What's Happening This Month



Parts in Peace
Thursdays at 7:00 pm

Join this loving and supportive mini-community which participates once a month in Sunday morning services and rehearses every Thursday at 7 pm. Contact Maider Martineau.

UCM creative play group


Creative Play Group Friday mornings, 10 am-12 pm
Get creative with art materials and a simple weekly art project to take home! The nursery will be open for youngsters to play when they are finished with their art. Suggested donation: $2 per child. Coffee and tea available for accompanying adults; light snack available for children. Bring indoor shoes or slippers, as well as clothes that can get messy.
For more information, contact Yvette.



May, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 6:30-8:30 pm
Council Meeting
The Council enables UCM groups to cooperate, coordinate, and discuss UCM policy. All are
welcome. Contact Shoshanna Green.

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 14, 12:30 pm, Thomas Room
SECC, Contact Christina Duvander, 514-630-7523





Sunday, May 14, 1-4:30 pm, Garden Room
Collage Afternoon
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, ucmcollage@gmail.com. Childcare is provided upon request.

Sunday, May 14, departing UCM at 1 pm
Cyclofemme Family Bicycle Ride
Join the international movement celebrating and encouraging women’s cycling!  This free, fun, public event is open to people of all genders and all ages – please invite your friends!  We’ll depart UCM at 1pm and continue along the bike path network to the Lachine Canal.  We’ll make our way out to the tip of Parc René-Lévesque in Lachine for a snack break, and back along the bike path to the Atwater Market.  Our total biking distance is approximately 25km, and the round-trip will last between one and a half and two hours (our pace will be appropriate for kids cycling on their own).  Please bring your water bottle, bike & helmet, and a snack.  Spread the word through the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/937559866378450/ Contact Katharine Childs.


Wednesday, May 17, 10:30 am
Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group: Letter Writing
Join us for a friendly discussion of a current issue, and, if so moved, write letters to your MP or the appropriate government official. Our group began as an initiative of the Montreal branch of the World Federalist Movement-Canada. Contact Carol Greene, 514-933-4532.



Wednesday, May 17, 12:30 pm
Midday Meal with Music (continuing our 175th celebration)
All are welcome! The cost is $5.
Contact Elizabeth Anglin, 514-937-4095.

11 am - Listen to a recording of the choir from the Simpson St. Church, peruse books written by members of UCM, and view the slideshow of pictures taken over the years,
12:30 pm - Nancy and Andrew's wonderful vegetarian food
1:45 pm - Music featuring three oboeists from the McGill Schulich School of Music. .

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.


Sunday, May 28, 12-1 pm
May RE Community Lunch
Our May RE community lunch will follow the service. The lunch is offered as a gift to the community, for which there is no cost. Your additions of nut-free desserts are always appreciated, and we will be collecting contributions to support youth and young adults traveling for spiritual and professional development.

ruth di giovanni

Sunday, April 28, 12:15 pm, Thomas Room
Ruth di Giovanni Documentary Film Series

Film to be announced. Contact Cym Gomery



Sunday May 28, departing UCM at 1 pm
UCM Community Hike on Mount-Royal
Throughout the year, the Religious Exploration program has learned about the life and work of
Henry David Thoreau, now we’ll cap off the year with our whole UCM community following his lead and taking a hike up a mountain!  We’ll leave together by public transit (and/or carpooling if possible) after the Sunday service and the RE community lunch, and walk from Beaver Lake to the cross, and back down again. The total walking time will be about one and a half hours, at a relaxed pace which will be appropriate for children and elders. We will be walking along groomed trails and roads, with a total elevation rise of about 50m over the course of the walk. Please bring your own water bottle and sun coverage, and wear comfortable shoes. The hike will be rescheduled in case of heavy rain or thundershowers.  If you have questions or if you can offer carpool space, please contact Katharine Childs.

Sunday, May 28, 1:00 pm, Nursery
Open Needlework Group 
Spend a relaxed few hours working on your knitting, embroidery, crochet, sewing, or other needlework projects at our drop-in open needlework group on the last Sunday of the month.  Kids, members, friends, and newcomers welcome.  Contact Melani Litwack for more information.