A Deeper Understanding of Mental Health and Addictions

Often times, we as a society focus on the outward appearance and actions of a person, without taking into consideration what they may be living with behind the scenes. That is the reality of the majority of individuals who are experiencing homelessness, and those living with addictions. We need to take into consideration that they may need more support from a mental health perspective, and that, if provided with that support, they would be in a very different situation altogether.

Join us on March 20 as we seek to gain a deeper understanding of the intersection of mental health and addictions.

Service coordinators: Steve Lennon, Marian Siemens

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Order of Service:
A Deeper Understanding of Mental Health and Addictions
March 20, 2022

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Centering Thought

Post Covid19, let us regenerate the economy with the consciousness that all lives are equal, that we are part of the Earth, we are ecological, biological beings, working is our right and is at the heart of being human, and care for the Earth and each other is the most important work. There are no disposable or useless people.

We are One Humanity on One Planet. Autonomy, meaning, dignity, work, freedom, democracy are our birth-right.


~ Vandana Shiva

Centering Music

 I Wish I Knew How, performed by The First Unitarian Universalist Church Choir


Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

306 Here We Have Gathered

Chalice Lighting

Words by Kahlil Gibran, read by Cate Ziegler

Opening Words

The Struggle Continues, words by Israel Buffardi, read by Lara Hunter


Love Is The Spirit

Sharing and Caring

Shar Lynn

Unison Words

We are glad once again that our life’s journey has brought us this morning to this place, to be here together and to listen to one another’s joys and sorrows and concerns. May we approach this time we share with gratitude and hope, and be nourished by each other’s presence. So may it be.


112 Do You Hear?


Our Share the Plate Partner for March is North Point Douglas Women’s Centre:

  • The North Point Douglas Women’s Centre is a charitable non-profit organization that has served the community since 2002 and is a vital resource to all members of the community. The Centre is working to create a safe, healthy, and vibrant community for women and their families in North Point Douglas.
  • A safe place, open to all ─ we work with residents and local groups to build community through partnerships, information sharing, and advocacy.

How to Donate:


The Gift of Love, performed by The  First UU Winnipeg Church Choir


Lead by Michael Thiessen

The sound of the bell and two minutes of silence will follow the video meditation.


Steve Lennon


84 How Far can Reach a Smile


Mental Illness and Addiction, words by Brent Kroeker


Michael Thiessen

Closing Hymn

163 For the Earth Forever Turning


Steve Lennon

Closing Words

Bless Us with Peace, read by Carolyn Garlich

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


Return Again, performed by The  First UU Winnipeg Church Choir


Gratitude for our staff and our lay leaders who made this service happen:

  • Leaders: Michael Thiessen, Steve Lennon and members of the
  • Social Justice/Green Action Team: Alvin Yee, Carolyn Garlich,
  • Brent Kroeker, Adina Lyon, Cate Ziegler, Lara Hunter, Heather Emberley, and others.
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon
  • Tech Team: Colleen Millikin, Melanie Leslie, Lorie Battershill, Barbara Fuller, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Shar Lynn
  • Songleading Videos: Paul Rodermond, (former) Acting Music Director and Accompanist, P.J. Buchan, (former) Music Director, Winnipeg UU Choir
  • Editor: Josh Robern

To contact Sunserv (the Sunday Services Team), please email worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca.