Job Posting: Director of Religious Education - UCM


The Unitarian Church of Montreal seeks a Director of Religious Education to oversee our growing children and youth program, including management of a small staff of educators and volunteers. Responsibilities include: implementing a Unitarian curriculum, participating in spiritual development and ministry, coordinating weekly Sunday children’s activities, and directing program development and administration. All of these duties require working closely with the minister, the religious education committee, and congregation families. This is a permanent, 20-hour-a-week position.

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What's Happening March 30 - April 5, 2015

On Easter Sunday, April 5 at 10:30 am, Rev. Diane Rollert's sermon will be Awaken My People  with music by Sandra Hunt and MSO cellist Gary Russell. How can Moses and the burning bush, Jesus in the desert, Buddha beneath the Bodhi tree, and roses buried beneath the snow offer us a path to becoming fully awake? At 11:45 am there will be an optional communion.

Please bring non-perishable food items to share with the NDG Food Depot. Half of the unidentified cash in this month's collection baskets will be donated to Santropol Roulant which runs collective gardens and promotes urban agriculture, delivers meals on wheels, and operates a bike shop where volunteers teach how to repair a bicycle.

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What's Happening March 23 - March 29, 2015

We've got a multigenerational service coming up Sunday, March 29 at 10:30 am -
Unitarian Universalists: Never surrender! - A multigenerational celebration of UU history
with Rev. Diane Rollert and Caroline Balderston Parry with music by the Parts in Peace Choir. When a magical chalice allows a congregation to witness important moments in Unitarian Universalist history, they set off on a journey as inspiring, informative, and moving as it is funny!  Be part of this unconventional service.

Other activities include les activités en français le vendredi, 27 mars à 18 h 00. There are also the Open Collage Workshop and the Brain Gym Workshop both on Saturday, March 28 starting at 10 am.

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Measles Alert Removed - New Guidelines for Our Congregation

As many of you know, there has been a measles outbreak within a community in the Lanaudière region of Quebec. A total of 119 cases had been reported at the end of February, including one child who has exposed an elementary school community in Joliette.

In response to concerns at the beginning of the outbreak, the Unitarian Church of Montreal released a notice requesting that unvaccinated children refrain from attending church programs until this episode has passed. Since the release of this notice, we have carefully reviewed the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Measles Outbreaks in Canada and have decided to remove this alert for the following reasons:         

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A Journey of Letting Go

Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 15 March 2015

People ask me, why the Philippines?  Why would Unitarian Universalists be there?  

Sadly, too few of us have ever heard of Rev. Toribio Quimada.  Yet he deserves to be known as one of the great heroes of our faith.  He was a courageous and generous man, living in a poor rural community in the mountains of Negros in the Philippines.  In the early 1950s, he succeeded in founding an open, progressive religious movement within a very repressive society.  That, in and of itself, is miraculous.

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What's Happening March 16 - 22, 2015

This Sunday, March 22 at 10:30 am, the sermon will be Dare to Surrender led by Rev. Diane Rollert with special guest Susanne Maziarz, music director at Toronto Neighbourhood UU Church. Diane Rollert says, "All religions include a prescription for surrender. What could surrender offer to us as UUs?" On this Sunday we'll change the configuration of the sanctuary, we'll do some small group sharing, and we'll also seek the sacred through movement, singing, and silence.

Other activities this week include the March Letter Writing with the Marie-Berthe Dion Actions Group on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:30 am. The Midday meal will follow at 12:30 pm. Sunday, March 22 at 12:15 there will be a congregational meeting to review the 2014 financial statements, please attend. The Unitarian Drumming Circle will meet later that Sunday at 4 pm.

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What's Happening March 9 - 15, 2015

This coming Sunday, March 15 at 10:30 am, Rev. Diane Rollert will share reflections from her sabbatical the past month in the Philippines in A Journey of Letting Go. Music will be by Louise Halperin.

On Tuesday, March 10th, Seeking the Sacred in Stories will meet at noon. The Book Discussion group will meet on Wednesday, March 11, at 7 pm. On Friday, March 13 at 7 pm, the Lesbian Social Discussion Group will meet. A teacher development workshop for all R.E. and child care staff will be held on Sunday March 15 at 12: 15 pm.

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What's Happening March 2 - 8, 2015

Join us this Sunday, March 8 at 10:30 am, for To Live in the Age of Melting with Rev. Diane Rollert and special guest, Evalyn Parry. Evalyn is an award-winning Canadian theatre-maker, writer and musician (as well as the daughter of Caroline Balderston Parry). We welcome Rev. Rollert back from her trip to the Philippines and give our thanks to Rev. Carole Martignacco for her service through the month of February. Music will be by Sandra Hunt, and performance art by Evalyn Parry.

Friday, March 6, 5:00 - 7:00 pm,  the Stairwell Art Gallery will feature the vernissage for Caroline Balderston Parry's Collages "The Search for the Self". SECC is sponsoring a potluck starting at 5:30 that same Friday. Bring a dish to share.

March kicks in to gear with a busy week of activities. For more information on these events and others, continue reading below.

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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:  And here's an article from CBC concerning Toronto's four reported cases: 

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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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