Visitors' FAQ

Who are Unitarians?

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Unitarians are a people on a spiritual journey. We each have our own individual path to follow, but do this in community with one another, enriching and encouraging each other as we travel. Though Unitarian Universalism has its roots in the Christian tradition, we believe that there is no one creed or holy scripture. We find inspiration from many sources and are united in our pursuit of a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Our common cause is our Seven Principles.

This church was founded in 1956, and has been a voice for liberal religion in the Waterloo Region since that time. We welcome all seekers!

Come, come whoever you are;
Wanderers, worshipers, lovers of leaving;
Ours is no caravan of despair.
Come, yet again, come.
~adapted from Rumi

What happens on Sunday morning?

Our services are held at 10:30 on Sunday mornings and last approximately one hour. You may recognize some aspects of our service, as we draw on Christian tradition while integrating this with other spiritual and humanist forms. We open with the lighting of our chalice, a symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith, sing hymns and hear readings. Our minister, Rev. Jessica Rodela, or a guest speaker, delivers a message to uplift, inspire, and encourage. A tradition cherished by this congregation is our Candles of Hope, where anyone may go forward and light a candle to commemorate a joy or sorrow in their life. We would be honoured if you joined us for coffee and tea in our fellowship hall afterwards.

View our Newcomer Orientation video to see what you can I expect on a Sunday morning at Grand River Unitarian Congregation.

What should I wear?

We are intentional about "come as you are", so casual clothes are fine.

What do the children do?

A staffed nursery is available beginning at 10:15 AM for children from birth to three years. School-age children spend the first 15 minutes in the adult service. They are invited to the front of the sanctuary for a special story; then the adults sing them out to their religious education classes. Your children are welcome to stay with you in the adult service if they wish to do so. After the service, the children can be picked up from their classrooms at the back of the fellowship hall, downstairs.

Is there a youth group?

Yes! High school aged youth meet Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM. Working with several adult advisors, they plan activities, programs, and fundraisers. Periodically they host a "Souper Sunday" where they sell soup and desserts after the service and split the proceeds between funding their own activities and charitable donations. They also lend money to entrepreneurs in developing countries through KIVA, participate in regional youth conferences, have discussions about Unitarianism and philosophy, visit a haunted farm at Halloween, and lead one Sunday service a year.

Where are you?

299 Sydney St., Kitchener, ON, N2G 3V8. Directions and map

How can I join?

If you have found a spiritual home in our congregation, we invite you to deepen your connection to us by becoming a member. Membership in the congregation allows you to have a voice in church governance, chair committees, and represent the congregation at regional or national Unitarian Universalist events. We ask that you take the half day “New UU” class before joining. These are held several times a year. Email our minister, Rev. Jess, at, to let her know your interest in becoming a member and she will sign you up for the next scheduled class. Please feel free to take the class even if you are not sure you wish to join. It will be advertised as part of our Adult Religious Education curriculum.