What's Happening February 22 - 28, 2016

Join us this Sunday, February 28, 10:30 am for Healing and Reconciliation with
special guest Nakuset, director of the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter, and  Rev. Diane Rollert. Music will be provided by special guest Nina Segalowitz and others, including Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau. After a month of reflecting on reconciliation, what is our call to action? How do we build bridges or heal?

This month wraps up with a number of exciting events. Films by Jobie Weetaluktuk will be shown on Friday, February 26 at 7 pm. The RE program is proud to present Geordie Productions’ Sidewalk Chalk and Squawk at UCM on Saturday, February 27. 

Play Group
Tuesday, February 23 and Thursday, February 25, 10:30 am - 2 pm, Nursery

We welcome children under five on a drop-in basis accompanied by a caregiver. Pack a snack for your child. Coffee is provided. Open to all. No charge but a donation of $3/session/family is suggested. Contact Melani Litwack, 514-775-2043.

Parts in Peace Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 25, 7 pm

Join us for choir rehearsal with Maider Martineau, our new choir director. Come and participate in this loving and supportive mini-community, which participates once a month in Sunday morning services.


Timuti, Vistas, Urban Inuk: Films by Jobie Weetaluktuk
Friday, February 26, 7 pm, Thomas Room

Jobie Weetaluktuk is a writer, editor, broadcaster and filmmaker who originally hails from Inukjuak, Quebec, and is now based in Montreal. Timuti is an elegant and vast short film, about family and the power of ritual through the story of a young woman and her unplanned child. Scenes of domestic intimacy are set against the vast beauty of the North in this story of trepidation and renewal. With animation and archival imagery, the complex legacy of colonialism is weighed against the contemporary spirit of this ancient community. His first documentary film, Urban Inuk, follows the spiritual and practical struggles of three Inuit who have left their ancestral homeland in the Arctic for the concrete jungle of Montreal. In 2006, the documentary won the Grand Prix, Rigoberta Menchu Community Award at the Land-in-sights First People's Festival in Montreal.

Geordie Productions’ Sidewalk Chalk and Squawk at UCM
Saturday, February 27, 4 pm (Sidewalk Chalk) and 7:30 pm (Squawk), Phoenix

The RE program is proud to present Geordie Productions’ touring plays, Sidewalk Chalk (for elementary-aged audiences and their families) and Squawk (for high school-aged audiences and adults of all ages).   Full descriptions of both pieces can be found here:  http://geordie.ca/touring-shows/ Complimentary tickets to both performances are available to UCM members and friends, please contact the RE Office or speak with Katharine Childs. Cost: a “Pay What You Choose” collection will follow the shows.
Squawk is the story of Annie, an Aboriginal teen who is about to age out of the foster system.  Dealing with many of the contemporary issues facing young Aboriginal women, Squawk is a powerful piece of theatre which will challenge and inspire as we round out our month discussing Reconciliation. 
Sidewalk Chalk is the story of best friends, Grace and Gary. As Gary deals with his parents’ divorce, Grace and Gary must learn the true meaning of friendship and find their way home when they get sucked together into their chalk drawing world.Dealing with divorce and friendship, and the different ways we care for one another, Sidewalk Chalk is a perfect theatre treat for kids from pre-K to grade six, and their families. 

Ruth di Giovanni Documentary Film Series
Sunday, February 28, 12:15 pm, Thomas Room

This month the film will be On the Side of the Road. Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israel's collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees. She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying to uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever. She then turns the camera on herself and travels back to her settlement where that historical erasure gave birth to a new generation, blind and isolated from its surroundings. For more information, contact Christina Duvander.

Groupe de réflexion,
Dimanche 28 février de 13h à 15h dans la Salle Darwin au sous-sol

L’éducation religieuse en français pour les enfants a lieu le troisième dimanche du mois. Si jamais vous désirez démarrer d'autre activités en français, vous pourriez contacter Hannelore Poncelet.

Unitarian Drum Circle
Sunday, February 28, 4-6 pm

We meet to share the joy of rhythm, celebrate community, and connect to the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Please bring your own drum if you have one; otherwise, you are welcome to share ours.There is no charge, but each month we will have a donation box for a local charity.Contact Ann Beer, 514-426-1204.