Rev. Meghann Robern Ordained
Best wishes and congratulations to Rev. Meghann Robern, our called minister, on her ordination on June 11th to the Unitarian Universalist ministry.
Please view the video of the ordination ceremony here (some music has been edited out for copyright reasons): https://youtu.be/nz21JUVqsY0
House Committee Update – We need your assistance please
Please talk to Liz Redston, Margaret Mooibroeck, Jo Johnson about any of these topics.
Please consider helping with simple garden care this summer. We need a few people to call on over the summer for weeding and watering. Super easy – we would call you when help is needed and then you come when it is convenient.
Calling All Sewers
The House Committee is looking for creative sewers for a couple of fun projects. Do you like to make quilted art projects or wall hangings, or simply like to sew? We have projects that could use your expertise and creativity:
We Welcome Our New Minister, Rev. Meghann Robern
The First Unitarian Univeralist Church of Winnipeg is pleased to announce that Rev. Meghann Robern, has accepted the calling to be our minister by a unanimous vote.
We are excited to start this venture with Meghann and her family in August 2017.
by Heather Emberley and Gracie Sweetstory, May 3, 2017
Canada’s 150th anniversary year is an opportune time for all organizations to review and reminisce about their history.
The Retired Women Teachers Association of Manitoba’s 65th anniversary and the 125th anniversary of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg coincided with the 25th anniversary year of a remarkable achievement by one of Manitoba’s finest teachers and serves to remind us of the people who gave tirelessly to build one great country.
Upon retirement, June Gislason started a Winnipeg Harvest Depot to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Unitarian Church in Winnipeg. From its beginnings on Banning Street, to the weekly Thursday morning food bank at 603 Wellington Crescent, the venture is a tribute to the woman who lived her commitment to social justice.
Important Information Concerning Member Rites of Passage
Church members usually look to the church for support at times of major life transition such as marriage, birth and death. During the past two years, however, it became evident that clarification was needed in two key areas: who can officiate at these events, and which principles govern the use of the building during member rites of passage.
You will likely have heard that the Canada Revenue Agency does not allow charitable organizations to give any special benefits to members. This means that members are no longer able to rent the building at discounted rates. However, since rites of passage are considered to be central to this organization’s charitable purpose, the church can offer the use of the building to members for rites of passage at no charge. At the same time, the church still needs to pay staff to set up, host, and clean up after these events. To this end, the board recently approved a policy allowing for a modest cost recovery charge related to staffing expenses during member rites of passage.
- January 2017 Newsletter (PDF)
- February 2017 Newsletter
- March 2017 Newsletter
- April 2017 Newsletter
- May 2017 Newsletter
- June 2017 Newsletter
- July-August 2017 Newsletter
- September 2017 Newsletter
7th Annual UU Summer Family Camp
New Dates: August 25 – 27
Please note that the dates for camp have changed from August 18-20, 2017 to August 25-27, 2017.
Fun for people of all ages
What to expect at Family Camp
- A wonderful intergenerational weekend of camping and hanging out • Make new friends - build community together
- Fun, music, games, FOOD!, swim, sing, worship, dance • Lots of activity (or not ) options for all ages – we go with the flow and weather
- Run by participants - coordinated by all – pitching in with meals and clean up
- Low cost
- Beautiful historic UU Camp Hnausa has a lodge with large kitchen, dining hall, massive deck, bathrooms and with lake front camping
- Only 30 minutes north of Gimli Manitoba
- Please complete your registration by the end of June
- Download the Registration Form (Word file) or the Registration form (PDF file)
New Initiative: Stewardship Study Group
How do you understand stewardship, as contrasted with fundraising? In the church setting, fundraising takes place in earnest once a year, at the time of the annual pledge campaign. Stewardship, by contrast, is one of the church's ongoing ministries. Stewardship - the practice of growing and caring responsibly for the church's resources - is one of the ways in which people can feel called into service, as they put their religious and spiritual values into action on behalf of the congregation and its larger purpose.
What would it look like if the church offered training and support in the area of stewardship, just as it does for people who want to enhance their skills in teaching children, leading worship, or offering respectful caring to each other? That's what the Stewardship Study Group is about.