On Tuesday, December 10 join us for a discussion on Syrian reconciliation with sociologist Amir Massoumi. Regular activities continue during the week. On Friday, December 13 enjoy a concert of seasonal music featuring Matthew Russell on trombone. On Sunday, December 15, Rev. Rollert's service entitled "Oh This Flesh: On Body and Spirit" will feature music by Sandra Hunt and special guest Daniel Alvarez on guitar.
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Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 24 November 2013
We are obsessed with words, with finding the right words, with using the right words that will guarantee that we have found a place of like-minded people. It’s that thinking: “Okay, I can belong here, because you speak my language” – and I don’t mean that you speak my native tongue, I mean that you use the words that make me feel welcome, that don’t upset me, that tell me that we are on the same wavelength. How jarring then, to hear the wrong words and to be told, “Get used to it.”
Reflection by Caroline Balderston Parry, 17 November 2013
Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy exhorts us to find the gifts from "the anguish of uncertainty," such as the gift of "the present moment, where our strength lies," or "the fresh recognition of the power of intention" and "the befriending of our pain and the great mystery it brings us." These gifts are not easy to accept, in my experience. Many of us may find it hard to trust the often awkward unfolding of our own unique lives.
Drumming, singing, collage, family potluck... all are part of the regular programs that continue this week. Read the full post to get all the details!
On Sunday, December 1, join us for the Sunday worship service entitled Hobbits, Habits and the Material Worldwith Rev. Diane Rollert. After the service, be part of the conversation during Deepening Our Spirit with Rev. Rollert and other relative newcomers. Or attend the discussion group Exploring the Intangible. In addition, you are invited to attend a presentation on the growing Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign presented by the UCM Divestment Committee. Read on for full information.
Music is on the menu again this week! On Saturday, come to a special family-friendly concert by the six-voice female vocal group 'ina' led by Sarah Albu, our children's choir director. And on Wednesday, come for the Midday Meal and stay for a free recital in the sanctuary. On Sunday morning, Rev. Diane Rollert challenges us to "...stay in the conversation...". The worship service will include beautiful music courtesy of The Yellow Door Choir.
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Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 10 November 2013
If, like me, you are someone who dreams of peace and does not want to glorify war, how do you face Remembrance Day? Every year on this day, I search for that answer. I will never forget the young soldier who told me that he served at the command of his government. “We can be peace keepers, peace builders or we can be warriors. That is up to you and the governments you elect.” In other words, how we face this day is our choice.
This week includes another Family Centering Supper and Worship on Wednesday (a potluck and short family friendly worship). On Saturday our flagship fundraiser, BidNite kicks off at 5 pm. And on Sunday, join us at 10:30 am for our Sunday service with Caroline Balderston Parry on the topic Befriending the "I Don't Know Place". Sandra Hunt will provide the music along with a special guest, Eliza Moore.
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Rev. Diane Rollert has been in the news responding to proposed Quebec Law 60 (formerly known as the Quebec Charter of Values). Click on the following links in blue to find out more:
In the Gazette Online, Peggy Curran interviews Rev. Rollert.
On Global TV, Jamie Orchard interviews Rev. Rollert.
The same letter in French in La Presse.
To see the full list of co-signers, click here: Femmes qui croient en la femme/Women Who Believe in Women
Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 3 November 2013
"There is almost certainly no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life: Why atheism makes sense."
This was the quote sent to me by Roger Haughey, the lucky winner of last year’s BidNite raffle for a sermon topic. At $3 a ticket, it’s not a bad deal for the winner, and it’s usually fun for me. Over the years, winners have challenged me to reflect on everything from unusual bits of poetry to saving Jesus.
Roger wrote to explain that this particular quote “comes from one of the suggested slogans from the atheist bus ad campaign in England, and speaks to a positive vision of atheist spirituality divorced from comparisons with theism.”
Friday night is for music lovers! The piano cello duo of Sandra Hunt and Gary Russell will present a delightful program of Haydn, Schumann and Fauré (concert at 7pm). And on Sunday, November 10 join us as we mark Remembrance Day with a special service entitled "Oh Heart, These Things We Remember" with Rev Diane Rollert. Sandra Hunt will provide music along with our Parts in Peace choir. And after the service stay for Coffee Hour and browse the BidNite silent auction and the L'Abri en Ville greetings cards. Stay for conversation with Rev. Rollert or attend the social justice meeting.
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Remarks delivered by Rev. Diane Rollert at "Faith, Values and Human Rights: A Constructive Dialogue on the Charter", Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, 20 October 2013.
There is a saying that is often attributed to the 16th century Unitarian minister, Francis David:
We need not
to love alike.
Which might be translated into French as:
Nous n’avons pas besoin
de penser comme l'autre
pour s'aimer l'un l'autre
Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 20 October 2013
This is an edited version of a reflection I wrote after taking an interfaith trip through Turkey in 2009.
It is night in Istanbul, the hour of the final evening prayer. I am walking with one of my hosts, a young woman in her late twenties. She has immigrated to Quebec from Turkey, and this is her first trip home in several years. It is a hot summer night, but she wears a long-sleeved jacket, a long skirt and a colourful headscarf.
I ask my young host about Turkish law regarding the veil. Yes, she tells me, the hijab is still illegal in the universities, schools and for teachers. Turkey still has laws in effect that prohibit religious dress in public yet wearing the veil in most other places is now quietly tolerated.
Our many thanks to Rabbi Rachel Barenblat who participated in our worship service on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Her reflection is posted on her blog:
Reflection by Amber Dawn Bellemare, 6 October 2013
Veterinarian Dr. Louis J Camuti wrote: "Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other."
A few years ago I made the life changing decision to bring home a puppy. My then boyfriend agreed, reluctantly. It was a trying time for both us. He was facing his mother’s terminal illness and I was facing the reality of being alone while he devoted his time at the hospital. The truth is I was not prepared to be alone. A puppy was the perfect solution. I dreamt of all the ways we would spend time together. We could go for walks and rollerblading, we could hike up nearby mountains and take long drives together. This dog was going to be my little companion;; my faithful sidekick! Even though I had never been a dog owner before and had no clue where to start, I was certain that I was going to master being a master.