• Welcome

    Welcome!

    Welcome to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg! 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. 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

  • December 21, 2014: Embracing the Darkness, Preparing for the Light

    December 21, 2014: Embracing the Darkness, Preparing for the Light

    December 21, 2014: Embracing the Darkness, Preparing for the Light

    Rev. Millie Rochester, DRE Andrea James

    Honouring earth-centered traditions, we turn our attention to the turning wheel of the seasons.

    The Choir will sing.

    UU Winter Solstice Celebration!

    Stay after church and join us for our Winter Solstice Celebration potluck, from 12 noon-2:30 pm.

    Winter Solstice heralds the symbolic rebirth of the sun, the lengthening of days and the promise of renewed life. Following the Sunday service on December 21st a celebration of the Winter Solstice will be held in the church sanctuary for all ages from 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm. It will include a potluck lunch, outdoor fire, apple cider and a live musical performance by “Double Trouble & the Robert Allan Wrigley Band”, a father and sons guitar and fiddle-playing trio! This event is free of charge, and is sponsored by the Religious Exploration (RE) committee.

  • December 24, 2014 at 5pm: Starlight Stories

    December 24, 2014 at 5pm: Starlight Stories

    December 24, 2014 at 5pm: Starlight Stories

    Rev. Millie Rochester

    Celebrate the season with moving music, stories, and the beauty of candle lighting with which the service culminates. The Choir will sing.

    Linger afterwards to enjoy traditional mulled cider and mincemeat tarts.

    Coordinator: Steve Lennon

  • December 28, 1014: Circle of Reflection

    December 28, 1014: Circle of Reflection

    December 28, 1014: Circle of Reflection

    Esther Kathryn

    Give yourself the gift of respite with this Quaker-style service of silence, spoken word, and song.

  • December 25, 2014, 2–4pm: Christmas Day Potluck Meal

    December 25, 2014, 2–4pm: Christmas Day Potluck Meal

    December 25, 2014, 2–4pm: Christmas Day Potluck Meal

    Join Rev. Millie and Roger Rochester and other UUs at the church for a delicious holiday dinner! Bring what you would like to add to the turkey that will be provided.

    For more information or to volunteer to help, call Roger Rochester at 416-0895, or email uuroger@gmail.com.

  • Covenant of Right Relations

    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

  • Financial Records for 2014 Available

    Financial Records for 2014 Available

    The year-end financial statements for the church are available for download and review.

    To see or download them, first log in to the site (bottom of page) and then click the "Members' Menu" link (top of the page). Member Downloads page

    If you have any questions about the website, please contact the webmaster.

  • Kaleidoscope Packets

    Kaleidoscope Packets

    From September 2014 through June 2015, we will explore a specific value each month, and consider how we are inspired to embody that value as religious people. Our overarching theme for the year is a challenge to ask ourselves, "What does it mean to live a life of...?"  Each month we'll provide a packet full of resources on the monthly theme. Included in the packet are exercises, inspiration, external resources (books, videos, music etc.), and "Questions To Live With".

    Themes for 2014-2015

    Most of the engagement with the packet will happen on your own. The resources are there to allow you to explore a topic through an entire month, at your convenience and to whatever depth you choose. Sermons during the month will approach the topic from different angles.  If you would like to be able to discuss your experiences, actions and discoveries you might like to join a Kaleidoscope Group.

    To contribute resources – readings, quotations, links to videos, book and/or movie titles – that might be included in future packets and sermons, leave them in Rev. Millie's mail folder, or send them by email by the 10th of the month prior.

  • Join Us for Adult Programs!

    Join Us for Adult Programs!

    Are you interested in personal growth or in deepening your faith this fall?

    Besides the programs listed, remember ongoing groups continue such as: Chalice Circles, Writing Group, Video Discussion Group, ROMEOS and Women at the Forks. Information is available in the church lobby pamphlet rack.

    To register for programs below, please email adultprog.uuwpg@mts.net or use the registration form in the pamphlet rack. Fees are due the first class. We don’t want limited finances to be a barrier. Contact any member of Adult Programming privately for a subsidy. Adult Programming Committee members are: Anne Belanger, Kathleen Hays, Trevor Semotok, Jeanne Towle, Sonya Watson. A minimum of five participants is necessary to offer a program – tell your friends!

    Meditation Group

    This program is for individuals who are interested in meditation or already meditating as part of their spiritual growth. Whatever spiritual path you have chosen and wherever you are on your path, you will have an opportunity to meditate together with others.

    Participants will have an opportunity to learn some methods of meditation including Passage Meditation and Mantra. Passage Meditation was developed by Eknath Easwaran, founder of the Blue Mountain Meditation Centre in California and it involves meditating on memorized inspirational passages which eventually take root and begin to make wonderful changes in your life. Mantra is a spiritual formula which when repeated silently as often as possible throughout the day, has the power to transform our consciousness.

    We will discuss ideas, concepts, issues, challenges, successes and progress on your spiritual journey in a supportive and learning context.

    • Facilitator: Zain Mohammed
    • Eight Mondays : Sept. 29 – Nov. 24, 2014. (No group Thanksgiving Oct. 13.)
    • 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Living Room
    • Fee: $20.00

    Building Your Own Theology – Introduction

    How do the seven UU principles relate to our lives today? Discuss how beliefs about human nature, ultimate reality, history, ethics and religion inform our individual paths. Look at personal values and convictions that guide the living of our lives. Work on a personal credo, a statement of belief. This course is suitable for newcomers and long term members alike who wish to explore what it means to be your own theologian.

    Facilitators: Janet Toews & Sonya Watson Eight Wednesdays, October 1 – November 19 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Living Room Fee: $40. includes textbook

    Oct. 19 Movie

    Baraka is an ancient Sufi word, meaning a blessing, or the essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds… This 96 minute documentary directed by Ron Fricke in 1992 was shot in 24 countries over a 14-month period.J. Hailey notes, “Without words, cameras show us the world… It begins with morning, natural landscapes and people at prayer: volcanoes, waterfalls, veldts, and forests; several hundred monks do a monkey chant. Indigenous peoples apply body paint; whole villages dance. The film moves to destruction of nature via logging, blasting, and strip mining. Images of poverty, rapid urban life, and factories give way to war, concentration camps, and mass graves. Ancient ruins come into view, and then a sacred river where pilgrims bathe and funeral pyres burn. Prayer and nature return. A monk rings a huge bell; stars wheel across the sky.”

    • Sunday, October 19, 2014
    • 12:00 noon – 1:40 in the Sanctuary
    • Light lunch available to purchase, or bring a lunch.
    • Silver collection. No registration, everyone welcome.

    War, Conflict and Recognition of the Other

    We are assaulted daily with news about current conflicts, in the Middle East and Ukraine, for example. What to think, what to do? This two-part video program may provide some insight. Each film will be followed by group discussion.

    Part One: A screening of Director's Errol Morris' film The Fog of War, a conversation with former US Secretary of Defence Robert MacNamara (a key figure in US foreign policy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam war).

    Part Two: A screening of I Know I am Not Alone, a film by left-wing musician Michael Franti that follows him on his travels through US occupied Iraq and into Israel and occupied Palestine.

    • Facilitator: Trevor Semotok
    • Dates: Tuesday Oct 21, and Oct 28 at 7pm
    • Fee: $10.




















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