Maintaining Winnipeg’s Urban Forest

Diagram of a tree representing our connection to the environment

Trees provide many important benefits, including cooling our streets in the summer, reducing rainwater runoff and air pollution, improving mental and physical health, and beautifying our city. But Winnipeg’s urban forest faces significant challenges from insects and disease, climate change, urban development, and resource strains.

Dr. Richard Westwood will discuss values, issues, and solutions in maintaining Winnipeg’s magnificent urban forest.

Coordinators: Marian Siemens, Steve Lennon

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Maintaining Winnipeg’s Urban Forest

Sunday, February 13, 2022

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Centering Thought

The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

~ Nelson Henderson

Centering Music

Original Environmental Song: You Can Count on Trees  featuring Mia Black


Marian Siemens

Gathering Hymn

107 Now Sing We the Brave of Old

Chalice Lighting

written by Anne Peek

Opening Words

written by John Robbins


Love Is The Spirit

Candles of Caring

Shar Lynn

Unison Words

The journeys of our lives have brought us this morning to this place, to be here together. May we listen to one another with open hearts and reach out to one another with caring, and with love. So may it be.


Hymn 27 I Am That Great and Fiery Force


Our Share the Plate Partner for the Month of February is Sage House in the Mt. Carmel Clinic. They are a Street Women’s Health, Outreach and Resource Centre.


Mother Earth by Karliene


Excerpt from Canada Forest Accord


1014 Answering the Call of Love


Lessons from the Sierra Nevada

Rev. Thomas Starr King, from a 1863 UU sermon

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

Introduction to speaker

Peter Miller


Maintaining Winnipeg’s Urban Forest Richard Westwood


1028 Fire of Commitment


Marian Siemens

Closing Words

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition Music

Tree Song: Learn about Trees! Roots, and Trunks and Leaves  from Mr. R’s Songs for Teaching


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

  • Leaders: Members of the Green Action Team and the Social Justice Team
  • Coordinators: Marian Siemens, Steve Lennon
  • Tech Team: Marjorie Doyle, Janet Toews, Lorie Battershill, Mel Leslie
  • Candles of Caring Host: Shar Lynn
  • Songleader Videos: Paul Rodermond, PJ Buchman, the FUUW Choir; Josh Robern, editor
  • To contact the Sunday Services Team please email