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 Boisevert and to everyone that participated in a wonderful summer of services.
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 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.
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.
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
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?
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
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.
Presented by Abram Friedland, 13 July 2014
Good morning. How many of you remember this song?
Boy, the way Glen Miller played
Songs that made the hit parade.
Guys like us, we had it made.
Those were the days.
And you knew who you were then.
Girls were girls and men were men.
Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
Didn’t need no welfare state.
Everybody pulled his weight.
Gee, our old Lasalle ran great.
Those were the days.
Presented by Nicoline Guerrier, 6 July 2014
It sounded like something from a tabloid, almost. The internet post came with a very long and highly confident title: Science Reveals How the Brains of Social Justice Activists Are Different from Everyone Else’s. Really? I wondered to myself as I scrolled through the article. Are justice activists different from everyone else? And even supposing they are, does that tell us anything useful about the struggle for justice? What I want to know is how something infinitely little – like the firing of neurons, say, in an activist’s brain – gives rise to something impossibly huge, like the fall of the Berlin wall. Or the end of institutionalized slavery here in Canada and the United States. My intuition tells me that when Vincent Lingiari said ‘no’ to the occupiers of his ancestral land. and when that ‘no’ eventually turned the world upside down, the way his brain fired was only part of the story.
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
"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?"
Sunday, July 13, 10:30 am
Some Things Never Change
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
Rev. Diane Rollert has been attending the UUA General Assembly during the week of June 23-27 (where she will be leading an international worship service and a workshop) and will then be on vacation and study leave. She returns to our Sunday services on 7 September, when we will begin our first month of theme-based ministry, asking the question: What does it mean to seek a life of engagement? Don’t forget to bring water from a summer experience for our water communion on that day.
Church Office Summer Hours:
From July 3 to 20 and from August 13 to 31, the church office will be open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and Friday, from 10:00 am to noon. The office closes on July 23 and re-opens August 13. Phone messages will be monitored during times when the office is closed.
Sunday, July 6, 10:30 am
From Little Things Big Things Grow
Nicoline Guerrier, Candidate for Unitarian Universalist Ministry
Sunday, July 6, 7:00 pm, Thomas Room
"Years of Living Dangerously"
Please join us in collectively watching the final episode of this groundbreaking documentary series about the human impact of climate change. This is a lavish, gripping production focused on the real effect of climate change on real people's lives around the world.
The Religious Education program is finished until September 14 and the RE office is closed until September 2.
Sermon by Jenna Smith, 22 June 2014.
I had no time to hate
I had no time time to hate, because
the grave would hinder me
And life was not so ample I
could finish enmity
Nor had I time to love, but since
some industry must be
the little toil of love, I thought,
was large enough for me.
- Emily Dickinson
This past weekend was international slow day in Montreal. Otherwise known as Jenna's Mecca.
Monday, June 23: the building will be closed.
Tuesday, June 24: the office will be closed.
Tuesday, June 24, 6:00 pm - Thomas Room
UCM Council Meeting
Sunday, June 29, 10:30 am
To Walk a Mile: Picnic-in-the-Church Sunday
Amber Dawn Bellemare
Music by Gabriel Padilla
Join us for our last Sunday before summer services. Everyone is invited for a potluck celebration. If you can, please bring food or drinks to share for a picnic inside the church. No child care; families are asked to be part of the church picnic.
Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 14 June 2014
It’s become really hip in San Francisco -- and it’s sure to make its way to Montreal someday soon. Not just any kind of toast, but perfect toast, buttered with the Zen-like focus of a master chef preparing sushi. You can now find toast bars and toast menus all over the city of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can find the quintessential toast experience for the astounding sum of $4 a slice. When journalist John Gravois encountered his first slice of trendy toast, he couldn’t help but wonder where this movement had begun.