Religion and the Power of the Written Word

Join us on October 22nd as Dan LeDuc explores the power of written language in relation to religion and spirituality through history. How do UU teachings, writing, and ideas compare?

Service Coordinator: Cate Ziegler

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” 

― Vera Nazarian

Centering Music

Allemande from French Suite No. 4 BWV 815 by JS Bach,, performed by Daniel Clark


Cate Ziegler

Gathering Hymn

#360 Here We Have Gathered (modified)

Chalice Lighting

We Light This Chalice, read by Cate Ziegler

Opening Words

Unitarian Universalists Have Said, by Barbara Merritt, read by Dan Leduc


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Introduction of Pastoral Care Coordinator

Bonnie Thiessen will introduce Andre Vanderstoep

Story Wisdom

On How Writing Came to Be, with Debby Lake

Sing and Rejoice

Singing the children to RE


A Book Is Made from a Tree, by Carl Sagan, read by Dan LeDuc


The Living Tradition, adapted by Roger Jones, read by Cate Ziegler

Holding a Caring Space

read by Cate Ziegler

Pastoral Hymn

#113 Where Is Our Holy Church?


Our Share the Plate Partner for September is Opikihiwawin.

Opikihiwawin responds to the needs of Indigenous adoptees and foster people in all stages of their lives by providing cultural education, supports and advocacy. They believe that it is every Indigenous adoptee and foster person’s inherent right to know and experience their culture. Opikihiwawin’s cultural programs create a positive sense of identity and belonging and help adoptees and foster people build relationships in the Indigenous community.

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Offertory Music

Prince Igor – Polovtsian Dance, by Alexander Borodin, performed by Daniel Clark


Religion and the Power of the Written Word, part 1, by Dan LeDuc


#143 Not in Vain the Distance Beacons


Religion and the Power of the Written Word, part 2, by Dan LeDuc

Closing Hymn

#168 One More Step


Cate Ziegler

Closing Words

Hidden in all Stories, adapted by Rachel Naomi Remen, read by Cate Ziegler

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition for Breakout Rooms

Arthur Burstow


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Dan LeDuc
  • Coordinator: Cate Ziegler
  • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Education (CLRE): Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Music Team: Debby Lake, Esther Kathryn, Brian Klowak
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow, Simerjit Kaur, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds, 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

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