Upcoming Services

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

July 22, 2018
“Which Part is the Baby and Which Part the Bath Water?”

Janis Collins,  Service Leader:  Jessica Bayne

Janis was raised in a Bible-literal household where religion was more than just a trip to "church" on Sunday morning. Yet, she would say that it was her devoutly Christian mother who taught her to be a Unitarian Universalist. How can that be?

July 29, 2018
“Our Christian Heritage.”

Jack Horman,  Service Leader:  Mag Horman

Many Unitarians today consider that our religion is utterly emancipated from Christianity. They overlook the many aspects of our beliefs (yes, we do believe some things) and practices derived from Christianity. While we have abandoned many of the notions that are popularly believed to form a kind of litmus test separating Christians from the others, we have done so from Christian reasons. For better and for worse, many of our most deeply held beliefs and practices come from the Christian religion.

August 5, 2018
“The Cathedral of the World:  A Sermon by Rev. Forrest Church.”

Mark Andrew Nouwen,  Service Leader:  Jessica Bayne

On this summer Sunday, GRU member Mark-Andrew Nouwen finds pearls of wisdom in the late Unitarian Universalist minister and author Forrest Church's sermon, titled "What I Believe." Here, Rev. Church speaks of the Cathedral of the World, where "there are millions of windows, each telling its own story of who we are, where we came from, where we are going, each illuminating life's meaning."

August 12, 2018
“The Religion of 12 Steps.”

Jane Bell,  Service Leader:  Janis Collins

August 19, 2018
“Habitat: A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out”

Janis Collins & Mag Horman

For nearly 30 years, Habitat for Humanity has provided affordable housing in Waterloo Region. Our congregation has been involved on some level for much of that time. Join us as we share our stories about getting Habitat started in this area, being a volunteer builder, and qualifying for a Habitat Home.

August 26, 2018
"Find the Quiet Centre: Spiritual Practices & Songs”

Asha Philar,  Service Leader:  Jessica Bayne

Before we start into the busy fall season, take some time for rest, rejuvenation and spiritual renewal - find your quiet centre.   This service is going to be a bit different than normal!   You'll be invited to explore a variety of personal spiritual practices through experiential stations that you can move through at your own pace. We'll learn about practices like contemplative colouring, setting intentions, gratitude practice, journalling, finger labyrinths, personal prayer and more. The service starts and ends with soulful singing from the youth and young adult worship tradition, and elements of shared spiritual practice. Come explore practices of renewal and resilience, take home ideas for your daily life, and find grounding for the new season.  All ages welcome. Children under 10 should be accompanied by a parent/guardian. This service might not be suitable for very young children.

September 2, 2018
“Dharmageddon:  The End of Enlightenment?”

Rev. Jessica Rodela,  Service Leader:  Charlotte Innerd

Come take a walk along the eight-fold path of Buddhism, where the point is no-point, the thing is no-thing, and the end is the beginning of it all.

September 9, 2018
Water Communion and Ingathering Service

Rev. Jessica Rodela

Today we celebrate the opening of another congregational year.    You are invited to bring a small sampling of water representing your summer vacations and “staycations” as we mingle our experiences in this uniquely Unitarian Universalist ritual.