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JOIN US Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

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May 29, 2016
“Leadership Sunday:  Bolder Ways of Being” 

Rev. Jessica P. Rodela 

Rev. Jess and the elected delegates to the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Annual Conference and Meeting will share their experiences of gathering with Unitarian Universalists across the country for fun, fellowship, worship, and learning. 

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June 5, 2016
“Annual Youth Group Service” 

Youth Group

In keeping with their name, “The Whatevers,” our GRU teens will lead this special service on whatever topic they choose, surely inspired by their recent trip to the national Unitarian Universalist Youth Conference.

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June 12, 2016
“Forced Redemption” 

Rev. Jessica P. Rodela 

One of our hymns promises, “I’ll bring you hope when hope is hard to find.” It’s a lovely sentiment, but how do we practice it for ourselves and for each other?

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June 19, 2016
“Flower Communion” 

Rev. Jessica P. Rodela 

This annual ritual, marking the end of our regular liturgical year, is a unique Unitarian ceremony created by
Rev. Norbert Capek as a celebration of diversity. This is a day marking our comings and goings, our endings and beginnings, all represented by the fleeting fierce beauty of summer sun. Please bring a flower for the chancel  to  share.  


The  annual  church  picnic  takes  place  after  today’s  service.  Look  for  details  and  venue  in upcoming announcements.

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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 were 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.”