Humanism As a Way of Living, a Humanistic Assembly

Humanism can be understood: as a psychology of self-realization; as a naturalistic philosophy; and as a way of living. All three are important. During this talk we will focus on Humanism as a way of living. We will also experience what a Humanistic Assembly (service) looks and feels like.

Assembly Coordinator: Cate Ziegler

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

“I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without expectations of rewards or punishments after I am dead.””

– Kurt Vonnegut

Opening Music

Faith is a Forest, adapted by I-to Loh, arr. V. Hooper, sung by the Choir, directed by Joseph Nguyen, accompanied by Daniel Clark

Opening Words

Imagine, by John Lennon (adapted), read by Cate Ziegler

Chalice Lighting

Here We Are Together, by Leah Ongiri, read by Wadood Ibrahim

Gathering Song

#134 Our World Is One World

Welcome and Land Acknowledgment

Cate Ziegler


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

Where Do We Come From?, from Humanists UK, told by Wadood Ibrahim

Sing and Rejoice

sung as children and youth go downstairs for Religious Exploration

Joys and Sorrows

Andre Vanderstoep

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Pastoral Song

#346 Come, Sing a Song with Me (sung seated)


To Risk, unattributed, read by Wadood Ibrahim


Hold Tenderly by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, led by Cate Ziegler

Share the Plate Offering

Cate Ziegler

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Offertory Music

100 Years, by John Ondrasik, performed by Daniel Clark


Hymn to Freedom, by Oscar Peterson, arr. Seppo Hovi, sung by the Choir, directed by Joseph Nguyen, accompanied by Daniel Clark

Note: We will not be recording today’s talk, as requested by Wadood Ibrahim.


Humanism As a Way of Living, a Humanistic Gathering, by Wadood Ibrahim

Closing Song

#1064 Blue Boat Home


Cate Ziegler

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Closing Words

We Extinguish This Flame, by Elizabeth Selle Jones, read by Wadood Ibrahim

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Following the service, please join us for community and refreshments in the sanctuary. For Zoom participants, please consider staying for conversation in our breakout room.

Transition for Breakout Room

Arthur Burstow or Simer Kaur (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Wadood Ibrahim
  • Coordinator: Cate Ziegler
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Religious Education: Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera, CLRE (coordinator), Paulina Hernandez and Amari Poppone (childcare providers)
  • Pastoral Care: Andre Vanderstoep (Coordinator)
  • 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, Ann LeDuc
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen, Jim Gardiner, Norm Cobb, others
  • Hospitality: 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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