What's Happening Feb 23 - March 1, 2015

Our upcoming service on Sunday, March 1 at 10:30 am will be Why Surrender? led by Rev. Carole Martignacco. Music will be by Sandra Hunt, Please bring non-perishable food items to share with the NDG Food Depot.

During the month of March, half of the unidentified cash in the collection baskets will be donated to the Montreal Diet Dispensary which annually provides nutrition and moral support to 2,000 women in need during their pregnancy and the first months after their baby is born.

 Tax receipts will be at the welcome desk in the foyer for pick-up on Sunday morning. 

The Nursery Play Group will be on Tuesday and Thursday, February 24 and 26th. The Parts and Peace choir will be rehearsing on Thursday, February 26 starting at 7:25 pm. Le Cercle de Discussion débute vers 19 H 00, vendredi. The RE committee will meet after the service on Sunday at noon.

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What's Happening Feb 16 - 22, 2014

On Sunday, February 22 at 10:30 am, the service will be Justice Is What Love Looks Like in Public
led by Rev. Carole Martignacco with music by Sandra Hunt and the Parts in Peace Choir
What does it mean to "stand on the side of love"? Underlying all social action -- whatever the humanitarian theme or variations that challenge us -- is the call to create a new world order.  
Can we do this? Can we survive if we don't?

The Marthe-Berthe Dion Issues Action group will host their monthly letter writing at 10:30 am, Wednesday Feb. 18, followed by the Midday meal with music at 12:3o pm. Parts is Peace has their weekly rehearsal on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:25 pm.

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What's Happening Feb 9 - 15, 2015

Join us this Sunday, February 15, 10:30 am for Ceremonies of Love and Belonging: Celebrating Lay Chaplaincy with Rev. Carole Martignacco, Shoshanna Green, Caroline Jondahl and Normand Gosselin. The music will be with Sandra Hunt, Geneviève Demers, soprano, and Marie-France Boisvert, violin.

Please note: Recent news reports have suggested that there may be an outbreak of measles in the Montreal area. Because some parents have decided not to have their children vaccinated, the risk of catching measles is increased for others, both children and adults, especially those who are immune-compromised.

While we respect parents' right to decide this issue for themselves and for their children, we encourage you to reflect on how that decision may impact the well-being of others in their community. Please bring your child for Sunday Services, Religious Education classes, First Friday Socials or Play Group, only if they have been immunized until this episode has passed.  As a general update, there are eight unconfirmed cases in the Lanaudière region. Testing should be finished at the end of the week.  
Some general  measles information:http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/measles/basics/symptoms/con-20019675  And here's an article from CBC concerning Toronto's four reported cases: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/measles-cases-could-lead-to-outbreak-public-health-official-1.2942860 

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What's Happening Feb 2 - 8, 2015

Rev. Carole Martignacco's sermon will be Love Writ Large: The Charter for Compassion on Sunday February 8 at 10:30 am with music by Louise Halperin. Scholar of religion Karen Armstrong, in designing her Charter for Compassion, says the one common thread that runs like gold through the heart of the world's religions is love.In nearly every tradition there is some statement resembling what we call The Golden Rule. She's started a movement in which individuals pledge their compassion, and whole cities have declared themselves "Compassionate Communities."

After the service, please join us on for a congregational meeting to present the Canadian Unitarian Council's proposed resolutions for 2015, which will be voted on at the CUC's annual meeting and conference (AMC) to be held in Ottawa May 15 to 17. A light lunch will be available following the service. For more information: Patricia Philip, Secretary, Board of Management.

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Dancing with Hope (Audio Available)

Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 25 January 2015

I’ve begun to wonder if our relationship with hope changes throughout our lives, as our circumstances change and as we age.  You could call it a dance, but maybe it’s really a roller coaster ride or les montagnes russes, as they say in French.  That up and down, back and forth, excitement, disappointment, wondering, and waiting, then falling and climbing back up again that seems to define life.

Often we look to children and youth to give us hope.  They are the future, after all.  I know I watch the infants and toddlers in our midst and I envy their ability to be so present to each living moment.  They are filled with that holy wonder that we adults so often miss.  I don’t think that hope is really something that infants and toddlers experience, precisely because they are so present to the ”now”.  Maybe you have to be able to imagine life’s possibilities and disappointments before you can encounter hope.

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What's Happening Jan 26 - Feb 1, 2015

Join us Sunday, February 1, 10:30 am for Love Makes the World Go Round led by
Rev. Carole Martignacco, with special music by Les Perroquets and Sandra Hunt. Is there any more burdened word in all the language than "love"? Noun or a verb, applied to anything from pizza and popcorn to people or the planet -- What does it really mean? Rev. Carole Martignacco will be with us through the month of February.

It's the first Sunday of the month. Please bring non-perishable food items to share with the NDG Food Depot. 

Yellow Door Choir's winter concert, Plenty Good Room ... Tout le monde à bord, directed by Roxanne Martel will be this Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31 at 8 pm.

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What's Happening, Jan 19 - 25, 2015

Join us this Sunday, January 25 at 10:30 am for Dancing with Hope with Rev. Diane Rollert and Rev. Carole Martignacco, music by Roger Haughey and Sandra Hunt. Life is always a dance.  How do we dance with our own dreams and expectations?

There is a Town Hall style meeting at 12:30 pm after the service sponsored by the DRE Search Committee. The committee is inviting input concerning candidate selection for the post of DRE with Caroline Balderston Parry's retirement at the end of June, and to share your needs, ideas, and vision for RE in the future. Please plan to attend!

The rest of the week is chock-full of activities including the Midday Meal and the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group on Wednesday, the first gathering for UCM Pub Ministry this Thursday evening, les activités en français vendredi, and the restart of the Unitarian Drum Circle on Sunday.

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Walking with Hope

Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 11 January 2015

This is a sermon about Martin, Charlie and hope.

If you could sum up the job of a minister in one very short sentence, I’d say that it is to bring hope into the world. That’s what I believe I’m called to do.  Not hope for some life beyond death, but hope for this world, for the lives we live now.  Today is one of those days, when I wonder if I can live up to this calling.  It’s hard to bring hope when the world around you makes no sense at all.  The events of the past week in Paris have brought a grey cloud of sadness over me.  I imagine you feel it too.  If this morning’s band hadn’t already rehearsed the music for today, I might have changed the entire order of service.

It’s been almost 52 years since Dr. Martin Luther King’s words, “I have a dream,” were delivered to a huge crowd at the March on Washington for Civil Rights (it was 28 August 1963).  You could say there’s been a lot of change — and not nearly enough change  — since Dr. King cried out for the day when his children would be “judged not by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.” Given the events of the past year in the US, with the deaths of young black men at the hands of police officers in Fergusson, Missouri, Brooklyn, New York, and elsewhere, it can feel as though Dr. King’s dream has been completely lost.

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What's Happening Jan 12 - 18, 2015

Join us for our service, Building a Community of Hope led by Rev. Diane Rollert, on Commitment Sunday, January 18 at 10:30 am. This is a day to make our final financial commitments and to celebrate the UCM community through music, art, and food. Music will be by the Parts in Peace Choir, The Greater Goods, Deirdre McCay, Sandra Hunt and others. There will be a light lunch and dessert after the service.

We gather to celebrate the generosity and commitment of our community.  If you haven’t had a chance to make a pledge yet, you can use the online pledge form. Everything you do for our community is something to truly celebrate!  You keep us alive and thriving through your presence and the hours you volunteer, as well as the gifts you give. 

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A Year of Hope

Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 4 January 2015

You’ve probably heard the story of Pandora’s box, which was really Pandora’s jar.  What a complicated mess, this Greek myth, which has several versions.  It all starts with fire, an appropriate place to begin on this day of our fire communion.  First Zeus, the ruler of all gods, becomes angry at humans.  Who knows why?  They are all men at the time.  He takes away their ability to use fire so that they can’t cook or warm themselves.   So, Prometheus, a mortal man and a trickster, manages to steal fire back from the gods.  Zeus famously punishes Prometheus by chaining him to a rock.  Then he decides that it really isn’t fair to leave poor Prometheus alone in his punishment.  Prometheus’ brother, Epimetheus, whom we all seem to have forgotten about, must be punished too.

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What's Happening Jan 4 - Jan 11, 2015

Sunday, January 4 at 10:30 am,  join us for A New Year of Hope: Fire Communion Service for All Ages
led by Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt. Start the New Year right by letting go and starting fresh. Adults and children of all ages are invited to join us for a magical morning as we watch last year's worries go up in smoke. R.E.:The Nursery is open and child care is provided but there are no R.E. classes or groups. The Children's Choir will meet on January 11. 

Sunday, January 11 at 10:30 am, the service will be Walking with Hope led by Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Jean Séguin, Denis Barsalo, Stuart Edding and Jane Critchlow. In anticipation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, where are we going and what are we doing, here in Quebec and Canada, as we witness racial tensions in the U.S.A.?

Play group resumes this week along with Parts in Peace choir rehearsals. The First Friday Potluck supper will be held January 9, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. Caroline Balderston Parry anchors the Open Collage workshop, this Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm.

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What's Happening Dec 22, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

The church office will close at noon on December 24 and will reopen Monday, January 5, 2015. Phone messages will be checked once a day.
Veille de Noël - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held Wednesday, 24, 5:30 pm
Une célébration bilingue.  A bilingual celebration. Rev. Diane Rollert with musicians Sandra Hunt, Gary Russell, Michael Cartile, and Kerry-Anne Kutz, and a surprise choir.

Join us for a Christmas Day Potluck December 25 at 5:30 pm to share a holiday meal. Please bring a side dish, dessert or salad if you can. On December the 28 at 10:30 am the service will be Return of the Light with Shoshanna Green and music by Louise Halperin. The Sunday service on January 4 will be A New Year of Hope, a Fire Communion Service for All Ages with Rev. Diane Rollert at 10:30 am.

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Winter Tales (and Being Intentional)

Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 14 December 2014

If it weren’t for the holiday season, how would we make it through these darkest days?  Yet here we are again, feeling a bit stressed, wondering how, oh how, we should mark the holiday season this year when there’s always so much else to keep us busy?  There’s lots of advice floating out there about how to simplify and do with less.  All that advice seems to ring as a reminder that the future is looming like a giant storm cloud waiting to burst at any moment.  

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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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