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The Unitarian Church of Edmonton is a liberal, multi-generational, religious community. We celebrate a rich mosaic of free-thinking, spiritually-questing individuals joined in common support and action. We welcome diversity including diversity of beliefs from divine believers to humanists, from pagans to atheists and agnostics. We believe in the compassion of the human heart, the warmth of community, the pursuit of justice and the search of meaning in our lives. We gather with gratitude on traditional Cree lands that are now a part of Treaty Six and shared by many nations. A treaty is an inheritance, a responsibility and a relationship. May we be good neighbours to one another, good stewards to our planet and good ancestors to our children.

The Unitarian Church of Edmonton is a liberal, multi-generational, religious community. We celebrate a rich mosaic of free-thinking, spiritually-questing individuals joined in common support and action. We welcome diversity including diversity of beliefs from divine believers to humanists, from pagans to atheists and agnostics. We believe in the compassion of the human heart, the warmth of community, the pursuit of justice and the search of meaning in our lives. We gather with gratitude on traditional Cree lands that are now a part of Treaty Six and shared by many nations. A treaty is an inheritance, a responsibility and a relationship. May we be good neighbours to one another, good stewards to our planet and good ancestors to our children.
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The Unitarian Church of Edmonton is a liberal, multi-generational, religious community. We celebrate a rich mosaic of free-thinking, spiritually-questing individuals joined in common support and action. We welcome diversity including diversity of beliefs from divine believers to humanists, from pagans to atheists and agnostics. We believe in the compassion of the human heart, the warmth of community, the pursuit of justice and the search of meaning in our lives. We gather with gratitude on traditional Cree lands that are now a part of Treaty Six and shared by many nations. A treaty is an inheritance, a responsibility and a relationship. May we be good neighbours to one another, good stewards to our planet and good ancestors to our children.

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Episodes

“Find Yourself First,” Rev. Brian J. Kiely, 10 Nov 2019

11/10/2019
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Before we can think a lot about finding each other, we have to find ourselves. To be truly present with the people we love, we need to know where we stand, what our limits are and where we are prepared to extend ourselves. Partly that means acknowledging history, so we will note Remembrance Day as well. 1 Welcoming Words by Rev. Brian J. Kiely 0:00 2 Prelude “What Are We Hiding From” sung by Martin Kerr 2:24 3 Opening Words Responsive Reading 444 “This House” 7:18 4 Kindling the Chalice 8:40...

Duration:00:45:38

“Finding Each Other,” Chorealis, 3 Nov 2019

11/1/2019
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“We are together in this holy moment, and were grateful for the winding road that brought us to this place.” Those are the words of the prelude, and the theme of this service. We’ll look at the winding road that brought UCE to the place it’s at now, and the ways we found each other along the journey. The Unitarian Church of Edmonton is a liberal, multi-generational, religious community. We celebrate a rich mosaic of free-thinking, spiritually-questing individuals joined in common support and...

Duration:00:53:13

“The Future is Nigh!,” Rev. Brian J. Kiely, 27 Oct 2019

10/26/2019
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With only three months to go before my final service at UCE, it’s time to think a bit about what that means for me and for the congregation. I won’t be suggesting a future course for you, that’s no longer my place, but I can discuss the transition from my perspective. 1 Welcome by Rev. Brian Kiely 0:00 2 Opening Words by Mark Morrison Reed 1:25 3 Kindling the Chalice, Oberlin Ohio UU Fellowship 2:17 4 Hymn of the Month “One Flame” 2:46 5 Sharing Our Abundance Camp fYrefly 5:28 6 Cups (Pitch...

Duration:01:13:36

“Towards a Thriving Future,” Rev. Brian Kiely & Ministers of Western Canada, 20 Oct 2019

10/19/2019
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This weekend we welcome members from the congregations of Western Canada for the annual Regional Fall Gathering. The ministers have a tradition of sharing the service with the sermon being done by the local host. Rev. Anne Barker, Edmonton Rev. Charlotte Cowtan, Winnipeg Rev. Debra Faulk, Calgary Rev. Karen Fraser-Gitlitz, Saskatoon Rev. Lara Fuchs-Holm, Winnipeg Rev. Brian Kiely, Edmonton Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, Saskatoon Rev. Meghann Robern, Winnipeg Rev. Meg Roberts, Vancouver Rev....

Duration:01:52:13

“For All That Is Our Life,” Rev. Brian J. Kiely, 13 Oct 2019

10/10/2019
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In a month when we start thinking about what lies ahead, it’s good to pause and take stock of where we have been personally and as a congregation. 1 Welcome by Rev. Brian Kiely 0:00 2 Prelude “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi Trio 2:07 3 Opening Words by Richard Fewkes 5:31 4 Kindling the Chalice 6:21 5 Hymn of the Month “One Flame” 6:49 6 Story for All Ages “Good Thing or Bad” by Rev. Brian Kiely 9:44 7 Kindling the Children's Chalices 12:14 8 Sharing Our Abundance, Camp fYrefly 13:39 9...

Duration:00:54:02

“The Journey of a Thousand Miles,” Chorealis, 6 Oct 2019

10/4/2019
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It is said that “The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Step”. Once we join hands and hearts in common endeavour, there will be no limit to what we can achieve together. 1 Welcome by Gordon Ritchie 0:00 2 Prelude “Be Ours a Religion” by Theodore Parker and Thomas Benjamin 1:46 3 Opening Words “In Our Circle Again” by Shari Woodbury 2:52 4 Kindling the Chalice “Take from Life Its Coals” by Laurel S. Sheridan 5:04 5 Hymn of the Month “One Flame” 5:32 6 Children's Recessional “Guide...

Duration:01:08:09

“The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism,” Rev. Brian Kiely, 2 Sep 2018

10/3/2019
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Core elements of Unitarian Universalism: The Seven Principles The Unitarian Church of Edmonton is a liberal, multi-generational, religious community. We celebrate a rich mosaic of free-thinking, spiritually-questing individuals joined in common support and action. We welcome diversity including diversity of beliefs from divine believers to humanists, from pagans to atheists and agnostics. We believe in the compassion of the human heart, the warmth of community, the pursuit of justice and the...

Duration:00:27:51

“Walking with Our First Nations Families,” Rev. Audrey Brooks & Eryn Straube, 29 Sep 2019

10/1/2019
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The UCE Social Justice Working Group is committed to supporting the calls to action that came from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This service continues this commitment. 1 Prelude “Moon Drumming Song” by the North End Winnipeg Women's Centre drumming group 0:00 2 Opening Words 1:54 3 Welcome, Rev. Audrey Brooks 2:19 4 Introduction, Social Justice Working Group and Truth & Reconciliation 3:05 5 Chalice Lighting, Christine Mowat 6:01 6 Kindling the Youth Chalice 7:00 7 Sharing Our...

Duration:01:02:39

“On This Rock,” Rev. Brian Kiely, 15 Sep 2019

9/20/2019
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Today we install the Board of Trustees that will guide our church in the next year. And while my title is a bit pretentious, it’s important to remember that the ground of this congregation is its people, especially those willing to serve and lead. Erin Vandermolen-Pater will be our guest musician, courtesy of Larry and Louise Charach. The Unitarian Church of Edmonton is a liberal, multi-generational, religious community. We celebrate a rich mosaic of free-thinking, spiritually-questing...

Duration:01:19:27

“Yin and Yang,” Rev. Brian J. Kiely, 22 Sep 2019

9/19/2019
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In these days of polarization about nearly everything, it seems the world is out of balance. The Taoist philosophy of seeking balance and harmony might be a useful base on which to build. 1 Welcome by Rev. Brian J. Kiely 0:00 2 Prelude “Harp Orient Music”, Tai Chi Music - Chinese Songs New Age & Classical Relaxing Music for Tai Chi Chuan, Reiki & Yoga 3:15 3 Opening Words by Mo Tse 4:45 4.1 Kindling the Chalice, Responsive Reading 602 by Lao Tsu 5:12 4.2 Chalice Response 362 “Rise Up, O...

Duration:01:16:52

“On Unitarian Ground,” Rev. Brian Kiely, 8 Sep 2019

9/2/2019
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It can be difficult to be part of a religion that has no creed. What connects us? Inspires us? Guides us? I think it is a set of ideas and principles based on a common theology. The Unitarian Church of Edmonton is a liberal, multi-generational, religious community. We celebrate a rich mosaic of free-thinking, spiritually-questing individuals joined in common support and action. We welcome diversity including diversity of beliefs from divine believers to humanists, from pagans to atheists and...

Duration:00:58:45

“Finding Our Ground,” Rev. Brian Kiely, 1 Sep 2019

8/24/2019
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As the calendar page turns, let us regather and note the start of the new church year. It’s time to reflect on the summer (such as it was!) and shake hands with people we might not have seen for a while. 1 Welcome by Rev. Brian Kiely 0:00 2 Prelude “Gymnopedie (piano) No. 3 - Lent et grave” by Erik Satie, Frank Glazer piano 2:05 3 Opening Words “Come, Gather In” by Andrea Hawkins-Kamper 4:21 4 Chalice Lighting 5:22 5 Hymn 361 “Enter, Rejoice and Come In” 5:36 6 Responsive Reading 442 “We Bid...

Duration:01:23:58

“UCE Vision Statement,” Rev. Brian J. Kiely, 16 Sep 2018

9/16/2018
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Continuing a month-long look at vision, this morning we consider a statement the congregation collectively approved a couple of years ago. It states how we see ourselves and where we hope to go. Jennifer Leota Gray, “Drawn Together”: https://www.uua.org/worship/words/chalice-lighting/drawn-together Our Vision: The Unitarian Church of Edmonton A liberal religious, multi-generational congregation. We celebrate a rich mosaic of free thinking, spiritually questing individuals joined in common...

Duration:00:23:43

“Unitarian Vision: How Did We Get Here?” Rev. Brian J. Kiely, 9 Sep 2018

9/8/2018
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Ours is a living faith that is always changing. Today let’s look at the journey through our philosophical history noting the pendulum swings from humanism to spirituality. “What is a Unitarian Universalist Church?” https://www.questformeaning.org/clfuu/uu/ Sophia Lyon Fahs: “It Matters What We Believe” https://www.uua.org/worship/words/reading-responsive-reading/it-matters-what-we-believe We gather with gratitude this morning on traditional Cree Lands, now part of Treaty Six territory and...

Duration:00:28:11