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 Expectations / 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
June/juin 2018 - Simplicty / La simplicité
A Month of Simplicity
How do you simplify life?
The answer changes
with each stage of life.
We romanticize the simplicity of childhood,
of life without demands,
yet the infant works hard
to understand a world appearing
out of the jumble of sound, light and touch.
The toddler struggles to make sense
of limbs and language.
The school child struggles to read
and to sit still,
and then come the years
of walking the social tightrope
until one day you are asked:
What do want to do with your life?
The course is set,
the lists are made,
the building up
of where we imagine we’ve arrived,
then comes the aging
with its wisdom
and its complications.
Is being human ever simple?
Not when I step back
to think of the struggles we face
as we navigate the many options
of what we become
and what we do.
… And don’t ask me about
the material stuff!
We each have our own desires
for liberation from the burden of things,
or the need for more than we can ever have.
Maybe simplicity exists only
in the single moment,
when we find quiet,
when we stop to notice
beauty or peace
amidst the chaos,
when we find the ability to let go
of all that weighs us down,
when we set aside
the emotional and the physical clutter
to be rather than to do.
So may we be—
In this final month of June, before our summer season begins, may you find time to simplify what needs to be simplified in your life, while giving yourself permission to revel in the complexities you desire.
Rev. Diane Rollert
Download the June packet: Simplicity/La simplicité
Year Four Theme Packets
Download the May packet: Blessing / Le bienfait
Download the April packet: Curiosity/La curiosité
Download the March packet: Creativity/La créativité
Download the January packet: Growth/La croissance
Download the December packet: Expectations/Les attentes
Download the November packet: Humility/L'humilité
Download the October packet: Connection/La connexion
Year Three Theme Packets
Download the June packet: Tradition/La tradition
Download the May packet: Play/Le jeu
Download the April packet: Compassion/La compassion
Download the March packet: Honesty/L'honnêteté
Download the January packet: Resistance/La résistance
Download the December packet Rootedness/l'enracinement
Download the November packet Listening/L'écoute
Download the October packet Grace/La grâce (available in English only)
Download the September packet: Purpose/Les intentions
Year Two Theme Packets
Download the June packet: Perception/Les perceptions
Download the May packet: Faith/La foi
Download the April packet: Vulnerability/La vulnérabilité
Download the March packet: Discipline/La Discipline
Download the February packet: Reconciliation/La réconciliation
En français: La réconciliation
Download the January packet: Laughter/Le rire
Download the December packet: Imagination/L'Imagination
Download the October packet: Integity/L'intégrité