Connecting with the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord

On December 7, 2023, four members of this congregation attended, in different capacities, the All Partner Gathering of signatories of the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Our church is one of 243 signers in this city. Come find out what our church people experienced, what they learned, and how we see our future with the Accord, going forward.

Service Coordinator: Steve Lennon

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

“We can all move together to create transformative change.”

– Sandra Delaronde, principal, Northern Sage Consulting, community activist & advocate

Centering Music

Esquisse (sketch) by Charles Koechlin, performed by Daniel Clark


Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

#42 Morning, So Fair to See

Chalice Lighting

Blessed is the Fire That Burns Deep in the Soul by Dr. Eric A. Heller-Wagner, read by Pat Lane

Opening Words

words by Kathy A. Huff, read by Steve Lennon


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Joys and Sorrows

Bill Bennett, Pastoral Care Team

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Pastoral Hymn

#1031 Filled with Loving Kindness (repeat 3 times, sung seated)


Adapted from For Change by Rev. David Breeden, read by Steve Lennon


#160 Far Too Long, by Fear Divided


led by Steve Lennon

Our Share the Plate Partner for February is the West Central Women’s Resource Centre. West Central Women’s Resource Centre empowers women, and their community, to move from where they are to where they want to be, by providing responsive programming, facilitating knowledge sharing and connection, and contributing to culture shift and policy transformation.

The offering will be gratefully received, both right now, and continuing when our stream ends. To donate via e-transfer/Interac use; in the note, you MUST include your name and whether your donation is for the Sunday offering or your pledge. You can also send a cheque by mail to the church at First UU Church of Winnipeg, 603 Wellington Cr. Winnipeg, MB R3M 0A7

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Offertory Music

I Dreamed a Dream (Les Misérables) by Claude-Michel Schönberg, performed by Daniel Clark

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


Connecting with the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord, by Heather Emberley


Connecting with the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord, by Michael Thiessen


Connecting with the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord, by Pat Lane


Connecting with the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord, by Steve Lennon

Closing Hymn

#121 We’ll Build a Land


Steve Lennon

Closing Words

fromMatins by John O’Donohue, read Michael Thiessen

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition for Breakout Rooms

Arthur Burstow or Simer Kaur (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leaders: Pat Lane, Michael Thiessen, Heather Emberley, Steve Lennon
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Religious Education: Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera, CLRE (coordinator), Paulina Hernandez (childcare provider), Debby Lake, Carl von Baeyer
  • Pastoral Care: Bill Bennett, Andre Vanderstoep (Coordinator)
  • 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, Jim Gardiner, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead, Ann LeDuc
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen, Jim Gardiner, Norm Cobb, others
  • 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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Want to help setting up on Sunday mornings? Please contact Norm Cobb or Jim Gardiner.

Please refrain from taking photographs and making recordings during and after the service without the express permission of all people involved. Also, please turn off electronic devices during the service. Thank you.

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