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 noted) with childcare available from 10 am - 1 pm.

April 2018

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Sunday, April 29
Speed-Faithing

Rev. Diane Rollert
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.

May 2018

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Sunday, May 6
The Blessing of Welcome Across the Generations
New Member Sunday

Asha Philar with Rev. Diane Rollert
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 generationaldifferences. 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.

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Sunday, May 13
The Blessing of the Living Goddess

Rev. Diane Rollert
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.

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Sunday, May 20
It’s All Blessing

Rev. Carole Martignacco
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.

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Sunday, May 27
Latter Day Blessings: Spiritual Integration Through Story Telling

Rev. Helen McFayden with Rev. Diane Rollert
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.

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.