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PAST Sunday Services (latest first):

NOTE: Next Sunday Services: April 9, May 14 and June 11 2017

The next Stratford Unitarian services will be held on the second Sundays of April, May and June, i.e. April 9, May 14, and June 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Griffith Auditorium, 643 West Gore Street, Stratford, access by lane 3.

Wheelchair accessible

Sunday March 19, 2017, "Reconciliation" by Chris Hiller

Please join us at 10:30 am for a service about Reconciliation led by Chris Hiller.

"What might look like for us settlers and people of spirit/conscience to begin to work towards reconciliation and right relations with indigenous peoples?"

Sunday February 19, 2017, meeting led by Mary

Please join us at 10:30 am at the Griffith Auditorium, 643 West Gore Street, Stratford, enter by driveway #3, Wheelchair accessible. Our service leader will be Mary.

Sunday January 15, 2017: Beginnings

Please join us at 10:30 am at the Griffith Auditorium, 643 West Gore Street, Stratford, enter by driveway #3. Our theme will be "Beginnings" and our service leaders will be Mary Beth and Renee.

Sunday December 18, 2016: Solstice

Please join us at 10:30 am at the Local Community Centre, 612 Erie Street, Stratford.

Susanna and Anne will lead our service for Solstice.

We will also have a Pot Luck lunch together, so bring any kind of food to share

(please mark if gluten free, vegetarian or vegan.)

Sunday November 27, 2016: Mortality

Please join us at 10:30 am at the Space Within, 35 Market Place, Stratford

Holly Shephard will lead our service on "mortality".

Sunday October 16, 2016: Islam and a personal faith journey

Please join us for the  next service is Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 10:30 am at Griffith Auditorium, Spruce Lodge, 643 West Gore Street, Stratford (just a little down the road from the hospital). Saleha Kahn will speak about Islam and share her personal faith journey with us.

Sunday Service June 11 2017: Flower Service

June is a glorious month, and our Flower Service is a glorious event!

As usual, we will meet in Griffith Auditorium, Spruce Lodge, 643 West Gore Street, Stratford at 10:30 am. Access by driveway 3. Wheel chair accessible.

This will be a fun service for young and old with lots of music and we will have a pot luck celebration lunch after the service.

Please bring: Flower(s) for the communal vase. 

Sunday September 18, 2016: "Water Ceremony, celebrate Summer"

Please join us for the annual Water Ceremony Service to celebrate our time in the summer.

Bring a small water sample (not to drink!) from a place that is significant to you, the summer lake, river, spring ocean, barrel or tap, perhaps your own garden or kitchen!

The end of summer is bitter sweet for many of us but it will be good to meet again!

Sunday June 19, 2016: Flower Service

Flower service. Please bring a flower for the communal vase.
Potluck lunch to follow. Please bring plate and cutlery also.
Come for all or part of the event. See you there!!

Sunday May 15, 2016: "Community Food Centre

Steve Stacey, the Founding Director of the Local Community Food Centre, will describe the Local’s innovative approach to challenging food insecurity while providing dignity, building community and increasing civic engagement among low income members.

Sunday April 17, 2016: "Transformative Love" 

The story by C.S. Lewis of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will be told by Karen James-Abra and Holly Shephard as they guide a reflection on the theme of transformative love.

Sunday March 20, 2016: "Islam a personal faith journey

Saleha Kahn from London Ontario, will speak about Islam and share with us her personal faith journey.

Sunday February 21, 2016: "The Sense of Gratitude"

At our next gathering, we will be hosting a discussion about cultivating gratitude in our lives. Instead of having a speaker, this will be an invitation for everyone to explore the topic of gratitude.

Service leaders: Anne Martin and Susanna Reid

Sunday January 17, 2016: "Neopaganism"

by Melissa Rockenfield

Neopaganism is a desire to connect with the essential energies of life and the earth through experiential ritual. Melissa will talk about the magic she has experienced through ritual

Sunday December 20, 2015: "Songs and Stories for the Season"

by Rev Lynn Harrison

Rev. Lynn Harrison leads a special service to celebrate the season of Winter Solstice and Christmas from a Unitarian perspective. Come sing and listen as we come together to experience the magic of this time of year.

Sunday November 22, 2015: " Starting from Scratch"

by Rev. Carly Gaylor from First Unitarian Church of Hamilton

At a time when attendance in many religious traditions is low and interest in “spiritual but not religious” activities is growing, how can we create communities of depth and meaning? What would we do if we started from scratch?

Sunday October 18, 2015: "Choices and Changes"by Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison is a Candidate for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry.

On the day before the federal election we reflect on our conscience and democracy: both affirmed in our Unitarian Universalist principles. What is the spiritual dimension of the choices we make and our responses to election outcomes?

Sunday June 28 10:00 a.m. Flower Communion & Potluck Picnic

We will have a short flower service and then a potluck brunch hosted by Glynis at her house in Stratford.

Note we are starting earlier (10 a.m.) than otherwise.

Bring a flower or your choice for the service and re-useable plate and utensils for yourself as well and a lawn chair if you can.
Looking forward to seeing you at this last gathering in the summer.

Sunday May 10, 2015: "Salvation by Character"

This Sunday we used a sermon from First Unitarian Toronto by the minister Shawn Newton.
He starts with a poem by Linda Underwood:“All this talk of saving souls” – Linda Underwood:
"All this talk of saving souls. Souls weren’t made to save, like Sunday clothes that give out at the seams.
They’re made for wear; they come with lifetime guarantees. Don’t save your soul. Pour it out like rain on cracked, parched earth.
Give your soul away, or pass it like a candle flame. Sing it out, or laugh it up the wind.
Souls were made for hearing breaking hearts, for puzzling dreams, remembering August flowers, forgetting hurts.
>These men who talk of saving souls! They have the look of bullies who blow out candles before you sing happy birthday, and want the world to be in alphabetical order.
I will spend my soul, playing it out like sticky string into the world, so I can catch every last thing I touch."
This created a lot of discussion!


Sunday April 19, 2015: "Benefits of Meditation"

Meredith Brown Bsc RYT local Yoga Teacher will speak about the benefits of meditation.
She might also share about her Buddhist journey.

Sunday March 15, 2015:

"Reflections on Spirituality and Climate Change."

Reflections on spirituality and climate change from biblical times to the present.
Joy Kennedy – ecological consultant for faith-based and secular organizations

Sunday January 18, 2015: "How do we talk about belief?"

Kathy Douglas - Youth Minister for the United Church

"How do we talk with each other (and our kids) about what we believe?"

Sunday December 21, 2014: "A Unitarian Solstice Celebration"

Come and celebrate the darkest day, and the anticipated return to the light. The children will be presenting a play of the Christmas birthday story.

Sunday November 16, 2014: "Messing Up. Moving On."

This week we are going to experiment with using a recorded sermon by Rev Jessica P Rodella, Grand River Unitarian Congregation. 

Sunday October 19, 2014: author & radio reporter Ethan Rabidoux

Knowing Ethan this will be a very interesting Sunday Service and we hope you all can join. Last year he organized a well-attended TED talk about Atheist movement and about if Atheists can be spiritual.

He will lead us into exploring some interesting issues.

Sunday September 21, 2014, Water Ceremony and Visioning

A The Unitarian water ceremony or communion is our sharing of our favourite, special, precious place where we have been this summer and bring a sample of water of this place (or symbolic from the tap) to pour into a bowl. This precious place could be your own home, back yard, summer camp or continents away, distance doesn't matter, only that it's memorable and meaningful to you.

We also will explore our future, and would look for ideas of how to proceed.
and if you would have suggestions on topics, speakers or perhaps discussions, having the same or a different format. Also if there is anything you could give if you have time and energy to do so? With keeping in mind that even just being part of the audience is very valuable of course!

Sunday May 25, 2014 - Celebrating Community - Rev Anne Treadwell

A healthy and beloved congregation or fellowship is described by Rev. John Hanly Morgan as a setting in which "we find strength to give ourselves in trust to life, able to feel renewed joy and so to live fully." 
We shall celebrate the ways in which we find such a community and explore how we can increase our reasons for celebration.
Rev. Anne Treadwell of Grandriver Unitarian

Sunday April 27, 2014 - The Non-Trinitarians and the No-Hellers

Our denomination derives from the relatively well known Unitarians and also the lesser well known the Universalists. They are sometimes called the Non-Trinitarians and the No-Hellers or the church of the head and the church of the heart. Also known as the city church and the country church. These two liberal christian-based churches merged in 1961 and our faith culture has been changed and continues to be changed by the mixing of these two faiths. As a long time member of an American Universalist church that voted against that merger, I would like to share my perspective and slant while examining our history.
Melissa Rockenfield - member of Grand River Unitarian

March 23, 2014 - Self Compassion as Spiritual Practice

Almost all religions teach that it is important to be compassionate with others, but what about being compassionate with ourselves?  Aren’t we worthy of the same compassion?   How can we truly be compassionate with others, if we are not able to be compassionate with ourselves?
(Aukje Byker - from First Unitarian Church of Hamilton)

Sunday February 16th, 2014 - Primal Frontiers:

When astronaut Chris Hadfield covered David Bowie's Space Oddity in the International Space Station, it capstoned months of inspiring conversations connecting earth to space... and reflecting it back to earth!  Twenty million views later, he shared his delight at the worldwide embrace of science and art, two powerful sources of inspiration.  Where do these sources get their power to inspire?  And where is ours?
Speaker: Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel

Sunday January 26th, 2014 10:30 am Buen Camino:

Reflections from the Road to Compostela - Susanna Reid

Susanna will share her experiences from walking the Camino trail to Santiago de Compostela
and Finistere, Spain this past fall.  She is a life-long Unitarian. 

Sunday Dec 15, 2013: Rev. Fiona Heath A Very Unitarian Christmas

Contemporary Christmas is a mix of pagan, christian and commercial traditions. Today we'll explore the ways in which Unitarians have influenced the celebration of Christmas, from Christmas trees to A Christmas Carol.  Come ready to sing!  starting in the morning now!

Sunday November 24th, 2013: The Bishop Said What?!!?

Being a 'big tent' faith means we sometimes find our growing edges in the diversity of people who claim the same values we do, but who understand those values very differently.

Christopher Wulff - Student Minister at Grand River Unitarian in Kitchener. 

Sunday October 27, 2013: Rev Fiona Heath: Into the Dark

As the nights grow ever longer, we pause and take time to grieve and honour the losses we have experienced this year. 
Please bring a photo of the special person you would like to remember.

Sunday September 29, 2013:

Rev Fiona Heath: To Live Well

In this harvest time of abundance and generousity, we will explore the idea of living well.
What is the art of living well?

Sunday September 15, 2013:

Paul Born talked about Deepening Community:

Finding Joy together in Chaotic times.

Paul is the executive director of Tamarack Community: an institute for community engagement.

Sunday May 26, 2013:

Our Annual Flower Ceremony and Potluck Picnic 

will be held at the Reids in West Perth. RAIN OR SHINE! (or should we say Snow or Shine.... No guarantee for good weather, only that we will  have a Great Time! (and we did!)
This celebration marks the end of our season in a very meaningful and colourful way. 
Gathering at 2:30 p.m. - start of ceremony 3:00 p.m. - Bring flowers from your garden or from a location that is of importance to you! We will give the flowers to the communal vase and then later take a different flower home. (Bring your own plates, cutlery and cups! AND CHAIRS!)

Sunday April 28, 2013: Welcoming Refugees, a Mutual Gift

Sonya Wu-Winter has been a part of several intentional communities in the United States and Canada offering hospitality to refugees. Her presentation will focus on the experience of welcoming refugees and the mutually transformative gift that is possible in that encounter. She currently serves on the board of Romero House in Toronto.
Kiwanis Community Centre, 111 Lakeside Drive,  2:30 pm.

Sunday March 17, 2013: The World Whole

Join Fiona Heath, a local Unitarian Universalist minister, for a worshipful exploration of our seventh principle: respect for the interdependent web of existence, of which we are a part.

Through stories, reflection and meditation we'll consider what it means to be connected to the web of life, to be part of a great and glorious whole.

Fiona Heath became a UU minister last fall and will be ordained May 5th by the Grand River Congregation in Waterloo

Sunday Feb 24, 2013: A Celebration of the Continuation of the Future

Unitarians didn’t generally believe that the world would end on December 21, 2012, the day that marks the end of The Mayan calendar. But we have apocalyptic worries of our own. What can we do to ensure that these visions don’t become a reality? How can we shape the future that we DO want?  (Note: In case of Apocalypse, this service will be cancelled).
Service: Alisa McClurg

Dec 9, 2012 - Removing Obstacles - Rev. Peter Hughes

Living with an disability can be very daunting. Peter Hughes talked  about how he removed obstacles on the go but got stranded many times.

Previous topics:

Walking the Camino Santiago de Compostella with Tom Brown
Water Service in September & Fire Service in January with Ellen & JIm

Child Haven with Ida Fisher

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