Reflections from Our Water Communion 2018

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On the first Sunday of the fall season, for as long as most of us can remember, we’ve been celebrating a special ceremony we call the water communion. We use the word communion to simply mean “a sharing, a coming together” to affirm all that connects us to each other once again. It’s a tradition that is practiced by many Unitarian Universalist congregations and groups around the world. We come together from different directions, bringing water that we pour into a communal bowl.

Each congregation does the water communion differently. Here at the Unitarian Church of Montreal, we ritually pour water five separate times to symbolize the range of our summer experiences: our times of rest and renewal; our moments of happiness and joy; our grief and loss; the periods of change and transition, and finally, the experiences that remain unnamed.

It’s beautiful to watch as everyone gets up at different times during the ceremony to pour out water, as Sandra Hunt, our director of music, plays music to reflect each mood. Together, we witness an emotional map of our community. From the youngest child to the oldest adult, we see how many of us have been touched by highs, lows and change over the summer.

Here are two reflections from this year’s water communion by Rev. Diane Rollert, our minister, and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert, our new song leader and choir director.

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What's Happening February 26 - March 4, 2018

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Join us on Sunday, March 4 at 10:30 am, for In Dreams Begin Responsibility with Mark Abley and music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
Dreams are as essential as bread — we couldn’t live without them. To place limits on dreams is to constrict the imagination. But what if the urge to create runs into conflict with the need to be morally responsible? The Irish poet William Butler Yeats quoted an old saying at the start of one of his finest collections of poems: “In dreams begin responsibility."

Saturday, March 3 - Concert: Les marginaux des années '20, 7:30 pm
Admission: suggested donation is $25 or what you can afford.
Andréanne Brisson-Paquin, soprano, Vincent Ranallo, baryton, and Brigitte Poulin, piano
Three renowned, award-winning musicians will perform a beautiful programme of songs by Unitarians George Brewer and Alfred LaLiberté along with other great composers of that period, such as Ravel, Charles Ives, and Erik Satie. I hope many of you will take this unique opportunity to hear compositions by our Unitarian Church's former organist, George Brewer, and the former owner of our beautiful Steinway grand, Alfred Laliberté, at this special concert celebrating our church's 175th anniversary.