While the Twenties Roared

The 1920s were a time of turbulence for All Souls Unitarian Church in Winnipeg, the city’s English-speaking congregation at the corner of Furby and Westminster. After nearly a decade of dramatic growth, its upward trajectory was disrupted by the global flu pandemic, the Winnipeg General Strike, and the departure of its minister, Horace Westwood. The church saw five ministers come and go before stability returned, one of whom was William G. Smith, the controversial vice principal of Wesley College (now the University of Winnipeg) who was dismissed by the college in 1923 and subsequently served All Souls Church a few years later.

Service Coordinator: Steve Lennon

Sermon Video

Order of Service

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Centering Thought

To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
Mother Teresa

Centering Music

Schlummerlied (Slumber Song), Op. 124, No. 16 by Robert Schumann.   Performed by Daniel Clark


Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

107 Now Sing We of the Brave of Old

Chalice Lighting

Blessed is the Fire That Burns Deep in the Soul  by Dr. Eric A. Heller-Wagner, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Opening Words

adapted from A Lover of Open Places by Allan Cooper, Steve Lennon


Love Is the Spirit, accompanied by Daniel Clark

Sharing and Caring

Cheryl Simmons

Unison Words

Let us be grateful for this time together as we listen to the celebrations and concerns shared with us today. May the strength we gain through this sharing help us create a feeling of hope and courage in the lives of those around us, and in our own lives. So may it be.


300 With Heart and Mind


Our Share the Plate partner for January 29, which is the fifth Sunday of the month of January, is the Minister’s Discretionary Fund.


Moonbeams, by Montague Ewing, performed by Daniel Clark


from The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson


352 Find a Stillness


The Hour of Snow by Lorna Crozier., read by Steve Lennon


While the Twenties Roared   Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Closing Hymn

318 We Would Be One   Audio/visual file


Steve Lennon

Closing Words

Fields of Promise by Emil Gudmundson, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame, accompanied by Daniel Clark


To the Light performed by the First UU Winnipeg Choir


Gratitude to all who made this service happen:

  • Leader: Rev. Stefan Jonasson 
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Cheryl Simmons
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Songleading Videos: Paul Rodermond, (former) Acting Music Director and  Accompanist, P.J. Buchan, (former) Music Director, First UU Winnipeg Choir
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg chalice logo: Nancy Gilbert 
  • Webmaster: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershill

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