GRAND RIVER UNITARIAN CONGREGATION

Upcoming and Important Dates:

Thur. Apr.27:      Pub Night at the BarleyWorks - 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Apr. 29:       Advanced Care Planning LL – 2:00 p.m.

Sat. Apr. 29:       Family Fun Event – 6:30 p.m.

 

 

Next Week:

April 30, 2017

“Liquid Modernity.”

Rev. Jessica P. Rodela

 

The work of sociologist Zygmunt Bauman holds lessons for our current political climate.  He writes: “In a liquid modern life there are no permanent bonds, and any that we take up for a time must be tied loosely so that they can be untied again . . . when circumstances change.”   What are the ethical implications of such a state?

 

WELLSPRING **NEW DATE** : TUESDAY, MAY 16 - 7:30 P.M.
The April Wellspring has been moved to May 16, but we'd love to have you join us then for games and activities that celebrate our spirits.

 

GRU BOOK CLUB 
You are invited to join us on Monday, April 24th at 1:30 in the board room to discuss this month's book entitled The Little Paris Bookshelf. This international, bestselling novel is written by Nina George and translated from the German by Simon Pare. Toronto Star:  If you love bookstores, fine food, good wine, dare to think about death and believe in the redemptive power of human love, you are quite likely in for a treat.

 

FROM OUR CONGREGATIONAL LIBRARY

The library will not be available during Souper Sunday.

 

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 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.

 

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING WORKSHOP WITH JESSICA HUTCHISON

2:00-4:00 pm Saturday, April 29 in Whitton Hall - If you were in the hospital, too ill or hurt to speak for yourself, do you know who would make your health care decisions for you? Do they know what kind of health care you would want or not want? Attend this seminar to learn more about Advance Care Planning, Substitute Decision Making, Power of Attorney for Personal Care and Health Care Consent in Ontario. Many free resources will be provided. Bring your loved ones along! The session is brought to you by Conversations Worth Having, the Advance Care Planning program of Waterloo Wellington. More information can be found atwww.acpww.ca.  Please RSVP at the QUEST DESK or by email to minister@grandriverunitarian.ca.

 

POPCORN THEOLOGY: THE BUCKET LIST

May 5, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

With Janis Collins. We will further examine end of life issues through exploring the concept of the "bucket list." What can our bucket list tell us about ourselves and our values? Enjoy a movie and a thoughtful discussion. Popcorn and juice are always provided!

 

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 Saturday April 296:30-8:30pm for Puzzle and Board Games Night. Feel free to bring your favourite puzzle or game.

On Saturday June 104:30-8:00 pm come to the yard of GRU for a Campfire night. We’ll provide hot dogs and marshmallows to roast. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets, and a roasting stick if you have one. If it rains, we will adapt the gathering to indoors. If you’ll be there and would like us to any special dietary options (gluten-free buns, veggie hot dogs, etc.) please contact Judith Koeller judithkoeller@gmail.com by June 7

 

DIGNITY AT THE END OF LIFE
What is "Dignity" and why is it important to us? Most of us have concerns or anxieties about loss of dignity at the end of life. This is the most common reason to request a hastened death. This workshop will explore our understanding of dignity, and how to conserve it as death approaches. We will share insights from our own experiences and also from the book "Dignity Therapy" by H. Chochinov. Hopefully this will help us to contemplate our own mortality without anxiety, and also give some practical strategies for being helpful to those we care about who are very ill.Tuesday May 9, 7:00pm  at GRU, Whitton Hall. Facilitators: Margaret Neigh is a retired adult educator and Louise Sims is a retired palliative care physician and trained Dignity Therapist. Sign-up sheet for this event is at the Quest table.

 

THE WINDOW SPRING 2017 EDITION 

GRU thanks  Kristen Wilson for the transition to an electronic newsletter, available through our website, email, and by subscription (http://eepurl.com/cJg1Kb). Beginning this quarter, a paper edition will not be published. Paper copies will be printed for friends and members by request only to info@grandriverunitarian.ca. To be added to our list of those receiving paper editions, please contact Rev. Jess.

 

A DIFFERENT WAY: LIVING SIMPLY IN A COMPLEX WORLD

MONDAY, MAY 1st, 7:00 PM (Note change of date) This discussion group provides an opportunity to get to know new people, discover how simpler living enriches our personal lives, connects us to the larger picture, and empowers us to make changes for a more peaceful and sustainable world. When: 5 Monday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, beginning May 1st. Where: Iso and Colin McGregor's home, 55 William St. E, unit 610. 

Cost: $20 or what you can afford for the study text, A Different Way, put out by Northwest Earth Institute. Facilitators: Iso McGregor and Lisa MosesDeadline for new registrations, Wed. April 26. Information/Registration: <isobelmcgor@yahoo.com>519-954-4822.

 

SKEPTICS’ GUIDE TO THE GALAXY PUB NIGHT

The next Skeptics’ Guide to the Galaxy Pub Night will take place on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 pm  at the Huether Hotel in Waterloo.  The Skeptic's Pub Night is an opportunity for a guided discussion in a relaxed atmosphere with others who want to search for answers to life's biggest questions. 

The topic for the April Skeptics' Pub Night is I, Robot: It's been 75 years since Isaac Asimov formulated his famous Three Laws of Robotics.  Now robots and artificial intelligence seem to be nearing a point where many jobs are going to be obsolete within our lifetimes.  Do we have much to fear from the robotics revolution?  What are the societal implications of massive replacement of humans in the workforce?  Are our everyday interactions with software starting to become creepy - or dangerous to humanity?  Maybe you should ask Siri  Stephen Hawking has said "A super intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours, we’re in trouble."  Come discuss our fate at the hands of the overlords we may have created ourselves at the third floor BarleyWorks in downtown Waterloo at 7:30 on Thursday, April 27.

 

Beyond Our Doors                                                                                                                                    

INTERNATIONAL DANCE FOR FUN AND FITNESS

International Dance for Fun and Fitness classes in Kitchener will resume Sunday April 9 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Spring meetings continue on April 23, May 7 & 28, and June 18. Easy to Follow Dances -- No experience or partner required. Newcomers - your first evening is free (whenever you attend first time), then $10 per session. Church of the Good Shepherd, 116 Queen St North, Kitchener. For more info, you can ask Rev. Jess, a regular attendee (minister@grandriverunitarian.ca).

 

Coming Soon at GRU

 

Sunday, April 30Amnesty Inter’l Action Circ.  12:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 30Coming of Age  1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 4 – Tea, TED & Theology  1:00 p.m.

Friday, May 5 – Popcorn Theology   7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 7 – Including YOU!   12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 9 – Dignity at the End of Life   7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 10 – Board Meeting   7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 11 – Tea, TED & Theology   1:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 13 – OWL GR. 10-12   10:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 14 – Coming of Age   1:30 p.m.

**Tuesday, May 16 – Wellspring Arts   7:30 p.m. * NEW DATE!*

Thursday, May 18 – Tea, TED & Theology  1:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 20 – UU Stitch Group   10:00 a.m.

 

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Office Hours: Mon. 8:00am-11:00am, Fri. 8:00 am-4:00pm