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.
Sunday March 19, 2017, "Reconciliation" by Chris Hiller
Please join us at 10:30 am for a service about Reconciliation led by Chris Hiller.
might look like for us settlers and people of spirit/conscience to
begin to work towards reconciliation and right relations with
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!
usual, we will meet in Griffith Auditorium, Spruce Lodge, 643 West Gore
Street, Stratford at 10:30 am. Access by driveway 3. Wheel chair
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Sunday June 28 10:00 a.m. Flower Communion & Potluck PicnicWe 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.
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,
>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
He will lead us into exploring some interesting issues.
Sunday September 21, 2014, Water Ceremony and VisioningA 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 TreadwellA 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-HellersOur
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
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 ChristmasContemporary 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.
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 WellIn 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 GiftSonya 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 WholeJoin
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.
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 FutureUnitarians
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 HughesLiving with an disability can be very daunting. Peter Hughes talked about how he removed obstacles on the go but got stranded many times.
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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