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November's theme is EMPATHY. 

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November 23, 2014 10:30 AM

“Bully Me." 
Rev. Jess and Russell Booth. 

Our mothers taught us, “sticks and stones may break our bones, but words can never harm me,” yet bullying bruises both the victim and the perpetrator.   How might we use empathy to heal our established prejudices and forgive our past aggressors?

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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 toward “food, fight, flight and f*--”  with our mammalian impulses?  

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Our theme for December is PEACE.

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December 7, 2014 10:30 AM  

“Pathways to Peace.”
Rev. Jess & Karis Burkowski

When every news cycle shows us images of war and strife, of chaos and assaults -- on one another, on the climate, and on the planet that sustains us -- where do we look to find Pathways to Peace?   Karis Burkowski is a GRU member and founder of the Sacred Secular Sanctuary.

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December 14, 201410:30 AM

Away in a Manger:  Crushed by the Crèche and Other Inappropriate Christmas Stories.” 
Rev. Jess with Jane Bell, Brenda Bissell and Jeff Wilson.   

What would a Unitarian include in their manger scene at Christmas time?  Does your ‘stable’ lack stability?   Come join our non-pageant Christmas celebration as we share our stories, sing carols, and celebrate our Tree Ornament Communion.  (The children will be creating ornaments downstairs during the service and join us at the end to decorate the tree). 

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December 21, 2014 10:30 AM   

“A Miracle in Malta.”  Rev. Jessica P. Rodela.   The tiny island of Malta in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea was the most bombed place at one point during World War II.   Its history of survival can be told as a series of miracles.  How do we as Unitarians grapple with the miraculous during the ‘Christmyth’ season?

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service:  "Mystery, Myth and Miracle." 
Wednesday, December 24th, 7:00 p.m.  
Rev. J. P.  Rodela,  Janis Collins, and Stephen Preece.  

Every year we gather to retell the ancient myth of a birth reminding us of the miracle of all hope.   Come share the story and the familiar carols celebrating the Christmas story.

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December 28, 2014 10:30 AM 
Meditation Service:
  “There Must Be Peace in the Heart.” 
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela. 

This interactive meditation service is inspired by Lao-Tse’s quote: “If there is to be peace in the world . . . there must be peace in the heart.”   *There will be no children’s programming on this Sunday; children will stay upstairs with their parents* 

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January 4, 2015 10:30 AM    
Fire Communion:  “Hopes for the New Year”
A Sharing Service with Rev. Jess. 

T. S. Eliot wrote, “What we call a beginning is often the end / and to make an end is to make a beginning. / The end is where we start from.”  What do you need to let go of in order to make room for hope in this new year?  Bring your new year’s resolutions, hopes, prayers, and reflections to share in a ritual we will create together.

 

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.”