Restore Our Earth

Restored native prairie wildflowers
Restored native prairie wildflowers

As part of the interdependent web of all beings, we recognize and affirm that a healthy Earth is not an option – it is a necessity. What began as a revolution 50 years ago has now turned into a global observance of Earth Day. We continue our commitment to this much needed restoration through listening and connecting with the wisdom of Earth-centered traditions and science. This work is our collective responsibility.

Service Coordinator: Odell Havsdotter

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Restore the Earth

April 18, 2021

Me: Why am I alive?

Old Woman: Because everything else is.

Me: No. I mean the purpose.

Old Woman: This is the purpose. To learn about your relatives. 

Me: My family?

Old Woman: Yes. The moon, stars, rocks, trees, plants, water, insects, birds, mammals. Your whole family. Learn about that relationship. How you’re moving through time and space together. That’s why you’re alive. 

Richard Wagamese, Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations

Centering Music

Ta’kaiya Blaney – Shallow Waters


Gathering Hymn

404 What Gift Can We Bring

Chalice Lighting

Words by John Lame Deer

Opening Words

Call to Prayer by UN Environment Programme


Love is the Spirit

Story Wisdom

Salmon Forest by David Suzuki

Memorial Candle

Candles of Caring

Unison Words

To troubled hearts and to spirits over-brimming, we offer our ministry.

To stories that need to be heard, we offer the care of our attention.

To the blooming of lives and to their ending, we open our hearts.

This time we make sacred by a simple act we all know – we minister by listening.


1069 Ancient Mother



N’we Jinan – Bell Coola, We are Medicine


Words by Chief Seattle


203 All Creatures of the Earth and Sky


A Prayer of Sorrow and A Prayer for Healing – UN Environment Programme


Salmon Boy told by Lola Whonnock


163 For the Earth Forever Turning



A Prayer of Gratitude – UN Environment Programme

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame sung by the First UU Winnipeg Choir

Transition to Connecting & Conversation Time

Ta’kaiya Blaney – Earth Revolution

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

  • Leaders: Lola Whonnock, Nicole McKay
  • Coordinators: Odell Havsdotter, Sunday Services Team
  • Tech Hosts: Mel Leslie, Tech Team
  • Chat Moderators: Odell Havsdotter, Tech Team
  • Candles of Caring Host: Marlene SchellenbergPastoral Care Team
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, Music Director, and the FUUW Choir; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor

To contact the Sunday Services Team please email