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April 27, 2014, 10:30 AM


"Into the Magnifying Glass: How community increases our potential both for good and for bad"

Derek Alton

This talk delves into the role that community plays in magnifying our capacity to handle and respond to the challenges of life. In this sense, community is a great gift but as history has shown this gift can be powerful and sometimes destructive. As we look to the future, what role does the church have in role modelling the positive potential of community? Derek Alton grew up in a Mennonite Church in the town of Stouffville, north of Toronto. He went on to study Political Science, Ethics, and Leadership at the University of Guelph, and he is currently doing graduate work in Social Innovation out of the University of Waterloo. For the last year and half, Derek has been with the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement, overseeing a national study on community, its current state in Canada, and how we can build deeper, stronger communities.

Service Leader: Margaret Insley

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May 4, 2014, 10:30 AM

"What Do We Do With God?"
Lynda McKim and Jay Moore


Written by Rev. Brian Kiely, Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 2000, this sermon takes a provocative, interesting and humorous look at God whoever or whatever s/he is.  Does s/he exist?  Does s/he not?  Does it matter? How do we view God if, in fact, we view him/her at all?

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May 11, 2014, 10:30 AM

Mother's Day
Rev. Fran Dearman

Rev. Fran Dearman currently serves as Interim Minister to the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga. Fran is coming to the end of her time there, and will return to home and family on the west coast at the end of June. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Fran first came to Ontario in the 1970's for marine studies at the Georgian College in Owen Sound, then served as a deck officer in Great Lakes freight ships. Mid-life, Fran went back to school, studied Classics, and was ordained into the Unitarian Universalist ministry. Fran served five years settled ministry in Anchorage Alaska, then returned to Canada where she has served as interim minster to congregations in Winnipeg, Calgary, Halifax, and now Mississauga. Choral enthusiasts might remember Fran as the author of the libretto for the Missa Brevis pro Serveto, premiered at the CUC ACM in Victoria in May of 2010.

Service leader:  Charlotte Innerd

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May 18, 2014, 10:30 AM

"An Atheist’s Spiritual Journey: Walking as a Meditation"
Tom Brown


Walk with me this morning along the Camino de Santiago and experience the awe of the early morning before dawn, walking West into the Milky way.  The red ball of Mars on the western horizon, and walk the trail from the Pyrenees to the Atlantic coast of Spain. A trail walked by pre Christian pilgrims and medieval Christians. In recent years the trail has been rediscovered by many people who find, by walking day after day for weeks, that the combination of history, architecture, and the meditative effect of walking lifts and renews their spirit.
Service Leader: Charlotte Innerd

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May 25, 2014, 10:30 AM

"Assisting Families Around The World"
GRU Youth

Hear about how our Youth Group is helping people around the globe improve their lives by providing them with microloans.

 

Welcome to our Congregation!


 Closing the service with a song. Photo by John SmirniosWe 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.


In 2001 our congregation voted to become part of the Welcoming Congregation Program. This is a volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take intentional steps to become more welcoming and inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We consider this to be important because of the specifically religious prejudices that have made LGBTQ people unwelcome in so many houses of worship. Please see Rev. Jessica P. Rodela’s powerful sermon on LGBTQ bullying, “When Rainbows Fade.”