Connecting With the Light (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 15 October 2017

Many of you already know that I’m leaving for Europe next Thursday for a two-week trip. Sometime ago, I was invited to be the keynote speaker for the European Unitarian Universalists’ fall retreat that will be held in Spa, Belgium. Before we get to Belgium, we’re starting out in Paris where I’ll be preaching at the Paris UU fellowship next Sunday. I want to thank you for graciously letting me make these connections with our fellow UUs in Europe. I’m also grateful to Rev. Nicoline Guerrier who will lead the worship services during the two Sundays I’m away.

When Nicoline and I mapped out the services for this month’s theme on connection, we agreed that there was a lot that could be said about human connections, this sort of horizontal connection to each other, but there had to be at least one week when we talked about connecting to God or to the Ultimate. In other words, the vertical connection. Nicoline laughed and said to me, “I’ll let you do the God connection.” 

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What's Happening October 16 - 22, 2017

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Coming up on Sunday, October 22 at 10:30 am, our worship service will be Missed Connections with Rev. Nicoline Guerrier and music by Maider Martineau and Louise Halperin
As we move through life a rich play of connections - and missed connections - shape our loves, our disappointments, our challenges and our earnings. What might it all mean?

On Wednesday, October 18 at 10:30 am, the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group will meet at 10:30 am followed by the Midday Meal at 12:30 pm and Music at Midday at 1:45 pm. The Ruth di Giovanni Documentary Film Series will be held on Sunday, October 22, at noon and will be showing Countdown to Zero. After the film, there will be SECC luncheon at 2:30 pm.

For more information, go to the This Month page.

Rev. Rollert Featured in The Unifier

The Unifier, created by the European Unitarian Universalists, features information about Rev. Rollert's upcoming trip to Europe. She's been invited to be the keynote speaker for the fall retreat of the European Unitarian Universalists where she’ll be talking about engaging the heart as a path toward UU spiritual practice.

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What's Happening October 9 - 15

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Join us on Sunday, October 15, 10:30 am, for our worship service, Connecting with the Light
with Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Sandra Hunt and the Parts in Peace Choir directed by Maider Martineau. Our special guest will be Sudeshna Maulik, a traditional Hindu dancer.
What are our spiritual connections? Inspired by the Hindu celebration of Diwali, we consider the connections that go beyond kinship and human connection.

Please note that the UCM office is closed on Monday, October 9, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The UCM Council will meet on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30 pm.

For more information, go to the This Month page

Call Me Maybe (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 1 October 2017


The other day I heard this wonderful interview with Guillermo del Toro. (
Del Toro is a Mexican-American film director, screenwriter, a producer and a novelist who has been fascinated by monsters since he was very young. He made one of my favourite films, Pan’s Labyrinth, set in post-Civil War Spain during the early fascist era of Franco’s regime — the story of a young girl’s fantastical encounters with the netherworld. An excellent exhibit of Del Toro’s monster collection just opened in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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What's Happening October 2 - 8, 2017

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Rev. Diane Rollert will present A Tapestry of Gratitude for our worship service on October 8 at 10:30 am with music by Sandra Hunt.
Long ago, the Christian mystic Meister Eckhart said that if the only prayer you ever said was thank you, that would be enough. How do we connect with gratitude in our lives in the best of time and in the worst of times? If you have a reflection to share about gratitude, send it to

Seeking the Sacred in Stories will meet on Tuesday, October 3, from noon to 1:15 pm. Bring a bag lunch and join in the conversation with Rev. Diane. The Caring Network will meeting on Thursday, October 5, 3:00 - 4:30 pm. 

For more information, go to the This Month page.

I'm Never, Ever Letting You Go (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 24 September 2017

It was late April. Two years ago in the evening. I had every intention of getting home by 9:30 that night, but there I was in my office after a long meeting. There’s was a knock at the door. That night’s concierge popped her head in. “Your sister-in-law’s on the phone,” she said. It was really odd for any of us to have picked up the main church line at that hour. My mind couldn’t even register why one of my sisters-in-law would be calling.

I picked up the phone. It was my brother’s wife in California. My father was in the hospital. There was a large hemorrhage in his brain. They didn’t know if he would survive the night.

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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,, 514-430-4779, up to August 22. From August 23 on, call the UCM office, 514-485-9933,

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,

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

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.