Upcoming Sunday Services and Special Events


Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

10:30am -
NURTURING OUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH THROUGH MUSIC
Unitunz Band

Feb 25 - Nurturing Our Spiritual Growth Through Music

Service Leaders: Unitunz Musical Band

Throughout our lives we encounter many opportunities for growth. Many of us are fortunate that we have opportunities to share this path with an incredibly diverse group of companions. The Unitunz music ensemble has been making music together for over ten years, challenging each other to create spiritually inspiring services built on a musical platform. Today we will present some of our favourite highlights from the past and share with you some of our stories from being part of this group… how its has both challenged and nurtured our spiritual growth. Come prepared to sing along, clap your hands and stomp your feet… we’ll be sure to warm your hearts and, hopefully, inspire your growth!


Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018

10:30am -
COPING AND COMPASSION
Martha Savage

March 11: Coping and Compassion

Speaker: Martha Savage

We all cope with the stresses and strains of life in our own ways. Take time to consider how we come by those strategies and how we choose which to use in a given situation. By understanding how this decision process is impacted by issues like socio-economic factors, mental health and addictions we can cultivate greater compassion for ourselves and others.

Martha Savage, a member of our congregation, combines personal experience with mental illness with a professional perspective as a psychiatrist (medical doctor specializing in mental health) to provide compassionate, respectful and hopeful insight into the lived experience of mental illness.


Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018

10:30am -
THE #METOO MOVEMENT, FEMINISM AND CONTEMPORARY CHANGE
Karen Balcolm and Natalie Adamyk

March 18: #metoo

Speakers: Karen Balcolm and Natalie Adamyk

In this talk, an older feminist (Karen Balcom) and a younger feminist (Natalie Adamyk) look at the current #metoo movement in the context of feminist history and contemporary changes for Canadian women.

Karen Balcom is a member of this congregation and works as an Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies and Feminist Research at McMaster University.

Natalie Adamyk is an MA student in Gender Studies and Feminist Research at McMaster University


Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018

10:30am -
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY IN ISLAM
Sara Sayyed

March 25: Social justice and equity in Islam

Speaker: Sara Sayyed

Service Leader: Margie Johnson

This talk provides an understanding of Islam by examining common misconceptions while exploring the subject of social justice and equity as described in the Quran. This includes thoughts on how current-day media portrayals of Islam, as well as political turmoil, lend to an idea that social justice and equality are at odds with the religious beliefs of Islam.

Sara is a volunteer with the Muslim Society of Guelph and a member of the Board of Directors of both Meezan School and Guelph General Hospital. Through active engagement and outreach she hopes to break down preconceived notions about Islam and in particular Muslim women.


Sunday, Apr. 1, 2018

10:30am -
GUELPH UNITARIANS AND JUSTICE: OUR COMMUNITY'S WORK TOWARDS A BETTER WORLD
Carla Giddings, Brian Hawkers & Yvette Tendick

April 1: Guelph Unitarians and Justice: Our Community's Work Towards a Better World

Speakers: Carla Giddings, Brian Hawkers & Yvette Tendick

Many of our Unitarian Congregation members are involved in social justice initiatives both locally and beyond. Join us as we listen to Yvette, Carla, and Brian share about their experiences and insights while working towards sustainable transit, mental health, gender equality, reconciliation, and more. Come learn about the challenges and triumphs of what is happening around us.


Sunday, Apr. 8, 2018

10:30am - 10:30am
A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION IN PANGNIRTUNG, NUNAVUT: FROM CONCERN TO ACTION
Dr Beth Reade and Dr Dave Wright

April 8: A Personal Experience of Truth and Reconciliation in Pangnirtung, Nunavut: From Concern to Action

Speakers: Dr Beth Reade and Dr Dave Wright

Did you know that the suicide rate in Nunavut is over 10 x the national rate? Why is this? Inuit people in Nunavut also experience inequality in many other aspects of their lives, compared to Canadians in the south. To begin to address these injustices, the speakers traveled to Pangnirtung to facilitate a community-wide 2-week discussion in January, 2018. These discussions led to the creation of Pangnirtung's 5-year action plan to reduce the suicide rate and to address the upstream factors which have contributed to this ongoing serious problem.  

Dr Beth Reade and Dr Dave Wright are a married couple living in the greater Guelph area. They are professors in the Dept of Psychiatry of McMaster University. After many years working at Homewood Health Center, the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph, they are semi-retired as psychiatrists. Dave has special interests in psychotherapy and in the recovery of individuals who have experienced trauma. Beth has special interests in teaching and in the recovery of individuals who have experienced both mental illness and alcohol/drug issues (Concurrent Disorders).


Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018

10:30am -
YOUTH PAGEANT
Guelph Unitarian Youth

April 15: Youth Pageant

Service Leaders: UCG Youth


Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018

10:30am -
UNITARIAN YOUTH - STRIVING TO ENGAGE YOUNG UNITARIANS
Asha Philar

April 22: UU Youth - Striving to Engage Young Unitarians

Speaker: Asha Philar

Creating a community of all ages is a wonderful goal, but it isn't always easy to navigate generational differences. How can we become as welcoming and inclusive as we aspire to be???? What are young adults looking for in Unitarian community???, and are they finding it????

Asha will share??? insights from the past year's research and work with congregations, and thoughts from other Unitarian young adults to start answering those big questions.

Asha works for the Canadian Unitarian Council, supporting youth and young adult ministry across the country. She has worked with many Unitarian congregations and is inspired by the promise of our multigenerational communities.


Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018

10:30am -
MAY DAY
Linda Reith, Earth Based Spirituality Council

April 29: May Day

Service Facilitator - Linda Reith, Earth Based Spirituality Council

May Day is a happy time at UCG. Together we weave our dreams into a bright pattern of hope and commitment.  As buds become flowers and gardeners set their seeds, we set our intentions for a new spiritual harvest. Please join us for this intergenerational service. Weather permitting, we will be outside for part of this service for our annual Maypole dance.


Friday, May 18, 2018

CUC CONFERENCE

Come and join in on the many workshops, events and community, gathering with other Unitarian Universalist's from all over Canada!  This is also the weekend for the CanUUdle, a weekend long youth con!

Full information available at http://cuc.ca/conference/

 

Location: Hamilton Ontario


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