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February 7, 2016
“Monkey Mind”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela

This week marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey in Chinese zodiac.  Buddhist teachings liken our habitual minds to being “Just as a monkey, swinging through a forest wilderness, grabs a branch. Letting go of it, it grabs another branch. Letting go of that, it grabs another one. Letting go of that, it grabs another one. In the same way, what’s called ‘mind,’ ‘intellect,’ or ‘consciousness’ by day and by night arises as one thing and ceases as another.

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February 14, 2016
“Not OK, CUPID”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela

Is there any holiday more prone to vulnerability than Valentine’s Day?  Movies and pop music promise our fulfillment through romantic love, but what are our real experiences of love and acceptance?

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February 21, 2016
“Seeds and Time: The Local, Canadian and International Seed Success Stories From All of USC Canada's Seeds of Survival Work Around the World.” 
Kate Green (Unitarian Service Committee)

Here, within Canada and throughout the global south, communities are getting more and more involved in the crucial issues of seeds, where they are needed, where they come from and our future food supply. USC, through Seeds and Survival and partners such as the K/W based Seeds of Diversity Canada, is deeply involved in all these areas.  Kate joins GRU’s own Social Action Committee to share personal stories from her recent field work in Bangladesh and Timor Leste and from the Canada. She will also have information on how individuals and groups can take action and get involved.

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February 28, 2016
“Stonecatcher”
Rev. Jessica Rodela & The Spirit of Life Choir directed by Curtis Dueck

How might being a Unitarian Universalist prepare you to be a stonecatcher instead of a stone thrower?
Members, please plan to stay for lunch and our Annual General Meeting today.

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March 6, 2016
“The Essential We”
Rev. Jessica P. 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.

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March 13, 2016

Don’t forget, today is the time change!  See future announcements for a description of this morning’s service.

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March 20, 2016
“Chasing the Sun”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela

I spent a week last summer at a meditation retreat.  There, surrounded by vistas suitable for watching the sunset, I managed to miss the view again and again.

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March 27, 2016
“Easter:  On Walking the Stations of the Cosmos”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela

Thomas Berry is a self-described “cosmologist” and “Earth Scholar” who advocates a deep understanding of the evolving universe as a necessity for our continued human functioning on the planet.  Join Rev. Jess in this Easter exploration of ecospirituality.

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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. 

On December 6, 2015, members of Grand River Unitarian Congregation voted unanimously to support Syrian refugee sponsorship.

On Sunday, November 15, 2015, the congregation danced in the aisles during the postlude to honour Allan and Lloy Grose, members who will soon be moving away. Here's a video of Allan dancing with Mavis Kerr after the service a few years ago. We will all miss this joyful spirit!

 

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.”