Join us this coming Sunday for a service with Jenna Smith. Our thanks go to Marie-France Boisvert who is doing a wonderful job managing the Sunday services this summer.
Sunday, July 27, 10:30 am
What Motivates Us
In our work, personal lives and individual journeys through life, what motivates us and our decisions? Jenna Smith, director of Innovation Youth, will speak about motivation on its various levels and we will reflect together on this diverse and complex topic.
Presented by Abram Friedland, 13 July 2014
Good morning. How many of you remember this song?
Boy, the way Glen Miller played
Songs that made the hit parade.
Guys like us, we had it made.
Those were the days.
And you knew who you were then.
Girls were girls and men were men.
Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
Didn’t need no welfare state.
Everybody pulled his weight.
Gee, our old Lasalle ran great.
Those were the days.
Presented by Nicoline Guerrier, 6 July 2014
It sounded like something from a tabloid, almost. The internet post came with a very long and highly confident title: Science Reveals How the Brains of Social Justice Activists Are Different from Everyone Else’s. Really? I wondered to myself as I scrolled through the article. Are justice activists different from everyone else? And even supposing they are, does that tell us anything useful about the struggle for justice? What I want to know is how something infinitely little – like the firing of neurons, say, in an activist’s brain – gives rise to something impossibly huge, like the fall of the Berlin wall. Or the end of institutionalized slavery here in Canada and the United States. My intuition tells me that when Vincent Lingiari said ‘no’ to the occupiers of his ancestral land. and when that ‘no’ eventually turned the world upside down, the way his brain fired was only part of the story.
The church office will be closed July 21 to August 10, re-opening on August 11. Phone messages will be monitored during times when the office is closed.
Sunday, July 20, 10:30 am
Accidentellement militante, ou 5 raisons de se sentir concerné-e par les luttes sociales au Québec
"Des fois il y en a trop. Des fois il n’y en a pas assez. Souvent, ils dérangent. Tout le monde a une opinion sur les enjeux politiques et sociaux au Québec, mais rarement ces opinions se transforment-elles en véritables luttes. Alors, comment devient-on militant-e dans la belle province? Qu’est-ce qui nous pousse à nous battre? Et pourquoi faudrait-il changer quoi que ce soit?"
Sunday, July 13, 10:30 am
Some Things Never Change
Using the television show 'All in the Family' as a starting point, this service will be a discussion of 1970s issues which still haunt North American society today.
Sundays, July & August, 10:15 am - noon, Nursery
Child care will be available for children of all ages. (If the weather is fine, the children will be outdoors as much as possible.) If no babies or children have arrived by 11:00 am, the caregivers may go home early.
For more information, Yvette Salinas, firstname.lastname@example.org
During the months of July and August, half of the cash in the collection baskets will be given to the Super Kutz Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization established for the purpose of awarding scholarships to deserving young people in the Montreal area whose dreams of pursuing post-secondary education are limited by financial considerations. (1665 av. Dollard, Ville LaSalle, QC H8N 1T7)
Rev. Diane Rollert has been attending the UUA General Assembly during the week of June 23-27 (where she will be leading an international worship service and a workshop) and will then be on vacation and study leave. She returns to our Sunday services on 7 September, when we will begin our first month of theme-based ministry, asking the question: What does it mean to seek a life of engagement? Don’t forget to bring water from a summer experience for our water communion on that day.
Church Office Summer Hours:
From July 3 to 20 and from August 13 to 31, the church office will be open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and Friday, from 10:00 am to noon. The office closes on July 23 and re-opens August 13. Phone messages will be monitored during times when the office is closed.
Sunday, July 6, 10:30 am
From Little Things Big Things Grow
Nicoline Guerrier, Candidate for Unitarian Universalist Ministry
Sunday, July 6, 7:00 pm, Thomas Room
"Years of Living Dangerously"
Please join us in collectively watching the final episode of this groundbreaking documentary series about the human impact of climate change. This is a lavish, gripping production focused on the real effect of climate change on real people's lives around the world.
The Religious Education program is finished until September 14 and the RE office is closed until September 2.
Sermon by Jenna Smith, 22 June 2014.
I had no time to hate
I had no time time to hate, because
the grave would hinder me
And life was not so ample I
could finish enmity
Nor had I time to love, but since
some industry must be
the little toil of love, I thought,
was large enough for me.
- Emily Dickinson
This past weekend was international slow day in Montreal. Otherwise known as Jenna's Mecca.
Monday, June 23: the building will be closed.
Tuesday, June 24: the office will be closed.
Tuesday, June 24, 6:00 pm - Thomas Room
UCM Council Meeting
Sunday, June 29, 10:30 am
To Walk a Mile: Picnic-in-the-Church Sunday
Amber Dawn Bellemare
Music by Gabriel Padilla
Join us for our last Sunday before summer services. Everyone is invited for a potluck celebration. If you can, please bring food or drinks to share for a picnic inside the church. No child care; families are asked to be part of the church picnic.
Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 14 June 2014
It’s become really hip in San Francisco -- and it’s sure to make its way to Montreal someday soon. Not just any kind of toast, but perfect toast, buttered with the Zen-like focus of a master chef preparing sushi. You can now find toast bars and toast menus all over the city of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can find the quintessential toast experience for the astounding sum of $4 a slice. When journalist John Gravois encountered his first slice of trendy toast, he couldn’t help but wonder where this movement had begun.
Note that as of June 8th, 2014 our religious education groups are dormant for the summer.
Over June, 15, 22 and all Sundays in July and August, 2014 there will be no formal program -- two people will be available to do all ages childcare every Sunday. They will be based in the Nursery, but we hope going outside lots, through Sunday August 31st –just before Labour Day, September 1st. June 29th is the congregational picnic, so no childcare will be provided on that day.
We will gather for our Water Communion on Sunday September 8th, and RE programs will once again be happening for our five different levels, with these approximate age groupings:
Nursery (babies to age 2 ½ or 3)
Preschool (approximately age 3-5)
Grade School (Grades 1 through 5)
Junior Youth (Grades 6-8)
Senior Youth (age 14 through 19)
Sunday, June 22 at 10:30 am, the service will be The Theology of Time led by Jenna Smith and Rev. Diane Rollert. Theologian Jenna Smith, author of the recently published A Way: The Story of a Long Walk, joins us to share her reflections on time and what it means in our lives and in the cosmos, informed by her pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiag.
Lunch will be served after the service. At 2 pm, there will be a Memorial Service celebrating the life of of our dear friend, Krystyna Matula.
For more events and information, see below.
Sermon by Rev. Diane Rollert, 8 June 2014
When we end our service today with our annual flower communion, we’ll be honouring the legacy of Rev. Norbert Čapek and his wife, Rev. Maja Oktavec Čapek, whose story you heard earlier. Together they founded the Unitarian movement in what was then Czechoslovakia. The church they established in Prague became one of the largest in Unitarian history. Maja was in the U.S. raising funds for the church when her husband was arrested by the Gestapo.
Join us this coming Sunday, June 15 at 10:30 am for The Power of Toast with Rev. Diane Rollert. Living in such an interconnected world, is something as simple as buttered toast possibly the best way to connect and find our way home?
Rev. Rollert's Heart-to-Heart group will be meeting for its third session this Tuesday at 7 PM. Carmina choir will be presenting a concert "We shall find peace ... a remembrance of World War I" on Saturday, June 14, at 8 pm.