GRAND RIVER UNITARIAN CONGREGATION

Upcoming and Important Dates:

Tues. Mar. 21:   Paganism 101  SANC – 7:00 p.m.

Thurs. Mar.23:   Choir Rehearsal SANC-7:00 p.m. 

Fri. Mar. 24:       WINDOW DEADLINE

Fri. Mar.24:        Coffee House – LL - 7:30 p.m. 

 

Next Week:

 

March 26, 2017

 

 “Process Theology: What if the holy were evolving just as we do?”

   Rev. Fran Dearman with Rev. Jessica P. Rodela 

 

 Rev. Fran reflects on a way of understanding the world—body, mind and spirit, sacred and profane—as evolving through time and space. Process Theology, as a way of articulating a religious posture, emerged from the challenges of early Twentieth Century science, and the colossal losses of the Second World War. Astronomer Alfred North Whitehead first articulated the concept.

 

GRU BOOK CLUB

Our monthly gathering will take place on Mon., Mar. 27th in the board room @ 1:30.  Please join us as we explore Sex and Death, a book compiled of 20 short stories by international authors, edited by Sarah Hall and Peter Hobbs.  "The short story form is the perfect vehicle for our ecstasies and our agonies, for reminding us what we already know but can’t quite reconcile – the cognitive dissonance of living and dying, the attempts at loving in between.”

 

KIDS AND PARENTS: COME TO FAMILY FUN NIGHTS

Are you looking to build connections and have fun at GRU?

Join us for some fun family events!!!

Join us on Friday March 316:30-8:30pm for Party-Games night (charades, Cross Canada and the like…) and on Saturday, April 296:30-8:30pm for puzzle and board games night.

Talk to Judith Koeller for more details

 

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

For the SPRING 2017 edition of The Window is MARCH 24, with a planned distribution date of April 2.  Please send submissions in the body of the email or attached in .txt or .doc form to thewindow.newsletter@gmail.com.  Please do NOT send pdf's!   Questions, critiques, or comments should be directed to Rev. Jess.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE MUSIC COMMITTEE

SEEKING AN INTERIM MUSIC DIRECTOR. Our Music Director, Stephen Preece, is taking a leave from July 1 through December. We are looking for someone to play the piano and help plan and coordinate the music at Sunday services.  This is a part time paid position. If you might be interested or have questions about the position, please contact Margaret Insley at margaret.insley@gmail.com.

 

FROM OUR CONGREGATIONAL LIBRARY

Lynda Maki, our librarian today following the service, will be able to help you locate books which will extend your understanding of local housing and poverty issues. Lives in the Balance : Ontario's social audit by Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (HD60.L57 2004) and Persistent Poverty : voices from the margins by Jamie Swift (HD120.P6S95 2010). We also recommend Interfaith Grand River : our journey (BR127.I57 2014).


INCLUDING YOU!

The Community Builders Committee would like to invite anyone, who is relatively new to GRU, to our next ‘Including You!’ meeting. This is an opportunity for newcomers to ask questions about UUism, find out more about our activities and get acquainted with some members of our community in a quiet setting. We meet after the service. The dates for upcoming ‘Including You!’ meetings are:

Sunday, April 2, Sunday May 7, Sunday June 4, Sunday July 2

Please help yourself to some coffee or tea and meet us in the Boardroom, which is on the lower level, past the kitchen and office area. A ‘green ribbon’ welcomer (or anyone else!) will be happy to help you find it. As well as conversation, we will have some snacks and written information for you.

 

GRU COFFEEHOUSE FRIDAY MARCH 24 - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
 Volunteers are needed to help with set-up and clean-up, and to bring snacks for the coffeehouse on Friday March 24.  Sign-up sheets are on the Social Action Committee bulletin board downstairs.  All proceeds from the coffeehouse will be donated to USC Seeds of Survival program.  Help make this a fun-filled evening of great music and fine food!  

 

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION CANADA REPORT

Are you interested in reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Canada Report and Suggested Actions? Join April Hope, Social Responsibility Coordinator, online to discuss your discoveries with other Unitarians across the country. Each month we choose a section of the report to read and then meet online to consider reflection questions and discuss the material. Tuesday, March 21, 7:30pm Eastern, we will be gathering to reflect on the reading, "Resistance: I am the father of this child," found on pages 116-122 of the report. You will find a pdf version of the report at http://trcreadingch allenge.com/  

Go to http://cuc.ca/event/trc-reading-challenge-roundtable-discussion/2017-03-21 to register for this free online discussion. You do not need to have been part of previous discussions to participate.

Our next gathering will be on Tuesday, April 18 where we will reflect on the reading, "Overrepresentation of Aboriginal peoples in prison," found on pages 117-119 of the report. The discussion is open to anyone interested, please feel free to share this invitation.

 

WATERLOO REGION FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR CHILD HAVEN

Sunday April 23rd is the date of the annual fundraising dinner for Child Haven International in our region.  Many of you attend this event regularly.  Thank you for your support.  Child Haven provides a safe and loving home to destitute women and children in India, Tibet, Nepal and Bangladesh.  They are a grassroots organization, relying on local support such as this dinner.  For more information, or to find out how to buy tickets, go to www.childhaven.ca, speak with Carol Burrows after the service, or email her at cbur0805@yahoo.ca.

 

THE RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION DEPT NEEDS VOLUNTEER FACILITATORS FOR APRIL-JUNE
It's that time again! The time when we let our current volunteers be free to enjoy the services again and hunt for new volunteers to play with the kids downstairs. We ask that you contribute two Sundays/month for April, May and June. Julie will give you your workshop with all the supplies you need at the ready, so it's an easy way to get to know our youngest, weirdest, funniest congregants. Please contact Julie at gru.dre.julie@gmail.com

 

Beyond our Doors -Within our Walls  Not a GRU event. Happening at GRU.

 

SOFREE FILM NIGHT

You are invited to the SOFREE film night! We will be screening, ‘Creation,’ a biographical film about the life of Charles Darwin. This film focuses on the religious repercussions of Darwin's theory, in particular Darwin’s relationship with his Christian wife.  Running time is just over an hour and a half so that will leave a little time for some discussion afterwards. Some popcorn and movie snacks/drinks will be provided.

The Society of Ontario Freethinkers (SOFREE) was founded in 1992 and our purpose from the beginning has been to provide a strong community for non-religious residents of Waterloo Region and beyond. 

March 25th 7pm, at the Grand River Unitarian Congregation. There will be no cost for this event.

 

Coming Soon at GRU

 

Sunday, March 26 – SOUPer! Sunday

Sunday, March 26 – Amnesty Inter’l Action Circle   12:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 26 – Coming of Age   1:00 p.m.

Monday, March 27 – Women’s Book Group   1:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 30 – Choir Rehearsal   7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 31 – RE Party Games Night   6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 1 – OWL Gr. 10-12   10:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 6 – All Together Now Workshop   7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 9 – Coming of Age   1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12 – Board Meeting   7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 13 – All Together Now Workshop   7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 15 – UU Stitch Group   10:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 16 – GRU Song Circle   7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18 – Multi-Generational Seder   5:00 p.m.

Monday, April 24 – Women’s Book Group   1:30 p.m.

 

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