Ministry

Reverend Nicoline Guerrier, Interim Minister

Nicoline Guerrier will serve the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg as Interim Minister, through July 2017. She succeeds the Reverend Millie Rochester, who retired in the summer of 2015. Nicoline is an enthusiastic and life-long Unitarian Universalist who is proud to serve our historic congregation.

She is passionate about our faith movement’s deeply inclusive commitment to honour the spiritual paths of each and every person. At the same time, she believes deeply that community is the container that helps us to become our best, most loving selves while on the life-long search for connection, meaning, life purpose and justice.

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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

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.

Read more: Summary of the feedback sessions on Worship held in 2016

Message from the Ministerial Search Committee

Dear members and friends,

We successfully interviewed three pre-candidates in Winnipeg over the past few months. We toured the church and the city, had interviews and Q&As, attended sermonds/services they delivered, and learned more about how this partnership could work. They had great things to say about our church and city. Thankfully our Winnipeg winter did not scare off any of our pre-candidates!

This process of pre-candidating has taught us so much about our religion and ourselves. The candidates opened our eyes to new knowledge and possibilities.  One thing we learned was just how diverse the role of the minister is.

Our next step in the process is to invite one of the candidates to candidating week. We are looking forward to introducing you to each other. Our tentative candidating week is May 6-14. Stay tuned for a schedule! We look forward to your input for and assistance with this week.

- Your Ministerial Search Committee

Hello members and friends,

What a busy time for the MSC! We had 11 ministers who expressed interest in our congregation. We interviewed 5, and have chosen 3 to pre-candidate.  In April we will present you with our final candidate.  Please stay tuned for more information regarding candidating week.

Thanks to your input from the survey and focus groups, we were able to attract remarkable ministers. We have been enthusiastically learning about their theological points of view, experiences, expectations, and why they want to come to Winnipeg.

Our pre-candidate weekends are spent getting to know the ministers on a more personal level. We tour our church, attend a service they deliver, show them around the city, and spend some less-formal time with them. We have a two-way interview.  It lets us get to know them better, and allows them to ask us questions about our congregation, our past and future, and our city.

Some parting thoughts for you:

  • What can you do to help the new minister (and possibly family) with the transition?

  • How can you prepare yourself for this exciting transition?

  • What are you most looking forward to?

Sincerely,

Your Ministerial Search Committee