Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kendra Gray will present Stretching Beyond: Embracing Liberia’s Complexity on Sunday, July 15 at 10:30 am. The musician will be Christine Lee.
"We are all a product of our environment. Stepping out of our regular surroundings provides us with the occasion to reconsider assumptions and biases, and rethink priorities. For me, six months (2013) in a rural Liberian community was (and is) a continual reminder that what is “normal” and assumed in one place is not universal. And that growth happens when we allow ourselves to stretch in previous unseen directions."

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Join us on Sunday, July 8 at 10:30 am, for Gaining Spiritual Awareness Through Our Understanding of Mathematics with Timothy Byrnes and music by Louise Halperin.
An exploration of the concept of numeracy as a means to gaining perspective. Timothy shares thoughts on how our intuitive mathematical understanding can be broadened to reveal truths that can seem lost through needless abstraction. An understanding of numbers that seem larger than ourselves can help in our search for understanding our oneself.  Childcare will be available.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

On Sunday, July 1 at 10:30 am, Chloe Hart will present Nothing Fits at the Back of My Mind with music by Basil Vandervort-Charbonneau. Childcare will be available. 
Whether it be her cellphone, a doodle, a to-do list, or a preoccupation, Chloe has never taken kindly to being asked to put something aside. However, during her trip to Meaning Makers, a spiritual development program for young adults, she was asked to "put something down" that was keeping her from being truly present to the experience. What kind of work does it take to put down the things that are distracting us? Chloe will be discussing the comfort and the complexity she has found in the invitation to "put something down", rather than putting something aside, behind her, at the back of her mind, in her desk, in her backpack, or any other place it has been suggested to her put her things. 

Summer Service Are Starting!

Join us on Sunday, June 24, at 10:30am, for Climate Change and Collective Wisdom. Our speaker will be Cym Gomery with music by Basil Vandervort-Charbonneau. 
What if we were to leverage our collective wisdom, to make our congregation a model for green living? Cym will be framing the challenge of climate change, and then inviting participants to write down their responses to a series of questions about climate change actions we can take in our homes and in our community. We will be sharing and discussing. Be prepared to commit to at least one NEW, personal climate-change-fighting action! After this service, Cym will share the collective wisdom gleaned from this exercise through the newsletter or through handouts.

What's Happening June 11 - 17, 2018


On Sunday, June 17 at 10:30 am, our service will be Simple Gifts with Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Sandra Hunt and the Basque group Sasi ardiak with Maider Martineau, Vianney Desplantes and Jokin Irungaray on the trikitixa, alboka, euphonium and percussion, and the Parts in Peace Choir, directed by Maider Martineau.
This Sunday will be pure celebration and full of music as we say goodbye to our beloved song leader and choir director, Maider Martineau, who is returning to the Basque country in France, and to Yvette Salinas, who is stepping down as Religious Exploration Assistant (though she’ll still be with us!). This will be a time to say thanks for the music, the people (including fathers and father figures) and the many simple gifts in our lives. The service will be followed by a special reception in honour of Maider and Yvette.

Join us after the service for the last RE Community lunch for the RE year. After lunch, there will be a special concert in the sanctuary with Maider, Vianney, Jokin, Parts in Peace, Sandra and others for a bittersweet goodbye celebration of Maider on her final day with us.

Simplify My Life, Please (Audio Available)

Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 3 June 2018

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Years ago, when I was a Montessori teacher, there was nothing I loved more than the days at the end of the summer when I would prepare my classroom for the new year. I’d spend hours in silence, carefully preparing materials, and deciding exactly where each activity would be placed on the bare shelves. It was a kind of meditation. When I was done, I could imagine the children inhabiting the space with their excitement and curiosity.

We rented classroom space from a public school that was surrounded by woods and farmland. In September, as the school year began, I’d buy a sunflower from a local farmer. I’d place the big head of the flower on a tray along with a pair of tweezers. I loved watching even the most restless four- and five-year olds mastering the art of using the tweezers to pull out one seed after another from the drying flower head. Time would be suspended as the simple task became everything for that child.

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What's Happening June 4 - 10, 2018


Our worship service on Sunday, June 10 will be J’te dis oui ! I Say Yes!  with Rev. Diane Rollert and Normand Gosselin with music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau and special guest Vianney Desplantes on euphonium.
We begin life by saying yes with breath. We end life by saying yes to letting go. In between, there are milestones to be celebrated. How do we say yes to life through the many commitments that we make to those we love? Join us for a Sunday that lifts up the work of our lay chaplains as well as the ministry of saying yes, even in the darkest hours.

Earlier in the week on Tuesday, June 5, Seeking the Sacred in Stories will meet at noon, and the Caring Network will meet at 3:00 pm. Following the service on Sunday, the Collage Group will meet at 1:00 pm. 

For more information, go to the This Month page.

What's Happening May 28 - June 3, 2018

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Coming up on Sunday, June 3 at 10:30 am, our worship service will be Simplify My Life, Please! Flower Communion Sunday with Rev. Diane Rollert  and music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau.
“I’m a recovering overfunctioner,” our minister likes to say. She also says, “I am definitely not a poster child for simplicity!” Join her as she reflects on what it could possibly mean to stop overfunctioning and live a simpler life. Step one: join us in a simple flower communion. Bring a single flower to exchange with someone else.

What's Happening May 21 - 27, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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 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


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


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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