What's Happening February 15 - 21, 2016

This  Sunday, February 21, 10:30 am - Embodying Our Connections to Reconciliation: The Blanket Exercise with  Katharine Childs, Rev. Diane Rollert, and special guests from the Aboriginal Studies programs at McGill University and John Abbott College. We will take a completely embodied approach to worship and Aboriginal history in Canada through the Blanket Exercise, an experience designed by the organization KAIROS. The service will be followed by a fundraising lunch for RE.

The Midday Meal with Music is this Wednesday, February 17 at 12:30 pm. Who Are Our Neighbours? A Workshop on Intercultural Sensitivity facilitated by Rev. Diane Rollert is scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, lunch included.

For more information about these and many other events this week, continue reading below.

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Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group: Letter-Writing
Wednesday, February 17, 10:30 am, Darwin or Garden Room

We meet for coffee and friendly discussion of a current issue. Contact Carol Greene, 514-933-4532.

Midday Meal with Music
Wednesday, February 17, 12:30 pm

On the third Wednesday of every month we have a lunch at the church for all and sundry. If you cannot come to the lunch, you are welcome to come just for the concert afterward. Our music director, Sandra Hunt,persuades musicians, mostly pianists, to present a high-calibre, free concert (~1 hour). We urge people to come enjoy and support both the artist and Sandra.

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Music at Midday
Wednesday, February 17, 1:30 pm

We will have love songs performed by Eliazer Kramer, pianist and composer, who was here this autumn playing a beautiful Brahms Concerto in d minor. He's bringing a soprano this time, Marianne Chapdelaine, and has selected songs to celebrate Valentine's Day in retrospect.

Who Are Our Neighbours? A Workshop on Intercultural Sensitivity
Facilitated by Rev. Diane Rollert
Saturday, February 20, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, lunch included

This workshop is designed to strengthen skills in intercultural sensitivity through interactive exercises, video, discussion, and reflection. The program is required for volunteers who will be working directly with the Syrian refugee family we are sponsoring, but is open to everyone who would like to participate. Contact sponsor@ucmtl.ca.

Worship Service
Sunday, February 21, 10:30 am
Embodying Our Connections to Reconciliation: The Blanket Exercise
Katharine Childs, Rev. Diane Rollert, special guests from the Aboriginal Studies programs at McGill University and John Abbott College. On this Sunday, we will take a completely embodied approach to worship and Aboriginal history in Canada through the Blanket Exercise, an experience designed by the organization KAIROS. We hope to be joined by Aboriginal students from McGill and John Abbott as we symbolically move through hundreds of years of history. Our children will join us for the majority of the service. Some of us will be actors in the story, while others will play the role of witnesses. At the end, we will form small sharing circles, to process the experience. Come prepared to move if you are able and to open your mind and heart to a new way of connecting to reconciliation.

RE Fundraising Lunch
February 21, 12 pm, Phoenix Hall

Following the service, enjoy a soup & bread lunch prepared by Soup Master David Horan. Your free-will donation will support the RE staff & youth attending the ACM and CanUUdle in Vancouver in the spring of 2016. Please bring a dessert (no nuts!) to share. Contact Katharine Childs or David Horan.

Sunday Explorations with Rev. Diane Rollert and Margo Hovey-Ritter
Sunday, February 21, 12:15-1:30 pm, Thomas Room

This month this group is meeting on the third Sunday to deepen the month’s theme. Based on our Exploration Group model of respectful listening, these sessions are open to everyone and are highly recommended for newcomers and those who’d like to experience our approach to going deeper together spiritually. Please join us in February when we will further explore the theme of Reconciliation and join in a deeper conversation after the service.

Collage Afternoon
Sunday, February 21, 1-4:30 pm, 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 at ucmcollage@gmail.com.

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An Evening of Improvised Dance to Live Music:
A BidNite Benefit
Sunday, February 21, 7 pm

Three talented young members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal volunteered to raise funds for the church with an evening of their dance improvisations to piano compositions.  The cost is $15.