We have services every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. You are warmly invited to join us.
June 17, 2018
“Fathers of Our Faith”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela
This Father’s Day we celebrate the stories of a few heroes from our Unitarian Universalist history.
June 24, 2018
“Flower Communion: To See Heaven in a Wildflower”
Rev. Jessica P. Rodela
Artist Georgia O’Keefe admonished: “If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment.” This annual intergenerational ritual celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. Originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by Rev. Maya Capek, Norbert's widow. In this ceremony, everyone in the congregation brings a flower. Each person places a flower on the altar. After blessing and reflection, the flowers are redistributed so that each person brings home a different flower than the one they brought. Please stay after the service for our annual intergenerational potluck picnic, to be held here in our very own backyard.
July 1, 2018
“When Is a Sermon Not a Sermon?”
Rev. Jessica Rodela, Service Leader: Janis Collins
It’s time for the annual Question Box Sermon, an interactive service where you choose the topics of the day.
July 8, 2018
“Home Is Where the Heart Is”
Rev. Anne Treadwell, Service Leader: Bruce Richter
This morning we'll explore some of the beliefs and feelings we have about that mysterious thing called "home". I’ll suggest that while it's pleasanter and more comfortable to be "at home" than to be "homesick", we're not at our most human -- that is, not stretched to our fullest, until we're "home free".
July 15, 2018
“The Doctrine of Love.”
Ken Breadner, Service Leader: Melissa Rockenfield
What does it mean to build a life based on a foundation of love? The ancient Greeks had seven words for love; we get by with one. How can love be applied in a world riven by distrust and hate?
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.