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. The last day will be June 16, returning in the fall. 
For more information, contact Yvette.



May, 2017

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: The End of Immigration?, 2012, 55 min. Take a look at the regressive immigration policies of the Canadian state and the people most affected. Filmmakers Marie Boti and Malcolm Guy will be present for the film and lead a discussion afterwards. Donations to the Immigrant Workers Centre here in Montreal will be gratefully accepted.Please join us for an interesting afternoon. Contact Christina Duvander

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.

June, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Introduction to Performing Weddings
Come to a daylong workshop at the UCM to learn about creating these joyous and significant events. This is the first of a series of workshops on conducting various rites of passage, open to all Unitarians and strongly recommended for UCM members considering lay chaplaincy. Childcare is available by advance request. For more information or to register, contact Shoshanna Green, 514-426-0843.

Sunday, June 4 - Worship Service, 10:30 am
The Flower Communion, 95 Years Later

Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Maider Martineau, Louise Halperin, and the Yellow Door Choir directed by Roxanne Martel.
This Sunday we join the Unitarian Church of Prague in celebrating our annual flower communion, created and first celebrated by their founding minister, Rev. Norbert Capek, on June 4, 1922. Please bring a flower to offer to someone else.

Please note that Claremont will be blocked from 8:30 a m to 12:30 pm for the Tour de l’Île de Montreal, preventing access to the UCM parking lot on Sunday, June 4.

Sunday, June 4, at 12:30 pm, bring a brown bag lunch
A Teach-In Follow-up Conversation On Race, Diversity and Inclusion with Rev. Diane Rollert and Vincent Mousseau

Our first meeting was just a beginning. There is more work to do that we often realize, so what can we do moving forward? This will be the second conversation in an ongoing series that will continue in the fall.

Monday, June 5, 7:00 pm
UCM Annual General Meeting
Each year at the Annual General Meeting, members* and friends have a unique opportunity to get a brief update on the church’s accomplishments over the past twelve months. We review the ongoing projects that are helping to shape our community, as well as the challenges that confront us in the year ahead. Elections for open positions on the Board of Management will take place.

Tuesday, June 6, 12-1:15 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.

Friday, June 9,  6 pm at UCM
UCM 175th Anniversary Gala and Buffet

Free tickets for the UCM 175th
Anniversary Gala will be available
after the service on May 28 and June 4.
Door Prize : Free buffet : Cash Bar



Sunday, June 11 - 
Worship Service, 10:30 am
To Hold Our Traditions Fast — Or Not?

Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
To clap or not to clap, to laugh or not to laugh, to light candles or to celebrate communion, or not, to consider our history from one single perspective or not, these are the questions. This
Sunday, as we celebrate the church’s 175th anniversary, we consider ways in which tradition both inspires and challenges us.

Sunday, June 11, 12:15-1:30 pm, Thomas Room
Sunday Explorations
This group meets to discuss the month’s theme, using our Exploration Group model of respectful listening. These sessions are highly recommended for newcomers and those who’d like to experience our approach to going deeper together spiritually. Contact Rev. Diane Rollert.

Sunday, June 11, 12:30 pm, Thomas Room

Contact Christina Duvander, 514-630-7523.



Wednesday, June 14, 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, June 18 - Worship Service, 10:30 am
A Tradition of Tenderness

Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Maider Martineau and Jean Séguin
On this day that is traditionally known as “Fathers’ Day,” who are the tender fathers or
male-spirited figures in your life? This is a service to lift up and celebrate the need for tenderness in a world that can seem increasingly macho and harsh. Bring a favourite object or photo to share of your tender role model. If you have a story to share, send it to Rev. Diane at rev.dianerollert@gmail.com.

Sunday, June 18, 12:00 pm
UCM Church Picnic, Phoenix Hall and Garden

Close out the church program year with our annual community picnic. Being some food to share (salads, snacks, finger food, and desserts are best—no nuts, please), and if the weather permits, we’ll eat outside. Don’t forget your picnic blanket.

Sunday, June 18, 1:00-4:30 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.

Tuesday, June 20, 5:00-9:00 pm
Bookworms Alert!, Church member’s residence

Want to gain more insight into the hearts and minds of Trump supporters? Then come to the potluck and presentation/discussion led by Mary Maler and Valerie Broege of sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Land. RSVP to Valerie Broege, broegev@vaniercollege.qc.ca, or 514-488-4670 for location and indication of what dish you will bring. All book lovers welcome!

Worship Service, 10:30 am - Sunday, June 25
A Tradition of Mystery

Special guest Milton Dawes, with additional music by Sandra Hunt
Musician, creative thinker, writer, seminar-workshop leader, Trustee and Ambassador at Large of the Institute of General Semantics, Milton Dawes takes an innovative approach to the teaching of general semantics. He often uses music: he will play parts of a song and analyze it in small steps to illustrate how we can use the calculus to increase our own awareness. He draws on a wide range of skills and experiences from his diverse interests to enliven his work. http://miltondawes.com/about/