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Upcoming Services


April 13, 2014, 10:30 am.
"One youth on the street – is one too many!"

Sandy Dietrich-Bell, Executive Director, R.O.O.F. (Reaching Our Outdoor Friends)

R.O.O.F. is committed to providing the safety, support, and overall well-being of youth (age 12-25) experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in the Waterloo Region by providing resources and services that will enable them to make positive choices to end the cycle of homelessness. Come to hear more about the work of R.O.O.F. to meet the needs of this very vulnerable population and about how we can all help.

 

Service leader: Social Action Committee

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April 20, 2014, 10:30 am.
"The Hyacinth Girl"

Susan Deefholts

"April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land..." Spring is a time of birthing, and of rebirth. But beyond bunnies, blossoms and eggs, there is the underlying truth that birthing and rebirth are painful, difficult processes. In this talk, Susan Deefholts will explore, via a combination of mythology and personal narrative, the wonder and the challenges of suffering, sacrifice, transformation and rebirth. Susan Deefholts is a lawyer, blogger, and author. She has been a member of Grand River Unitarian for 8 years.

 

Service Leader: Margaret Insley

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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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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.”