The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga is a religious community 



Unitarian wedding ceremony is a unique celebration of the joining of two people on their life’s journey. There is no set format but rather each ceremony is a creation by a team made up of the couple and the Lay Chaplain. The ceremony uses elements which are meaningful to those involved. The result is an honouring and celebrating of the joining of families, the commitment between two people and the blessing of whatever it is that gives meaning and substance to their lives. A couple need not be members of a Unitarian church or fellowship in order to be married in a Unitarian ceremony.

Our Lay Chaplain will meet with the couple wishing to be married to discuss the kind of service they would like to have. The Lay Chaplain will provide resources including selections of readings, vows and blessings. The couple may choose the elements they feel best express their situation or may adapt what they find to their own liking.

To contact one of our Lay Chaplains, please click on the links to their individual profiles below.



Each night a child is born is a holy night –
A time for singing
A time for wondering,
A time for worshipping.
– Sophia Lyon Fahs

Unitarian Universalists believe that every child brings new life and hope into the world. We set aside a special time, called simply the Ceremony of Dedication, for the community to bless the child and celebrate the blessing of this gift of life.

The ceremony does not make the life of the child sacred; we believe that life is sacred inherently. When we dedicate a child we acknowledge the truth that each child’s life is sacred and hold that truth in the light of our faith.

Ceremonies of Dedication and Naming take many forms, reflecting each individual family’s beliefs and wishes.



Our Lay Chaplains will partner with you to pay tribute to the person you are honouring – personality, interests, what she or he was most proud of accomplishing.  We want to help you and your family through this difficult time by creating a ceremony that will allow you to start your journey of grieving in your own best possible way.

Even in situations where a death occurred some time ago but was never formally commemorated, we can help you create a memorial service to properly recognize and celebrate your loved one’s life.  We can suggest and incorporate readings and prayers from a range of religious and contemporary sources that are comforting and uplifting for you and your family. We can often deliver services in special places that are meaningful or that were special to your loved one.

We will respond quickly to your requests. Our congregation has four Lay Chaplains and, in the unusual circumstance that the date and place chosen by you is not possible for our schedules, we can help you through our Provincial, National and International networks, to find someone to serve your needs.



Whether it is a beginning of life baby welcoming or an end of life parting with a loved one  or any of the steps along life’s way including  graduations, same sex weddings, or coming out celebrations we offer  services that mark the rites of passage to both our members and also to the wider community.

The Unitarian community encourages an individual’s search for truth and meaning and we also honour the inherent worth and dignity of each individual  and so we take pride and pleasure in being able to sit down with you to help you plan a ceremony that is unique to you and that expresses all that you would wish it to.

Services are performed by our minister or by our licensed chaplains. Lay Chaplains are members of the Unitarian Congregation who have been specially trained to perform ceremonies and they are provincially licensed wedding officiants.

To contact one of our Lay Chaplains, please click on the links to their individual profiles below.


Collette Dowhaniuk was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the eldest of six children.  She attended Queen’s University earning a B.A. (Hons) in English and a Bachelor of Education.  She later completed a Master’s of Education at the University of Toronto (OISE) specializing in second language teaching and learning.

A former teacher of French and, later, a principal with the Toronto District School Board, Collette Dowhaniuk retired in 2016 after serving for 15 years as one of the Protective Services Consultants at the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC). At OPC, she provided advice and counselling to Members about professional and legal issues and supported individuals through investigations and hearings.  She has authored and presented legal issues workshops and webinars provincially, nationally, and internationally.

Collette has had a keen interest in all forms of spiritual expression and personally journeyed through various Christian denominations (Roman Catholic, United, Anglican) before landing at UCM in 2012.  She has experienced rituals in several of the identified world religions (Christian, Jewish, Hindu) and has undertaken to broaden her knowledge of other faith traditions through reading, interaction, and education.

Collette can be reached at

PLEASE NOTE: As of March 19, 2019, Judy Benger is on LEAVE OF ABSENCE and is unable to fulfill any requests for ceremonies of significance until further notice. Please contact our other Lay Chaplain, Collette Dowhaniuk, and if she is not available, please contact our office for assistance in locating an alternative.

I have been attending UCM since 1999. I have long been a member of the Social Responsibility Committee and the Worship committee and I am also a former member of the UCM Board. I have acted as a greeter, washed dishes in the kitchen and I have baked gluten free goodies for all kinds of events at UCM.

A dedicated Unitarian, I chose to become a Lay Chaplain to express my commitment to our seven principles beyond the confines of our congregation.

At my age I am going to memorials more often. I have noticed that the Unitarian ones are among the best. I recognize the need to mark other significant events in our lives. I believe that ceremonies such as weddings, child dedications and memorials can be beautiful, meaningful and spiritual whatever one’s beliefs or background. As a lay chaplain, I want to work with people to design the ceremony that suits their needs, not my own.

Our Unitarian Universalist principles tell us that there should be justice, equity and compassion in human relations, and that all people have inherent worth and dignity. If this is so, are not all of us entitled to the ceremonies and rituals that reflect our unique nature?

Judy Benger, Lay Chaplain


The Unitarian Great Hall and other facilities can be booked for weddings, community meetings, medium sized events, concerts, and private events.
Our space is also available to groups for summer camps and workshops, with various breakout spaces available.

Check out our Rental Page

Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga
84 South Service Road
Mississauga, ON
L5G 2R9



Amnesty International Write4Rights

Sunday, The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga

Sunday Service: Who Belongs?

Sunday, The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga

Greening: Distributing the pile of wood chips

Sunday, The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga


Monday, The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga

Choir Night

Tuesday, The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga

UCM Bridge Group

Saturday, The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga
More events