We, the members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, confirm our Covenant of Right Relations.
As members, we seek to make our church a safe space for everyone.
We acknowledge that we are different from each other. We recognize that we are enriched by our diversity and that our differences will sometimes be a source of conflict. We acknowledge that we are all responsible for our own words and actions.
In this light, we covenant to:
- Nurture a safe and welcoming community.
- Honour each other's inherent worth.
- Assume good will on the part of each other.
- Listen to each other with care.
- Speak to and about each other with respect.
- Be honest with each other.
- Talk directly to each other even when differences exist.
- Ask for help when conflict is too difficult to handle alone.
Created and affirmed by our congregation, April 2013
Important Information Concerning Member Ceremonies of Significance
Church members usually look to the church for support at times of major life transition such as marriage, birth and death. During the past two years, however, it became evident that clarification was needed in two key areas: who can officiate at these events, and which principles govern the use of the building during member ceremonies of significance.
You will likely have heard that the Canada Revenue Agency does not allow charitable organizations to give any special benefits to members. This means that members are no longer able to rent the building at discounted rates. However, since ceremonies of significance are considered to be central to this organization’s charitable purpose, the church can offer the use of the building to members for ceremonies of significance at no charge. At the same time, the church still needs to pay staff to set up, host, and clean up after these events. To this end, the board recently approved a policy allowing for a modest cost recovery charge related to staffing expenses during member ceremonies of significance.
Summary of the feedback sessions on Worship held in 2016
Prepared by the Shared Ministry Team: Debby Lake, Stephanie Harvey, Kent Klostreich
The Shared Ministry Team (SMT) hosted three small-group feedback sessions in 2016 (two on May 1, one on Sep 18). All sessions were held at the church from 12 noon to 1:30 pm following the Sunday service, and a light lunch was provided to all participants free of charge.
The Rev. Meghann Robern was called to be our settled minister in 2017. She's in ministerial fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association, which also qualifies her to serve the congregations of the Canadian Unitarian Council. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Claremont School of Theology, an intentionally multifaith, multicultural seminary.
In addition to being a minister, she's also a co-parent to two kids, a partner to her spouse, a gamer, and a back-of-the-pack runner. Before she finally followed her life-long call to ministry, she worked in the music industry, the film/tv business, and the non-profit sector. As a Unitarian Universalist, she ministers to all regardless of assigned sex, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, romantic orientation, skin colour, size, physical ability, or cognitive ability.