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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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.