Judeo-Christian heritage as well as the wisdom of world religions, our direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder, the words and deeds of prophetic women and men, humanist teachings, and the spiritual teachings of Earth-centred traditions. We include believers, doubters, and seekers; those who pray, those who meditate, and those who pour their souls out in song. We pledge to support one another in our individual searches for truth and meaning. Will you join us?

We gather for our regular Sunday services at 10:30 AM. Located in Kitchener, we draw people from all over the Waterloo region. Visitors are warmly welcomed. Please follow us on Facebook to be notified of additional updates. 


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