Sunday Services


Services are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 am (unless noted), followed by coffee. Services are in English with some French. Come for an hour of beautiful music, meditation and a thought-provoking sermon from our minister, Rev. Diane Rollert.

 It's a great way to kick-start the week with a calm state of mind. We offer loving caregivers in our nursery and wide-ranging programs for children and youth during the service.

Upcoming Worship Services

All services start at 10:30 am (unless notes, with childcare available.

May 

The yin and yang of play and seriousness

Diversity Unitarian church of montreal

Sunday, May 7
Race, Diversity and Inclusion: A Teach-in Sunday Worship service designed by Rev. Diane Rollert and Yvette Salinas, with music by Jean Séguin, 
followed by a workshop led by Vincent Mousseau, 12:30-3:30 pm, childcare provided.

What does it take to create a community that is diverse, inclusive and safe for everyone? This Sunday, we are joining nearly 500 Unitarian Universalist congregations across the continent as we shift from business as usual to look deeply into our own challenges and shortcomings in accepting and valuing diversity in Canada, Montreal and our congregation. Please don't stay home! Come to open your mind and your heart.

Rev. Diane invites you to share your reflections on your own experiences of race and diversity by emailing her at rev.dianerollert@gmail.com.

Yvette Salinas serves as our religious education assistant and is the one Canadian member of the Diversity and Inclusion Team at the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA). Vincent Mousseau is a community organizer, educator, student, and activist who leads workshops in anti-oppression, Black Lives Matter activism, and queer activism.

Sunday, May 14
Spirit Jam: A Sunday to Play
Rev. Diane Rollert and others
Music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau

Join us this Sunday to replenish your spiritual and emotional reserves by engaging in play. We’ll come together as a whole community to begin our service, and then break off into smaller groups to explore creative, meditative, or other kinds of spiritual practices. Our Spirit Jam will give you the chance to respond to what you need: to be energized, calm down, or be creative. Remember, play is good for us all. Experts on the social effects of play say that people who engage in purely enjoyable and purposeless activities tend to be less violent, more empathic and trusting, and more adaptable to life’s challenges. It’s Mother’s Day, so bring your mom, or favourite mom-like person in your life.

Sunday, May 21
A Morning of Playful Singing and Percussion
Special guest Matt Meyer, with Maider Martineau

Matt is an artist of percussion who works in a variety of styles, including latin-jazz, Brazilian, folk, funk, Hiphop and pop. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has studied in Cuba, Ghana, and Central America. Matt is also a member of the Tribal Rhythms performing arts company, an organization that uses the theme of the "tribe" to teach children about community building. Matt’s last two visits received rave reviews from the congregation. Don’t miss this opportunity to join him in a playful worship service.

Sunday, May 28
The Fire on Simpson Street
Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau and the Parts in Peace Choir

Thirty years ago, on May 24, 1987, our former building on Simpson and Sherbrooke Street was consumed in a tragic fire. The lives of two firemen were lost and the congregation faced an uncertain future. On this Sunday, we will commemorate this sad event and the journey that moved us forward to become the community we are today.

 

What do we do here? Is it worship?

Several years ago, Rev. Rollert and the congregation explored a series of questions regarding “Wounded Words” – the words of religion that have wounded us or may have been wounded or co-opted by others.  As we talked about the word “Worship” she asked us this question: “What do we do here?”

Here’s the answer that came from the congregation:

What do we do here?
We gather together to play with ideas of the world and our place in it,
To celebrate, discuss, care, wonder and act,
To reconnect with what is important in life,
To reflect upon love, sorrow, joy, conflict, peace, complexity, and diversity,
To meet kindred souls for a special pause from the mundane,
To have our hearts and minds stretched and to be comforted that we are not alone,
To move further towards the heart’s truth,
To be grateful,
To be curious,
To search,
To commune,
To spend an hour of oneness in the mystery of “sacred stillness”....
To inspire and let ourselves be inspired,
To acknowledge the mystery of our short lives, and to admit that we haven’t got it all figured out.

We hold space.  We hold hearts.  We come together because things of worth are worth gathering for.