As humans, we have a deep-seated need to belong – to someone, somewhere, something, at least sometimes. We seek out communities, both formal and informal ones, and when they matter to us, we may desire a deeper quality of relationship. We strive to be members and not just consumers of community and the social relationships communities offer, which begs the question, why does membership matter?

Service Coordinator: Marian Siemens

Sermon Video

Order of Service: Belonging

February 26, 2023 at 10:30 a.m.

Centering Thought

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”

― Brene Brown

Centering Music

performed by the choir


Marian Siemens

Gathering Hymn

#1054  Let This Be A House of Peace

Chalice Lighting

Determined Seed by Laura Wallace

Opening Words

A Place of Belonging and Caring by Kimberlee Carlson


Love Is The Spirit  

Story Wisdom

The Raven of Ski Hill Folktale, by Rev. Stefan Jonasson  

Sing and Rejoice

Singing children down to their rooms

Sharing and Caring

Colleen Millikin

Unison Words

“As we set aside this time for quiet, may we hear the heart-felt whisperings of our spirit, and also that of others. May those who share from their hearts today feel the power of our attention and the strength of our love. May we all feel uplifted by words of comfort, and be supported by the presence of our caring community.”


As Tranquil Streams  #145


The Church Universal by E. Burdette, read by Rev Stefan Jonasson


Experience Connection  by Peter Morales

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


Marian Siemens

Thank you  for supporting the church with your funds, time, talent and energy.  Direct deposit or post-dated cheques simplify giving.  You may use a donation envelope, which is located at the back of the grey hymnal, to receive a tax receipt for accumulated cash gifts over $10.  Please ask an usher for details if you do not find an envelope.

Share the Plate Partner for February:  Gizhiwenimin project at Sunshine House


music played by Daniel Clark


Circle of Song performed by UU Choir

Sermon: Belonging

Rev Stefan Jonasson


1064 Blue Boat Home


Marian Siemens

Closing Words

Gathered Community

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


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

  • Leader: Rev Stefan Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Norm Cobb, Marian Siemens
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Colleen Millikin
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg chalice logo: Nancy Gilbert
  • Webmaster: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershill

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