Upcoming Services

November's theme is EMPATHY. 


November 2, 2014 10:30 AM

"Let the Day Begin.”
Rev. Jessica Rodela and Friends with the Spirit of Life Choir

When did you know you were a Unitarian Universalist?  Come hear the stories of people who found a home at Grand River Unitarian Congregation. 

This service is followed by our annual catered Canvass lunch  – please plan to stay for the full experience!

November 9, 2014 10:30 AM 

“When We Weep for the World.”
Rev Jessica Rodela

Come explore “empathy,” our November theme.   In a world of 24/7 news feed, how dare we stay connected in the face of overwhelming global need?  This service features the powerful sermon Sustainable Empathy  written by musician/minister Ana Levy-Lyons, Rev. Jess’s seminary classmate.

November 16, 2014 10:30 AM

“Deepening t
he Heart’s Embrace.”
Rev. Jessica Rodela

Marianne Williamson wrote:  “In every community, there is work to be done.  In every nation, there are wounds to heal.  In every heart, there is the power to do it.”

November 23, 2014 10:30 AM

“The Essential We.”
Rev Jessica Rodela

Martin Buber wrote  “Spirit is not in the I, but between I and Thou.  It is not like the blood that circulates in you, but like the air in which you breathe.”


November 30, 2014 10:30 AM  

“The Four F’s.”
Rev. Jess and the Spirit of Life Choir directed by Curtis Dueck

Our communal life demands empathy to survive.  How do we balance our reptile reactions with our mammalian impulses? 


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.


On October 12, 2014, two fibre art pieces were installed on the chancel wall. Artist Karen Cummings, a member of the congregation, introduced the pieces.


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.”