What's Happening Oct 20 - Oct 26, 2014

Join us for this Sunday's service, October 27th at 10:30 am, for Tabla and Tagore. We'll be celebrating the awe-filled poetry of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore accompanied by the heartbeat drumming of internationally renowned tabla player, educator and composer Shawn Mativetsky.

Caroline's Open Collage workshop will meet this Saturday, October 25, at 10:00 am. Later on Saturday at 5 pm, please join our Minister, Diane Rollert, and our membership coordinator, Petrina Lee Poy, for a gathering for newcomers and recent members. The meal is also open to the entire UCM community.  Next Sunday, SECC will meet after the service on Sunday at 12:30 pm.

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What's Happening Oct 13 - Oct 19, 2014

This coming Sunday, October 19th at 10:30 am, we welcome Nelly Trocmé Hewett and Henry Aubin with Rev. Diane Rollert for our Sunday service, The Story of Two French Resistance Fighters. There will be a light lunch after the service followed by conversation with our guests at 1 pm in the Sanctuary.

The Seeking the Sacred in Stories group meets at noon this coming Tuesday, October 14. Wednesday,  the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group meets at 10:30 am followed by the Midday Meal with Music at 12:30 pm.  The UCM Knitting & Craft Group will be meeting Saturday, October 18 at 12:30 pm.

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What's Happening Oct 6 - Oct 12, 2014

Coming up this Sunday, October 12, the Rev. Diane Rollert's 10:30 am service will be Awestruck. Awe has its ancient and modern meanings. If we seek to live a life of awe do we allow for reverence or humility or do we simply rejoice in what delights and amazes us?

Our scheduled weekly activities include the ongoing Play Group, the Parts in Peace choir rehearsal and the Book Discussion Group.

In addition, there will be memorial Service for Sally Gibbs on Saturday, October 11 at 11 am in the Sanctuary.

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What's Happening Sept 29 - Oct 5, 2014

This coming Sunday, October 5, at 10:30 am, the service will be Our Eleventh Emotion: Awe, Our Changing Climate, and the People's March  and will be presented by Nicoline Guerrier, Candidate for Unitarian Universalist Ministry.

It's the first Sunday of the month so please bring non-perishable fool items to share with the NDG food depot. During the month of Ocotber, half of the money in the collection baskets will go to the Mile End Community Mission. 

This coming Friday at 6:00 pm is the first First Friday Potluck Supper sponsored by SECC. The documentary film "Five Broken Cameras"will be shown after the meal.

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BidNite 2014

It’s round-up time for all the wonderful items and opportunities offered for auction at BidNite, the UCM’s main fundraiser. This year’s event will be a “Teddy Bears’ Soirée” on Sat., Nov. 15. Download the  two-page announcement linked below for more details.
 We invite each and everyone in the UCM community to submit their offers to this eclectic auction. Anything goes ­ lessons, parties, excursions, collectibles, crafts, and of course ever-popular food items! If you are stumped about what you can offer, see last year’s BidNite catalog on display in Phoenix Hall.

BidNite 2014 Information and Form

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What's Happening Sept 22 - Sept 28, 2014

This coming Sunday, September 28, 10:30 am,  Rev. Diane Rollert and special guest, Guillaume Lanctôt-Bédard will present Four Chairs: Engaging in Compassionate Communication. This will be followed by an Authentic Dialogue and Compassionate Communication Workshop between 12:30 - 3:30 pm after the service.

vendredi le 25 septembre, 18 00 h, les activités en français recommencent.

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What's Happening Sept 15 - Sept 21, 2014

Our Sunday service, September 14 at 10:30 am, will be If I Could Do It All Over Again with Rev. Diane Rollert. How do we live our lives fully present to what is so ephemeral? RE registration will be open after the service. Social and Environmental concerns will also be meeting at 12:15 pm.

Later in the week the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group will be meeting. The Midday Meal with Music takes place this week.  Friday, September 19, 7:30 pm, there will be A Special Concert Of Cello And Piano Music.

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What's Happening Sept 8 - Sept 14, 2014

Join us Sunday, September 14 at 10:30 am with Rev. Diane Rollert for If I Could do It All Over Again. How do we live our lives fully present to what is so ephemeral? It's the first Sunday of the month, so please bring non-perishable food items to share with the NDG Food Depot.

Our regular programs are kicking back into gear with the Nursery Play Group, the Parts in Peace choir, the Council and the Book Discussion Group all meeting this week.

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What's Happening Sept 1 - Sept 7, 2014

water communion

We move into September with our Water Communion and Homecoming service on September 7:
Engaging the Waters
Rev. Diane Rollert, music by Sandra Hunt

As fall approaches, we gather together all of our summer experiences, the highs, the lows, and the transitions, through the symbolic pouring of water.  Bring some water to pour from one of your significant summer experiences, as we recommit ourselves to being actively engaged in community for another year. 

We give our thanks to Marie-France Boisvert and to everyone that participated in a wonderful summer of services.

What's Happening August 11 - August 31, 2014

Join us for the interesting Sunday services coming up for the rest of the month of August.

Sunday, August 17, 10:30 am
Meeting in the Sky
Olga Hazan
Olga Hazan will talk about the legend of the Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey inspired by Sura XVII of the Qr’an. This legend describes Muhammad’s ascension through the seven heavens, and the way he meets biblical prophets such as Abraham, Moses and Jesus. The presentation will be based on textual and visual sources which will be distributed with the order of service. Download the images for Meeting in the Sky

Additional information: Olga Hazan's reflection on Sunday, 17 August was based on her book, "Le Prophète Muhammad: Entre le mot et l'image." A copy of the book will be made available at the church library.   http://www.editionsfides.com/fr/product/editions-fides/religion-et-spiritualite/histoire-des-religions/le-prophete-muhammad_468.aspx

Sunday, August 24, 10:30 am
Les gens de la rue à Saint-Jérome
August Yves Manseau
Yves Manseau est responsable du Service de défense des droits, accompagnement, formation et mobilisation à l'organisme Pro Jeunes Environnement (PJE). Il nous parlera de ses expériences avec les gens de la rue.

Sunday, August 31 
The Tipping Point - Ethical  Considerations Surrounding Food Choices
Cym Gomery, Marie-France Boisvert
A service about inevitable moral choices, be they implicit or explicit. Cym Gomery will be discussing Carnism, the belief system and psychology of meat eating, and Marie-France Boisvert will talk about agri-business and the economic feasibility of food choices.

What's Happening August 4 - August 10, 2014

Join us this Sunday, August 10 at 10:30 am for a service with Carole Tenbrink. This service will be a bit in the style of an earth centred spiritual journey (ritual) to honour Nature and Woman.

Sunday, August 10, 10:30 am
Woman and Nature
Carol Tenbrink

Nature/earth is our first mother, creator/provider of essentials of life. Women are mothers, creators/providers of human life. Can women then have a special relationship and bond with nature? And can women’s emergence all over the world now provide a force for good in dealing with our earth crisis?

What's Happening July 21 - July 27, 2014

Join us this coming Sunday for a service with Jenna Smith. Our thanks go to Marie-France Boisvert who is doing a wonderful job managing the Sunday services this summer.

Sunday, July 27, 10:30 am
What Motivates Us

Jenna Smith

In our work, personal lives and individual journeys through life, what motivates us and our decisions? Jenna Smith, director of Innovation Youth, will speak about motivation on its various levels and we will reflect together on this diverse and complex topic.

What's Happening July 14 - July 20, 2014

The church office will be closed July 21 to August 10, re-opening on August 11.  Phone messages will be monitored during times when the office is closed.

Sunday, July 20, 10:30 am
Accidentellement militante, ou 5 raisons de se sentir concerné-e par les luttes sociales au Québec

Marie-Pier Boisvert
"Des fois il y en a trop. Des fois il n’y en a pas assez. Souvent, ils dérangent. Tout le monde a une opinion sur les enjeux politiques et sociaux au Québec, mais rarement ces opinions se transforment-elles en véritables luttes. Alors, comment devient-on militant-e dans la belle province? Qu’est-ce qui nous pousse à nous battre? Et pourquoi faudrait-il changer quoi que ce soit?"

What's Happening July 7 - July 13, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 10:30 am
Some Things Never Change

Abram Friedland
Using the television show 'All in the Family' as a starting point, this service will be a discussion of 1970s issues which still haunt North American society today.

Sundays, July & August, 10:15 am - noon, Nursery
Child care will be available for children of all ages. (If the weather is fine, the children will be outdoors as much as possible.) If no babies or children have arrived by 11:00 am, the caregivers may go home early.
For more information, Yvette Salinas,  yvette.salinas@yahoo.ca  

During the months of July and August, half of the cash in the collection baskets will be given to the Super Kutz Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization established for the purpose of awarding scholarships to deserving young people in the Montreal area whose dreams of pursuing post-secondary education are limited by financial considerations. (1665 av. Dollard, Ville LaSalle, QC H8N 1T7)

What's Happening June 16 - June 22, 2014

Sunday, June 22 at 10:30 am, the service will be The Theology of Time led by Jenna Smith and Rev. Diane Rollert. Theologian Jenna Smith, author of the recently published A Way: The Story of a Long Walk, joins us to share her reflections on time and what it means in our lives and in the cosmos, informed by her pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiag.

Lunch will be served after the service. At 2 pm, there will be a Memorial Service celebrating the life of of our dear friend, Krystyna Matula.

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Religious Education - Summer 2014

Note that as of June 8th, 2014, our religious education groups are dormant for the summer. Over June, 15, 22 and all Sundays in July and August, 2014 there will be no formal program -- two people will be available to do all ages childcare every Sunday. They will be based in the Nursery, but we hope going outside lots, through Sunday August 31st –just before Labour Day, September 1st. June 29th is the congregational picnic, so no childcare will be provided on that day.