Themes of Our Lives

Exploring the Themes of Our Lives - Exploration des thématiques

Welcome back to theme-based ministry at the Unitarian Church of Montreal. 2017-18 will be our fourth year exploring monthly themes as we consider what it means to live our Unitarian Universalist values. We hope this year’s themes will prove to be both inspiring and challenging:

September / septembre                  Letting Go / Lâcher prise
October / octobre                           Connection/La connexion
November / novembre                     Humility / L’humilité
December / décembre                     Expectation / Les attentes
January / janvier                              Growth / La croissance
February / février                             Interdependence / L’interdépendance-Canada wide
March / mars                                    Creativity / La créativité
April / avril                                       Curiosity / La curiosité
May / mai                                          Blessing / Le bienfait
June / juin                                         Simplicity / La simplicité


October/octobre 2017 - Connection/La connexion

A Month of Connection

This month’s theme provides us with an opportunity to consider the dimensions of connection that matter to us most. Do we need more connection with the people around us? Do we need more connection with nature and the earth? Are we looking for a vertical or horizontal connection to the divine? Here are some thoughts adapted from an essay by our friends at Soul Matters to get us started:

Some religious traditions emphasize “going deeper.” Others stress becoming pure or disciplined. Unitarian Universalism has often leaned in the direction of “going wider” or “becoming more.” Theologians refer to this as the horizontal dimension of the spiritual life. In many traditions what really matters is the vertical dimension that focuses on one’s relationship with the transcendent. But we’ve often looked sideways to the relationships around us to find the divine.

All of which leads us to connection as a spiritual practice. Indeed, UUism is arguably all about extending our circle of connection. Whenever we feel the temptation to limit that circle, our faith challenges us to open further. Reaching back to our Christian beginnings, we treasure Jesus’ reminder that “you must lose your life in order to find it.” UU sermons constantly re-visit the mystical truth that who we are does not end at the barrier of our own skin but is found most fully as we experience interdependence with others.

And, yes, this opening and extending of self comes with sacrifice and the weight of greater responsibility. As nationally known author Rabbi Lawrence Kushner puts it, “If everything is connected to everything else, then everyone is ultimately responsible for everything. The more we comprehend our mutual interdependence, the more we fathom the implications of our most trivial acts. We find ourselves within a luminous organism of sacred responsibility.”

So I invite you to take these next few weeks to deeply consider what would happen if we each saw ourselves as deeply connected to each other, to this earth and to whatever it is that we understand as the divine. Perhaps by living a life of connection we will find that we are not alone, that we can learn to trust one another and that we can discover our sacred responsibility together.

So may it be!

Rev. Diane Rollert

Download the October packet: Connection/La connexion

Year One Theme Packets


Download the June packet: Seeking a Life of Beauty

Download the May packet: Seeking a Life of Character

Download the April packet: Seeking a Life of Awakening

Download the March packet: Seeking a Life of Surrender

Download the February packet: Seeking a Life of Love

Download the January packet: Seeking a Life of Hope

Download the December packet: Seeking a Life of Story

Download the November Packet: Seeking a Life of Courage

Download the October packet - Seeking a Life of Awe

Download the September packet - Seeking a Life of Engagement