Coming Home to Our Beautiful Dirty Earth

We have learned so much over the past fifty years about our earth, and how it works, and yet humans continue to exploit the natural environment as if they are on an intoxicated spree of destruction. How did it become us against them – humans against nature – and how can we change our intention and direction?

Coordinator: Dylan Fijal

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Coming Home to Our Beautiful Dirty Earth

May 9, 2021

“Peace will not matter if it is only an excuse for the various sides of the conflict to come together to maintain a war against nature. The time has come to make peace with the entire natural world.” — Arhuaco Elder, Mamo Camilo, Santa Marta, Colombia

Centering Music

Find a Stillness (Photo by Mario Dobelmann on Unsplash)


Dylan Fijal

Gathering Hymn

1054 Let This Be a House of Peace

Chalice Lighting

words by Steve Lennon

Opening Words

from Blessed Is the Sky by Rev. Eric Williams


Love is the Spirit

Story Wisdom

Baldy, by Faye Mogensen, told by Andrea James, DLFD

Candles of Caring

Esmat Elhami

Unison Words

We pause to reflect on our week, to think of changes and challenges that lay ahead. And, as we share what is in our hearts and support each other along the way, we are all strengthened.

Pastoral Hymn

163 For the Earth Forever Turning


Dylan Fijal


All Creatures of the Earth and Sky, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg Choir


from Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness by Lyanda Lynn Haupt


“Light Loosens” from Moosewood Sandhills by Tim Lilburn


1067 Mother Earth, Beloved Garden


Steve Lennon


1074 Turn the World Around


Dylan Fijal


from Moosewood Sandhills by Tim Lilburn

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


Return Again, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg Choir

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

  • Leaders: Steve Lennon, Andrea James
  • Coordinator: Dylan Fijal, Sunday Services Team
  • Tech Hosts: Janine Reid, Tech Team
  • Chat Moderator: Marjorie Doyle, Tech Team
  • Candles of Caring Host: Esmat Elhami, Pastoral Care Team
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, Music Director, and the FUUW Choir; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor

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