Upcoming Worship Services

All services start at 10:30 am (unless noted).

November 2018

Sunday, November 11
Worship Service, 10:30 am, Sanctuary
The Silent Hero: A Remembrance Day Service
Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt and guest trumpeter Charles-Antoine Solis

We often think of heroes as very public figures, but what about the silent, unsung heroes in our lives and in historic moments who truly save the day? As we honour our veterans with our Remembrance Day wreath and remember all those whose lives have been touched by war, may we consider the quiet, unassuming heroes who lead us towards peace.

Sunday, November 18
Worship Service, 10:30 am, Sanctuary
Towards a Universal Kinship: A Bilingual Interfaith Service
Vers la fraternité universelle: Une célébration interreligieuse
Rev. Diane Rollert & Pascale Fremond & interfaith guests / et nos invité/es interreligieux/se with music by / musique par Sandra Hunt & Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert & Parts in Peace Choir

We welcome an interfaith gathering hosted by Religions pour la paix and the Unitarian Church of Montreal as the culmination of Congrès Vers la fraternité universelle, November 17 and 18. Rev. Diane Rollert will be one of the presenters during the conference offering a UU perspective beyond “fraternity” toward radically inclusive kinship (Saturday, November 17, 13:30-15:30, at Centre Saint.-Pierre, 1212, rue Panet, Montréal, Métro Beaudry.) For more information about the conference: www.religionspourlapaixquebec.com

Nous accueillons un rassemblement interreligieux organisé par Religions pour la paix et l'Église unitarienne de Montréal comme point culminant du Congrès Vers la fraternité universelle, les 17 et 18 novembre. La révérende Diane Rollert sera l'une des présentatrices durant la conference, et offrira une perspective UU au-delà de la "fraternité" et vers une parenté radicalement inclusive (samedi 17 novembre, 13h30-15h30, au Centre Saint Pierre, 1212, rue Panet, Montréal, Métro Beaudry). Pour plus d'informations sur la conférence : www.religionspourlapaixquebec.com

Sunday, November 25
Worship Service, 10:30 am, Sanctuary

The Hero’s Journey
Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana and Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt and Jean-Marc Girard


Joseph Campbell describes the traditional hero’s journey as beginning when we are thrown out of our everyday lives into unexpected challenges that ultimately transform us and push us into a new life. Three years ago, the Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana, founder of the Unitarian Church of Burundi, faced attacks in his church and was kidnapped. He was ultimately forced to flee his country and came to Montreal to seek asylum. Today he and his family are living in Saskatoon and he is embarking on a new ministry to build a French-language online UU website and community, based on the model of the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Join us to hear more about Rev. Fulgence’s heroic journey and how you can help to realize a long-awaited dream to bring the UU message to French speakers throughout the world.

See past sermons here.

What do we do here? Is it worship?

Several years ago, Rev. Rollert and the congregation explored a series of questions regarding “Wounded Words” – the words of religion that have wounded us or may have been wounded or co-opted by others.  As we talked about the word “Worship” she asked us this question: “What do we do here?”

Here’s the answer that came from the congregation:

What do we do here?
We gather together to play with ideas of the world and our place in it,
To celebrate, discuss, care, wonder and act,
To reconnect with what is important in life,
To reflect upon love, sorrow, joy, conflict, peace, complexity, and diversity,
To meet kindred souls for a special pause from the mundane,
To have our hearts and minds stretched and to be comforted that we are not alone,
To move further towards the heart’s truth,
To be grateful,
To be curious,
To search,
To commune,
To spend an hour of oneness in the mystery of “sacred stillness”....
To inspire and let ourselves be inspired,
To acknowledge the mystery of our short lives, and to admit that we haven’t got it all figured out.

We hold space.  We hold hearts.  We come together because things of worth are worth gathering for.