Generosity: Parables from the Receiving End

Generosity is lauded as a core human virtue. Today, we consider the experiences of those on the receiving end of generosity. Factors of privilege and power and human diversity can result in a range of outcomes and impacts for recipients that are not always benign or desirable. How can Unitarian Universalists do better in our giving and receiving practices?

Service coordinator: Dan LeDuc

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

“One of the best gifts you can give to someone, is a wider perspective. It’s also one of the best gifts you can receive.”

― Unknown

Centering Music

 Berceuse op. 109, no. 7 by J. F. Burgmüller, performed by Daniel Clark


Dan LeDuc

Gathering Hymn

#34 Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

by Gary Kowalski, read by Rev. Ren McFadyen


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

Carl and Cupcake written by Tiffany Sapp, performed by Rev. Ren McFadyen, Dan LeDuc, and Debby Lake

Sing and Rejoice

Singing the children to RE

Pastoral Hymn and Stone Dropping Ritual

#131 Love Will Guide Us


The Monk and the Thief, Zen Buddhist traditional story, read by Rev. Ren McFadyen


by Rev. Vail Weller, read by Rev. Ren McFadyen


#323 Break Not the Circle


Our Share the Plate Partner for November is Rainbow Resource Centre. It offers support to the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the form of counselling, education, and programming for individuals ranging from children through to 55+. It also supports families, friends, and employers of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.

During the month of November, there will be a box in the foyer to collect donations for Rainbow Resource Centre. They need tampons, travel-sized toothpaste, travel-sized body wash, and travel-sized shampoo and conditioners.

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

Schlummerlied by Robert Schumann, performed by Daniel Clark

Note: We will begin recording the sermon following the Offertory.


Generosity: Parables from the Receiving End by Rev. Ren McFadyen

Closing Hymn

#118 This Little Light of Mine


Dan LeDuc

Closing Words

by Rev. John Morgan, read by Rev. Ren McFadyen

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition for Breakout Rooms

Arthur Burstow (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Rev Ren McFadyen
  • Coordinators: Dan LeDuc
  • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Education (CLRE): Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera
  • Pastoral Care Coordinator: Andre Vanderstoep
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, 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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