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.



April, 2018

The Caring Network coordinators for May are Grayzna Wilczek and Juan Vera, 514-482-5745.


Tuesday, May 1, 12 - 1:30 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, May 3, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Thomas Room
Caring Network


Sunday, May 6, 10:30 am
Worship Service
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 generationa ldifferences. 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.

Wednesday, May 9, 10:00 - 11:30 am, Thomas Room
Wardens’ Meeting

Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Garden Room
The Council enables UCM groups to cooperate, coordinate, and discuss UCM policy. All are welcome. Contact Shoshanna Green.


Sunday, May 13, 10:30 am
Worship Service
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 13, 12:30 - 2:00 pm, Garden Room
Social and Environmental Concerns Committee Meeting (SECC)

All are welcome! For more information, please contact Cym Gomery,



Sunday, May 13, 12:30 pm, departing from the UCM front steps
Cyclofemme Family Ride

Join the international movement celebrating women's cycling! People of all ages and genders are invited to join us for a family-friendly bike ride on Montreal's bike path network departing from the UCM front steps following the service. The ride will take about one and a half hours. Please bring your bike, helmet, water bottle, and snacks. RSVP to the facebook event for updated details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1655716384484194/ In case of rain, the ride will not take place.


Sunday, May 13, 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.

Sunday, May 13, 2:30 pm
Mother’s Day Concert

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Wednesday, May 16, 10:30 am
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, May 16, 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, April 18, 1:45 pm
Music in the Afternoon

We will enjoy the music of Basil Vandervoort, who will be playing: Alban Berg's Sonata op.1, Beethoven's Sonata op.109 and Chopin's fourth Ballade.


Sunday, May 20, 10:30 am
Worship Service
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.


Sunday, May 27, 10:30 am
Worship Service
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.