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JOIN US Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

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This February we join many other Canadian Unitarian Universalists in exploring the theme “Love & Justice.

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February 26, 2017
“Let It Begin with Me”
Rev. Jess and the Spirit of Life Choir directed by Rich Hrytzak.  

Gerard Manley Hopkins writes:  “when Peace here does house / He comes with work to do, he does not come to coo, / He comes to brood and sit.”   The morning’s meditation features the Spirit of Life Choir singing selections from Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace .

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March 05, 2017
“The K.I.S.S. Principle”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela. 

Keeping things simple is a complex matter.  If you had just one suitcase, what would you pack? 

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March 12, 2017
“The U in Unicamp, GRU and yoU!”
Melissa Horvath-Lucid with Service Leader Colin Read.   

Mel Horvath-Lucid, the former spiritual development program coordinator and Youth Advisor at UCG and current Unicamp Camp Director will be sharing the heart and passion of UU principles and why UU congregations and Unicamp are so vital, especially in today's world.  She seeks to go deeper into our principles as a key tool and guiding compass in our lives.  Come and explore the many ways we are growing deeper in the sacredness of UU communities and learn more about the exciting program and event happenings at Unicamp this year. (Don’t forget to change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.)

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March 19, 2017
To Be Determmined
Rev. Michael Hackbusch, House of Friendship with  Service Leader Kathie Keefe. 

BIO: Rev Michael has been Chaplaincy Director at HOF since December 2007, is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (elcic.ca) is the Lutheran Church representative on the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (isarc.ca), is a member of IGR (Interfaith Grand River) (where he has known Rev Jess since 2008) and has been involved in justice issues for over 20 years. Michael is married to Sarah and is father of three adult children(?) :) and enjoys running, gardening, canoe camping and the out of doors (winter, spring, summer and fall.)

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March 26, 2017
“Process Theology: What if the holy were evolving just as we do?”
Rev. Fran Dearman with Rev. Jess.

Rev. Fran reflects on a way of understanding the world—body, mind and spirit, sacred and profane—as evolving through time and space. Process Theology, as a way of articulating a religious posture, emerged from the challenges of early Twentieth Century science, and the colossal losses of the Second World War. Astronomer Alfred North Whitehead first articulated the concept.

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April 2, 2017
“The Spice-Box of Church.”
Rev. Jess & Friends with the Spirit of Life Choir, directed by Rich Hrytzak. 

Join us for a special tribute to Leonard Cohen who wrote:  “You tell me that silence is nearer to peace then poems / but if for my gift / I brought you silence / (for I know silence) / you would say / (This is not silence / this is another poem) / and you would hand it back to me.”

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April 9, 2017
“The Ultimate Conversation.”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela. 

Today we launch the spring GRU READS challenge.   Being Mortal:  Medicine and What Matters in the End invites us to explore our priorities of living and dying.  Doctor Atul Gawande says: “If end-of-life discussions were an experimental drug, the FDA would approve it.”

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April 16, 2017
“Hereafter.”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela.

This Easter Sunday we examine eschatology.  What legacy do we leave by our living?  What do our beliefs about an afterlife reveal about our living priorities?  Is there an afterlife?  Heaven?  Irkalla?  Mictlan?  Niflhel? Yomi? Olam Haba?

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April 23, 2017
“To Be Determmined”
Ben Robins 

UU ministerial student Ben Robins returns to GRU!  Ben Robins is a student at Emmanuel College in Toronto, preparing for UU ministry. He likes inclusive diversity, contact improv dance, and intentional community.

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April 30, 2017
“Liquid Modernity.”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela.  

The work of sociologist Zygmunt Bauman holds lessons for our current political climate.  He writes: “In a liquid modern life there are no permanent bonds, and any that we take up for a time must be tied loosely so that they can be untied again . . . when circumstances change.”   What are the ethical implications of such a state?

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May 7, 2017
“To Be Determined”
WHATEVER Teen Group 

Today the WHATEVER Teen Group hosts their annual service, guaranteed to be lively and inspiring.

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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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