Contemplating Connection: Reflections on the struggles and successes in creating communities of care in an increasingly individualistic world

Drawing from her experiences as a clinical counsellor and community event organizer, Sabrina Friesen explores our current cultural relational climate, the epidemic of loneliness, and ways we can find our way back to each other – and why it’s essential that we do.

Sermon Video

Order of Service

Centering Thought    

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”

~ Dorothy Day

Centering Music

Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles


Jill Moats

Gathering Hymn       

#360 Here We Have Gathered

Chalice Lighting       

O Light of Life, by Sam Trumbore, read by Jill Moats

Opening Words       

Community Means Strength, by Starhawk, read by Jill Moats


Love Is The Spirit 

Story Wisdom           

The Big Umbrella, by Amy June Bates, read by Jill Moats

Sing and Rejoice         

sung “a cappella” as people return to their seats

Pastoral Meditation

by Rev. Max D. Gaebler, adapted and read by Jill Moats

Pastoral Hymn and Stone Dropping Ritual

#268 A Core of Silence


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Songs Without Words – Op. 102 No. 4 – The Sighing Wind by Felix Mendelssohn, played by Kaila Rochelle


The Importance of Human Connection, by Dr. John Delony, read by Sabrina Friesen


#128 For All That Is Our LIfe


Contemplating Connection, by Sabrina Friesen

Closing Hymn

#134 Our World Is One World


Jill Moats

Closing Words           

from Universal Love, by Rev. Diane Rollert, read by Jill Moats

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame 


Arthur Burstow

During this service

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

  • Leader: Sabrina Friesen
  • Coordinator: Jill Moats
  • Songleading Videos: PJ Buchan, and the FUUW Choir; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Miriam Robern, editor
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up and Maintenance: MIchael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds, and others
  • Music for Affirmation: composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg Chalice Logo Designer: Nancy Gilbert
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