Confessions of an Immigrant Experience

“Sometimes he went to church – preferably to the Unitarian Meeting House, where ideas, not emotions, were exploited,” wrote novelist Laura Goodman Salverson about her father, Larus. Our congregation is distinctive among Unitarian Universalist congregations, but not quite unique, in having been first established among immigrants – in our case, Winnipeg’s Icelandic community.

This Heritage Sunday, we will look at religion through the eyes of Laura Goodman Salverson, who twice won the Governor General’s Literary Award. “It is as natural to the Icelandic heart to turn to poetry in times of stress as for another to search his Bible,” she asserted, which explains a lot about our congregation’s story.

Service Coordinator: Jill Moats

Sermon Video

Order of Service

Centering Thought

“And this our life exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brook, sermons in stones, and good in everything”

– William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Centering Music

Come Round Right, Shaker melody with vocal arrangement by Judith Harrington, accompaniment by Sara Glick, sung by the UU church choir, directed by Joseph Nguyen, accompanied by Daniel Clark


Jill Moats

Gathering Hymn

#359 When We Are Gathered

Chalice Lighting

Light of Our Creative Spirits by Tracy Johnson, read by Jill Moats

Opening Words

The Inner Light by Laura Goodman Salverson, read by Jill Moats


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

Laura Goes to the Library, told by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Sing and Rejoice

sung as youth head downstairs for religious exploration


from In a Grove by Laura Goodman Salverson, led by Jill Moats

Pastoral Caring Space

Louise McKean

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Pastoral Hymn

#288 All Are Architects (sung seated)


led by Jill Moats

Offering Words: Honoring Church Ancestors by Alice Anacheka-Nasemann

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Offertory Music

In My Homeland from Lyric Pieces, Op. 43 by Edvard Grieg, performed by Daniel Clark


from Confessions of an Immigrant’s Daughter by Laura Goodman Salverson, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson


A Time for Everything by Linda Steen Spevacek, sung by the UU church choir, directed by Joseph Nguyen

Note: We will begin recording the sermon following the anthem, with apologies for the Zoom announcement of recording interruption.


Confessions of an Immigrant Experience, by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Closing Hymn

#1052 The Oneness of Everything


Jill Moats

Closing Words

from And This My Love by Laura Goodman Salverson, read by Jill Moats

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition for Discussion of Our Ministerial Future

Arthur Burstow or Simer Kaur (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Rev. Stefan Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Jill Moats
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Religious Education: Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera, CLRE (coordinator), Paulina Hernandez (childcare provider), Debby Lake
  • Pastoral Care Coordinator: Andre Vanderstoep
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Hymn Lyrics Coordinator: Debby Lake
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, 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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