Upcoming Services

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

October 14, 2018
Wherein Lies the Wisdom of the World.

Rev. Jessica P. Rodela

This season’s GRU READS challenge is a collection of essays by Unitarian Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Emerson wrote:   “Foolish people ask you, when you speak what they do not wish to hear, "How do you know it is the truth, and not an error of your own?" We know the truth when we see it, from opinion, as we know when we are awake that we are awake.”  Is this poet-sage still relevant to us today?  Join the conversation this fall and explore.

October 21, 2018
What’s in Your Bag?

Rev. Jessica P. Rodela & the GRU Board of Trustees

What do you carry around with you? This year’s Canvass Sunday will invite a different kind of conversation about stewardship, resources, trust, and commitment.

October 28, 2018
Halloween: ‘Altar’-Egos.

Rev. Jessica P. Rodela & Friends

The custom of costume for Halloween invites us to celebrate our alter-egos, and today’s guests are invited to talk from the ‘altar’ about our secret ‘super powers’. Everyone is encourage to dress for Halloween for the morning celebration.

November 4, 2018
“What is Ministry anyway?”
Intern Minister Chris Moore with the Spirit of Life Choir directed by Rich Hrytzak.

I have never been one to get hung up on words. You don’t like that one?? Okay, I’ll find another one. But some words are unavoidable. If you are training to be a Unitarian Minister, “ministry” is one of them. Ironically, the word “Minister” was chosen by folks who were at odds with the concept of an ordained Christian priesthood. It was chosen to diminish the power and influence of the clergy over their congregations. But what exactly does the term “ministry” mean anyway? More importantly what does it mean for us as Unitarians?? I will give you a hint; You have a ministry too. Come find out more about your own ministry Nov. 4th. That’s when I will be speaking on….“What is ministry anyway??”

November 11, 2018
“If There Is to Be Peace.”
A Remembrance Day Observation with Rev. Jessica P. Rodela.

I remember my years in peace-time as a weapons contractor for the US Marine Corps. I remember my years as a “Three Star Mom” with three children serving in an active war zone. I remember defending war as just and necessary. I remember arguing with interfaith colleagues for a radical pacifism. Today, let us remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and dedicate ourselves to the hard work of peace-making.

November 18, 2018
“Connecting Through Song.”
Unitunz from Unitarian Congregation of Guelph.

The Unitunz will take us on a creative musical journey to the interdependent web using words and music to delight, inspire and motivate. Come prepared to sing along, clap your hands and stomp your feet. The Unitarian Congregation of Guelph’s music ensemble, Unitunz, has been making music together for over ten years. Connecting with one another, while creating fabulous musical services based on our UU Principles.

November 25, 2018.
“Parliament of the World’s Religions (PoWR Part 1)”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela.

Hindu representative Swami Vivekananda opened the first Parliament of World’s Religions on September 11, 1893 with a speech declaring: “I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration but we accept all religions as true.” Come hear Rev. Jess’s reflections on her recent experiences at the 2018 Parliament held in Toronto.

December 2, 2018.
“The Plurality of Truth (PoWR Part 2).”
Rev. Jess continues sharing experiences from the recent Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Many Unitarian Universalists identify as “hyphenated” – we house UU Pagans, UU Buddhists, UU Humanists, UU Jews, and UU Christians to name just a few. What are some of the joys and challenges of our Unitarian Universalist pluralism?

December 9, 2018.
“Sing We Now of Christmas.”

A morning full of musical memories – what songs do you sing during the winter holidays? Annual Christmas Party Service w/ Rev. Jess and The Spirit of Life Choir.

December 16, 2018.
“May the Source Be With You, or Why I Wish You Happy Holidays (PoWR Part 3).”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela.

At no time of year is our country’s religious pluralism more evident than during the winter holidays. Today Rev. Jess concludes her series inspired by the Parliament of World’s Religions.

December 23, 2018
Intern Chris Moore returns to the pulpit for a Solstice-Themed reflection with Rev. Jess.

December 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

December 30, 2018
Fire Communion Sharing Service