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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.

Latest Episodes

A Time of Reconciliation

A time of reconciliation. Sept 27, 2020 In this season of change, we reflect on atonement and forgiveness. We will honour Orange Shirt Day, to remember survivors of Canada’s residential schools. Service Leaders: The Church Services Committee September 27 Order of Service: A Time of Reconciliation Welcome Land Acknowledgment Opening Words Chalice Lighting & Words Prayer on Orange Shirt Day by Vivian Ketchum Reading: Worth-ship, from the Canadian Unitarian Council Introduction of the Church Services Committee Hymn # 86 Blessed Spirit of My Life Reading At One by Victoria E Safford Sharing Our Abundance From You I Receive Joys & Connections Homily: Yom Kippur: At-one-ment by Kathleen Hepler Meditation: Hymn #123 Spirit of Life Words Prayer of Reconciliation by Anne Barker Music Music of the Native American flute Chalice Extinguishing & Closing Words The Courage to Continue on the Journey by Lyn Cox Carry the Flame Announcements Orange Shirt Day was designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. https://www.orangeshirtday.org/about-us.html 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. #UU #UnitarianUniversalist #Unitarian Church of Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory #yeg #WelcomingCongregation #OrangeShirtDay #Reconciliation Unitarian Church of Edmonton website: https://www.uce.ca/ Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/41659... Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UnitarianChu... Twitter: https://twitter.com/UnitarianUCE Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unitarianuce/ Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-189401827

38 min3 d ago
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A Time of Reconciliation

The Gifts of Wandering through the Wilderness

September 20, 2020: The Gifts of Wandering through the Wilderness Likening the interim period between settled ministers to the Israelites’ wandering through the wilderness, Rev. Lee Anne Washington will explore how such wandering can be a time of great spiritual growth, self-actualization, and discovery for our congregation. Though the interim period can be uncomfortable at times, it is by exploring our discomfort and by holding each other in love that the gifts we have to offer our beloved community and our next settled minister emerge. Welcome Land Acknowledgment Opening Words Invitational Come, Come, Whoever You Are vocals: Brother Sun Chalice Lighting Song Lean on Me Sung by: Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist. Responsive Reading -- A Litany We Travel This Road Together By Tess Baumberger Joys & Connections Meditative Music Message From Here to There: The Gifts of Wandering through the Wilderness By Rev Lee Anne Washington Music: We All Have Gifts to Share Sung by Susan Kay Wyatt Sharing Our Abundance Chalice Extinguishing We Extinguish This Flame By Elizabeth Selle Jones Closing Words Your Gifts By Rebecca Ann Parker, Adapted Closing Song

39 min1 w ago
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The Gifts of Wandering through the Wilderness

Leaving Egypt in Faith

September 13: Leaving Egypt in Faith Every journey from here to there begins with moving away from that which has become familiar and moving toward possibilities that have not yet manifested -- that takes faith. #UU #UnitarianUniversalist #Unitarian Church of #Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory #yeg #WelcomingCongregation #Campfyrefly #SocialJustice

55 min1 w ago
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Leaving Egypt in Faith

Justice Justice Shalt Thou Pursue

September 6, 2020 : Justice, Justice Shalt Thou Pursue Rev. Lee Anne Washington will introduce herself to us by sharing her journey from pursuing legal justice in state and federal courts in the United States to pursuing social justice through the co-creation and support of beloved communities. 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. Welcome and Land Acknowledgment Karen Bilida Prelude Yo-Yo Ma - Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prélude Opening Words Rev Lee Anne Washington Kindling the Chalice #448 We Gather This Hour – Christine Robinson Hymn #298, verses 1 – 3 Wake, Now, My Senses Candles of Joy and Concern Sharing Our Abundance Camp FyreFly Response From You I Receive, To You I Give Reading The Starfish Story – adapted from Loren Eisley’s work Sermon Justice, Justice Shalt Thou Pursue Responsive Reading #457 I Am Only One by Edward Everett Hale Hymn #298, verses 4 & 5 Wake, Now, My Senses Extinguishing the Chalice #456 We Extinguish This Flame -- Elizabeth Selle Jones Closing Words Rev. Lee Anne Washington Closing Song Carry the flame of Peace and Love until we meet again. (Sing twice) Church Related Announcements Thank you to our tech team: Susan Ruttan, Ruth Merriott, and Karen Bilida UCE - www.uce.ca/ Facebook Group - www.facebook.com/groups/41659071349/ Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/UnitarianChurch/ YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/EdmUnitarian Twitter - twitter.com/UnitarianUCE Instagram - www.instagram.com/unitarianuce/ SoundCloud - soundcloud.com/user-189401827/ #UU #UnitarianUniversalist #Unitarian #Church of Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory #yeg #SocialJustice #Justice

36 min3 w ago
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Justice Justice Shalt Thou Pursue

Reimagining City Life During a Pandemic, lead by John Pater

A discussion on some current research and thinking on the impact of COVID-19 on Edmonton (the corporate entity and the community we live in)

50 minAUG 24
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Reimagining City Life During a Pandemic, lead by John Pater

Theatre is Religion, led by John Sproule, Coralie Cairns

Theatre is Religion, led by John Sproule, Coralie Cairns by Unitarian Church of Edmonton (UCE)

63 minAUG 17
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Theatre is Religion, led by John Sproule, Coralie Cairns

"Finding Our Way to the UCE", Susan Ruttan

Our faith community is unique in the number of people who aren't born into it, but who find us as adults. Those spiritual journeys to our UU church are always fascinating, and they make us the special place that we are.

29 minAUG 10
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"Finding Our Way to the UCE", Susan Ruttan

"Any Bowl Can Be a Chalice," Beth Jenkins

A service exploring sources of comfort and inspiration during difficult times. Order of Service Welcome Chalice Lighting / Opening Words: “Any Bowl Can Be a Chalice” (Hugh MacPherson) Reading 1: “A Recipe for Resilience”, Margaret Weis, From UUA Worship Web Sharing Abundance: Song: “From you I receive, to you I give. Together we share and from this we live.” (sing twice) Candles of Concern and Celebration Reading 2: “What Makes Life Meaningful?” (Devon Fry, Psychology Today, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 5) Reading 3: “I am my silence” from Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations, by Richard Wagamase Musical Interlude Reading 4: Sacred texts in Unitarian Universalism (from UUA Worship Web) Extinguishing the Chalice: Elizabeth Selle Jones Song: Carry the Flame “Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again” (sing twice) Announcements / upcoming services and events Break-out “rooms” for connections and discussion

30 minJUL 27
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"Any Bowl Can Be a Chalice," Beth Jenkins

How has Pandemic Isolation Changed You?

This pandemic has robbed us of all sorts of comforts and pleasures, but many of us have found ways to survive the social distancing. We’ll share some of those stories. Order of Service, July 19, 2020 Welcome: Susan Ruttan Prelude: Gathered Here Kindling the chalice (Susan) and opening words, Pandemic Sharing Our Abundance slides Reflection: Susan, with slides Candles of Care and Connection: slideshow Music: Circle Round for Freedom Reading: A Prayer for These Times Extinguishing the Flame/Closing words Carry the Flame

27 minJUL 20
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How has Pandemic Isolation Changed You?

“12th Annual Genocide Memorial,” Rev. Audrey Brooks & Guests, July 12, 2020

This year the theme is “Witness, Hope, Interconnections.” We will gather on Zoom, with speakers from countries where people die violent deaths because of intentional attacks against them. We give witness to their names, remembering that unless we do this, they fade into history as nothing. Rabbi David Kunin will speak about the interconnectedness of all of us, as we face current crises in our world. 1 Introduction by Vyda Ng, Canadian Unitarian Council 0:00 2 Prelude: “Come Into This Place” by Gordon Ritchie 1:13 3 “First Witness” Metis poet Naomi McIlwraith 2:28 4 Genocide Memorial Garden Stone 5:49 5 “Second Witness” Rabbi Gila Caine, Beth Ora Synagogue 12:44 6 “Third Witness” Jasmina Colic, Srebrenica Genocide 17:12 7 Theme: "Hope”, Adrienne Wiebe, Change for Children in Guatemala 24:54 8 Musical Performance “Ella's Song” sung by Karen Porkka with Soul Circle Singers of Edmonton 31:33 9 Slide Show Presentation: Images From Past Memorial Services 36:09 10 Sermon “Hope as an Act of Resistance”, Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, Associate Minister, Saskatoon Unitarians 37:29 11 “Song Of Hope” , Roylin Picou 46:02 12 Theme “Interconnectedness”, Rabbi David Kunin 53:28 13 Placing Of Memorial Stones: Rev. Audrey Brooks 1:01:47 14 Closing Words: Rev. Audrey Brooks and Nicole Ingabire of Rwanda, for the Memory Keepers, and Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet, author/poet, Westwood Unitarian Congregation 1:07:20 15 Karen Bilida, president of the board, Unitarian Church of Edmonton 1:15:36 16 “Wintry Lullaby” sung by Erin Van Der Molen-Pater with harpist Gordon Ritchie 1:17:58 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. UCE - https://www.uce.ca/ Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/41659071349/ Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/UnitarianChurch/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/EdmUnitarian Twitter - https://twitter.com/UnitarianUCE Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/unitarianuce/ SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/user-189401827/

81 minJUL 13
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“12th Annual Genocide Memorial,” Rev. Audrey Brooks & Guests, July 12, 2020

Latest Episodes

A Time of Reconciliation

A time of reconciliation. Sept 27, 2020 In this season of change, we reflect on atonement and forgiveness. We will honour Orange Shirt Day, to remember survivors of Canada’s residential schools. Service Leaders: The Church Services Committee September 27 Order of Service: A Time of Reconciliation Welcome Land Acknowledgment Opening Words Chalice Lighting & Words Prayer on Orange Shirt Day by Vivian Ketchum Reading: Worth-ship, from the Canadian Unitarian Council Introduction of the Church Services Committee Hymn # 86 Blessed Spirit of My Life Reading At One by Victoria E Safford Sharing Our Abundance From You I Receive Joys & Connections Homily: Yom Kippur: At-one-ment by Kathleen Hepler Meditation: Hymn #123 Spirit of Life Words Prayer of Reconciliation by Anne Barker Music Music of the Native American flute Chalice Extinguishing & Closing Words The Courage to Continue on the Journey by Lyn Cox Carry the Flame Announcements Orange Shirt Day was designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. https://www.orangeshirtday.org/about-us.html 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. #UU #UnitarianUniversalist #Unitarian Church of Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory #yeg #WelcomingCongregation #OrangeShirtDay #Reconciliation Unitarian Church of Edmonton website: https://www.uce.ca/ Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/41659... Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UnitarianChu... Twitter: https://twitter.com/UnitarianUCE Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unitarianuce/ Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-189401827

38 min3 d ago
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A Time of Reconciliation

The Gifts of Wandering through the Wilderness

September 20, 2020: The Gifts of Wandering through the Wilderness Likening the interim period between settled ministers to the Israelites’ wandering through the wilderness, Rev. Lee Anne Washington will explore how such wandering can be a time of great spiritual growth, self-actualization, and discovery for our congregation. Though the interim period can be uncomfortable at times, it is by exploring our discomfort and by holding each other in love that the gifts we have to offer our beloved community and our next settled minister emerge. Welcome Land Acknowledgment Opening Words Invitational Come, Come, Whoever You Are vocals: Brother Sun Chalice Lighting Song Lean on Me Sung by: Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist. Responsive Reading -- A Litany We Travel This Road Together By Tess Baumberger Joys & Connections Meditative Music Message From Here to There: The Gifts of Wandering through the Wilderness By Rev Lee Anne Washington Music: We All Have Gifts to Share Sung by Susan Kay Wyatt Sharing Our Abundance Chalice Extinguishing We Extinguish This Flame By Elizabeth Selle Jones Closing Words Your Gifts By Rebecca Ann Parker, Adapted Closing Song

39 min1 w ago
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The Gifts of Wandering through the Wilderness

Leaving Egypt in Faith

September 13: Leaving Egypt in Faith Every journey from here to there begins with moving away from that which has become familiar and moving toward possibilities that have not yet manifested -- that takes faith. #UU #UnitarianUniversalist #Unitarian Church of #Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory #yeg #WelcomingCongregation #Campfyrefly #SocialJustice

55 min1 w ago
Comments
Leaving Egypt in Faith

Justice Justice Shalt Thou Pursue

September 6, 2020 : Justice, Justice Shalt Thou Pursue Rev. Lee Anne Washington will introduce herself to us by sharing her journey from pursuing legal justice in state and federal courts in the United States to pursuing social justice through the co-creation and support of beloved communities. 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. Welcome and Land Acknowledgment Karen Bilida Prelude Yo-Yo Ma - Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prélude Opening Words Rev Lee Anne Washington Kindling the Chalice #448 We Gather This Hour – Christine Robinson Hymn #298, verses 1 – 3 Wake, Now, My Senses Candles of Joy and Concern Sharing Our Abundance Camp FyreFly Response From You I Receive, To You I Give Reading The Starfish Story – adapted from Loren Eisley’s work Sermon Justice, Justice Shalt Thou Pursue Responsive Reading #457 I Am Only One by Edward Everett Hale Hymn #298, verses 4 & 5 Wake, Now, My Senses Extinguishing the Chalice #456 We Extinguish This Flame -- Elizabeth Selle Jones Closing Words Rev. Lee Anne Washington Closing Song Carry the flame of Peace and Love until we meet again. (Sing twice) Church Related Announcements Thank you to our tech team: Susan Ruttan, Ruth Merriott, and Karen Bilida UCE - www.uce.ca/ Facebook Group - www.facebook.com/groups/41659071349/ Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/UnitarianChurch/ YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/EdmUnitarian Twitter - twitter.com/UnitarianUCE Instagram - www.instagram.com/unitarianuce/ SoundCloud - soundcloud.com/user-189401827/ #UU #UnitarianUniversalist #Unitarian #Church of Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory #yeg #SocialJustice #Justice

36 min3 w ago
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Justice Justice Shalt Thou Pursue

Reimagining City Life During a Pandemic, lead by John Pater

A discussion on some current research and thinking on the impact of COVID-19 on Edmonton (the corporate entity and the community we live in)

50 minAUG 24
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Reimagining City Life During a Pandemic, lead by John Pater

Theatre is Religion, led by John Sproule, Coralie Cairns

Theatre is Religion, led by John Sproule, Coralie Cairns by Unitarian Church of Edmonton (UCE)

63 minAUG 17
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Theatre is Religion, led by John Sproule, Coralie Cairns

"Finding Our Way to the UCE", Susan Ruttan

Our faith community is unique in the number of people who aren't born into it, but who find us as adults. Those spiritual journeys to our UU church are always fascinating, and they make us the special place that we are.

29 minAUG 10
Comments
"Finding Our Way to the UCE", Susan Ruttan

"Any Bowl Can Be a Chalice," Beth Jenkins

A service exploring sources of comfort and inspiration during difficult times. Order of Service Welcome Chalice Lighting / Opening Words: “Any Bowl Can Be a Chalice” (Hugh MacPherson) Reading 1: “A Recipe for Resilience”, Margaret Weis, From UUA Worship Web Sharing Abundance: Song: “From you I receive, to you I give. Together we share and from this we live.” (sing twice) Candles of Concern and Celebration Reading 2: “What Makes Life Meaningful?” (Devon Fry, Psychology Today, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 5) Reading 3: “I am my silence” from Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations, by Richard Wagamase Musical Interlude Reading 4: Sacred texts in Unitarian Universalism (from UUA Worship Web) Extinguishing the Chalice: Elizabeth Selle Jones Song: Carry the Flame “Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again” (sing twice) Announcements / upcoming services and events Break-out “rooms” for connections and discussion

30 minJUL 27
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"Any Bowl Can Be a Chalice," Beth Jenkins

How has Pandemic Isolation Changed You?

This pandemic has robbed us of all sorts of comforts and pleasures, but many of us have found ways to survive the social distancing. We’ll share some of those stories. Order of Service, July 19, 2020 Welcome: Susan Ruttan Prelude: Gathered Here Kindling the chalice (Susan) and opening words, Pandemic Sharing Our Abundance slides Reflection: Susan, with slides Candles of Care and Connection: slideshow Music: Circle Round for Freedom Reading: A Prayer for These Times Extinguishing the Flame/Closing words Carry the Flame

27 minJUL 20
Comments
How has Pandemic Isolation Changed You?

“12th Annual Genocide Memorial,” Rev. Audrey Brooks & Guests, July 12, 2020

This year the theme is “Witness, Hope, Interconnections.” We will gather on Zoom, with speakers from countries where people die violent deaths because of intentional attacks against them. We give witness to their names, remembering that unless we do this, they fade into history as nothing. Rabbi David Kunin will speak about the interconnectedness of all of us, as we face current crises in our world. 1 Introduction by Vyda Ng, Canadian Unitarian Council 0:00 2 Prelude: “Come Into This Place” by Gordon Ritchie 1:13 3 “First Witness” Metis poet Naomi McIlwraith 2:28 4 Genocide Memorial Garden Stone 5:49 5 “Second Witness” Rabbi Gila Caine, Beth Ora Synagogue 12:44 6 “Third Witness” Jasmina Colic, Srebrenica Genocide 17:12 7 Theme: "Hope”, Adrienne Wiebe, Change for Children in Guatemala 24:54 8 Musical Performance “Ella's Song” sung by Karen Porkka with Soul Circle Singers of Edmonton 31:33 9 Slide Show Presentation: Images From Past Memorial Services 36:09 10 Sermon “Hope as an Act of Resistance”, Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, Associate Minister, Saskatoon Unitarians 37:29 11 “Song Of Hope” , Roylin Picou 46:02 12 Theme “Interconnectedness”, Rabbi David Kunin 53:28 13 Placing Of Memorial Stones: Rev. Audrey Brooks 1:01:47 14 Closing Words: Rev. Audrey Brooks and Nicole Ingabire of Rwanda, for the Memory Keepers, and Ilara Stefaniuk-Gaudet, author/poet, Westwood Unitarian Congregation 1:07:20 15 Karen Bilida, president of the board, Unitarian Church of Edmonton 1:15:36 16 “Wintry Lullaby” sung by Erin Van Der Molen-Pater with harpist Gordon Ritchie 1:17:58 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. UCE - https://www.uce.ca/ Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/41659071349/ Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/UnitarianChurch/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/EdmUnitarian Twitter - https://twitter.com/UnitarianUCE Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/unitarianuce/ SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/user-189401827/

81 minJUL 13
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“12th Annual Genocide Memorial,” Rev. Audrey Brooks & Guests, July 12, 2020
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