Sunday Services

Services are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 am (unless noted) in our Sanctuary, followed by coffee. Services are in English with some French. Come for an hour of beautiful music, meditation and a thought-provoking sermon from our minister, Rev. Diane Rollert.

 It's a great way to kick-start the week with a calm state of mind. We offer loving caregivers in our nursery and wide-ranging programs for children and youth during the service.

Upcoming Worship Service

All services start at 10:30 am (unless noted).
Text and audio versions of past sermons are available

March 2019

Theme of the Month: Reconciliation 

Three years ago, we spent a month considering our relationship to reconciliation and restoring the balance between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people. This March, we return to the same theme. Where are we now as individuals, as a community, as a province and as a nation in responding to the call to truth and reconciliation? Here’s what’s planned for the month, but be prepared for surprises.

March 3rd, 2019
From Holes to Whole

- 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?  Join us after the service for a special fundraiser with snacks and a musical performance. See our This Month page for full details.

March 10th, 2019
In Memory of the Women
- 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
We’re pleased to welcome Marie-Josée Tremblay, Métis filmmaker, folksinger and drummer, to share her music and film with us. On the Sunday closest to International Women’s Day (March 8), we pay tribute to the many missing and murdered Indigenous women whose stories deserved to be heard. 

March 17th, 2019

Kahnawake and Reconciliation
- 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’ll 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.

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March 24th, 2019
The Word from Wet'suwet'en
- 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.

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March 31st, 2019
Closing Words
- Special guest, Moe Clark, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert
We’re 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.

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.