Harm Reduction: Universalism Embodied Today

Universalism, and the Universalism of our faith’s history proclaimed that All are saved. That though we might be flailing, falling, failing humans, God’s love is so great that They will still save us. What truth does this theology speak to us in the current reality of our theologically pluralistic faith? Where do we see it embodied in the world? Rev. Kayla will be joining us from Charleston, West Virginia to share information both on Universalist theology and how she’s seen this embodied in the harm reduction she’s become a part of in one of the epicenters of the opioid crisis.

Coordinator: Pamela Hardman

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Harm Reduction: Universalism Embodied Today

July 18, 2021

Centering Thought

“Universalism—the belief that a loving God would not sentence anyone to eternity in hell.”

~ From ‘John Murray’s Conversion to Universalism’ by Kimberly French

Centering Music

Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles, performed by the Choir at First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn


Pamela Hardman

Gathering Hymn

Hymn 1031 Filled with Loving Kindness

Chalice Lighting

First Principle Chalice Lighting by Florence Caplow

Opening Words

Toward a Place of Wholeness by Viola Abbitt


Love Is The Spirit

Story Wisdom

‘Muddy Children’ by Janeen K. Grohsmeyer, from A Lamp in Every Corner: Our Unitarian Universalist Storybook

Candles of Caring

Colleen Walsh

Unison Words

We pause to reflect on our week, to think of changes and challenges that lay ahead. And, as we share what is in our hearts and support each other along the way, we are all strengthened. 


Hymn 1011, Return Again


John Murray’s Conversion to Universalism, by Kimberly French


Hymn 1029, Love Knocks and Waits for Us to Hear


There is a love

Rev. Kayla Parker will lead the meditation.

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

Share the Plate Testimonial

Anders Swanson – Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery’s Speech Act Project that partners with Winnipeg Trails 


We Can Do Hard Things, by Tish Melton

Sermon: Harm Reduction: Universalism Embodied Today

The Reverend Kayla Parker


Hymn 1028, Fire of commitment


Pamela Hardman


from John Murray

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


Buffalo, by Boogey the Beat

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

  • Leaders: The Rev. Kayla Parker
  • Coordinators: Pam Hardman, Sunday Services Team
  • Tech Hosts: Marjorie Doyle, Tech Team
  • Chat Moderator: Janine Reid, Tech Team
  • Candles of Caring Hosts: Colleen Walsh, Pastoral Care Team
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, Music Director, and the First UU Winnipeg Choir; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor
  • To contact the Sunday Services Team please email worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca