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. Joining her in song this Sunday is singer, songwriter and guitarist, Noah Zacharin.

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.

I'm Never, Ever Letting You Go (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 24 September 2017

It was late April. Two years ago in the evening. I had every intention of getting home by 9:30 that night, but there I was in my office after a long meeting. There’s was a knock at the door. That night’s concierge popped her head in. “Your sister-in-law’s on the phone,” she said. It was really odd for any of us to have picked up the main church line at that hour. My mind couldn’t even register why one of my sisters-in-law would be calling.

I picked up the phone. It was my brother’s wife in California. My father was in the hospital. There was a large hemorrhage in his brain. They didn’t know if he would survive the night.

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What's Happening September 25 - October 1, 2017

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Join us on Sunday, October 1, at 10:30 am for our worship Service, Call Me Maybe with Rev. Diane Rollert, music by Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau and and the Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom Women’sEnsemble directed by Rona Nadler
Life is a series of connections and disconnections.  How do you reconnect when you’ve fallen out of touch?

After the service on Sunday, The Pragmatic Mystic: George MacKenzie Brewer, will be presented at 12:30 pm. He was the UCM organist from 1912-1947. The talk will be given my Marie-Thérèse Lefebvre and Lorn Huston.

The Creative Play Group returns Monday, September 24,  10 am - noon. Our opening day special project is called: Baby's First Art Portfolio. We'll transform simple binders with cloth and glue, stickers and more, into something beautiful that can also keep the budding artist's work organized. As always, there will be coffee, tea, and snacks (usually a cereal mix and a fruit) available. There will be a creative project taking place in one room, right off of the Nursery. The requested donation of $2 per child, covers the costs of snacks and art materials.Contact Yvette Salinas.

for more information, go to the This Month page.

The Reed that Bends, the Tree that Breaks (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 17 September 2016

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There’s a French fable from the late 17th century by Jean de La Fontaine, The Oak and the Reed, Le chêne et le roseau. The oak stands tall and tells the thin reed, “You grow along the banks of the river, but you are weak and you need me to give you shelter.” “Oh,” says the reed, “you are too kind to care so much about me. But just wait. When the storm comes and the winds blow hard, I will still be here, but you will be gone.”

Les vents me sont moins qu’à vous redoutables.
Je plie, et ne romps pas.

Continue reading The Tree that Bends, the Tree that Breaks

What's Happening September 18 - 24, 2017

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Join us on Sunday, September 24 at 10:30 am for I’m Never, Ever Giving You Up
with Rev. Diane Rollert, msic by Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau, Margo Ellis and Jane Critchlow.
When it is medically or morally appropriate to extend or end life? As medical technology is rapidly advancing, our relationship with life and death is changing. When do we let go and when do we hold on? This is may be the greatest spiritual challenge each one of us will ever face.

On Wednesday, September 20, the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group: Letter Writing will meet at 10:30 am followed by the first fall Midday Meal at 12:30 pm. Music at Midday will take place at 1:45 pm.

On Friday, September 22 from 6-9 pm, and Saturday, September 23 from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, the
Board and Council Retreat will be held in Phoenix Hall.

For more information, go to the This Month page.