Head, Heart, and Spirit: The Essential Role of Pastoral Care in UU Congregations

Rev. Ren McFadyen will reflect on the ministry of spiritual or pastoral care in UU congregations, and why it is an essential integrative aspect of a healthy UU community.

Coordinators: Steve Lennon and Jill Moats

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Head, Heart, and Spirit:
The Essential Role of Pastoral Care in UU Congregations

October 2, 2022

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Centering Thought

And I am aware of my heart: it opens and closes

Its bowl of red blooms out of sheer love of me.   

~ Sylvia Plath

Centering Music

We Will Not Stop Singing  by the Chapin Sisters, featuring First U Brooklyn Choir


Jill Moats

Gathering Hymn

347 Gather the Spirit, UUSGU (with lyrics)

Chalice Lighting  

Words from The Longing for Something More by Gretchen Haley, read by Rev. Ren McFadyen

Responsive Opening Words

by Jane E. Mauldin, led by Rev. Ren

Response by congregation: “We give thanks this day.”


Love Is the Spirit,  music by P.J. Buchan

Sharing and Caring

Esmat Elhami

Unison Words

The struggle between self-interest and care lives in each heart. We are asked to work these choices every day, and the life of relationship, family, and community depends on what we choose.


Hope by Yasaye Barnwell, from the General Assembly 2020 Sunday Service, We Are.

Words of Reflection

by Wayne Muller, read by Esmat Elhami


from Pieces of Good by Mary Shaffer, read by Jill Moats

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


Steve Lennon

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Our Share the Plate Partner for October is 1 Just City.


The Gift of Love, performed by First UU Winnipeg Church Choir


Opening the Gift by Mark Nepo, read by Rev. Ren


1058 Be Ours a Religion


Head, Heart, and Spirit: The Essential Role of Pastoral Care in UU Congregations, Rev. Ren McFadyen

Closing Hymn

My Life Flows On in Endless Song


Steve Lennon


Rev. Ren McFadyen

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


We Rise Again performed Anne Murray & friends, for the people of the Maritime Provinces, recovering from Hurricane Fiona.


Gratitude to all who made this service happen:

  • Leader: Rev. Ren McFadyen
  • Coordinators: Steve Lennon, Jill Moats
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Esmat Elhami
  • Songleading Videos: Paul Rodermond, (former) Acting Music Director and Accompanist, P.J. Buchan, (former) Music Director, Winnipeg UU Choir
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg chalice logo: Nancy Gilbert

To contact Sunserv (Sunday Services Team), please email worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca