What's Happening May 21 - 27, 2018

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On Sunday, May 27, 10:30 am, our worship service will be Latter Day Blessings: Spiritual Integration Through Story Telling with Rev. Helen McFayden and Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Jean Séguin and Maider Martineau
Previous life experiences can deeply influence our view and interactions in the world…and it’s not always pretty. As adults, we sometimes seemed doomed to making poor choices, rocky relationships, and repeating harmful patterns, unless we work to make sense of the past. Storytelling is one vehicle to spiritual integration, a way that broken hearts can be broken open. 
Rev. Helen McFadyen grew up in St. Lambert on the South Shore of Montreal in the 1950’s and 60’s, Her father was a lapsed protestant, anglophone seafarer, and her mom, a French Canadian Catholic orphanage survivor. Helen discovered her call to ministry at the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Halifax and currently serves the U U Fellowship of Kamloops. She also works in the position of Administrator of the UUA Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry certification program and is doing academic research toward a Doctor of Ministry degree, studying “mutual support in the lives of elder residents of cohousing communities.” Helen, who is legally blind, shares her life with Camilla, her guide dog of the last six years.

The Blessing of the Living Goddess

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 13 May 2018

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The late John O’Donohue tells a beautiful story in his book, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings. (I love this book. If you’re looking for an inspirational text to read each day, this is it.) 

As a young priest O’Donohue was sent to visit a community of nuns who lived in mostly silent contemplation. When he arrived, an old sister opened the door. Knowing that O’Donohue was a new priest, she asked for his very first blessing. She knelt before him and he drew upon every resource he knew “to invoke the most intimate blessing.” 

And then it dawned on him that the situation was incredibly ironic. Here he was blessing a nun who had lived for more than 60 years “contemplating the searing silence and darkness of God,” and she was asking him, a 25-year-old priest, for his blessing. When she stood up, he knelt down before her and asked for her blessing. The sister was utterly taken aback. She mumbled something and practically ran out of the room. No one, certainly not a priest, had ever asked for her blessing before. 

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What's Happening May 14 - 20, 2018

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Join us on Sunday, May 20 at 10:30 am, for It’s All Blessing with Rev. Carole Martignacco and music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
“Ground of our being” is how theologian Paul Tillich named the holy. Everything that touches us is blessing as it emerges out of the creative energy that gives birth to all.
Rev. Carole Martignacco is a longtime friend of this congregation, having served several times as our sabbatical minister. She is currently the consulting minister of the UU ESTRIE congregation in North Hatley, QC.

On Wednesday, May 16, the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group: Letter Writing will meet at 10:30 am followed by the Midday Meal at 12:30 pm. Music in the Afternoon starts at 1:45 pm with Basil Vandervoort, who will be playing: Alban Berg's Sonata op.1, Beethoven's Sonata op.109 and Chopin's fourth Ballade.

For more information, go to the This Month page.

What's Happening May 7 - 13

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On Sunday, May 13, 10:30 am, our worship service will be The Blessing of the Living Goddess with Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
The living goddess of Kathmandu is a pre-adolescent girl known as the Kumari. For centuries, the Kumari has played a key role in blessing kings and others to maintain a critical balance in Nepali culture. It’s a fascinating and mysterious tradition that gives us insight into the power of blessing across religious traditions, how it relates to motherhood (it’s Mother’s Day, after all), and what it might mean for us, halfway across the globe. 

After the service, the Social and Environmental Concerns Committee meets at 12:30 pm. The Cyclofemme Family Ride will depart at 12:30 pm from the front steps. The Collage Afternoon will begin at 1 pm. At 2:30 pm,  the Mother's Day Concert will start at 2:30 pm. Earlier in the week, the Council Meeting will be on Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 pm. 

For more information, go to the This Month page.

What's Happening April 30 - May 6, 2018

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Our worship service on Sunday, May 6, will be The Blessing of Welcome Across the Generations - New Member Sunday with Asha Philar and Rev. Diane Rollert, and music by Sandra Hunt and the Yellow Door Choir directed by Roxanne Martel.
A community of all ages is a wonderful blessing, but it isn't always easy to navigate generational differences. How can we become as welcoming and inclusive as we aspire to be? What are young adults looking for in Unitarian Universalist communities? For that matter, what are ALL the generations looking for? Asha Philar will share insights from her research and work with congregations over the past year, and reflections from Unitarian Universalist young adults across Canada. On this day, we welcome the newest members joining our congregation. 
Asha Philar works for the Canadian Unitarian Council supporting youth and young adult ministries, including local programs and regional and national events.

Lunch to Honour the Nakhla Family: Everyone is invited to join us after the service for a
special celebratory lunch in honour of the Nakhla family. This is the one-year anniversary of their arrival as refugees from Syria and our sponsorship.

Earlier in the week, Seeking the Sacred in Stories, facilitated by Rev. Diane Rollert, will meet on Tuesday, May 1 at noon. The Caring Network meets on Thursday at 3:00 pm.

Job opening / Emploi disponible

Song and Choir Leader
Job Summary: The Song and Choir Leader participates in Sunday worship services 3-4 times a month, engaging the congregation in singing for the joy of singing, using both song books and
paperless singing techniques. The Song and Choir Leader will also lead a choir composed of
experienced and inexperienced singers who will rehearse weekly and perform once a month in
the Sunday worship service. For more information, download Music-Songleader Job Description

Animateur/Animatrice de chant et chef de choeur
Résumé du travail : L’animateur/trice de chant et chef de choeur participe aux cultes du dimanche 3 à 4 fois par mois, invite l'assemblée à chanter pour le plaisir, que ce soit en utilisant
des livres de chants ou par oreille. L’animateur/trice de chant et chef de choeur dirigera égalementun choeur amateur composé de chanteurs expérimentés et inexpérimentés qui répéterontchaque semaine et se produiront une fois par mois lors du culte du dimanche.
Pour plus d'informations, télécharger Chef de chanson et choeur description

What's Happening April 23 - 29, 2018

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On Sunday, April 29 at 10:30 am, the service will be Speed-Faithing with Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau and special guest, guitarist Chris Verillo.
Aren’t you curious to know what the people in the congregation surrounding you think about the big — and little — questions of life, love and faith? You’ve heard of speed-dating, but what a about speed-faithing? Join us for an interactive service to engage our curiosity as we spin a magic wheel that will determine the questions we ask each other about our values, fears, hopes, passions, and more. Mystery, risk, inspiration, spiritual engagement and fun guaranteed.

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After the service, UCM's annual fundraising event, BidSunday, will be held from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm. BidSunday features good fun and good food that accompany the day’s offering of fixed-price items, silent-auction opportunities, live-auction, temptations and raffle prizes – all offered by UCM members and friends. Childcare will be provided. 

 

Monday, April 23, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Awareness of Indigenous Cultures Speaker Series: 
Nakuset
Nakuset is an activist and the Executive Director of the Native Women's Shelter of Montréal; she is Cree from Lac la Ronge, Saskatchewan. She was adopted by a Jewish family in Montreal and draws on her adoptee experience in her advocacy work for Indigenous children in care. Nakuset is the creator, producer and host of the television series Indigenous Power. Nakuset is dedicated to improving the lives of urban Aboriginals.

What's Happening April 16 - 22, 2018

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Katharine Childs and friends will present Seven Curious Wonders on Sunday, April 22 at 10:30 am, with music by Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau, and the Parts in Peace choir.
Join us in the spirit of adventure and curiosity as we set off looking for the wonders of our world!  Our Earth Day multigenerational service will take you to amazing places in search of truth, meaning, and mystery. Bring your questioning mind, your open heart, and your magnifying glass as we seek the sacred wonder of our planet Earth. 

Other events this week include, the Awareness of Indigenous Cultures Speaker Series: Michelle Smith on Monday, April 16 at 7:00 pm. On Wednesday, April 18, the Midday Meal is scheduled for 12:30 pm, followed by Music in the Afternoon at 1:45 pm. Following the Sunday service on April 22, the Ruth di Giovanni Film Series will present United Natures: a United Nations of all Species at noon. 

For more information, go to the This Month page.

What's Happening April 9 - 15, 2018

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Join us on Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 am, for Asking the Right Questions with Rev. Diane Rollert
and music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
How do you open up dialogue when dealing with polarizing conflict? It all begins with the willingness to be curious about the other. In the early 2000s a group of pro-choice and pro-life community leaders in Boston began a five-year conversation that became the basis of an approach to dialogue known as reflective structured dialogue. Rev. Diane will share what she learned this winter about this powerful approach to bridging our deepest differences.

An RE lunch will follow the service at noon. The Collage Afternoon will meet from 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the Garden Room that same day.

For more information, go to the This Month page.

A Curious Confluence (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 1 April 2018

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Easter, Passover, April Fool’s (Poisson d’avril), the first Sunday in a month focused on the theme of curiosity, my very first day back after a three-month sabbatical. I’ve got nothing... You can go home now…  April Fools!

But seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this dream on a Saturday night that I’m standing in some very strange sanctuary and I discover that I’m supposed to preach and I have no manuscript, no notes, no clue about what I’m supposed to say. I stand in terrified silence, desperately searching through random papers. “What do I say? What do I say?” By the time I finally start to speak, everyone has given up and left the sanctuary.

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What's Happening April 2 - 8, 2018

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During our worship service on Sunday, April 8, Rev. Diane Rollert will present While I Was Away at 10:30 am with music by Sandra Hunt.
Everyone’s curious to know: “What did you really do on your sabbatical?” This Sunday, Rev. Diane will answer as honestly as possible as she reflects on her travels in the US, Nepal and Europe over the past three months. We doubt it will be your typical travelogue, but there might be pictures.

 Seeking the Sacred in Stories, facilitated by Rev. Diane Rollert, will meet on Tuesday, April 3, at at noon. Join us on Friday, April 6, at 5:30 pm, for a family-friendly Seder in observance of Passover. The Social and Environmental Concerns Committee will meet after the Sunday service on April 8 at 12:30 pm.

For more information, go to the This Month page.

Awareness of Indigenous Cultures Speaker Series: Lisa Koperqualuk

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Monday, March 26, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Awareness of Indigenous Cultures Speaker Series: Lisa Koperqualuk

Lisa Koperqualuk is the founder of Saturviit, the Inuit Women's Association of Nunavik. She grew up with her grandparents in Kuujjuarapik, Kangirsuk and Puvirnituq. She has a Master's degree in anthropolgy from Laval and has worked for the Makivik Corporation, Kativik Ilisarniliriniq School Board and Nunsvik Sivunitsavut. 

What's Happening April 1, 2018

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Jon us for Easter on Sunday, April 1 at 10:30 am, for A Curious Confluence with Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Maider Martineau and special Italian/Basque guest musician, Maddalena Luzzi
Easter, Passover, April Fools and more. What does this day bring? Join Rev. Diane Rollert on her first day back from sabbatical.

11:45 Easter Communion at UCM
For the past 176 years, this congregation has observed communion at least twice a year. It is a tradition that was so important to past generations that it was written into our By-Laws to be ob-served on the Sunday closest to All Souls Day and on Easter Sunday. Today we celebrate a simple bread and wine communion to honour our roots. The communion service begins immediately fol-lowing the regular service and is entirely optional. Everyone is welcome.

BidSunday donation offers are due on April 1. Use the online form to make your offer.

What's Happening March 19 - 25, 2018

Join us on Sunday, March 25 at 10:30 am for Creative Spirit Jam with Danielle Webber with Sandra Hunt, Katherine Childs, Yvette Salinas, and Many Others!
Come to worship this morning with your creative selves ready to play! The worship and staff team have gathered multiple creative opportunities for you to join in on. Interested in playing hand bells with Sandra? Or dancing with the children and Chloe? Perhaps you want something more contemplative and would like to try your hand at writing or visual art? We will also have an opportunity for you to play with fiber, yarn, and stitching floss; or building blocks and Lego. Please join us this morning as we worshipfully create.

After the service, the Ruth di Giovanni Film Series will present Addicted to Plastic at 2:30 pm. Earlier in the week, the Marie-Dion Issues Action Group will meet on Wednesday, March 21 at  10:30 am, for letter writing. The Midday Meal will follow at 12:30 pm with Music in the Afternoon starting at 1:45 pm.

For more information, go to the This Month page.

What's Happening March 12 - 18, 2018

Join us on Sunday, March 18 at 10:30 am, for Creative Passion or Spiritual Practice? with Danielle Webber and music by the Parts in Peace choir, led by Maider Martineau, with  accompaniment by Sandra Hunt and guest musician Benjamin Tremblay Carpentier.
There are so many ways to live into our creativity: in spurts of activity, with regular practice,
in constant, overwhelming flows. Sometimes we draw it out of a dry well. How do we understand these different modes of creativity? Two models of creative expression have gained popularity: as an expression of passion and as a spiritual practice. What are their differences? What are their similarities?

The Collage Afternoon will follow the service at 1:00 pm. 
For more information, go to the This Month page.