Labelled, but Still Able

An exploration into the topics of disability and the damaging impact that ableism can have. Join Octavia MacIsaac, an autistic epileptic, in exploring how ableism can overshadow the strengths that people with disabilities have and develop. Labels can change everything, but they don’t have to. It’s about time that everyone had a chance to shine!

Service Coordinator: Norm Cobb

Sermon text: Labelled, but Still Able Chalice Lighting, Story and Sermon by Octavia MacIsaac August 2023
(copyright 2023: Please obtain permission before posting or reproduction in whole or large part; short quotes may be used citing the author- contact Octavia through the Church Office at 204-474-1261.)


Order of Service

Centering Thought    

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.

~ Octavia MacIsaac

Centering Music

Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” First Mvmt. Excerpt, by Ludwig van Beethoven, played by Daniel Clark


Norm Cobb

Gathering Hymn       

#6 Just as Long as I Have Breath

Chalice Lighting       

wordss by and read by Octavia MacIsaac

Opening Words       

#501, by Frederick E. Gillis, read by Norm Cobb


Love Is The Spirit 

Story Wisdom

Alex and the Invisibles, by and read by Octavia MacIsaac        

Sing and Rejoice         

Pastoral Meditation

by Rev. Ren Rohe McFadyen, adapted and read by Norm Cobb

Pastoral Hymn and Stone Dropping Ritual

#1053 How Could Anyone Ever Tell You


Our Share The Plate Partner for July and August is The W.R.E.N.C.H..  They are a registered charity that creates stronger, healthier communities by removing barriers to building, repairing and maintaining bicycles with a focus on educating youth and making bikes accessible to the wider community.

Thank you for supporting the church with your funds, time, talent and energy. Direct deposit or post-dated cheques simplify giving. You may use a donation envelope, which is located at the back of the gray hymnal, to receive a tax receipt for accumulated cash gifts over $10. Please ask an usher for details if you do not find an envelope. Information about electronic or remote giving can be found on the Give page.


Cinderella Waltz, by Sergei Prokofiev arranged by Hywel Davies, played by Daniel Clark

Responsive Reading    

#666 The Legacy of Caring — Thandeka


#170 We Are a Gentle, Angry People


Labelled But Still Able, by Octavia MacIsaac

Closing Hymn

#1052 The Oneness of Everything


Norm Cobb

Closing Words           

#686, by Mark L Bellitini, read by Norm Cobb

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame 


Arthur Burstow

During this service

In order that everyone can feel comfortable here, ask that you refrain from taking photos and making recordings during and after the service unless you have received express permission from all people involved. The tech team records only the sermon portion of the service, provided the speaker consents, and it will later be posted on YouTube, again only with consent. Thank you for turning off recording devices and phones during the service if you are joining us in the sanctuary.


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

  • Leader: Octavia MacIsaac
  • Coordinator: Norm Cobb
  • Religious Exploration: Carol Lindsay CLFD
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Tech Team: Marjorie Doyle, Arthur Burstow, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up and Maintenance: MIchael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds, and others
  • Music for Affirmation: composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg Chalice Logo Designer: Nancy Gilbert
  • Webmaster: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershill

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Want to help out on Sunday mornings? Please contact Norm Cobb or Jim Gardiner.