Reflections on How We Make Decisions

Our fifth principle calls us to make decisions together. “Use of the democratic process”. But, that process can take a lot of forms. How do we as Unitarian Universalists make decisions, how do our processes serve us, and how do they fail us?

Service Coordinator: Jill Moats

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Order of Service

Reflections on How We Make Decisions

July 9, 2023

Leader: Dylan Fijal

Coordinator: Jill Moats

The children will remain in the sanctuary for the duration of the service.

Centering Thought    

“In truth, the simple, transparent, potent idea of the free church has had to be, time and time and time again, reconceived, reconstructed in human imagination, from memories of the tradition so obscured, or twisted and bent out of shape over time, as to be – sometimes – almost gone from the world.”

~ Rev. Alice Blair Wesley

Centering Music

Song of the Reaper from The Seasons by Tchaikovsky, performed by Daniel Clark

Welcome and Opening Words

Jill Moats, opening words written by Rev. Julie Stoneberg

Gathering Hymn       

#311 Let It Be a Dance

Chalice Lighting       

Justince, Meaning and Purpose, by Rev. Dr. David Breeden, read by Jill Moats


Love Is The Spirit 

Story Wisdom           

How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery, adapted and told by Carol Lindsay

Pastoral Meditation

written by Frederick E. Gillis, read by Jill Moats

Memorial Candle Lighting

Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Pastoral Hymn               

#1052 The Oneness of Everything

Share the Plate Speaker               

Representative from The W.R.E.N.C.H.


The River of Community by Rev. John Saxon, read by Jill Moats

Our Share The Plate Partner for July 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.


Hoe Down from Rodeo by Aaron Copland performed by Daniel Clark


Practicing Democracy, by Shaya French  read by Dylan Fijal


#147 When All the Peoples of This Earth


written by Rev. David Schwartz, read by Jill Moats

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


Reflections on How We Make Decisions, by Dylan Fijal

Closing Hymn

#300 With Heart and Mind


Jill Moats

Closing Words           

words by Rev. Shawn Newton, read by Jill Moats

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame 


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

  • Leader: Dylan Fijal
  • Coordinator: Jill Moats
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Story Wisdom: Carol Lindsay, CLFD
  • Tech Team: Jim Gardiner, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up and Maintenance: MIchael Thiessen, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds, and others
  • Music for Affirmation: written 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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