What's Happening August 28 - September 3, 2017


Join us on Sunday, September 3 at 10:30 am, for Rejoice and Refuel. During her stay at the Banff Centre, Chloe Hart participated in an artistic process with the goal of authentically reproducing and sharing joy and fascination with a group of performers. This inspired her to reflect on the effortful nature of allowing joy and awe into our lives, and on the rejuvenating quality of both of these emotions. So many of are depleted by anger in the face of the social injustices we witness today. Can joy, wonder and fascination be used as fuel in our quest for peace and equality? Music will be by Louise Halperin.

What's Happening August 21 - 27, 2017


Our worship service, Search for Meaning, will be presented at 10:30 am on Sunday, August 27 by Hari Thakur. The musician will be Basil Vandervort-Charbonneau.
Our search for meaning can be a two-fold challenge: It can be an existential issue, where each person seeks to live a life that is meaningful to him or her.  There can also be a search for meaning at the global level.  Understanding why the sky is blue; the four seasons we experience or the place of nature in our lives.
Victor Frankl, the well-known author of "Man’s Search for Meaning”, addresses the issue of the personal search.  As for the search for meaning at the global level, we have Charles Taylor, a well-known author and philosopher from Montreal, as our guide. The presentation will be followed by a period of questions and comments from members of the congregation.

What's Happening August 14 - 20, 2017



Join us for our worship service on Sunday, August 20 at 10:30 am, for Memoria Viva. Music will be by Basil Vandervort-Charbonneau and Mashid Bahrani.
Listen to the voice of a witness to the forgotten, valiant Spanish anti-fascists, from their revolution beginning on 19th of July, 1936 to their liberation of Paris, the 24th of August 1944. Their helpful heritage and relevance today will be addressed. Vera is a retired teacher and grandmother.  

Emergency Call for Strollers/Appel d’urgence pour les poussettes

UCM is collecting strollers to support the migrants and refugees who are temporarily housed in the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Strollers can be dropped off between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday and 10:00 am to 12:30 pm on Sunday until Tuesday, September 5, 2017. 

For more information about drops offs, please contact Mike Spence, mike.ucmtl@gmail.com, 514-430-4779, up to August 22. From August 23 on, call the UCM office, 514-485-9933, office@ucmtl.ca.

L’église unitarienne de Montreal est en train de collecter les poussettes pour soutenir les migrants et les refugié-e-s qui sont temporairement hébergés au Stade Olympique à Montréal.

Les poussettes peuvent être déposées entre 10h00 et 13h00, du lundi au vendredi et de 10h00 à 12h30 le dimanche jusqu'au mardi 5 septembre 2017. 

Pour plus d'informations, veuillez communiquer avec Mike Spence, mike.ucmtl@gmail.com514-430-4779, jusqu’au 22 août. À partir du 23 août, appelez le bureau de l'UCM, 514-485-9933, office@ucmtl.ca.

What's Happening August 7 - 13, 2017


Join us on Sunday, August 13 at 10:30 am for Poetry Sunday!
Friends and members of our community are invited to submit poems that have touched them, or works of their own writing. You may read them yourselves or request to have them read for you. Join us in the exploration of our 2nd source: "Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love." If you're interested in participating, please send Chloe an email at hartchloe4@gmail.com.

What's Happening July 31 - August 6, 2017

Sunday, August 6
Energetic Love
Tim Byrnes will be exploring the concept of love beyond a feeling or karma and as an energy.  As energy requires a source and cannot be stored - so too for love. In realizing love as an energy, we seek to discover our own personal source and the infinite power of giving all our love to everything in every moment.The music will be by Gabie Allain and Martine Savard.

What's Happening July 24 - 30, 2017

Join us Sunday, July 30 at 10:30 am for The CUSJ: Living Out Our UU Values with Cym Gomery and music by Louise Halperin. Cym Gomery will be talking about the Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice organization. You will learn about the how the CUSJ got started, and how membership in the CUSJ can be a way of living out our Unitarian values.

What's Happening July 17 - 23, 2017


Sunday, July 23
Let Go with LEGO - Construction of Self Through the Deconstruction of Gender and Sexuality

Akiko Asano, a multidisciplinary artist and professional, shares her journey of self discovery while raising a transgender youth.  A journey where we go beyond the binary of gender and of sexuality to discovering the spectrum that exists within our community and the world around us. The music will be by Basil Valdervort-Charbonneau.

What's Happening July 10 - 16, 2017

center UCM

Join us on Sunday, July 16, for our worship service at 10:30 am, Can the Centre Hold?
In a political climate fraught with challenges such as the leadership in the United States, global warming, nuclear warfare, the refugee crisis and growing income inequality, many of us may feel that we are living with an anvil over our heads. How can we stay informed and aware of the obstacles our society is facing without submerging ourselves in fear and anxiety? To where do we look for strength and hope? Beginning his reflection from the point of view of a school teacher, Abram Friedland will offer us as explanation on the nature of war. Charles Eddis will offer his insights into the major challenges our world faces today and how we may move through these troubling times together.

Collage Afternoon will also be held on July 16 after the service from 1:00 - 4:30 pm in the Garden Room.  This is an opportunity for creative play and self-exploration using collage. We work quietly at our own pace. Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own. No experience necessary. Please confirm your presence by contacting Avis Anderson or Janet Clancy, ucmcollage@gmail.com. Childcare is provided upon request.

What's Happening July 9, 2017

lavendar sunset UCM

The service on Sunday, July 9 at 10:30 am, will be Finding Our Place in the World Through Beauty and Compassion. Community artist Brenda Cleary explores the humanitarian and deeper existential significance of learning to tune into beauty in our environment, ourselves and one another. In the words of Dostoyevsky "beauty will save the world". Arguably creating beauty is what we must do to our world to make our place within it. Join us to explore ways in which aesthetics open our hearts through the doors of our senses and help us make sense of it all. The music will be performed by Louise Halperin. 

After the service, join Derdre McCay from 1:30-3:30 pm at Westmount park (weather permitting). The group will meet at the front door of the library for free Drop-in Art Classes: Drawing and Painting Enjoy an afternoon outside in nature trying something new! Member of the congregation and art teacher, Deirdre McCay, is offering free outdoor art classes for the first three Sundays of July. This course will be a chance to explore either drawing or colour media (watercolour, oil pastel, etc.) with guided instruction as needed (more info).

What's Happening June 26 - July 2, 2017


Join us for our worship service on Sunday, July 2 at 10:30 am, What Holds It All Together? Qu'est-ce qui maintient le tout ensemble?, led by John Inder with music by The Westmount Chamber Music Workshop and Basil Vandervort-Charbonneau
We live in a multi-national, polyethnic country. Many of us have come from other places, or our parents have. We have various gender identities that are more or less salient throughout the day. We come from various religious traditions. On top of all this variety, Unitarian-Universalists have no creed and welcome people from all faiths. Celebrating diversity is what we pride ourselves about, and it is a worthy project.
So what is on the other side of the coin? What is the unifying force? Are we all some kind of hybrid? Is that good, or not? How are we to find an authentic identity amidst the diversity? With no single myth to reference, are we losing our sense of self, our roots, our direction?
Talk of Dialogical Self Theory began in the 1992 due to the Dutch psychologist Hubert Hermans. Extending some insights of the psychologist William James and others, this approach may be a way to authentic self-discovery in a postmodern age. It also looks a lot like a traditional Melanesian world view.

What's Happening June 19 - 25, 2017

UCM mystery

Join us on Sunday, June 25 at 10:30 am, for
A Tradition of Mystery with special guest Milton Dawes, additional music by Sandra Hunt.
Musician, creative thinker, writer, seminar-workshop leader, Trustee and Ambassador at Large of the Institute of General Semantics, Milton Dawes takes an innovative approach to the teaching of general semantics. He often uses music: he will play parts of a song and analyze it in small steps to illustrate how we can use the calculus to increase our own awareness. He draws on a wide range of skills and experiences from his diverse interests to enliven his work. http://miltondawes.com/about/

To Hold Our Traditions Fast — Or Not? (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 11 June 2017

To clap or not to clap, that is the question. 

Many years ago, it wasn’t unusual for the congregation to clap after each piece of music, breaking the flow of worship. A lot of people began to feel that the clapping took away from their feeling of being in worship and moved things more into a performance. So, in 1999, when two of our members went to an organ concert in Davis, California, a solution was conceived.

The couple noticed a man in the pew in front of them who did not clap. “Instead he used one or a combination of hand actions. Sometimes he held both hands vertical, palm out, in front of himself and rotated them out and back in rapidly several times – this action, he said when questioned after the concert, is the International Sign Language for the Deaf sign for applause. 

Continue to read or listen to To Hold Our Traditions Fast - Or Not?

The Flower Communion 95 Years Later (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 6 June 2017

This month we are exploring the theme of tradition. Now and then, over the years, I encounter someone who asks me why we Unitarians — who have liberated ourselves from the chains of rigid dogma — why would we celebrate traditions of any kind? “Do you do anything the same way from week to week or year to year?” they ask. “Do you even have worship services?”

Over the years, I’ve encountered a few people who argue that Unitarians should have no traditions, but that’s a pretty hard and rare line. Personally, I cherish our freedom of thought and the way we invite each other to responsibly search for our own truth and meaning and sense of the sacred. But I also love tradition, and I believe we humans need traditions to help us make sense of our lives.

Continue reading The Flower Communion 95 Years Later

What's Happening June 12 - 18, 2017

UCM tenderness

On Sunday, June 18 at 10:30 am, the worship service will be A Tradition of Tenderness led by
Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Maider Martineau and Jean Séguin.
On this day that is traditionally known as “Fathers’ Day,” who are the tender fathers or male-spirited figures in your life? This is a service to lift up and celebrate the need for tenderness in a world that can seem increasingly macho and harsh. Bring a favourite object or photo to share of your tender role model. If you have a story to share, send it to Rev. Diane.

The service will be followed by  the UCM Church Picnic at 12 pm in Phoenix Hall and the garden.

For more information, go to the This Month page.

What's Happening June 5 - 11, 2017

UCM tradition

On Sunday, June 11 at 10:30 am, our worship service will be To Hold Our Traditions Fast — Or Not?  with Rev. Diane Rollert, and music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau.
To clap or not to clap, to laugh or not to laugh, to light candles or to celebrate communion, or not, to consider our history from one single perspective or not, these are the questions. This Sunday, as we celebrate the church’s 175th anniversary, we consider ways in which tradition both inspires and challenges us.

Join us for UCM's Annual General meeting on Monday, June 5 at 7:00 pm. Seeking the Sacred in Stories will meet Tuesday, June 6 from 12 - 1:15 pm. 

For more information, go to the This Month page. 

What's Happening May 29 - June 4, 2017

Please note that Claremont will be blocked from 8:30 a m to 12:30 pm for the Tour de l’Île de Montreal, preventing access to the UCM parking lot on Sunday, June 4.

UCM flower communion

Join us on Sunday, June 4 at  10:30 am for The Flower Communion, 95 Years Later with Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Maider Martineau, Louise Halperin, and the Yellow Door Choir directed by Roxanne Martel. This Sunday we join the Unitarian Church of Prague in celebrating our annual flower communion, created and first celebrated by their founding minister, Rev. Norbert Capek, on June 4, 1922. Please bring a flower to offer to someone else. 

After the service, attend the Teach-In Follow-up Conversation On Race, Diversity and Inclusion with Rev. Diane Rollert and Vincent Mousseau at 12:30 pm. Bring a brown bag lunch. 

Saturday, June 3, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, UCM is hosting an Introduction to Performing Weddings. Come to a daylong workshop to learn about creating these joyous and significant events.

For more information, go to the This Month page.

What's Happening May 22 - 28, 2017

On Sunday, May 28 at 10:30 am, our service will be The Fire on Simpson Street with Rev. Diane Rollert, and music by Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau and the Parts in Peace Choir. Thirty years ago, on May 24, 1987, our former building on Simpson and Sherbrooke Street was consumed in a tragic fire. The lives of two firemen were lost and the congregation faced an uncertain future. On this Sunday, we will commemorate this sad event and the journey that moved us forward to become the community we are today. The service will be followed by the May RE community lunch.

The UCM Community Hike on Mount-Royal will leave from UCM at 1 pm by public transit (and/or carpooling if possible) after the Sunday service and the RE community lunch, and walk from Beaver Lake to the cross, and back down again. The total walking time will be about one and a half hours, at a relaxed pace which will be appropriate for children and elders. We will be walking along groomed trails and roads, with a total elevation rise of about 50m over the course of the walk. Please bring your own water bottle and sun coverage, and wear comfortable shoes. The hike will be rescheduled in case of heavy rain or thundershowers.  If you have questions or if you can offer carpool space, please contact Katharine Childs.