May 2nd Sunday Service

“Grandfather Gandhi: Lessons in Non-Violence”
Service Leader: Nancy Rubenstein
Speaker: Arun Gandhi
Discussion Moderator: E.N.Hill, Ministerial Intern
Zoom Coordinator: Sarah Baxter

Announcements Nancy Rubenstein
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Prelude “Nomathemba” Ladysmith Black Mambazo
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Welcome, Opening Words & Chalice Lighting Nancy Rubenstein
Introduction of the Speaker, Arun Gandhi – part 1 Nancy Rubenstein
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Story for All Ages: “Grandfather Gandhi” by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk
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Joys and Sorrows We shared our personal Joys and Sorrows in small groups in Zoom breakout rooms.

Music: “Sitar Concerto No. 2 by R. Shankar” performed by Anoushka Shankar with the Berliner Philharmoniker
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Introduction of the Speaker, Arun Gandhi – part 2 Nancy Rubenstein
Talk “Reflections on Non Violence” Arun Gandhi
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Music: An excerpt from “Peace Piece” Bill Evans
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Closing Words & Entrusting of the Flame Nancy Rubenstein
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Postlude: “Siyahamba” performed by the Heralders Children’s Choir
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Time for Q&A and Discussion facilitated by E.N. Hill
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April 25th Sunday Service

“Water First!”
Service Leader: Marilynn Kuhn
Speaker: Dillon Koopmans, Educational Programs Manager, Water First
Zoom Coordinator: Sarah Baxter

Announcements Marilynn Kuhn
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Prelude “The Algonquin Water Song” Written by Irene Wawatie Jerome assisted by Kathleen DeShane for Grandfather William Commanda’s Circle of All Nations Gathering – 2002
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Welcome & Chalice Lighting (“Welcome Hearts” – Rev. Diane Rollert) Marilynn Kuhn
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Song: “I’ve Got Peace Like a River” Lynda Randle
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Joys and Sorrows We shared our personal Joys and Sorrows in small groups in Zoom breakout rooms.

Meditation “The Personhood of the Magpie-Muteshekau Shipu River” Elinor Mueller
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Introduction of the Speaker Marilynn Kuhn
Talk: “Water First!” Dillon Koopmans
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Entrusting of the Flame (“Thirst for Justice” – Ben Robins) Marilynn Kuhn
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Final Song: “Water is Life” (Song for Standing Rock) Sara Thomsen
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Questions and Answers Dillon Koopmans
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April 18th Sunday Service

“Anti-racism Work as a Spiritual Practice”
Service Leader: Pat Lucey
Speaker: Donovan Hayden
Zoom Coordinator: Sarah Baxter

Announcements Pat Lucey
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Prelude: “Glory” John Legend and Common from the movie “Selma”
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Chalice Lighting and Welcome Pat Lucey
Opening Words: “Prayer for While in The Struggle” by Rev. Margalie Belizaire
Introduction to the Song Pat Lucey
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Music Video: “ If I Have A Son” by Ruth B.
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Joys and Sorrows We shared our personal Joys and Sorrows in small groups in Zoom breakout rooms.

Introduction to the Speaker Pat Lucey
Presentation: “Anti-racism Work as a Spiritual Practice” Donovan Hayden
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Moment of Reflection Pat Lucey
Closing Words: “Empathy Is a Choice We Make” by Leslie Jamison
Entrusting the Flame Pat Lucey
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Postlude “Hymn to Freedom” by Oscar Peterson and Harriette Hamilton, performed by the
Leaside United Church Virtual Choir
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Media Credits:
“Lakeside dew drops” by Beachfront on Videvo, used under Creative Commons

April 11th Sunday Service

“Self-Compassion”
Service Leader: Katie Lunn
Reader: Louka Kavcic
Zoom Coordinators: Sarah Baxter and Allison Armstrong

Announcements, Welcome, Chalice Lighting and Opening Words Katie Lunn
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Opening Song: “Open My Heart” Hymn #1013, performed by Susan T. Mashiyama
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Story for All Ages “Love the World” by Todd Parr, read by Louka Kavcic
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Introduction to the Theme of Self-Compassion Katie Lunn
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Song “You’re Beautiful” Carole King
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Video: “The Science of a Meaningful Life” Kristen Neff
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Song: “Filled with Loving Kindness” Maki Ito Pardieck.
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Introduction to Joys and Sorrows Katie Lunn
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Video: “Why We Share Joys and Sorrows” Lauren Wyeth
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NOTE: Following this video, attendees at this service were invited to have a discussion about it in Zoom breakout rooms.

Closing Words and Entrusting of the Flame Katie Lunn
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Final Song: “Lo, The Earth Awaits Again” Hymn #61 Jess Huetteman, Soprano & Vince Edwards, Organ
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April 4th Sunday Service

“Easter Service”
Service Leader: Laura Evans
Zoom Coordinator: Allison Armstrong
Musician: Michel Boudreau
Speakers and Readers: Louise McDiarmid, Dan Rubenstein, Hoppy Roy, Helmut Kuhn, Chris Baddeley Girard, Marilynn Kuhn, Don McDiarmid, Teddy Dong

Announcements Laura Evans
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Prelude: “Hallelujah Chorus” (Handel) performed by The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House
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Welcome, Land Acknowledgement, Reading:“For Holy Days” (Dillman Baker Sorrells), and Chalice Lighting Laura Evans
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Opening Words Laura Evans
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Song: “Most People Are Good” performed by Michel Boudreau
Reading: “Let the Hallelujahs Rise Up” (Ellen Cooper) Louise McDiarmid
Reflections on Passover Dan Rubenstein
Reading: “It Began with a Stone” (Rev. Lisa Fischbeck) Hoppy Roy
Song: “Spring Again” (Lou Rawls) performed by Michel Boudreau
Reading: “After ‘He Is Risen’” (Joshua Mason Pawelek) Helmut Kuhn
Reading: “Easter Resurrection” (Rev Kathleen McTigue) Chris Baddeley Girard
Reading: “Doubting Thomas” (Angela Herrera) Marilynn Kuhn
Closing Words: “The World is a Single Place” (Rev Kenneth W Collier) Don McDiarmid
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Entrusting of the Flame Laura Evans
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Special Guest Appearance by an Easter Celebrity Teddy Dong
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March 28th Sunday Service

“The Power of Community”
Service Leader: Martha Nabatian
Speaker: Anne Bokma
Zoom Coordinator: Allison Armstrong

PLEASE NOTE that while Anne Bokma has generously allowed us to record her talk, and replay it, we do ask that you do NOT share the link with anyone else as Anne makes her living giving talks and workshops. For more information about today’s speaker, you can visit her website at https://www.annebokma.com/

Announcements Martha Nabatian
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Prelude: “Redemption Song” performed by the The Kanneh-Mason Family
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Welcome and Opening Words Martha Nabatian
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Song: “Gather the Spirit” performed by the Eno River Singers Virtual Choir
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Chalice Lighting Martha Nabatian
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Joys and Sorrows Martha Nabatian
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Introduction to Video Martha Nabatian
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Video: “Why Starlings Would Be the Leaders of Collective Impact” Garry Loewen
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Presentation: “The Power of Community” Anne Bokma
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Thanks to the Speaker and Introduction to “Circle of Song”
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Song: “Circle of Song” Tony Turner
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Closing Words and Entrusting of the Flame Martha Nabatian
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Postlude: “Minuet” from Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet
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March 21st Sunday Service

“The Misplaced Pursuit of Perfection”
Service Leader: Nancy Rubenstein
Speaker: E.N. Hill
Zoom Coordinator: Allison Armstrong

Announcements Nancy Rubenstein
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Prelude: “Morning Has Broken” Yusuf Cat Stevens
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Chalice Lighting Nancy Rubenstein
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Acknowledging the Indigenous Land on which We Live Nancy Rubenstein
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Introduction to the Song Nancy Rubenstein
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Song: “Right to Be Wrong” by Joss Stone, performed by Karen Richards
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Reading and Introduction to Meditation Nancy Rubenstein
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Meditation E.N. Hill
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Introduction to the Presentation Nancy Rubenstein
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Presentation: “Healing the Hurt: the UU Rut of Perfectionism” E.N. Hill (recorded talk given to the Neighborhood UU Church in Toronto on Feb. 21st, 2021)
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Offertory Nancy Rubenstein
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Closing Words and Entrusting of the Flame Nancy Rubenstein
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Postlude: “Hoe-Down – Extrait de Rodeo (Aaron Copland)” performed by
Groupe Société Générale with Les Siècles orchestra, the Les Métaboles
chamber choir, and the children of the Demos orchestras.
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March 14th Sunday Service

The Burning Bush by Andrina Cox

“Fellowship Anniversary Sunday”
Service Leaders: UUFO Board Members
Speakers: Rev. Fred Cappuccino, Bonnie Cappuccino
Zoom Coordinator: Allison Armstrong

Prelude: #311″Let It Be A Dance” Alena Hemingway and Brian Kenny
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Announcements and Mindfulness Bell allison calvern
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Opening Words Brandon Milk
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Chalice Lighting / allumer la flamme Michel Jan
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Welcome/acceuil allison calvern
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Reflection français Maurice Cabana-Proulx
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Introduction to the Song allison calvern
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Song: #318 “We Would be One” Michel Boudreau
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Prayer by Rev. Fred Cappuccino, read by Lorna Erickson-Fraser
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Introduction to Interview with Fred and Bonnie allison calvern
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Presentation: “Interview with Fred and Bonnie” – allison calvern, Fred Cappuccino, Bonnie Cappuccino
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Song: “Lord of the Dance” the Irish Rovers
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Offertory Dave Edmunds
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Closing Words Brandon Milk
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Entrusting of the Flame / Éteindre la flamme Michel Jan
Mindfulness Bell allison calvern
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Postlude: #123 “Spirit of Life” All Souls Unitarian Virtual Choir (first verse is sung in Spanish)
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We thank our production crew for all their support.
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Media Credits:
CC video footage from videvo.net:

“Bokeh Car Lights in New York” – video by Videvo
“Spark Glow Bokeh 1” – video by Videvo

March 7th Sunday Service

“How Women are Saving the World”
Service Leader: allison calvern
Speakers: Kakenya Ntaiya, Sarah Mae Baxter
Singers: Claire Heistek, Pat Lucey, Laurie-Anne Muldoon, Martha Nabatian
Zoom Coordinator: Allison Armstrong

Prelude: “Stand Up” Cynthia Erivo
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Announcements, Chalice Lighting and Opening Words allison calvern
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Joys and Sorrows allison calvern
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Introduction to Hymn #212 Pat Lucey
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Song: “#212 “We Are Dancing Sarah’s Circle” Pat Lucey, Martha Nabatian, Laurie-Anne Muldoon, and Claire Heistek
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Story for All Ages: “Angela’s Airplane” by Robert Munsch, read by Sarah Mae Baxter
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Introduction to Rato Baltin (Be Artsy) allison calvern
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Presentation – Part 1: “Rato Baltin” Be Artsy NGO
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Introduction to “A Girl Who Demanded School” allison calvern
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Presentation – Part 2: “A Girl Who Demanded School” Kakenya Ntaiya
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Song: “Bread and Roses” Bronwen Lewis
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Offertory, Closing Words, Entrusting of the Flame allison calvern
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Postlude: Selection from the Fourth Movement of “Symphony # 1 in E Minor” (Florence Price) New Black Music Repertory Ensemble, Leslie B. Dunner
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We thank our production crew for all their support.
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Media Credits:
CC video footage from videvo.net:

“Clouds” – video by Videvo
“Flying over Misty Coastline” – video by Bellergy
“Water Droplets Slow Motion 7” – video by Videvo

February 28th Sunday Service

“More Perspectives on Courage”
Service Leader: Nick LePan
Speakers: Chipo Shambare and E.N. Hill
Zoom Coordinator: Allison Armstrong


Announcements Nick LePan
Prelude: “Hymn to Freedom” Oscar Peterson
Welcome, Chalice Lighting and Opening Words Nick LePan
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Introduction to “Amazing Grace” Chipo Shambare
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Song: “Amazing Grace” Pentatonix
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Reading: “The Long Road to Freedom” (Nelson Mandela) E.N. Hill
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Introduction to “Singing for Viola” Nick LePan
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Song: “Singing for Viola” Chris White
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Responsive Reading: “It is Possible to Live in Peace” (Gandhi) Chipo Shambare with UUFO Congregation Responding
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Introduction to “Lift Every Voice and Sing” E.N. Hill
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Song: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Kirk Franklin
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Reading: #50 from Lifting our Voices: Readings in the Living Tradition
(Christian de la Huerta) E.N. Hill
Meditation
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Offertory Nick LePan
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Introduction to “The Hill We Climb” Chipo Shambare
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Poem: “The Hill We Climb” Amanda Gorman
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Closing Words, Blessing, Entrusting of the Flame, and Introduction to the Postlude Nick LePan and Chipo Shambare
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Postlude: “Oh Happy Day” Ray Charles and the Voices of Jubilation
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We thank our production crew for all their support.
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Media Credits:
CC video footage from videvo.net:

“Coloured Smoke on Black 04” – video by Videvo
“Coloured Smoke on Black 06” – video by Videvo
“Coloured Smoke on Black 08” – video by Videvo
“Coloured Smoke on Black 09” – video by Videvo