Freedom To: Maturity in Religion

Henry Nelson Wieman, one of the 20th century’s leading theologians, and a Unitarian Universalist, saw creativity in community at the heart of a liberating religion. In Creative Freedom, he explored mistaken ideas of freedom, inadequate goals of religious liberals, and the possibilities of creative interchange in developing a mature liberal religion.

Service Coordinator: Steve Lennon

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Order of Service

May 7, 2023, 10:30 am

Centering Thought

We live in the world when we love it.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

Centering Music

Heliotrope Bouquet by Scott Joplin, performed by Daniel Clark


Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

#186 Grieve Not Your Heart

Chalice Lighting

words by Steve Lennon

Opening Words

words by Rabindranath Tagore, read by Steve


Love Is The Spirit

Story Wisdom

Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Sing and Rejoice

Singing children down to their rooms

Sharing and Caring

Kelvin Seifert

Unison Words

Spirit of life, be present with us as we listen to one another. May all who come here today see a welcome face, hear a kind word, and find comfort and compassion in this
community. So may it be.


#301 Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky!


Our Share the Plate partner for May is Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre.

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Aria from Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, performed by Daniel Clark


read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson


#327 Joy, Thou Goddess


words by Francis Weller, read by Steve

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


Freedom To: Maturity in Religion by Rev. Stefan Jonasson


#324 Where My Free Spirit Onward Leads


Steve Lennon

Closing Words

By Philip Simmons, read by Steve Lennon

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


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

  • Leader: Rev. Stefan Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader, Arthur Burstow
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Kelvin Seifert
  • Music Director: Paul Rodermond
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Music for Affirmation: P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up and Maintenance: Michael Thiessen, Jim Gardiner, Norm Cobb & others
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds and others
  • Chalice Sculptor: Joanne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg chalice logo: Nancy Gilbert
  • Webmaster: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershill

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