All services are on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

The Inherent Worth and Dignity

July 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Service Leader and Coordinator: Steve Lennon

Unitarian Universalists strive to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. But given that we place different values on our relationships with different people (e.g., more for our children, less for the cashier at the store; more for our partner, less for the squeegee kid on the corner), how do we uphold and maintain our good intentions?

Join Steve in a personal journey through life’s maze of relationships.  

Journey to a Greener World

July 30, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Service Leaders: Carolyn Garlich & Peter Miller
Service Coordinator: Steve Lennon

Oil is the wonder fuel on which our civilization has been built. Take away everything produced and transported by oil, and you would be naked, hungry and shivering in the dark. But our comfortable life has come with a terrible price. We are already seeing the effects of climate change, and unless we wean ourselves off fossil fuels, the changes will be catastrophic. The journey away from fossil fuels will be difficult. Will we plan for the journey and pack our bags with alternatives, or will we wait until it’s too late?

Carolyn and Peter explore things we, as individuals, and as a church, need to consider. Service planned by the Green Action Committee.  

 

Connecting with Each other

August 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Service Leader: Ryan Spies
Service Coordinator: Marlene Schellenberg

Connecting with each other is the key to our everyday lives and is at the core of several Unitarian Universalist principles. In an ever more connected world where technology shortens the distances between each of us, the need for meaningful connection has never been more apparent.

Illuminating our Shadow

August 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Service Leader: Charlene Zelanko
Service Coordinator: Laurie Marcella

Does our shadow represent a dark side to us, something to be feared and avoided? Could it be viewed as an ally, helping us understand ourselves and each other better and more fully embrace our humanity?"

Dealing with Differences

August 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Service Leader: Mary Warmbrod
Service Coordinator: Laurie Marcella

How do we respond to differences in minor details, preferences and core stances? What helps us respect others and ourselves while exploring differences.

The Gift of Positive Persistence

August 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Service Leader: M. C. Ziegler
Service Coordinator: Marlene Schellenberg

Some call it grit. Some call it stubbornness. Some call it success. It’s persistence. Staying on course and remaining positive is an essential element of success. But where does this strength come from? In the face of failure, disappointment and exhaustion, how do we stay positive?

Join us for an exploration into the stories and depths of positive persistence.

Gimli Unitarian Church Summer 2017 Services

Gimli Unitarian Church will open for the summer season on Sunday, July 16, 2017, and continue with services on August 6, August 20, and September 3.

Services are at 11:00 a.m. in the congregation’s landmark building at 76 Second Avenue (click for map). Dress is casual — after all, it’s cottage season! 

August 6 – Thought and Memory – In old Nordic mythology, the two ravens who perch of Óðinn’s shoulders are called Huginn and Muninn – “Thought and Memory” – and they fly over the world daily. According to an ancient verse, Óðinn says, “I fear for Thought, that he may not return /But I fear more for Memory.” On Íslendingadagurinn weekend, we will consider the wisdom of the ancients. Rev. Stefan Jonasson 

August 20 – The Longer View – “Whatever discouragement, pessimism, and despair there may be today is often a result of too great absorption in the present,” wrote George R. Dodson in the early 20th century. “The gloom due to the short sight is dissipated by the courage, hope, and faith that come with the long view.” At this critical time in history, only a longer view will save us from despair. Rev. Stefan Jonasson

September 3 – Incomplete But Astonishing Journeys – In his book, The Immense Journey, anthropologist Loren Eiseley wrote, “We will travel as far as we can, but we cannot in one lifetime see all that we would like to see or to learn all that we hunger to know.” This unquenchable thirst lies behind both the spiritual quest and the pursuit of scientific discovery, yet still we undertake the journey. Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Monthly Theme Discussion Group

The discussion group will be taking the summer off, except for one meeting in July when we meet to discuss Evil (big topic, I know!)  We will start meeting monthly again in September once the themes for the year have been decided. If you would prefer a different day of the month than the last Wednesday, this would be the time to let me know.

Join us for our once-per-month discussion group on the monthly theme. We meet at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg at 603 Wellington Crescent, in the Dining Room. Bring a snack or come as you are. Also visit our Facebook page here.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the church office at 204-474-1261, or email Teresa Klostriech.

No child care is provided.

Theme-Based Ministry

What is it?

Theme-based ministry is a new way of doing church and faith development that brings Unitarian Universalists together across differences of life experience, age, or beliefs. It’s a way of helping us focus and deepen, both in our spiritual lives, and in our connections to one another.

Each month, we look at a new monthly theme – past themes have included Hospitality, for example, or Compassion. A monthly theme packet is made available with questions for reflection, links to books or film clips to explore, spiritual exercises to try out, and ideas for integrating aspects of the theme into parenting, justice work, personal study, and so on. Some people like to consider each theme in relation to the question, “What would it mean to live a life of … ?”

Throughout the month, the entire community explores dimensions of this theme though aspects of our common life at the church, such as music, meditation, and reflections from the pulpit. There is also a monthly theme discussion group that meets from September through June. Please see https://www.facebook.com/groups/uuwinnipegthemediscuss/ for more information.

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