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Welcome to the Unitarian Congregation of Guelph

The Unitarian Congregation of Guelph welcomes you, whoever you are, whatever your religious beliefs, abilities, ethnicities and sexual orientation.

We are an inclusive community, cultivating diversity, who come together to explore important life questions, support each other in living with purpose and meaning, and work toward peace and justice.

We are not bound by a set creed or dogma, but guided by Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources.

Territorial Acknowledgement

The lands we stand on today are home to many people of Indigenous ancestry. During our region’s rich Indigenous history, these lands were home to a variety of indigenous groups, including the Chonnonton peoples, the Haudenosaunee and the Anishinabewaki. They are Treaty Lands and the historic Treaty territory of the Mississaugas of Credit First Nation, descendants of the Mississaugas of Credit who are part of historically related Anishinaabe peoples. They are also adjacent to the lands of the Haldimand Treaty. We express gratitude for the sharing of these lands and waters. We also acknowledge the tragic history between indigenous peoples and newcomers. We strive to be accountable and aware by acknowledging this history and it ongoing impacts - and cultivating respect and equality as we move together towards our shared future.

Upcoming Services and Special Events: Currently available online only

Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022
( 10:30am - 12 Noon )
  • Rick Boersma, Aspen Heisey, and Hannah Schell
  • Zoom
  • Since September, a small group has been meeting twice a month to engage the materials of Wellspring, a curriculum focused on the sources of Unitarian-Universalism, self-selected spiritual practices, spiritual mentoring (or companionship), and reflective conversation. This Sunday offers a “taste” of Wellspring, as some of the participants will share their experiences in the program. You will then be invited to participate in a mini-version of the Wellspring meetings, which follow the “Circle of Trust” developed by Parker Palmer. See the Courage and Renewal website if you want to learn more about the Circle of Trust approach. Please note that we will break into small groups for a part of this service. 

Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022
( 10:30am - 12 Noon )
  • Zoom
  • Code White – Sounding the Alarm about Violence Against Healthcare Workers 

    Through health care workers’ own voices, we learn what it is like to work in a state of almost constant hypervigilance, never knowing for certain when they might be harassed or threatened or assaulted. They are the true “experts” about such violence and its negative physical and psychological. Their ideas for prevention are based on their own personal knowledge and lived experience. The book reveals the institutional and systemic failure to protect health care workers from violence and the failure to adequately support them in its aftermath. Violence against health care workers is symptomatic of sick health care system that is inexorably unravelling. Increasingly, governments are failing to provide much needed funding for health care, leading to frustratingly long patient wait times, understaffing, bed shortages, and appallingly impersonal long-term care. Under such conditions, it is not surprising that violence against rushed and harried staff would flourish.

    James Brophy and Margaret Keith both have PhD’s in environmental health from the University of Stirling in Scotland.

    As a couple and as research partners, they have studied an extensive range of important occupational and environmental health issues. Both worked at the Sarnia Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) where they helped to document one of the largest cohorts of asbestos diseased workers in Canadian history – the industrial workers in Sarnia. They also assisted the First Nation’s community of Aamjiwnaang in examining health problems that were hypothesized to be associated with environmental pollution arising from the petrochemical industry.  Margaret was a co-author, along with Ada Lockridge, of an article that found a skewed birth ratio among the Aamjiwnaang community that generated international scientific attention. In 2008 they were recipients of the Gold Award in Environmental Health by Canadian Geographic for their work in assisting the Aamjiwnaang community. 

     They have just had a book published entitled Code White: Sounding the Alarm on Violence against Health Care Workers, which drew heavily on three important research studies they conducted over the past five years. The first two focussed on violence against health care staff in the hospital and long-term care settings and the third on health care worker protection during the pandemic. 

The Unitarian Congregation of Guelph -- Phone: 519-836-3443
122 Harris Street, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1E 5T1

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