Upcoming Services

We have services every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.  You are warmly invited to join us.

March is Social Justice Month at GRU

March 24, 2019.   “Water Justice in Water-Rich Ontario.” 
Rev. Jess with Rob Case
and special music by Jay Moore.  The Canadian Unitarian Council has issued a Call to Action to join other Unitarian Universalists to start ripples of change by becoming water activists.   Today’s guest will speak about what communities in SW Ontario are doing to challenge destructive development processes, extractive industry, and other threats to water justice in the context of climate change.  Rob will convene a  Q & A after the service. 

The Wellington Water Watchers is a non-profit, non-governmental citizens' group based in Guelph  that facilitates local grassroots advocacy on water issues of all kinds. Robert Case is the Chair of the Wellington Water Watchers, and an Associate Professor in Social Development Studies, at Renison University College, Waterloo.

March 31, 2019.   “A Mile in Moccasins.” 
Rev. J. P. Rodela
Last year I visited a collaborative art exhibit commemorating the 1200+ missing and murdered Indigenous women.  The challenge of “Walking with Our Sisters” reminds us of the commitment to engage in the ongoing process of Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation.  

April 7, 2019. “Arrayed in Prayer, Aligned in Faith: A Theology of Prayer for Atheists.”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela and The Spirit of Life Choir Directed by Rich Hrytzak.
Unitarian mystic Jacob Trapp wrote, in The Paradox of Prayer: “The heart asks, and this, a hundred-thousand years ago or now, is pre-theological.” What can an atheist learn from spiritual practices like prayer?

April 14, 2019. “Interrobang?!”
Rev. Jess will explore the implied theology of punctuation marks and other ways we express ourselves. (After the service, join Rev. Jess in the MultiRoom for a sharing circle on Spiritual Practice).

April 21, 2019. “Earthly Redemption: On Easter, Extinction, and Earth Day.”
Rev. Jess.

Pope Francis says: “Listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer most because of the unbalanced ecology.” This Easter we will explore the connections between climate change and human injustice and inequality. What sacrifices and commitments might we be willing to make to make the world a better place?

April 28, 2019. “The Religious Experience.”
Rev. Fred Cappuccino with Rev. Jess.

The classic religious experience was that of St Paul on the road to Damascus. Paul immediately stopped persecuting Christians, and became one himself. Many religious people have devoted their lives to seeking a religious experience. One fellow named Mert asked (Methodist) Bishop Quayle, "Bishop, How can I have an experience of God?" The bishop said, "Well, Mert, Go into a deep forest…." Rev. Fred, co-founder of Child Haven International, promises to finish this story when he returns to Grand River Unitarian’s pulpit this Sunday!

May 5, 2019 “Lord of the Rings: The Lessons of Lore.”
Rev. Jess and Friends.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy provides inspiration for a number of our GRU members and friends, who have been invited to reflect on its lessons about power, fellowship, courage, and hope.