What Happening, Summer Services - August, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 10:30 am
Where do UUs draw the line? Self-censorship and Freedom of Speech with Jim Connelly and music by Basil Vandervort-Charbonneau. Censorship, the limitation of freedom of ideas, takes many forms and is imposed by various forms of authority, both legitimate and illegitimate, but there is also self-censorship, whether coerced or voluntary. What are the justifiable bounds of free speech? We Unitarians “inspire and challenge”, but do we challenge enough?

Sunday, August 14, 10:30 am
The Art of Meaningful Worship with Chloe Hart and music by Christine Lee
We pride ourselves in the openness and liberty of our faith. However, the gift of choice can also pose the biggest challenge to UUs. How, in a faith where you can be anyone and believe anything, can you define who you are, what you believe and how you practice your beliefs? 

Pride Parade gathering after the service on Sunday, August 14
We'll be gathering to watch the Pride Parade at the statue of Norman Bethune on the corner of Guy and de Maissonneuve at 12:30 pm. If you have questions, please email Katharine Childs at dre@ucmtl.ca.

Sunday, August 21, 10:30 am
Feminism and Intersectionality with Marie-Pier Proulx and music by Christine Lee
From her experiences working in a Montreal women's shelter and other social justice pursuits, Marie-Pier will speak to us this week about what it means to be a feminist in the 21st century. As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to promote the "inherent worth and dignity of all people". How can we support gender equality in our congregation, in our city and in the community at large? This will be an interactive and discussion-based service.

Sunday, August 28, 10:30 am
Sharing in Home and Culture with Holly Flemming and Music by Christine Lee
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
- Maya Angelou
I have been hosting international language students for the last 3 years, partially as a way to have income and partially to learn about people and their cultures.  When I was younger the idea of a bed and breakfast appealed to me, welcoming and nurturing travelers along the way, sharing cultures, making their trip a little easier. I have lived in 5 different cities, towns and the people I have met along the way helped me connect to the places I called home.  The recent decision of the Unitarian church to sponsor Syrian families has made me even more aware of  home being a refuge! 

Sunday, September 4, 10:30 am
The Void That Unites with Harvey Shepherd and music by Christine Lee
The headlines these days make it hard not to agree that religion is a source of conflict and bloodshed. John Dourley, a Roman Catholic priest in Ottawa, agrees that it often is. Summarizing what he sees as the views of the late Swiss psychologist on the subject, Dourley, who is also a Jungian analyst, agrees that religion kills. However, Dourley states that religion cannot be eradicated. He also thinks religion could enhance life by contributing to a consciousness that supports human survival, compassion for all humanity and manifestation of the depths of the spirit. We’ll touch on how Dourley thinks consciousness of a mystical void could help reconcile religions with one another and with the radically secular as they too encounter a void.