UCM Annual General Meeting - Monday, June 1, 2015

The UCM Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday June 1, 2015  at 7 pm at which time the candidates for the Board of Management will be elected. Please find below the slate of candidates.  The positions of secretary and vice-president are still open. 
 
President: Stanislaus Mackiewicz
Vice-President: Open
Treasurer: Hélène Boucher
Secretary: Open
Past President: John Inder
Moderator: Shoshanna Green
Member-at-Large:Harvey Shepherd
Member-at-Large:Sophie Beaudoin-Dion
Stewardship coordinator: Prue Rains
 
If you require additional information please contact Petrina Lee Poy, membership coordinator: membership@ucmtl.ca

What's Happening May 25 - 31, 2015

Join us Sunday, May 31 at  10:30 am for Characters with Character presented by Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt with Marie-France Boisvert. Do you have a favourite character from a novel? Has that character had an effect on your own character? Whether it's a positive role model or someone you'd never want to be, send a note to Rev. Diane with your thoughts.

Our usual weekly events including the Nursery Play Group, Carmina Choir and the Parts in Peace Choir will meet at their regular times. In addition, The Yellow Door Choir will present True Colours on Friday and Saturday May 29 and 30th at 7:30 pm. Special pricing is available for UCM members for pre-purchased tickets.

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What's Happening May 18 - 24, 2015

Sunday, March 24 at 10:30 am, the service will be The Long Haul People: Celebrating Our Volunteers presented by Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt. Following the service, SECC will sponsor a fundraising lunch. At 12:15 pm, Rev. Rollert will lead A Taste of Exploration - Exploring a Life of Character. There will also be a concert: An Afternoon of Trombone and Piano Music with Matthew Russell, trombone, and pianist, Sandra Hunt. To wrap up the day, the UCM Drumming Circle will meet between 4 and 6 pm.

The Midday Meal with Music will be held this Wednesday, May 20, at 12:30 pm. The April Letter-Writing sponsored by the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group will take place at 10:30 am before the Midday Meal.

The UCM office will be closed Monday, May 18.

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It's Not Your Mother Who Made You Wierd: You Just Are (Audio & Video Available)

Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert with Krin Haglund, 10 May 2015

When I first started thinking about this month’s theme of character, I thought of how parents are charged with the responsibility of forming the character of their children. I guess I would describe character as the moral and mental quality of who we are.  It is who we choose to be and how we choose to live our lives, but it’s also how we’ve been shaped by the experiences of our lives from the very beginning.  It is the moral code we choose to live by.  Those who parent us, -- mothers, fathers, grandparents or other guardians -- are given this overwhelming task to teach us right from wrong and to help us fully develop into the person we were meant to be. 

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What's Happening May 11 - 17, 2015

There will be a Service Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia led by
Kirstin McKeown with music by Louise Halperin at 10:30 am on Sunday, May 17. Please join us!

During the week, Rev. Rollert will facilitate Seeking the Sacred in Stories on Tuesday, May 12 at noon. The Book Discussion Group will be meeting Wednesday, May 13 at at 7 pm.

Thursday May 14 at 6:30 pm, everyone is invited for the ordination of Nicoline Guerrier. This will be our first ordination, a festive event with invited speakers, compelling music, refreshments and pride in the accomplishments of our good friend. We are all invited to celebrate the occasion, after which we can officially call her The Reverend Guerrier! 

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What's Happening May 4 - 10, 2015

Sunday's service on May 10 at 10:30 am will be It’s Not Your Mother Who Made You Weird:  You Just Are led by Rev. Diane Rollert with Krin Haglund and music by Sandra Hunt with Geneviève Demers, soprano. Krin Haglund began her career as an acrobatic clown. She joins Rev. Rollert in an offering of verbal and physical reflections on the challenges of character and motherhood.

The Lesbian Social Discussion group meets this Friday, May 8 at 7 pm. Trevor Juhl will give a presentation on his recent trip to Philippines with a dinner before  on Saturday, May 9 at 7 pm. The Social and Environmental Concerns Committee has a meeting scheduled for Sunday, May 10 at 12:15 pm.

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The Church office will be closed from 2 pm Thursday, April 30, until 10 am Tuesday, May 5.  If you need a reply urgently, please leave a message at: 514-485-9933.

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What's Happening April 27 - May 3, 2015

Join us Sunday, May 3, 10:30 am for the Célébration de la lumière/ Celebration of Light - Programme bilingue/Bilingual service presented by Rev. Diane Rollert, Pascale Frémond with interfaith guests and choirs. Before we embark on May’s theme of “Character,”  we welcome an interfaith gathering to celebrate UNESCO’s declaration of 2015 as the international year of light.  This service is hosted by Religions pour la paix and the Unitarian Church of Montreal as the culmination of the conference, Light within Religious and Spiritual Traditions (Le Congrès sur la Lumière dans les traditions religieuses et spirituelles), May 1-3, 2015.

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 the Generations Foundation which provides nutritious breakfasts, hot lunches, and a snack daily to over 7,700 schoolchildren in 96 schools and learning centres.

In addition to our regularly scheduled weekly events, there will be a Pathway to Membership meeting at 6 pm of Friday, May 1. There will be a light dinner and childcare will be provided. Saturday, May 2 from 11 am until 2 pm, UCM will host Empty Bowls: Fundraiser to Fight Hunger.

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What's Happening April 20 - 26, 2015

On Sunday, April 26 at 10:30 am, our Sunday service will be Wake Now My Senses! Young adults from the congregation will share on the topic of Our Awake & Aware Generation, reflecting on how Canadians, and UUs in particular are "waking up" to issues of mental health & neurodiversity, Native issues, and sex & gender diversity in our congregations and the community at large.  The service will feature the musical ensemble of Jean Séguin, Denis Barsalo, Jane Critchlow, Stuart Edding, and Philippe Gareau.

The Nursery Group for children under 5 meets Tuesday and Thursday of each week at 10 am. The Parts in Peace choir has its regular rehearsal starting at 7:25 on Thursdays.  Il y aura un Souper Communitaire le vendredi 24 avril à 18 h. The monthly Unitarian Drum Circle will be meeting Sunday evening, April 20 from 4- 6 pm.

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What's Happening April 13 - 19, 2015

Join us Sunday, April 19, 10:30 am for The Trees of the Field with Caroline Balderston Parry, Rev. Diane Rollert, the children and others. This will be our multigenerational celebration of Earth Day. As the earth heats up, what do the trees have to say? Music by Sandra Hunt with the Parts in Peace Choir.

Seeking the Sacred in Stories will be meeting at noon on Tuesday, April 14. Wednesday, April 15th will be our monthly Midday Meal starting at 12:30 pm. Friday, April 17 at 7:30 pm, there will a concert "Sur un air de folklore".

For anyone interested in trying out the exploration group experience, Rev. Diane Rollert will be leading A Taste of Exploration. The first meeting is this Sunday, April 19th at 12:30 pm. No need to sign up.

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What's Happening April 6 - 12, 2015

Join us for Sunday, April 12, 10:30 am for Arise and Face the Day with Rev. Diane Rollert for
a morning of rousing music and reflection looking at the many facets of awakening, from darkness to light. Music by Sandra Hunt and the Yellow Door Choir led by Roxanne Martel.

The church offices will be closed on Monday, April 6. The Book Discussion Group meets on Wed, April 8 at 7 pm. There will be a Passover Seder held on Friday, April 10 at 5:30 pm. The Lesbian Social Discussion Group meets that same evening at 7 pm.

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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 - 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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