Welcome to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg! We are a vibrant, intentionally-inclusive community, and welcome you regardless of gender identity, economic circumstance, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnicity, or national origin.
Our Sunday services are held year-round, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., followed by refreshments and conversation. Childcare is available throughout the service, as well as a dynamic program of Religious Exploration for children and youth. Parking, transit, and bike information, as well as a map, are here.
We welcome you, and look forward to sharing the adventure that is life and the spiritual journey. Feel free to Contact Us with questions or for further information.
~ Reverend Millie Rochester, Minister
We are located at 603 Wellington Crescent, just over the Maryland bridge on the South side of the Assiniboine River. (Click to go to the Google Map.)
Getting here by bike or bus: You are encouraged to ride your bike or take Winnipeg Transit. Routes 20, 29 and 99 run on Sunday mornings and stop at these bus stops; routes 17, 10 and several others stop within a 10 minute walk. Every Sunday during summer months, from dawn to dusk, cars are discouraged to use Wellington Crescent so that it can be used as a bike/walking/jogging path.
Getting here by car: If you are driving East on Academy, please note that there is a cement barrier on Harrow and Academy preventing left (North) turns from Eastbound Academy onto Harrow (going through to Wellington). Parking is available in our church parking lot, and overflow parking is available on the street and at the far West end of the Rehabilitation Hospital. For information about handicap parking spaces, please contact the church office.
“We are committed to providing a safe environment for all individuals attending congregational activities, free of personal harassment, including sexual harassment. If you have any concerns or questions, or just want further information, please call any one of the committee members.”
The congregation passed the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg Safe Church Policy in 2001. The policy is extensive and outlines procedures to be followed to make and/or to deal with any concern or complaint. A copy of the policy may be obtained by contacting a member of the resource team.
Read more about the Safe Church Policy, Mandate, and Committee here.
Our Church affirms and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
We invite, welcome and celebrate people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, levels of education, and economic status.
We believe that we do not need to think alike to love alike.
We join in the spirit of beloved community to seek truth in love and to make justice live on this, our earth.
January 18, 2015: A Promise to Heal the World
A Promise to Heal the World
January 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Rev. Millie Rochester
The philosopher/activist/author Cornell West famously said, “Social justice is what love looks like in public” – a statement that would have resonated for the Prague-born Canadian humanitarian Lotta Hitschmanova. Hers is but one example of what it might look like to live a life of possibility by devoting one’s life to repairing injustice in the world.
Service Coordinator: Esther Kathryn or Gord Clark
January 25, 2015: Possibility (a poetry service)
January 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Service Leaders: Five Unitarian poets
Service Coordinator: Steve Lennon
We enter the new year like Janus, the Roman god with two faces – one looking at the past, the other peering into the possibilities of the future. Come join our Unitarian Universalist writers as they explore possibility in poetry.
Church Strategic Planning on January 17, 2015
Church Strategic Planning on January 17, 2015
Please plan to be at church on Saturday morning January 17th, 2015 from 9:30 am to about 12 noon for a strategic planning workshop with the church board. All youth and adults are invited to participate, with child care being provided for children. This strategic planning workshop is one of the next steps forward that our congregation is taking after our February2014 Visioning Workshop where the following vision was described: Our church will have active promotion of our church and values; will focus and coordinate social justice action; will encourage inter-generational and newcomer engagement; will enhance organizational and physical structures; will be a home for everyone; and have ministry for everyone. The strategic planning workshop will provide an action plan for our church, that will describe what our accomplishments will be to make our ideas real.
Contact the church office by January 9th to indicate that you are coming, so that arrangements for child care can be put into place, and also so that the space and the strategic planning process best meets the number of people participating. I look forward to seeing many of you there on the 17th.
President, Board of Directors
From September 2014 through June 2015, we will explore a specific value each month, and consider how we are inspired to embody that value as religious people. Our overarching theme for the year is a challenge to ask ourselves, "What does it mean to live a life of...?" Each month we'll provide a packet full of resources on the monthly theme. Included in the packet are exercises, inspiration, external resources (books, videos, music etc.), and "Questions To Live With".
Themes for 2014-2015
- September - read the Hospitality packet
- October - read the Deep Listening packet
- November - read the Memory packet
- December - read the Compassion packet
- January - read the Possibility packet
- February - Curiosity
- March - Devotion
- April - Creativity
- May - Courage
- June - Play
Most of the engagement with the packet will happen on your own. The resources are there to allow you to explore a topic through an entire month, at your convenience and to whatever depth you choose. Sermons during the month will approach the topic from different angles. If you would like to be able to discuss your experiences, actions and discoveries you might like to join a Kaleidoscope Group.
To contribute resources – readings, quotations, links to videos, book and/or movie titles – that might be included in future packets and sermons, leave them in Rev. Millie's mail folder, or send them by email by the 10th of the month prior.
2015 Communicator Issues
2015 Communicator Issues
Click the links below to read the Communicator. For issues earlier than 2015, please see the archives links, below.
2014 Communicator Archive
2013 Communicator Archive
2012 Communicator Archive
New Adult Programs
Are you interested in personal growth or in deepening your faith?
New programs for Winter/Spring 2015 are listed under "What We Do; Beyond Sundays". Click here.
Besides the programs listed there, remember ongoing groups continue such as: Kaleidoscope Groups, Chalice Circles, Writing Group, Video Discussion Group, ROMEOS and Women at the Forks. Information is available in the church lobby pamphlet rack.
To register for programs, please email email@example.com or use the registration form in the pamphlet rack. If limited finances are a barrier, contact any member of Adult Programming privately for a subsidy.
Adult Programming Committee members are: Anne Belanger, Kathleen Hays, Monique Raimbault, Trevor Semotok, Jeanne Towle, Sonya Watson, and Director of Religious Exploration Andrea James.
Program facilitators donate their time and talents. A minimum of five participants is necessary to offer a program – tell your friends!
Financial Records for 2014 Available
The year-end financial statements for the church are available for download and review.
To see or download them, first log in to the site (bottom of page) and then click the "Members' Menu" link (top of the page). Member Downloads page
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Covenant of Right Relations
We, the members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, confirm our Covenant of Right Relations. As members, we seek to make our church a safe space for everyone.
We acknowledge that we are different from each other. We recognize that we are enriched by our diversity and that our differences will sometimes be a source of conflict. We acknowledge that we are all responsible for our own words and actions.
In this light, we covenant to:
- Nurture a safe and welcoming community.
- Honour each other’s inherent worth.
- Assume good will on the part of each other.
- Listen to each other with care.
- Speak to and about each other with respect.
- Be honest with each other.
- Talk directly to each other even if differences exist.
- Ask for help when conflict is too difficult to handle alone.
~Created and affirmed by our congregation, April 2013