Upcoming Sunday Services and Special Events

Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017

10:30am -
Seanna Murphy and Margie Johnson.

September 3rd: Chalice Café - Once again, bring your singing voices and/or instruments and join us for this fun Unitarian Universalist singalong with Seanna Murphy and Margie Johnson.

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

10:30am -
Nancy Schmidt

September 10 - The Water Communion

Service Facilitator - Nancy Schmidt

In the Water Service, we celebrate the return to community after a summer’s pause. Please bring a small amount of water from a place that has lifted your spirit, touched your heart, or fed your soul. This might be from the tap in your home, from a lake or stream, from your garden hose, from nearby or far away. This water will be collected into a common vessel to help us celebrate our sources of connection.

Please join us for a potluck lunch following the service (11:30-12:15). After our lunch, all are welcome to participate in a water blessing ceremony (12:15-1:00), which is being organized by Mel Horvath-Lucid in conjunction with the Wellington Water Watchers. Come for part or all of this community-building and water-connecting morning!

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

10:30am -
Brian Hawker

September 17 - What are “Principles”?

Speaker - Brian Hawker

We live in a culture of word addicts. The multiple 24-hour news services, the inestimable number of Youtubes, and advertisers tempting us to consume, all use convincing words to deliver messages  . . . as if they were all true! The root of the English word “communicate” is a Latin verb meaning “to make common.” It doesn’t describe a message-sender delivering facts or information or expertise to a message-receiver, on the assumption that the message is welcome, accurate, easily understood and interpreted according to a common view of the world. Even when we all speak the same language, we hear different things when we listen. What does the word “principle” mean to you? To me this word carries energy. It implies action. It encourages behaviour based on ideas that are important, but are there such things as ideas that are universally important? This talk will examine this single word to (hopefully!) “make common” our understanding of the words that bring us together.

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

10:30am -
Sister Ocean (Melina Bondy)

September 24 - Living our Principles

Speaker - Sister Ocean (Melina Bondy)

Principles are an important foundation on the spiritual path but they're only the beginning.  Principles must work their way into our hearts in order to be translated into action in our daily lives. It's one thing to affirm an ideal but another thing altogether to let it change us through insight, heartbreak and everything in between. In this service we will look at ways to awaken the inspiration behind our principles and creative ways to bring our highest ideals into our daily lives.

Sister Ocean (Melina Bondy) is a former Spiritual Development Coordinator of the UCG and now a Buddhist nun ordained in the Plum Village tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.  She is a musician and a poet, and has been writing the Mindful Living series for Buddhist Door Global since 2013.

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122 Harris Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1E 5T1


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