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. Rehearsals will continue in September. 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. This group will return in the fall. For more information, contact Yvette.




July, 2017

UCM hands world

Sunday, July 2
Worship Service, 10:30 am
What Holds It All Together? Qu'est-ce qui maintient le tout ensemble?
led by John Inder with music by The Westmount Chamber Music Workshop and Basil Vandervort-Charbonneau
We live in a multi-national, polyethnic country. Many of us have come from other places, or our parents have. We have various gender identities that are more or less salient throughout the day. We come from various religious traditions. On top of all this variety, Unitarian-Universalists have no creed and welcome people from all faiths. Celebrating diversity is what we pride ourselves about, and it is a worthy project.
So what is on the other side of the coin? What is the unifying force? Are we all some kind of hybrid? Is that good, or not? How are we to find an authentic identity amidst the diversity? With no single myth to reference, are we losing our sense of self, our roots, our direction?
Talk of Dialogical Self Theory began in the 1992 due to the Dutch psychologist Hubert Hermans. Extending some insights of the psychologist William James and others, this approach may be a way to authentic self-discovery in a postmodern age. It also looks a lot like a traditional Melanesian world view.

Nous vivons dans un pays multinational, polyethnique. Beaucoup d'entre nous, ou nos parents, sont venus d'autres endroits. Nous avons diverses identités de genre. Nous venons de diverses traditions religieuses. En plus de cette variété, les Unitarien-Universalistes n'ont pas de croyance et accueillent les gens de toutes les confessions religieuses. Célébrer la diversité est ce dont nous sommes fiers, et c'est un projet digne de nos meilleurs efforts.
Alors, quel est l'autre côté de la pièce? Où est la force unificatrice? Sommes-nous tous des hybrides? Est-ce que c'est bon, ou pas? Comment trouver une identité authentique au milieu de la diversité? Sans un seul mythe à faire référence, perdons-nous notre sens de soi, nos racines, notre direction?
Les écrits sur la théorie du soi-dialogique a commencé en 1992 en raison de la psychologue Hubert Hermans. En approfondissant quelques idées du psychologue William James et du philosophe et critique littéraire Mikhail Bakhtin, cette approche peut être un moyen d'authentique découverte de soi en âge postmoderne. Cela ressemble beaucoup à une vision du monde mélanésien traditionnel.

July 2, 9, 16 (come to one, or come to all!),  Sundays, 1:30-3:30 pm
Place: Westmount park (weather permitting). Group will meet at the front door of the library
Drop-in Art Classes: Drawing and Painting

Enjoy an afternoon outside in nature trying something new! Member of the congregation and art teacher, Deirdre McCay, is offering free outdoor art classes for the first three Sundays of July. This course will be a chance to explore either drawing or colour media (watercolour, oil pastel, etc.) with guided instruction as needed.
You will have the choice of capturing various subjects depending on your interest (objects, people, landscapes). Deirdre will demonstrate line drawing and other techniques that are suitable for all levels. Everyone welcome.
Materials: Participants with no experience can bring a spiral-bound sketchbook and black fine tip pilot pen.
Cost: FREE. Drop-ins welcome.
For more information, contact Deirdre at mccay.deirdre@gmail.com
To learn more about Deirdre, visit www.deirdremccay.com

lavendar UCM

Sunday, July 9
Worship Service, 10:30 am  
 Finding Our Place in the World Through Beauty and  Compassion.  Community artist Brenda Cleary explores the humanitarian and deeper existential significance of learning to tune into beauty in our environment, ourselves and one another. In the words of Dostoyevsky "beauty will save the world". Arguably creating beauty is what we must do to our world to make our place within it. Join us to explore ways in which aesthetics open our hearts through the doors of our senses and help us make sense of it all. The music will be performed by Louise Halperin.

center UCM

Sunday, July 16
Worship Service, 10:30 am
Can the Centre Hold?

In a political climate fraught with challenges such as the leadership in the United States, global warming, nuclear warfare, the refugee crisis and growing income inequality, many of us may feel that we are living with an anvil over our heads. How can we stay informed and aware of the obstacles our society is facing without submerging ourselves in fear and anxiety? To where do we look for strength and hope? Beginning his reflection from the point of view of a school teacher, Abram Friedland will offer us as explanation on the nature of war. Charles Eddis will offer his insights into the major challenges our world faces today and how we may move through these troubling times together

.Sunday, July 16, 1:00-4:30 pm, Garden Room
Collage Afternoon Sunday

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, July 23
Worship Service, 10:30 am

Let Go with LEGO - Construction of Self Through the Deconstruction of Gender and Sexuality
Akiko Asano, a multidisciplinary artist and professional, shares her journey of self discovery while raising a transgender youth.  A journey where we go beyond the binary of gender and of sexuality to discovering the spectrum that exists within our community and the world around us. The music will be by Basil Valdervort-Charbonneau.

Sunday, July 30
Worship Service, 10:30 am

The CUSJ: Living Out Our UU Values
 Cym Gomery will be talking about the Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice organization. You will learn about the how the CUSJ got started, and how membership in the CUSJ can be a way of living out our Unitarian values. The music will be by Louise Halperin.