On Unitarian Ground

When asked about Unitarianism, a good many of us will use “not” in our answer. We are NOT this, or NOT that. But what are we? Where is the ground on which we stand?

Service Coordinator: Steve Lennon

Sermon Video

– UU author Rev. Phillip Hewett

Centering Music

Be Still, My Soul by Jean Sibelius, arranged by Paul Cardall, performed by Daniel Clark


Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

#1003 Where Do We Come From? (sung twice)

Chalice Lighting

from Learning to Fall by Philip Simmons, read by Steve Lennon

Opening Words

adapted from A Morning Offering by John O’Donohue, read by Rev. Brian Kiely


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Joys and Sorrows

Andre Vanderstoep, Pastoral Care Coordinator

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Pastoral Hymn

#1031 Filled with Loving Kindness (sung through 3 times, seated)

Responsive Reading

Reflection on the Eight Principles (adapted) by Michael E. Sallwasser , led by Rev. Brian Kiely
Rev. Brian Kiely reads bold print. Congregation responds.

We, the member congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council, covenant to
affirm and promote:
1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
We promote the first and most honored principle of our Association by opening our pulpit to all. We affirm the dignity of every person when we value their thoughtful and heartfelt opinions enough to provide a forum to express them.

2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
When our speech challenges the injustice and inequity we see and experience in the world, we are called to do so with compassion for the oppressor as well as the oppressed.

3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
It is often through words that we demonstrate acceptance or rejection of someone else’s spiritual journey. By choosing our words carefully when expressing our individual beliefs, we can encourage others on their chosen path by intentionally acknowledging the multiplicity of spokes to the spiritual center.

4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
How better to affirm and promote a free and responsible search than to provide a marketplace for those who are searching to share the fruits of their quest?

5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
Free speech is the cornerstone of democracy. When repressive regimes seize power, speech is the first freedom they crush. When people rise up, it is because they are emboldened by speech that is free.

6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
This is our challenge: to broaden the sphere of our influence, to build a community of those outside these walls. If today strengthens our convictions, then we have done well.

7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
We are intimately connected and profoundly dependent on one another. Not the least of what we need from one another is the infusion of new ideas, new ways of thinking, that help us to better understand each other and ourselves.

8. Individual and communal action that accountably dismantles racism and systemic barriers to full inclusion in ourselves and our institutions.


Hold On by Nancy Wood, led by Rev. Brian Kiely


#124 Be That Guide


led by Steve Lennon

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Offertory Music

Ebb Tide by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger, performed by Daniel Clark

Note: We will begin recording the sermon following the offertory music, with apologies for any interruption by the voice of Zoom.


On Unitarian Ground, by Rev Brian Kiely

Closing Hymn

#318 We Would Be One


Steve Lennon

Closing Words

written and read by Steve Lennon

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition for Breakout Rooms

Arthur Burstow or Simer Kaur (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Rev Brian Kiely
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon
  • Pastoral Care Coordinator: Andre Vanderstoep
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Religious Education: Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera, CLRE (coordinator), Paulina Hernandez (childcare provider), Debby Lake
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Hymn Lyrics Coordinator: Debby Lake
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, Marian Siemens, 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

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

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

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