Let’s Talk About Toilets!

Have you ever thought wildly about racing to the main floor bathroom as the church service ends on Sunday, potentially missing out on the closing and togetherness? What about how long the lineup is? Where are the downstairs bathrooms anyways? How do folks feel about the basement bathrooms being gender segregated? Have you ever felt unsafe going to the bathroom at church, or that you couldn’t, because of safety? Why is our main floor, accessible, all gender toilet doing triple time? What can be done? Join the A-Team and invited guests to talk about these questions and more, and hear about the importance of attending to our number 1s and 2s while at church, and how this is an accessibility, inclusion, and human rights issue that our community needs to continue to address.

Coordinator: Steve Lennon

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Let’s Talk About Toilets

May 15, 2022

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Centering Thought

To be truly visionary we have to root our imagination in our concrete reality while simultaneously imagining possibilities beyond that reality.

~ Bell Hooks

Centering Music

Born That Way by Lady Gaga 


Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

298 Wake, Now My Senses

Chalice Lighting

from This Simple Flame by Rev. Ray Drennan, read by Paula Keirstead

Opening Words

Words by Imani Barbarin, read by Janine Reid


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

Sharing and Caring

Paula Wachs

Unison Words

Let us be grateful for this time together as we listen to the celebrations and concerns shared with us today. May the strength we gain through this sharing help us create a feeling of hope and courage in the lives of those around us, and in our own lives. So may it be.


128 For All That Is Our Life


From Singing the Living Tradition 505, words by Thich Nhat Hanh, read by Steve Lennon


Steve Lennon  

Our Share the Plate Partner for May is Safe Housing and Directed Empowerment, Inc., or S.H.A.D.E.


All of You Is Welcome Here by Annika Winberg


124 Be That Guide


Diane Pearce video


Shelly Rohe video


Ted Talk video by Ivan Coyote

Closing Hymn

1028 The Fire of Commitment


Steve Lennon

Closing Words

Words by Judy Heumann, read by Paula Keirstead

Chalice Extinguishing

words by Hugh MacPherson, read by Paula Keirstead, then Carry the Flame


Steve Lennon

Music video: Just Pee (Where You Wanna Pee) by Kinky Boots


Gratitude to all who made this service happen:

  • Leader: Ivan Coyote and Diane Pierce, Shelly Rohe, Paula Keirstead, and Janine Reid with the A-Team (Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry Team)
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble et al 
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Paula Wachs
  • Songleading Videos: Paul Rodermond, (former) Acting Music Director and Accompanist, P.J. Buchan, (former) Music Director, Winnipeg UU Choir
  • Editor: Josh Robern

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