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.



December, 2017

The Caring Network coordinator for December is Patricia Philip, 514-342-6118, with backup from Martha Perry.

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Sunday, December 3, 10:30 am
Worship Service
Managing Expectations: Seeking the Spiritual and Avoiding Religion
Marc Boucher, with Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Sandra Hunt and special guests the Yellow Door Choir, directed by Roxanne Martel

Marc Boucher grew up in Montreal, the son of a Francophone Catholic father and an Anglophone Protestant mother. “Religion was always a contentious issue in my home,” he says. This Sunday, he’ll share his voyage of changing expectations as he found his way from the Buddha to Yogi Yogananda to a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Phoenix, AZ, and back home again.

12:00 pm—Celebration brunch in honour of the Al Mohammad family
Join us as well to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the arrival of the Al Mohammad family from Syria. A special brunch will be provided after the service.


Tuesday, December 512 - 1:15 pm, Thomas Room
Seeking the Sacred in Stories, facilitated by Rev. Diane Rollert

Bring your own brown-bag lunch and join this ongoing group as we deepen in community and search for meaning in the stories we read. Copies of stories will be available from the UCM office.

Thursday, December 7, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Thomas Room
Caring Network

Friday, December 8, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Pathway to Membership

Would you like to know more about Unitarian Universalism?
Would you like to become a member of this congregation?
Join our minister for our orientation program to learn about our Unitarian Universalist heritage and the meaning of membership. A light meal and childcare will be provided. RSVP to Petrina Lee Poy: membership@ucmtl.ca

Saturday, December 9, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Introduction to Performing Funerals and Memorial Services

Would you like to learn more about Unitarian Universalist approaches to funerals and memorial services? Are you interested in becoming a lay chaplain, or have you thought about leading a
service for a friend or family member? If so, you are invited to a daylong workshop led by
Rev. Diane Rollert and Shoshanna Green, a former lay chaplain, to learn about creating these difficult and important ceremonies. This is the second in a series of workshops on creating and conducting rites of passage, open to all UUs and particularly recommended for UCM members considering lay chaplaincy. Childcare is available by advance request. For more information or to register, contact Shoshanna Green, shoshannag@gmail.com or 514-426-0843.


Sunday, December 10, 10:30 am
Worship Service
What it Means to Come of Age

With the youth from the Coming of Age program and Rev. Diane Rollert, Danielle Webber (Sabbatical Minister), and Katharine Childs
Music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
Join the youth, young adults, and mentors of the Coming of Age group as we share some of our explorations of what leadership, worship, and Unitarian Universalism mean to us, and what expectations we have for ourselves and our community as we continue to grow together. This Sunday we’ll also meet Danielle Webber, who will be our sabbatical minister while Rev. Diane is away January 1 - March 31.

Sunday, December 10, 11:30 am, Phoenix Hall
Human Rights Letter Writing

The Social and Environmental Concerns Committee will hold a letter writing session in honour of Human Rights Day. We will supply pens, paper, envelopes and stamps. Cases are supplied by Amnesty International. You will find us at the corner table in Phoenix Hall after the service. One letter can make a great difference in a prisoner's situation, showing authorities that he/she is not forgotten and that the world is watching what is happening in their country. Please come and write a letter for freedom of thought! You can find the UCM SECC event here.


Sunday, December 10, 12 - 1:30 pm
RE Lunch

Our December 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.

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Sunday, December 10, 12:15 pm
Social and Environmental Concerns Committee Meeting (SECC)

The Social and Environmental Concerns Committee (SECC) will be meeting 12:15 in the Thomas Room. All are welcome! For more information, please contact Cym Gomery, jeanromberry@gmail.com



Sunday, December 10, 1:00 - 4:30 pm, Garden Room
Collage Afternoon

Join us for an afternoon of creative play and self-exploration using collage! We work quietly at our own pace (without instruction). Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own. No experience necessary. Please confirm your presence by contacting Avis Anderson or Janet Clancy at ucmcollage@gmail.com. Childcare is available upon request.

Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 pm, Thomas Room
Sponsorship to Help an Aboriginal Family in Transition

If you’d like to be involved in helping a Native mother and her four children get settled in
Montreal, please join us for an informational meeting.

Wednesday, December 13, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Wardens’ Meeting


Sunday, December 17, 10:30 am
Worship Service - A Service for All Ages:
The Latke That Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Hanukkah Celebration

Rev. Diane Rollert with Katharine Childs
Music by Maider Martineau and the Parts in Peace Choir, Sandra Hunt, and Louise Halperin
This year, our multigenerational celebration falls during the middle of Hanukkah, a time to share in a message of freedom, miracles and light. Bring your thirst for wonder and magic, as well as an empty stomach for our annual holiday luncheon, featuring potato pancakes (latkes!) and other delights.

11:30 am—Holiday Meal with Latkes
Join us for our annual holiday celebration, complete with potato pancakes and other goodies.

1:00 pm—Surviving the Holiday Malaise: A Gathering with Rev. Diane Rollert
The winter holiday season can bring up deep feelings of grief or loss. Perhaps you’re facing a time of transition or finding it hard to deal with the loss of light. This is a time to gather with others to share in conversation about the holiday blues and ways to make it through.

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Wednesday, December 20, 10:30 qm
Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group: Letter Writing

Join us for a brief and friendly discussion of background information on the issue of the day. Bring writing paper and envelopes. Coffee, tea, addresses and stamps are provided. Write letters if you are moved to do so. All are welcome.

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Wednesday, December 20, 12:30 pm
Midday Meal with Music

All are welcome! The cost is $5 for a tasty meal followed by a piano concert by advanced students. Enjoy a midweek interlude with friends. Plan to attend each month and enjoy meals produced by different members of our community. Contact Elizabeth Anglin, 514-937-4095.

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Wednesday, December 20, 1:45 pm
Music in the Afternoon

Soprano Carol Leger and pianist Carol-Anne Fraser will present a concert of favourite arias.  They also have some plans to observe that it's Christmas with you!
An Acadian, Carol Léger has a master’s degree in music/performance from the Université de Montréal.  Her operatic repertoire includes such roles as Cendrillon, Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, Debussy's Mélisande, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare in Egitto, and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, among others.Possessing a masters and doctorate from the Université de Montréal, Carol-Anne Fraser, native of Wetaskawin, Alberta, has worked with Opera Nuova (Edmonton), Opera McGill, the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, and Jeunesses Musicales Canada (Roméo et Juliette).  In the 2017/18 season, she will be the rehearsal pianist and a soloist for La Cenerentola (Opéra de Montréal) and the rehearsal pianist for Da Ponte bien culotté (Orchestre symphonique de l’Agora).  She is completing her second and final year as pianist for L'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal.Carol and Carol-Anne invite you to get into the holiday spirit by joining us!


Thursday, December 21
7:00 pm—Christmas Carol Choir Rehearsal, led by Maider Martineau

If you’d like to join the Parts in Peace choir in singing carols on Christmas Eve, come join us for this fun rehearsal. We’ll also practice a few songs for the Solstice service.

8:00 pm—Solstice d’hiver - Winter Solstice Celebration
Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Maider Martineau and Louise Halperin
Nous vous invitons à nous rejoindre pour une célébration du Solstice d’hiver. On the longest night of the year, come celebrate a service in the round with songs, readings, and the lighting of candles to welcome the returning of the sun.

Sunday, December 24
Worship Service, 10:30 am
Lessons and Carols Unitarian Style
Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau

We’ll sing songs of the season and share a time of reflection together.


5:30 pm—Veille de Noël - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Une célébration bilingue/ A bilingual celebration.
Rev. Diane Rollert with musicians Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau, Gary Russell, Margo Ellis and many others. We’ll sing the classic carols, read the Christmas Gospel, all with an open Unitarian Universalist spirit that is welcoming to everyone looking to rejoice in the beauty of holiday light, and fellowship. Everyone is invited for cookies and cider immediately following the service.  
Nous chanterons les chants traditionnels et nous partagerons l’esprit des Fêtes dans un contexte universaliste, qui accueille les gens désirant vivre la joie de Noël dans la splendeur de la lumière du moment et la fraternité. Après la célébration, nous servirons des biscuits et du cidre.

Monday, December 25, 5:30 pm
Christmas Dinner

All are invited to our annual Christmas dinner. Please RSVP for the meal by contacting Melani   Litwack at 514-775-2043, melani_l@yahoo.com. If you can, bring sweets to share. The rest of the meal is provided.

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Sunday, December 31, 10:30 am
Worship Service
Expectations for the New Year: Fire Communion

Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Maider Martineau and Louise Halperin
Join Rev. Diane (on her last Sunday before her three-month sabbatical), along with Maider, for a Sunday of facing our expectations for the New Year. We’ll share in our annual fire communion. Adults and children of all ages are invited to join us for a magical morning as we watch last year’s worries go up in smoke.