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

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Spring 2017:  GRU READS Atul Gawande’s BEING MORTAL.  

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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.

 

Plan to stay after the service for Souper Sunday with the GRU Youth!

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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

"The Discipline of Divinity School."

Ben Robins.  

 

I was told that divinity school would change me. I'll describe the process and offer tips for deepening the discipline of your own personal growth and social justice work. 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

“WHATEVER!”   

 

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

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May 14, 2017

"Maternal Math: Stories from the Prophetic Sisterhood."

Rev. Jessica P. Rodela.

 

In honour of Mother’s Day, we’ll explore the stories of some of the first women ministers in North America.   

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May 21, 2017

Special Guest Shawn Johnston, Events Coordinator from  Aboriginal Education Centre, joins us for a talk about indigenous concerns.  Shawn’s sermon will be followed by a Take 40 Q&A.  

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May 28, 2017

"Wake, Now, My Vision."

Rev. Jessica P. Rodela.  

 

Are you reticent to talk about Unitarian Universalism?   Should we learn to be UUvangelists?  Come and learn how to better articulate our faith.  

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June 4, 2017
"PRIDE."

Lyn McGinnis with Rev. Jessica P. Rodela.  

 

It’s Pride Week in KW – how do we live into our commitment of being a Welcoming Congregation to the LGBTQ community?

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June 11, 2017
"Last, Not Least."

Rev. Jessica P. Rodela.

 

Author Atul Gawande writes:  “Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end.”   But what constitutes a “good life”?   Unitarian Universalist professor Randy Pausch, facing his last weeks of living delivered this challenge in his Last Lecture:  “The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.”  (Join Rev. Jess in the sanctuary for a  post-sermon discussion at 12:15).  

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June 18, 2017
"The Good Stuff: Reflections on Father's Day."

Rev. Jessica P. Rodela.  

 

Author Robert Fulghum’s daughter entrusted him with a set of keepsakes that remind him of the treasures of parenthood.  What relics and rituals of fatherhood are we entrusted with?   

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June 25, 2017
"Flower Communion: Long Live the Weeds."

 

Rev. Jessica P. Rodela.  

 

Poet Theodore Roethke’s parents were wholesale florists.  The poet reflected: "[Greenhouses] were to me … both heaven and hell, a kind of tropics created in the savage climate of Michigan . . . .  It was a universe, several worlds, which, even as a child, one worried about, and struggled to keep alive."  


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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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