Sermons lie at the heart of our Sunday worship services. Sermons are posted here in reverse chronological order and include those created by Rev. Diane Rollert and others where indicated. Click on Read More to read the entire text, listen to audio and watch video of a sermon (when available) and to download.
June 30th, 2019
- Eleuthera Diconco-Lippert, Lillias Lippert and Scott MacLeod
Working toward wholeness in our understanding of history, Eleuthera and Scott MacLeod will share songs that reflect on Canadian history from a fresh perspective.Read More
June 23rd, 2019
- Rev. Carole Martignacco, with music by Lillias Lippert
Rev. Carole Martignacco, past UCM intern and sabbatical minister, says her goodbyes to beloved friends at the UCM before she and her spouse David leave Montreal and Quebec for St. Andrews, New Brunswick. She shares a personal reflection on loving and living with Parkinson’s Disease and what it means to maintain a spirit of wholeness even as, through age or illness, our capacities diminish.
June 9th, 2019
- Rev. Diane Rollert and Katharine Childs, with music by Sandra Hunt, Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert and the Phoenix Community Choir directed by Eleuthera and accompanied by members of her band, the Melrose Mob.
On this Sunday, we celebrate the Unitarian Universalist commitment to the wholeness of trans lives and our congregation’s aspirations to become radically inclusive.
June 2nd, 2019
- Rev. Diane Rollert, Katharine Childs and Camellia Jahanshahi, with music by Sandra Hunt, Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert and her trio, Fruiting Bodies
Listen to our all-ages Sunday service, as we observe our annual flower communion. The garden has many lessons to teach us about being whole. Flowers grow tall in search of the sun, while the fruiting bodies of mushrooms send out tiny threads in all directions through the soil. To be whole, we need to be grounded while we reach for the sky.
May 26th, 2019
- Carole Tenbrink, music by Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert and Lillias Lippert
The prospect of growing older and living through physical and mental changes can seem daunting. This Sunday, spoken-word performance artist Carole Tenbrink will share her own story of learning how to trust and embrace the grace of aging.
May 19th, 2019
- Rev. Diane Rollert and Imam Musabbir Alam, music by Sandra Hunt
How fortunate are the few who have never experienced having their trust betrayed in some way, large or small. The truth is, most of us have had a precarious relationship with trust at some point in our lives. This Sunday we explore some models for repairing trust and healing our souls. Imam Musabbir Alam, co-founder of the Canadian Muslim Alliance, joins Rev. Diane to share in the exploration of this topic, in recognition of the month of Ramadan.
May 12th, 2019
- Rev. Diane Rollert, music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
Oh Mother Earth, will you still be a loving home to the many generations to come? On this Mother’s Day Sunday, we consider the greatest mother of us all, and the trust it takes to bring children into the world today.
Sunday, April 28th, 2019
- Special Guest 7Starr with Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert and Lillias Lippert
Krump at UCM? Wow! That’s what our staff said when they heard the news. Vladimir ''7Starr'' Laurore is a pioneer of the Canadian Krump scene. In 2005, he co-founded the first Krump crew in Canada, Bzerk Squad. 7Starr is also the creator of Gutta Zone, the first and biggest major Krump event in the country. In 2017, he received the Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton award given by the Canada Council for the Arts for outstanding artistic achievement by Canadian artists. 7Starr joins us (with fellow dancers Jason Luce and Nindy Banks) this Sunday to share his art and to talk about the transformative power of Krump in his work with underprivileged schools, charity organizations, and community centres.
Sunday, April 21st, 2019
- Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Sandra Hunt, Gary Russell, the Phoenix Community Choir, led by Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert and guests
According to the gospel, Jesus transformed water into wine and multiplied a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish into enough food to feed thousands. These were among the many miracle stories that made our Unitarian ancestors wary as they chose to celebrate the religion “of” Jesus rather than a religion “about” Jesus. In this Easter and Passover season, find out what we can each reclaim from these challenging and powerful stories of transformation.
For the past 176 years, this congregation has observed communion at least twice a year. It is a tradition that was so important to past generations that it was written into our By-Laws to be observed on the Sunday closest to All Souls Day and on Easter Sunday. Today we celebrate a simple bread and wine communion to honour our roots.
Sunday, April 14th, 2019
- Rev. Diane Rollert and Normand Gosselin, with music by Sandra Hunt
Life is a spiral journey as well as a series of starts and stops. At each crossroad, we can choose to transform what greets us or allow ourselves to be transformed. Listen to this Sunday’s service for our annual lay chaplaincy service as we explore how milestones can surprise us as much as they change us.
Sunday, April 7th, 2019
- Katharine Childs & the Religious Exploration Community, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
As Nature breaks forth into its spring glory, come and celebrate the reawakening of plants, animals and bugs all around us! During this all-ages service we'll explore transformations inside us (like butterflies) and around us (like bees), and how we can honour our place in the interdependent web of all life.
March 31st, 2019
- Special guest Moe Clark, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
On this Sunday, we were pleased to welcome a very special guest to close out our month’s exploration of reconciliation. Moe Clark is a multidisciplinary Métis artist, spoken word poet, educator, artistic producer, public speaker and activist. She creates poetic song and sonic landscapes of layered voice through looping pedal. In 2013 she directed the 10th Annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Montreal, the first bilingual edition of the six-day national slam festival, which highlighted Indigenous languages and the art of poetic translation. As a community arts educator, Moe facilitates writing, spoken word performance and looping pedal workshops in high schools, communities and with Indigenous youth.
March 24th, 2019
- Special guest, Marlene Hale with Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
Wet’suwet’en chief, organizer and activist, Marlene Hale will share a film and provide an update from the developing situation in the Wet’suwet’en Nation, where Coastal GasLink/Transcanada is proposing a 670-kilometer fracked gas pipeline. All five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals and are asking us to stand in witness to their land rights.
March 17th, 2019
- Special guests Carole McGregor and Wahiakeron with Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
How deep is the river that divides Montreal and the First Nations reserve of Kahnawake? This Sunday we share in conversation with two respected leaders of Kanien’kehá-ka. Carole McGregor is the Female Chief of the Bear Clan of Kanawake. Wahiakeron/George Gilbert is an elder, teacher, actor and consultant in the Mohawk language including for films such as Hochelaga: Lands of the Souls.
March 10th, 2019
- Special guest Marie-Josée Tremblay with Rev. Diane Rollert, with additional music by Lillias Lippert and the Phoenix Community Choir directed by Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
On Sunday, March 10th, our recording system failed. It was a beautiful service held on a stormy day. Here are a few excerpts. We’ve also included links to two of the songs Marie-Josée Tremblay sang as part of the service.
March 3rd, 2019
- Rev. Diane Rollert and Katharine Childs, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
To reconcile means to make things happen so that we can coexist in harmony. On this multigenerational Sunday, as we prepare to welcome many Indigenous guests in the coming weeks, we’ll consider what reconciliation means in very interpersonal terms and in broader social terms. Where are the holes in our lives that need to be make whole in order to find understanding, compromise or restoration?
February 24th, 2019
- Special guest: Floydd Ricketts, with Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Floydd Ricketts and Sandra Hunt
We are pleased to welcome Floydd Ricketts for our service on this Sunday to share his passion and extensive knowledge of the African American Spiritual. Floydd is a conductor, coach and doctoral student at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. Most recently, he was the musical director and arranger for Choir Boy at the Centaur Theatre. His research focuses on the African-American Spiritual, it’s origins from West Africa, across the Middle Passage, and into North America; the evolution of the art form from monophonic hymns to intricate modern arrangements; and how to perform Spirituals well and within an informed and conscientious purview while diminishing the risk of offence or cultural appropriation.
February 17th, 2019
- Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert & Lillias Lippert & the Parts in Peace Choir
Let’s be honest. We often begin with preconceptions and judge before we’ve even had time to ask the questions. How do we shift our patterns and embrace new ways of thinking? This is a Sunday of true confessions from our minister as she considers her own approach to inquiry.
February 10th, 2019
- Special guest: Rev. Fred Cappuccino, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
The classic Religious Experience was that of St Paul on the road to Damascus. Paul immediately stopped persecuting Christians, and became one himself. Many religious people have devoted their lives to seeking a religious experience. One fellow named Mert inquired of (Methodist) Bishop Quayle, "Bishop, How can I have an experience of God?" The bishop said, "Well, Mert, Go into a deep forest…." The Rev. Fred Cappuccino finishes this story in his guest appearance at our Sunday Worship Service.Read More