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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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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

“Animals and YoUU.”
The UU Whatevers.

Join the GRU youth group for an all-ages, all-species worship! You are encouraged to bring your animal friends (preferably ones that will be comfortable in the sanctuary) to visit with the congregation and take part in a Unitarian blessing of the animals and a "petting meditation." If not a live animal, you can bring your favorite stuffy!
*Please note: This is a once-in-a-blue-moon service theme in consideration of some humans' allergies. If this is not a good one for you to attend, we look forward to seeing you next week!

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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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Grand River Unitarian Congregation is a proud member of the Canadian Unitarian Council's Welcoming Congregation Program. We warmly welcome and include people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. For more information, please visit Our History and scroll down midway to the Welcoming Congregation logo.