What's happening December 11 - 17

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Join us Sunday,  December 17 at 10:30 am, for A Service for All Ages: The Latke That Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Hanukkah Celebration with Rev. Diane Rollert and Katharine Childs, and music by Maider Martineau and the Parts in Peace Choir, Sandra Hunt, and Louise Halperin.

This year, our multigenerational celebration falls during the middle of Hanukkah, a time to share in a message of freedom, miracles and light. Bring your thirst for wonder and magic, as well as an empty stomach for our annual holiday luncheon at 11:30 am, featuring potato pancakes (latkes!) and other delights. At 1 pm, there will be a gathering , Surviving the Holiday Malaise, with Rev. Diane Rollert. 

On Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm, a meeting will be held to look at sponsorship to help an Inuit family in transition. 

For more information, go to the This Month page.

What's Happening December 4 - 10, 2017

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Join us on Sunday, December 10 at 10:30 am, for What it Means to Come of Age with the youth from the Coming of Age program and Rev. Diane Rollert, Danielle Webber (Sabbatical Minister), and Katharine Childs. The music will be by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau. Join the youth, young adults, and mentors of the Coming of Age group as we share some of our explorations of what leadership, worship, and Unitarian Universalism means to us, and what expectations we have for ourselves and our community as we continue to grow together. This Sunday, we’ll also meet Danielle Webber, who will be our sabbatical minister while Rev. Diane is away January 1 - March 31. An RE lunch will take place after the service. 

Also, on Sunday, December 10, SECC is sponsoring Human Right Letter Writing at 11:30 pm, followed by their monthly meeting at 12:15 pm.  The Collage Afternoon takes place from 1:00 - 4:30 pm. 

Earlier in the week, a Pathway to Membership Meeting will be hold at 5:30 on Friday, December 8.  An Introduction to Performing Funerals and Memorial Services will take place on Saturday, December 9, at 9:30 am.

For more information, go to the This Month page.

Our Most Humble Moments

Reflections by Rev. Diane Rollert and Rev. Lynn Harrison. 26 November 2017

Part I: Rev. Lynn Harrison

When Diane suggested the sermon title of “Our Most Humble Moments” to me, I thought it was a great idea!

It sounded so human and down-to-earth…I loved it. That is, until I started thinking about it, and realized that I’d have to share a story about being humbled…coming to terms with my own flaws or imperfections. Suddenly I was a little less keen on the idea.

Mind you, I am preaching this morning at a congregation other than my own…so, I feel a little more free in sharing with you some of my less-than-stellar moments.  

We all have them of course. Things we’ve said that we wish we could take back… Choices we made that we soon regretted. Over time, if we’re lucky, those moments contribute to our deepening sense of what it means to be human. They help us develop compassion, as we watch other people also learn lessons the hard way. Most of all, they teach us that “inherent worth” is not about never making mistakes. It’s about extending love to ourselves and others, even when—or especially when—we do make mistakes.

So…here’s the story of one of my most humble moments.  

Continue reading Our Most Humble Moments

What's Happening November 27 - December 3, 2017

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Join us on Sunday, December 3, for Managing Expectations: Seeking the Spiritual and Avoiding Religion with Marc Boucher and Rev. Diane Rollert, music by Sandra Hunt and special guests the Yellow Door Choir, directed by Roxanne Martel
Marc Boucher grew up in Montreal, the son of a Francophone Catholic father and an Anglophone Protestant mother. “Religion was always a contentious issue in my home,” he says. This Sunday, he’ll share his voyage of changing expectations as he found his way from the Buddha to Yogi Yogananda to a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Phoenix, AZ, and back home again.

12:00 pm—Celebration brunch in honour of the Al Mohammad family
Join us as well to celebrate the one--year anniversary of the arrival of the Al Mohammad family from Syria. A special brunch will be provided after the service.

Lynn Harrison and Noah Zacharin In Concert - Saturday, November 26

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7:30 pm -$20 at the door  
Two outstanding songwriters on stage in Montreal for one night only, in a rare fundraising concert for UCM! Noah Zacharin has been called “a stunning guitarist” (Holger Petersen, CBC), “a wonderful songwriter and performer” (Paul Mills, Borealis Records) and “a poet, a songwriter, a singer we have been waiting for” (Penny Lang). Lynn Harrison is a beloved and sought-after voice in the Toronto acoustic scene, as well as ordained UU minister (First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto) with award-winning songs that "reach into the depths of the heart for buried treasure" (Toronto Star). Noah is now producing Lynn's 6th CD for an anticipated release in Summer, 2018. Together their songwriting, musicianship and on-stage presence is inspirational and not-to-be-missed. Join us for this wonderful fundraiser for UCM!

What's Happening November 20 - 26, 2017

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Join us Sunday, November 26 at 10:30 am, for our worship service, Our Most Humble Moments with Rev. Diane Rollert and special guests Rev. Lynn Harrison and Noah Zacharin with Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau.
No matter how far we’ve come, we’re always reminded of how far we have yet to go, as individuals and as a religious movement. Join Rev. Diane Rollert and Rev. Lynn Harrison as they explore mentorship and humility in ministry and social justice work. In addition to being the Minister of Community Engagement at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, Rev. Lynn Harrison is a sought-after voice in the Toronto acoustic scene. 
After the service, the Congregational Budget Meeting will take place at 12:00 pm to approve the 2018 UCM budget. Please plan to attend since a quorum of the membership is needed. Also, SECC will sponsor the Ruth di Giovanni Documentary Film Series from 12:00 to 2:30 pm. The film will be Where to Invade Next.

For more information, go to the This Month page.

The Humble Leader (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 12 November  2017

Less than two weeks ago, I was standing before the monument to the Canadian soldiers at Vimy Ridge, just outside the city of Arras, France. It’s a place beyond words. The monument stands in the middle of 250 acres of open land. Two soaring towers of beautiful gleaming golden-white marble represent the ten thousand English and French Canadian lives lost during the battle at Vimy Ridge, waged between April 9th and 12th, 1917.  The towers are so tall that you get vertigo looking up at them.

Continue reading The Humble Leader

Monday, November 20: An Evening with Robyn Maynard, 7 - 9 pm

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The Unitarian Church of Montreal is pleased to announce that Robyn Maynard will present a talk on her recently released book, Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present, on Monday, November 20, 7:00-9:00 pm. An engaging speaker, Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist who has spent years documenting racist and gender-based state violence. She has spent the better part of the decade doing front line harm-reduction outreach work in Montreal.

What's Happening November 13 - 19, 2017

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On Sunday, November 19 at 10:30 am, our worship service will be The Humble Act of Co-Creation by Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau and the Parts in Peace choir, and special guests, Evie Mark and Paujungie Nutaraaluk, Inuit throat singers. It takes both humility and courage to collaborate and co-create with others. Join us for a Sunday of humbly attempting to create something new together through word, silence and song.

The service will be followed by the November RE lunch and the pre-budget meeting to review the 2018 UCM budget. On Wednesday, November 15, the Marie-Berthe Issues Action Group will meet at 10:30 am. At 12:30 pm, the Midday meal will be served followed by Music in the Afternoon at 1:45 pm. 

For more information, go to the This Month page.

What's Happening November 6 - 12, 2017

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On Sunday, November 15 at 10:30 am, our worship service will be The Humble Leader: Remembrance Day Service with Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Maider Martineau and Louise Halperin.
Lao-Tzu once said that if you avoid putting yourself before others you can become a great leader among the people. What does it mean to lead humbly rather than with hubris and pride? On this Remembrance Day Sunday, we take time to remember those who have served in wartime and those whose lives have been impacted by war, as we consider the power of humble leadership to lead us to a place of peace.

Sacred Stories will meet on Tuesday, November 7, at noon. There will be a Council meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 8, to decide the 2018 recipients of sharing our weekly collection throughout the year. 

What's Happening October 30 - November 5, 2017

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Our worship service on Sunday, November 5 at 10:30 am, will be The Sacred Teaching of Humility: All Souls Sunday by Rev. Diane Rollert with Elders Jean Stevenson and Delbert Sampson and music by Sandra Hunt. On this Sunday, we’ll share in our traditional All Souls bread communion, as well as light candles for all the souls we have lost in our lives. We will be joined by spiritual teachers Elder Jean Stevenson of the Muskego Cree Nation and Elder Delbert Sampson, who is Shuswap from the Adams Lake Band in British Columbia.

Sunday, November 5 - Deadline to submit your pledge
Thanks to everyone that submits their pledge by this date.

What's Happening October 23 - 29, 2017

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Join us on Sunday, October 29 for our worship service, Connecting the Unconnected with Rev. Nicoline Guerrier, music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
Many embrace the goal of making sure the world's 3.9 billion "unconnected" people get connected to the internet. But what have we learned about how technology reshapes our sense of what it means to be "connected"? How has life in the digital era changed you? There service will be followed by the October RE lunch at noon.

Our Annual Halloween Social is happening on Saturday, October 28, at 5:30 pm.
Join your UCM friends of all ages at our annual Halloween social!  Enjoy festive fall food (bring a nut-free dessert to share!), pumpkin-related fun in the Art Hive for kids, youth, and elders, and a chance to get to know folks in our community! Don’t forget to wear your costume! All are welcome including our extended community and public.

For more information, go to the This Month page.

Connecting With the Light (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 15 October 2017

Many of you already know that I’m leaving for Europe next Thursday for a two-week trip. Sometime ago, I was invited to be the keynote speaker for the European Unitarian Universalists’ fall retreat that will be held in Spa, Belgium. Before we get to Belgium, we’re starting out in Paris where I’ll be preaching at the Paris UU fellowship next Sunday. I want to thank you for graciously letting me make these connections with our fellow UUs in Europe. I’m also grateful to Rev. Nicoline Guerrier who will lead the worship services during the two Sundays I’m away.

When Nicoline and I mapped out the services for this month’s theme on connection, we agreed that there was a lot that could be said about human connections, this sort of horizontal connection to each other, but there had to be at least one week when we talked about connecting to God or to the Ultimate. In other words, the vertical connection. Nicoline laughed and said to me, “I’ll let you do the God connection.” 

Continue reading Connecting With the Light

What's Happening October 16 - 22, 2017

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Coming up on Sunday, October 22 at 10:30 am, our worship service will be Missed Connections with Rev. Nicoline Guerrier and music by Maider Martineau and Louise Halperin
As we move through life a rich play of connections - and missed connections - shape our loves, our disappointments, our challenges and our earnings. What might it all mean?

On Wednesday, October 18 at 10:30 am, the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group will meet at 10:30 am followed by the Midday Meal at 12:30 pm and Music at Midday at 1:45 pm. The Ruth di Giovanni Documentary Film Series will be held on Sunday, October 22, at noon and will be showing Countdown to Zero. After the film, there will be SECC luncheon at 2:30 pm.

For more information, go to the This Month page.

Rev. Rollert Featured in The Unifier

The Unifier, created by the European Unitarian Universalists, features information about Rev. Rollert's upcoming trip to Europe. She's been invited to be the keynote speaker for the fall retreat of the European Unitarian Universalists where she’ll be talking about engaging the heart as a path toward UU spiritual practice.

Download The Unifiers (pdf)

What's Happening October 9 - 15

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Join us on Sunday, October 15, 10:30 am, for our worship service, Connecting with the Light
with Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Sandra Hunt and the Parts in Peace Choir directed by Maider Martineau. Our special guest will be Sudeshna Maulik, a traditional Hindu dancer.
What are our spiritual connections? Inspired by the Hindu celebration of Diwali, we consider the connections that go beyond kinship and human connection.

Please note that the UCM office is closed on Monday, October 9, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The UCM Council will meet on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30 pm.

For more information, go to the This Month page

Call Me Maybe (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 1 October 2017

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The other day I heard this wonderful interview with Guillermo del Toro. (http://www.cbc.ca/radio/popup/audio/listen.html?autoPlay=true&mediaIds=1056055875898)
Del Toro is a Mexican-American film director, screenwriter, a producer and a novelist who has been fascinated by monsters since he was very young. He made one of my favourite films, Pan’s Labyrinth, set in post-Civil War Spain during the early fascist era of Franco’s regime — the story of a young girl’s fantastical encounters with the netherworld. An excellent exhibit of Del Toro’s monster collection just opened in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Continue reading or listen to Call Me Maybe

What's Happening October 2 - 8, 2017

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Rev. Diane Rollert will present A Tapestry of Gratitude for our worship service on October 8 at 10:30 am with music by Sandra Hunt.
Long ago, the Christian mystic Meister Eckhart said that if the only prayer you ever said was thank you, that would be enough. How do we connect with gratitude in our lives in the best of time and in the worst of times? If you have a reflection to share about gratitude, send it to rev.dianerollert@gmail.com.

Seeking the Sacred in Stories will meet on Tuesday, October 3, from noon to 1:15 pm. Bring a bag lunch and join in the conversation with Rev. Diane. The Caring Network will meeting on Thursday, October 5, 3:00 - 4:30 pm. 

For more information, go to the This Month page.