Biodiversity and the Interdependent Web – Going Beyond Respect

The Unitarian Universalist 7th principle is “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Biodiversity loss, pollution, and climate change are changing nature at an alarming rate. Is “respect” enough to preserve nature, our life support system? Drawing on the “Milestone document” for Canada’s 2030 National Biodiversity Strategy, in this Earth Day service we’ll explore ways we can enjoy the wonders of nature while working to protect its biodiversity.

Service Coordinator: Cate Ziegler

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

Achieving our ambitious global goals will require transformational change across all facets of society. Simply put, the status quo will not get us to where we need to be.
– Towards a 2030 National Biodiversity Strategy, Government of Canada

Prelude, with the Unitarian Universalist Church Choir

Life’s Too Short to Be Silent, by Craig Cassils, directed by Joseph Nguyen, accompanied by Daniel Clark

Opening Words

Spirit of Life, by Kathy Huff, read by Cate Ziegler

Chalice Lighting

We Light This Chalice, Upanishads, Adapted, read by Margaret Friesen

Gathering Song

#175 We Celebrate the Web of Life

Welcome and Land Acknowledgment

Cate Ziegler


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

Joseph Priestley’s Breathtaking Discovery, by Marg Friesen

Sing and Rejoice

as children and youth go downstairs for Religious Exploration

Stewardship Testimonial

Shannon Breckman

Joys and Sorrows

Andre Vanderstoep, Pastoral Care Coordinator

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Pastoral Song

#94 What Is This Life


When You Wake Up, by Thich Nhat Hanh, led by Cate Ziegler


Cate Ziegler

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Offertory Music

Romance sans paroles, Op. 17, No. 3, by Gabriel Faure, performed by Daniel Clark

Anthem, with the Unitarian Universalist Church Choir

Peace, by Dave and Jean Perry, directed by Joseph Nguyen, accompanied by Daniel Clark

Note: we will begin recording after the anthem.


Biodiversity and the Interdependent Web – Going Beyond Respect, Margaret Friesen

Closing Song

#1064 Blue Boat Home


Cate Ziegler

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Closing Words

Cate Ziegler

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Following the service, please join us for community and refreshments in the sanctuary. For Zoom participants, please consider staying for conversation in our breakout room.

Transition for Breakout Room

Arthur Burstow or Simer Kaur (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Margaret Friesen
  • Coordinator: Cate Ziegler
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Exploration (CLRE): Ana Castaneda Aguilera, with Debby Lake, Eveline Buehlmann and Amari Poponne
  • Childcare Provider: Paulina Hernandez
  • Pastoral Care: Andre Vanderstoep (Coordinator)
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers:  Kristin Jimmy, Bromley Basford, Joan Carolyn, Ken Nicholson, et al
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead, Ann LeDuc
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds, and others
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • Chalice Logo Designer: Nancy Gilbert
  • Website Support: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershilll

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