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 7:00 pm beginning September 13.



September 2018

September Office hours:
Monday, September 3: Church office closed (Labor Day)
Monday, September 10: Church office closes at 3:30 pm (Rosh Hashannah)
Tuesday, September 18: Church office closes at 3:30 pm (Erev Yom Kippur)
Wednesday, September 19: Church office closed (Yom Kippur)

The Caring Network coordinator for September is Elizabeth Anglin, 514-937-4095.

Thursday, September 6
Caring Network, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Thomas Room

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Sunday, September 9
Worship Service. 10:30 am
Water Heal My Body, Water Heal My Soul

Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
Join us for our fall homecoming and annual water communion as we share in the healing power of water and the stories we tell. You’re invited to bring a small container of water from a summer experience —whether from the ocean, a stream or a melted ice cube — to pour together into a shared container of our summer highs, lows, and transitions.

12:00 pm - Lunch in honour of Jim Lewis
2:00 pm - Celebration of the Life of Jim Lewis

All are invited to attend a service in memory of Jim Lewis, who passed away on 16 June 2018. Jim was a longtime UCM member and husband of Prue Rains. In lieu of a reception following the memorial, a lunch will be provided at noon, after the Sunday morning worship service.

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Social and Environmental Concerns Committee (SECC), 12:30 - 2:00 pm, Thomas Room
All are welcome! For more information, please contact Cym Gomery. 



Wednesday, September 12
Wardens Meeting, 11:00 - 12:30 pm


Sunday, September 16
Worship Service, 10:30 am

The Narrative You Choose
Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt, Gary Russell on cello,  and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
Sami Awad, director of the Holy Land Trust in Palestine, says that conflict can begin or end with the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. Do we need to reconsider and choose new narratives? On this Sunday closest to Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day of atonement, we consider what it means to start the new year with forgiveness for the past and a new narrative for the future. 


Collage Group, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Garden Room
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.

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Wednesday, September 19
Marie-Berthe Issues Action Group: Letter Writing, 10:30 am, Garden RoomThis month's topic is the urgent need for a Global Plastics Treaty to combat Marine Plastic Pollution. Bring letter-writing paper, iPad or laptop and join us for a brief friendly discussion over coffee or tea, and write your letter(s), if you feel moved to do so. All are welcome.
More information? Carol Greene, 514 933-4532, cpg4taxi@gmail.com.

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Midday Meal, Phoenix Hall, 12:30 pm
All are welcome! The cost is $5 for a delicious hot meal with dessert followed by a concert of classical music, performed by advanced students.
Susan Gyetvay, Aldyth Harrison and Maychai Brown will take turns coordinating the meals this year. Our gratitude goes to Elizabeth Anglin, who is taking a well-deserved retirement after nurturing this beloved monthly get-together for many years.
New this year: To enable our volunteer cooks to plan quantities, we ask that you reserve your place one week in advance by emailing or calling the reservation coordinator, Valerie Broege broegev@vaniercollege.qc.ca - 514-488-4670.
If you have never attended one of these lively interludes taking place on the third Wednesday of each month, we encourage you to try it out. Guests are welcome as long as you include them in your advance reservation.


Music for an Afternoon, Sanctuary, 1:45 pm
Carol Xiong, pianist, will be our featured musician. Many will recognize her name as she was one of our final candidates for the position of song leader and choir director last season. Carol is preparing a master’s level recital for her degree at Université de Montréal. 

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Friday, September 21
Project celebration 11:00 am - Dawson College's Peace Garden
Ceremonial Planting of a Peace Tree at UCM, ~12:00 pm

The UCM Garden Committee and Social and Environmental Concerns Committee are pleased to announce that on September 21, 2018, a Ginko Biloba tree will be planted at the Unitarian Church of Montréal as part of an international "Peace Tree" project. The Peace Tree project is an initiative to plant Ginko Biloba trees, symbols of resilience and peace, as these trees were able to survive the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. (Did you know? Hiroshima and Montréal are twin cities!). Dawson College’s Department of Sustainability and the Westmount Park United Church are  coordinating this project and nurturing the tree seedlings. 
The participating organizations, Dawson College, the Westmount Park United Church, The UCM and Temple Emmanuel Beth-El Shalom,  will celebrate the project on September 21, International Peace Day, at Dawson College’s Peace Garden at 11:00 a.m.  Rev. Diane Rollert will contribute a prayer for peace on our behalf.  This will be followed by a Pilgrimage for Peace to deliver each gingko to its new home.  Members of our congregation are welcome to attend the Dawson ceremony and/or our own ceremonial planting at the church at around 12:00 p.m. A brief celebration of our new gingko will also take place following our Sunday service on September 23.   
The Garden and SECC committees would like to extend particular thanks to Shloime Perez, for championing this project.


Sunday, September 23
Worship Service, 10:30 am
Tell Me a Story

Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
This Sunday we’ll explore the relationship of faith, Harry Potter and the lure of children’s literature. What is it about stories written for children that still speaks to our grown-up (or growing-up) selves? Instead of asking, “What would Jesus do?”, some adults are asking, “What would Harry do?” Come find out why.

SECC Film Series12:00 - 2:30 pm, Thomas Room

Concert: Winners of the Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes, 2 pm
On the afternoon of Sunday Sept. 23 at 2 pm, everyone is invited to the UCM Sanctuary to hear the winners of the first ever Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes.  This is a special prize,  shining the spotlight on emerging Canadian female and female-identified opera composers and librettists who demonstrate extraordinary promise in opera creation. The composers will talk about their projected works, three dedicated musicians will perform excerpts from their winning submissions and you can ask them questions!    
The $25,000 prize is awarded to five teams for proposals of opera compositions in English, French, and a Jewish work. The five operas will see performances in 2019, including at Canadian Opera Company as part of the Amphitheatre Noon Concert Series in March 2019  http://operacanada.ca/musique-3-femmes-new-prize/

At our own UCM event, donations in lieu of an entrance fee are gratefully accepted towards the production of the operas in the spring! Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, September 26
On Aging
12:30 - 3:30 pm Soup and bagels followed by a film based on the book Being Mortal

Following the film, Rev Diane Rollert will lead  a discussion. Everyone is invited since we all age with time. If you are planning to attend, please leave a message at 514-937-4095. 

Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30
Board and Council Retreat


Sunday, September 30
Worship Service, 10:30 am
Stories of Freedom and Dignity

Rev. Diane Rollert and Vera Freud with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
Vera Freud joins Rev. Diane this Sunday to share stories about the right to live and die with dignity. Vera came of age during WWII working for the French resistance. This past summer she spent five days in Toulouse, France, returning to a place of great personal significance, as she offered testimonials about freedom fighters and the Spanish resistance. “It is along the lines of a many splendored freedom, that I wish to express myself,” she says.