What's Happening September 25 - October 1, 2017


Join us on Sunday, October 1, at 10:30 am for our worship Service, Call Me Maybe with Rev. Diane Rollert, music by Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau and and the Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom Women’sEnsemble directed by Rona Nadler
Life is a series of connections and disconnections.  How do you reconnect when you’ve fallen out of touch?

After the service on Sunday, The Pragmatic Mystic: George MacKenzie Brewer, will be presented at 12:30 pm. He was the UCM organist from 1912-1947. The talk will be given my Marie-Thérèse Lefebvre and Lorn Huston.

The Creative Play Group returns Monday, September 24,  10 am - noon. Our opening day special project is called: Baby's First Art Portfolio. We'll transform simple binders with cloth and glue, stickers and more, into something beautiful that can also keep the budding artist's work organized. As always, there will be coffee, tea, and snacks (usually a cereal mix and a fruit) available. There will be a creative project taking place in one room, right off of the Nursery. The requested donation of $2 per child, covers the costs of snacks and art materials.Contact Yvette Salinas.

for more information, go to the This Month page.

The Reed that Bends, the Tree that Breaks (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 17 September 2016

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There’s a French fable from the late 17th century by Jean de La Fontaine, The Oak and the Reed, Le chêne et le roseau. The oak stands tall and tells the thin reed, “You grow along the banks of the river, but you are weak and you need me to give you shelter.” “Oh,” says the reed, “you are too kind to care so much about me. But just wait. When the storm comes and the winds blow hard, I will still be here, but you will be gone.”

Les vents me sont moins qu’à vous redoutables.
Je plie, et ne romps pas.

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What's Happening September 18 - 24, 2017

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Join us on Sunday, September 24 at 10:30 am for I’m Never, Ever Giving You Up
with Rev. Diane Rollert, msic by Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau, Margo Ellis and Jane Critchlow.
When it is medically or morally appropriate to extend or end life? As medical technology is rapidly advancing, our relationship with life and death is changing. When do we let go and when do we hold on? This is may be the greatest spiritual challenge each one of us will ever face.

On Wednesday, September 20, the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group: Letter Writing will meet at 10:30 am followed by the first fall Midday Meal at 12:30 pm. Music at Midday will take place at 1:45 pm.

On Friday, September 22 from 6-9 pm, and Saturday, September 23 from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, the
Board and Council Retreat will be held in Phoenix Hall.

For more information, go to the This Month page. 

As the Water Flows: Reflecting on Letting Go

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 10 September 2017

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Two months ago, when we set the plans for this water communion Sunday, we weren’t anticipating hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Jose, or the 40 million people in South Asia facing the aftermath of epic floods, or the people of Mexico responding to a major earthquake, or historic forest fires out west. Much of this has happened just in the past few weeks.

So let us a take a moment to acknowledge the fragile balance we share with the oceans and rivers that surround us. Let us also acknowledge our relationship to the earth and her climate — recognizing the role we play in climate change and the power this earth has to change our lives in an instant. May we remember all the lives that have been lost and the millions of people struggling across the world to rebuild their lives.

Breathe with me. Mourn with me. Pray with me.  Amen.

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What's Happening Sept 11 - 17, 2017


Join us Sunday, September 17 at 10:30 am, for The Reed that Bends, the Tree that Breaks with Rev. Diane Rollert, and music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau.
In times of trouble, what’s the best way forward? When do you need to bend, and when do you need to stand firm? We’ll take this Sunday to draw inspiration from the upcoming Jewish High Holy Days as we consider the relationship between forgiveness and letting go.

The Collage Afternoon will also be held on Sunday, 1 - 4:30 pm in the Garden room. The Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice will meet from 2- 4 pm in the Thomas room.

For more information, go to the This Month page. 

What's Happening September 5 - 10, 2017

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Join us on Sunday, September 10 at 10:30 am, for As the Water Flows: Homecoming Sunday and Water Communion with Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau.
We invite you to bring water from a summer experience (as exotic as your kitchen sink or beyond) to share in our annual water communion. (No worries if you can’t bring water. There’s always plenty on hand to share.) Through the communal pouring of water, we’ll mark the joys, sorrows, transitions, and renewal experienced over the summer, and consider what we need to let go of to begin anew for the fall.
The Parts in Peace choirs has their first fall rehearsal Thursday, September 7, at 7:00 pm. Newcomers are welcome. 

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

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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

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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

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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. 

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