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

April 2019

Theme of the Month: Transformation 

Sunday, April 7th, 10:30 am
Butterflies & Bees: A Spring Multigenerational Service
- 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.

Sunday, April 14th, 10:30 am
Transforming Milestones
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. Join us for our annual lay chaplaincy service as we explore how milestones can surprise us as much as they change us.

Sunday, April 21st, 10:30 am
Water, Wine, Loaves and Fishes: An Easter Service
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, what can we each reclaim from these challenging and powerful stories of transformation?

11:45 a.m. Easter Communion
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. The communion service begins immediately following the regular service and is entirely optional. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, April 28th, 10:30 am
The Transformative Power of Krump
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 will join us 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.     

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.