Committees and Groups

Get Involved

Getting involved is the best way to feel truly part of our community. Here is a list of our current committees and groups.  If you’d like to learn more, contact the committee chair or contact person directly.

Activités en Français
Les rencontres du Groupe de réflexion ont lieu les 3e dimanche du mois de 13h00 à 15h00, à l'exception des mois de novembre, février et mars, lesquelles auront lieu les 4e dimanche.  L’éducation religieuse en français pour les enfants a lieu le troisième dimanche du mois. Si jamais vous désirez démarrer d'autres activités en français, vous pourriez contacter Hannelore.
Contact : Hannelore Poncelet  

Art Collective
The Art Collective manages the Stairwell Art Gallery/ Galerie d"Art en Marches.  The Gallery exhibits Group Shows and Solo Shows, featuring visual art made by church members and friends.  While Solo Shows are reserved for professional artists, all are encouraged to participate in Group Shows.  We show paintings, photographs, drawings .. whatever can be hung on a wall!

Social and Environmental Concerns Committee
The Social and Environmental Concerns Committee (SECC) uses direct action, advocacy, and educational initiatives to promote social justice and environmental responsibility. 

BidSunday Committee
The BidSunday Committee plans and oversees all aspects of the UCM's yearly fundraising service auction. 
 Email: Petrina Lee Poy

Caring Network
Our Caring Network volunteer coordinators work with our minister to support members and friends who are in times of transition.  This could be the loss of a job, moving to a new neighborhood or city, the arrival of a new baby, or unexpected illness, family problems, separation or divorce, bereavement or a bewildering depression.  For the name of this month's coordinator, see The Week at a Glance, or contact the office at 514-485-9933.
Email: Elizabeth Anglin

Committee on Ministry
The Committee on Ministry provides a place for reflection on the overall health of the congregation, acting as a "sounding board" for the minister regarding sensitive issues and the larger ministry and life of the congregation.
Email: Rev. Diane Rollert

Communications Committee
The Communications Committee is responsible for unifying and projecting the image of the church both internally and externally including the newsletter, advertising, assisting with publicity for church-related events, and maintaining the church’s website.
Email: Katherine Belisle

Heritage Committee
The Heritage Committee is responsible for the Heritage Library and the Archives.
Email: Frank Greene

Investment Committee
The Investment Committee oversees the investing of the church’s endowment fund, working with an outside investment advisor.
Email: Andrea Reichert, Treasurer

Lay Chaplaincy
Our Lay Chaplains are members of our congregation specially trained to perform all rites of passage, and are legally authorized by the province of Quebec to perform weddings. They offer special services to non-members including: weddings, rededication of vows, child dedications, and memorial services.  If you are interested in learning about becoming a Lay Chaplain, contact the minister or the chair of the committee.
Email: Rev. Diane Rollert

The Membership Committee welcomes newcomers, and hosts membership programs and encourages membership growth.
Email: Petrina Lee Poy

Music Collective
The Music Collective supports the Music Director in putting concerts and decisions surrounding music at UCM.
Email: Sandra Hunt

The Personnel Committee is a liaison between the Board of Management and the paid employees of the church.
Email: Bob Edgar 

Religious Education Committee
The REC works with the Director of Religious Education to plan and develop the RE programs.
Email: Katharine Childs or Melani Litwack

Stewardship Committee
The Stewardship Committee is responsible for UCM's annual pledge campaign and for laying the groundwork of future financial considerations.

Wardens, as senior members of the church family: welcome new members; serve as sidemen at Memorial Services;  maintain the Memorial Book; administer the funds of the Memorial and Fellowships funds; track historical church items; and oversee both the church Archives and the Heritage Library. They share their accumulated wisdom by having one member serve on the Nominating Committee, the Lay Chaplain Committee, and the Church Council with voice and vote.

Worship Committee
The Worship Committee works with the minister and others on all facets of the Sunday worship services.  This includes the Sunday liturgists, members of the congregation who help in leading worship each week.
Email: Rev. Diane Rollert

Young Adult Group
For those 18-35 years of age.  The group meets regularly for lunch and other activities.

Exploration Groups
If you are looking for a way to engage more deeply within our community, this is a great way to get connected. Small groups of ten meet monthly to explore our monthly worship themes. The groups are led by trained facilitators who encourage deep listening so that each participant has a chance to share as fully as they wish. Monthly theme packets, designed to expand the conversation, are available from our group leaders and the office.

Go deeper together as we explore our monthly themes. Join an Exploration Group that meets once a month during the third or fourth week of the month for ninety minutes, October through May. Groups are limited to about 10 people. There currently three groups meeting once a month on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. If you'd like to join one of these groups, please contact Prue Rains for more information.

Past members say this: 
- "Being in an Exploration group is like having a caring family within UCM." 
- "I no longer feel alone at coffee hour!"
- "Everyone is respected. Everyone is heard." 
- "I never feel pressured to share more than I want and I love delving into the themes each month, even when I think it's a theme I don't care about or makes me uncomfortable. Learning to deeply listen to what others have to say really gets me thinking. It's changed me."

Facilitators include: Janet Clancy, Holly Fleming, Patricia Gordon, Susan Gyetvay, Joan Hongoh, David Rollert.