What's Happening Jan 26 - Feb 1, 2015

Join us Sunday, February 1, 10:30 am for Love Makes the World Go Round led by
Rev. Carole Martignacco, with special music by Les Perroquets and Sandra Hunt. Is there any more burdened word in all the language than "love"? Noun or a verb, applied to anything from pizza and popcorn to people or the planet -- What does it really mean? Rev. Carole Martignacco will be with us through the month of February.

It's the first Sunday of the month. Please bring non-perishable food items to share with the NDG Food Depot. 

Yellow Door Choir's winter concert, Plenty Good Room ... Tout le monde à bord, directed by Roxanne Martel will be this Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31 at 8 pm.

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What's Happening, Jan 19 - 25, 2015

Join us this Sunday, January 25 at 10:30 am for Dancing with Hope with Rev. Diane Rollert and Rev. Carole Martignacco, music by Roger Haughey and Sandra Hunt. Life is always a dance.  How do we dance with our own dreams and expectations?

There is a Town Hall style meeting at 12:30 pm after the service sponsored by the DRE Search Committee. The committee is inviting input concerning candidate selection for the post of DRE with Caroline Balderston Parry's retirement at the end of June, and to share your needs, ideas, and vision for RE in the future. Please plan to attend!

The rest of the week is chock-full of activities including the Midday Meal and the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group on Wednesday, the first gathering for UCM Pub Ministry this Thursday evening, les activités en français vendredi, and the restart of the Unitarian Drum Circle on Sunday.

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Walking with Hope

Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 11 January 2015

This is a sermon about Martin, Charlie and hope.

If you could sum up the job of a minister in one very short sentence, I’d say that it is to bring hope into the world. That’s what I believe I’m called to do.  Not hope for some life beyond death, but hope for this world, for the lives we live now.  Today is one of those days, when I wonder if I can live up to this calling.  It’s hard to bring hope when the world around you makes no sense at all.  The events of the past week in Paris have brought a grey cloud of sadness over me.  I imagine you feel it too.  If this morning’s band hadn’t already rehearsed the music for today, I might have changed the entire order of service.

It’s been almost 52 years since Dr. Martin Luther King’s words, “I have a dream,” were delivered to a huge crowd at the March on Washington for Civil Rights (it was 28 August 1963).  You could say there’s been a lot of change — and not nearly enough change  — since Dr. King cried out for the day when his children would be “judged not by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.” Given the events of the past year in the US, with the deaths of young black men at the hands of police officers in Fergusson, Missouri, Brooklyn, New York, and elsewhere, it can feel as though Dr. King’s dream has been completely lost.

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What's Happening Jan 12 - 18, 2015

Join us for our service, Building a Community of Hope led by Rev. Diane Rollert, on Commitment Sunday, January 18 at 10:30 am. This is a day to make our final financial commitments and to celebrate the UCM community through music, art, and food. Music will be by the Parts in Peace Choir, The Greater Goods, Deirdre McCay, Sandra Hunt and others. There will be a light lunch and dessert after the service.

We gather to celebrate the generosity and commitment of our community.  If you haven’t had a chance to make a pledge yet, you can use the online pledge form. Everything you do for our community is something to truly celebrate!  You keep us alive and thriving through your presence and the hours you volunteer, as well as the gifts you give. 

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A Year of Hope

Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 4 January 2015

You’ve probably heard the story of Pandora’s box, which was really Pandora’s jar.  What a complicated mess, this Greek myth, which has several versions.  It all starts with fire, an appropriate place to begin on this day of our fire communion.  First Zeus, the ruler of all gods, becomes angry at humans.  Who knows why?  They are all men at the time.  He takes away their ability to use fire so that they can’t cook or warm themselves.   So, Prometheus, a mortal man and a trickster, manages to steal fire back from the gods.  Zeus famously punishes Prometheus by chaining him to a rock.  Then he decides that it really isn’t fair to leave poor Prometheus alone in his punishment.  Prometheus’ brother, Epimetheus, whom we all seem to have forgotten about, must be punished too.

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What's Happening Jan 4 - Jan 11, 2015

Sunday, January 4 at 10:30 am,  join us for A New Year of Hope: Fire Communion Service for All Ages
led by Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt. Start the New Year right by letting go and starting fresh. Adults and children of all ages are invited to join us for a magical morning as we watch last year's worries go up in smoke. R.E.:The Nursery is open and child care is provided but there are no R.E. classes or groups. The Children's Choir will meet on January 11. 

Sunday, January 11 at 10:30 am, the service will be Walking with Hope led by Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Jean Séguin, Denis Barsalo, Stuart Edding and Jane Critchlow. In anticipation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, where are we going and what are we doing, here in Quebec and Canada, as we witness racial tensions in the U.S.A.?

Play group resumes this week along with Parts in Peace choir rehearsals. The First Friday Potluck supper will be held January 9, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. Caroline Balderston Parry anchors the Open Collage workshop, this Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm.

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What's Happening Dec 22, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

The church office will close at noon on December 24 and will reopen Monday, January 5, 2015. Phone messages will be checked once a day.
 
Veille de Noël - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held Wednesday, 24, 5:30 pm
Une célébration bilingue.  A bilingual celebration. Rev. Diane Rollert with musicians Sandra Hunt, Gary Russell, Michael Cartile, and Kerry-Anne Kutz, and a surprise choir.

Join us for a Christmas Day Potluck December 25 at 5:30 pm to share a holiday meal. Please bring a side dish, dessert or salad if you can. On December the 28 at 10:30 am the service will be Return of the Light with Shoshanna Green and music by Louise Halperin. The Sunday service on January 4 will be A New Year of Hope, a Fire Communion Service for All Ages with Rev. Diane Rollert at 10:30 am.

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Winter Tales (and Being Intentional)

Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 14 December 2014

If it weren’t for the holiday season, how would we make it through these darkest days?  Yet here we are again, feeling a bit stressed, wondering how, oh how, we should mark the holiday season this year when there’s always so much else to keep us busy?  There’s lots of advice floating out there about how to simplify and do with less.  All that advice seems to ring as a reminder that the future is looming like a giant storm cloud waiting to burst at any moment.  

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What's Happening Dec 15 - 21, 2014

Join us this Sunday, December 21 at 10:30 am for The Shortest Day and the Longest Night - A Multigenerational Solstice Celebration with Caroline Balderston Parry, Sandra Hunt and Rev. Diane Rollert and the Parts in Peace Choir. This is a celebration for all ages, with songs, poetry and stories to carry us into the longest night and to entice the sun to return.  We’ll top it off with our tradition of acting out the Twelve Days of Christmas, followed by our annual holiday potluck.  Bring a salad, dessert or something simple to share if you can.

As the holiday seasons approaches, we have a busy week at UCM. Along with our usual weekly events, the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group will meet at 10:30 am on Wednesday, December 17, at 10:30 am before the monthly Midday Meal with Music at 12:30 pm.

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What's Happening Dec 8 - 14, 2014

Join us this Sunday, December 14 at 10:30 am for Contes d'hiver/Winter Tales : Célébration bilingue with Yolaine, une vraie conteuse québécoise, et Rev. Diane Rollert. Musique/music: Sarah Albu & Ina, chorale musicale/women's a cappella choir. Yolaine will share three tales about winter, snow, generosity, uniqueness and the origin of snowdrops.

Sign-up to join in singing and creating movements for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas for the Dec. 21 Sunday service. The sign-up sheet is posted outside the Nursery. The UCM Mitten Tree is eagerly awaiting your gifts for the Montreal Diet Dispensary. The last day is Dec. 21.

Don't forget to send us your 2015 pledge. You can fill out your form online or carry in the form you received in the mail.

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What's Happening Dec 1 - 7, 2014

Sunday, December 7, Rev. Diane Rollert will be presenting In Praise of Grouches and Grinches: A Bidnite Sermon. The topic was chosen by last year's Bidnite raffle winner. Stories of those grouches in our lives whose gruff, even forbidding exteriors hide generosity and glimpses of tenderness. Music will be by Sandra Hunt and Tara Bisset.

Last week, Sue Montgomery invited everyone to attend the #BeenRapedNeverReported Event coming up this Thursday, December 4th starting at 7 pm at La Cabaret Tulipe. There are more details on the event's Facebook Page.

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What's Happening Nov 24 - 30, 2014

Coming up this Sunday, Matt Meyer will lead us in an exploration of music, community, and justice. How does the experience of music give us the courage to live out our faith in the world? Join us this Sunday, November 30 at 10:30 am for rhythm and song, quiet reflection, and an experience of the holy in music.

The budget was approved Sunday, November 23 at our annual Budget Meeting. Next, we're moving ahead with our pledge campaign. You can now make your pledge online with our 2015 Pledge Form. You'll also be able to download a pdf if you prefer to mail or carry the form in. Your generous contribution keeps our community growing.

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What's Happening Nov 17 - 23, 2014

Join us Sunday, November 23 at 10:30 am, for Stories of Courage. Sue Montgomery, Montreal Gazette reporter and member of this congregation, will speak to us in the wake of her courageous launching of #BeenRapedNeverReported. Sue will join Rev. Rollert to explore what it takes for us to bring healing and empowerment to ourselves, our loved ones and the wider world. Music by the Greater Goods and Sandra Hunt.

Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group letter-writing group will meet Wednesday, November 19, at 10:30 am before the Midday Meal with Music, which starts at 12:30. The annual UCM budget meeting begins at 12:15 pm after the service and the Social and Environmental Concerns Committee's (SECC) fundraiser lunch.

 Rev. Rollert's Remembrance Day sermon from November 9, Bon Courage Mes Ami(e)s, is available to read or download.

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What's Happening Nov 10 - 16, 2014

Coming up this Sunday, November 16 at 10:30 am, Finding a Voice with  Rev. Diane Rollert and special guest Rabbi Arik Ascherma, co-founder and director of Special Projects for Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel. Music will be by the Raging Grannies and Sandra Hunt.

It's going to be a busy week at UCM with Sacred Stories, the Council meeting and the Book Discussion Group along with other events running through the week. Join us for Bidnite, UCM's annual fundraising event, Saturday, November 15 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.

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What's Happening Nov 3 - Nov 9, 2014

Join us this Sunday, November 9 for Bon Courage, Mes Ami(e)s: A Remembrance Day Service with the presentation of the memorial wreath presented by Rev. Diane Rollert. This year, we take this time to explore stories from Quebec, in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Friday, November 7 at 5 pm, there will be a vernissage for Judith Henkewick. Saturday, November 10th from 10 am - 4 pm, The UCM Fair Trade Craft Fair returns. In addition, you can sign up for the silent and fixed price auction offers before and after the Sunday service.

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Courage: Our Theme for November

What does it mean to seek a life of courage?
Que signifie chercher à vivre une vie de courage?
 

It’s no mistake that we chose November as the month of courage.  First there’s All Souls and the Day of the Dead.  Then there’s Remembrance Day, and of course, November is when we launch our annual giving campaign. It takes courage to face our losses in life, to admit to our own vulnerability. It takes courage to balance our gratitude for those who serve in wartime with our dreams of peace.  It also takes courage to dream big as a congregation and to talk openly about the importance of money (we’re it!  There’s no one else to realize our dreams but us!)

Download materials for November's theme: Seeking a Life of Courage

What's Happening Oct 27 - Nov 2, 2014

Coming up on Sunday, November 2 at 10:30, our service will be Days of the Dead, Days of the Bread, and Birthdays: An All Souls service with bread communion and candles of memory with  Rodrigo Emilio Solano-Quesnel. Music will be provided by Geneviève Demers, Shawn and Geneviève Dohring, and pianist Sandra Hunt. RE plans to have a costume parade.

Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday, November 1!

In addition, the Montreal Dialogue Group meets on Tuesday at 10:am. Les activités en français ont lieu le vendredi à 18 h.

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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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