The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg
Welcome to our site! We are glad you are here.
We are a vibrant, intentionally-inclusive community, and welcome you regardless of gender identity, economic circumstance, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnicity, or national origin.
Our Sunday services are held year-round, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., followed by refreshments and conversation. Please visit our Sunday Services page for information about upcoming services. Childcare is available throughout the service, as well as a dynamic program of Religious Exploration for children and youth. Parking, transit, and bike information, as well as a map, are here.
We welcome you, and look forward to sharing the adventure that is life and the spiritual journey. Feel free to Contact Us with questions or for further information.
~ Reverend Millie Rochester, Minister
We are located at 603 Wellington Crescent, just over the Maryland bridge on the South side of the Assiniboine River. (Click to go to the Google Map.)
Getting here by bike or bus: You are encouraged to ride your bike or take Winnipeg Transit. Routes 20, 29 and 99 run on Sunday mornings and stop at these bus stops; routes 17, 10 and several others stop within a 10 minute walk. Every Sunday during summer months, from dawn to dusk, cars are discouraged to use Wellington Crescent so that it can be used as a bike/walking/jogging path.
Getting here by car: If you are driving East on Academy, please note that there is a cement barrier on Harrow and Academy preventing left (North) turns from Eastbound Academy onto Harrow (going through to Wellington). Parking is available in our church parking lot, and overflow parking is available on the street and at the far West end of the Rehabilitation Hospital. For information about handicap parking spaces, please contact the church office.
Our Office Administrator is Pamela Johnson. Her office hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Her summer hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you visit and the main doors are locked, please come to the left door (the “house”) and ring the doorbell. The office phone number is 204-474-1261. The email is email@example.com.
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Our Church was certified as a "Welcoming Congregation" - welcoming to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) people - in 1996. Today we broaden our welcome to include Two-Spirit and Gender-Nonconforming people as well as all who fall elsewhere on the gender identity and sexual orientation spectrums.
We are proud to be part of the rich history of Canadian Unitarians who support LGBTTQ* rights.
To learn more about the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) Welcoming Congregation program, click here.
To learn more about our own history, please visit this page.
“We are committed to providing a safe environment for all individuals attending congregational activities, free of personal harassment, including sexual harassment. If you have any concerns or questions, or just want further information, please call any one of the committee members.”
The congregation passed the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg Safe Church Policy in 2001. The policy is extensive and outlines procedures to be followed to make and/or to deal with any concern or complaint. A copy of the policy may be obtained by contacting a member of the resource team.
Read more about the Safe Church Policy, Mandate, and Committee here.
2015-07-26: Deep Listening
2015-08-02: Hospitality and Possibility
August 2, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Service Leaders: Unitarian Women of Mennonite Roots
Service Coordinator: Marlene Schellenberg
While many immigrant groups face similar struggles finding acceptance and hospitality in their new home, each group faces unique challenges adapting and connecting as new members of society. To explore the theme of "Hospitality", Unitarian women of Mennonite roots explore what it has meant for them collectively and individually to live a life of Hospitality in the Unitarian church.
August 9, 2015
Service leader and coordinator: Steve Lennon
That lovely garden you see down the back lane, a child’s brilliant crayon drawing, a friend’s eloquent manner of speaking – these are but some examples of spirituality manifesting itself in creative works. Join Steve Lennon as he leads a personal journey into the realms of human creativity.
2015-08-16: Devotion Reflected in Action
Devotion Reflected in Action
August 16, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
Service Leader: Carol Harvey
Service Coordinator: Gordon Clark
To be devoted to a cause or person is reflected in action which shows loyalty, faithfulness, or deep affection. Carol Harvey provides examples of Unitarians who showed devotion to communities in which they lived and worked.
2015-08-23: What It Means to Live a Life of Possibility
What It Means to Live a Life of Possibility
August 23, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Service Leader: Don Bailey
Service Coordinator: Marlene Schellenberg
In his marvellous recent book, "God Revised", the Rev. Galen Guengerich (All Souls Unitarian Church, New York) describes "God" as the sum of our and the universe's past "Experiences" and asserts that these experiences generate each of our individual and collective "Possibilities" for the future. Don Bailey, Senior Scholar, Department of History at the University of Winnipeg will present and examine Guengerich's thoughts on these subjects this morning.
Summer Services in Gimli
Summer Services in Gimli
Gimli Unitarian Church will open for the summer season on Sunday, July 5, 2015, continuing on the first and third Sundays of the month until the final service of the season on Sunday, September 6. Services are at 11:00 a.m. in the congregation’s landmark building at 76 Second Avenue. Dress is casual — after all, it’s cottage season!
July 5 – Stumbling into Heaven
Heaven has been the topic of several books in recent years, from imaginative volumes like The Five People You Meet in Heaven to the wishful thinking of pop theology like Heaven is for Real. The Universalist showman P.T. Barnum insisted that heaven isn’t a place at all, but rather a state of being right here on earth. Rev. Stefan Jonasson
July 19 – Surprised by Joy
“Life is a series of surprises,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson, and it certainly seems to be true. And while it’s also common to hear people, especially bosses, say, “I don’t like surprises,” I’ve been surprised by joy so often that I relish the surprises that come my way. Rev. Stefan Jonasson
August 2 – May I Change Your Mind?
Some years ago a Buddhist magazine, Tricycle, sponsored “Change Your Mind” Days across the country, involving meditation events in public places. The title was a pun on the usual way we think about “Changing Your Mind,” which usually means changing your opinions. It turns out the changing your opinions may be even harder than changing your mind through spiritual discipline. In fact, it turns out that changing your mind by changing your opinions takes a special kind of spiritual discipline. Rev. Wayne Arnason and Rev. Kathleen Rolenz
August 16 – Faith in Things Unseen
The most precious things in life are intangible for most people and our deepest values stand upon beliefs we cannot prove and experiences we often cannot articulate. Even those of us who fancy ourselves humanists and materialists have a faith in things unseen. Rev. Stefan Jonasson
August 30 – From Chaos to Creation
“Invention,” according to Mary Shelley, “does not consist of creating out of void, but out of chaos.” The old mythologies teach us to believe in creation ex nihilo – out of nothing – but is creation not better understood as the emergence of order out of chaos? Rev. Stefan Jonasson
September 6 – The Good We Seek for All
“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain,” claimed Jane Addams, “until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” On Labour Day weekend, we do well to reflect upon what a good and just society looks like. Rev. Stefan Jonasson
Covenant of Right Relations
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 if differences exist.
- Ask for help when conflict is too difficult to handle alone.
~Created and affirmed by our congregation, April 2013
Our beautiful building is a mix of modern multi-use space and old-world charm and is available as a venue for workshops, meetings, concerts, events, rites of passage, and celebrations.
Our Policies Manual outlines building use, special rates for members, and resources that are available (eg. projector, sound system, etc.). Our standard rental agreement shows the conditions of use, which apply to all renters, including our members. Package pricing is available for Weddings, Memorial Services, Conferences, and Long-Term Renters.