Confluence Talk Part 2: disComfort

In this 2nd part of a 3-part interactive series from the CUC 2021 Conference, Rev Anne Barker explores with us the idea of welcoming, openness, and inclusion. How these concepts are more than just ideas, they are practices. That there is peril in avoiding discomfort.

Coordinator: Steve Lennon

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Confluence Talk Part 2: disComfort

July 11, 2021

Centering Thought

What is the source of the light that banishes your fear?

John O’Donohue

Centering Music

Where Do We Come From? UU Church of Wpg. Choir


Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

Hymn 1031 Filled with Loving Kindness

Chalice Lighting

Words by John O’Donohue 

Opening Words

Words by Pat O’Donohue 


Love Is The Spirit

Candles of Caring

Marlene Schellenberg

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.


Hymn 1009 Meditation on Breathing


From The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief by Francis Weller


Hymn 194 Faith Is a Forest


Words by ethnobotanist Wade Davis from Shadows in the Sun: Essays on the Spirit of Place

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


Anders Swanson, Executive Director of Winnipeg Trails Association


The Gift of Love, UU Church of Winnipeg Choir

Sermon: Confluence Talk Part 2: disComfort

The Rev. Anne Barker

Discussion in break out rooms

Closing Hymn

Hymn 1018, My Life Flows On in Endless Song


Steve Lennon

Closing Words

Words by Francis Weller

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


Return Again, UU Church of Winnipeg Choir

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

  • Leaders: The Rev. Anne Barker
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon
  • Tech Hosts: Janine Reid and Doreen Stroud, Tech Team
  • Chat Moderator: Lise Desrochers, Tech Team
  • Candles of Caring Host: Marlene Schellenberg, Pastoral Care Team
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, Music Director, and the First UU Winnipeg Choir; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor
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