Double Doodle Play - BidSunday Offering
Oct
26
12:45 PM12:45

Double Doodle Play - BidSunday Offering

Garden Room

Janet Clancy, Certified Brain Gym® Instructor and Consultant and her colleague, Marie Geoffroy will offer a 3-hour workshop on using various art media to explore how to use the Double Doodle and other activities from Brain Gym® and Vision Gym® to enhance visual perception and artistic expression. Participants experience the relationship between visual skills, hand-eye coordination and creativity.

The cost is a 25$ fee that is a donation to the church. Please contact Janet to register (janetclancy1@gmail.com).

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As a Spiritual Community  - Sunday Service
Oct
27
10:30 AM10:30

As a Spiritual Community - Sunday Service

- Rev. Diane Rollert, music by Sandra Hunt

“As a spiritual community, we welcome and nurture, we inspire and challenge, we take action in the world.” Is this the covenant we hold with each other? Join us for an interactive Sunday as we explore what it means to be part of this community and the covenantal faith we call Unitarian Universalism.

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SECC Living in Harmony Film Series: Invictus
Oct
27
12:30 PM12:30

SECC Living in Harmony Film Series: Invictus

Thomas Room

He was imprisoned 27 years for his heroic fight against apartheid. So what does Nelson Mandela do after he is elected president of South Africa? He rejects revenge, forgives his oppressors, and finds hope of national unity in an unlikely place, the rugby field. Clint Eastwood powerfully and compassionately directs an uplifting film about a team and a country-inspired to greatness. In a performance that won him an Oscar nomination, Morgan Freeman portrays Mandela, who asks the national rugby team captain (best supporting actor Oscar nominee Matt Damon) and his underdog squad to do the impossible and win the World Cup. One Team, One Country becomes the mantra of a nation reborn out of crippling racial and economic division.

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Collage Group
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Collage Group

Garden Room

Join us for an afternoon of creative play and self-exploration using collage. We work quietly at our own pace (without instruction).

Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own as well. No prior experience necessary. Please confirm your presence by contacting Avis Anderson or Janet Clancy. If you would like access to childcare services, this is available upon request. 

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UCM Spooky Party
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

UCM Spooky Party

Phoenix Hall

As the darkness of November begins to fall across our part of the world, come and play with the spirits and ghouls of our imagination! Witches, wizards, spiders and ghosts are all invited to the UCM Spooky Party! Spooky Halloween fun for everyone, from babies to elders - come in costume (or not!), bring a friend (from church, or not!), bring a dish to add to our spooky menu (if you can), and enjoy some Halloween fun.

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Spaghetti Dinner and Open Mic Night
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Spaghetti Dinner and Open Mic Night

Phoenix Hall

Plan to attend this FUN All-ages event. A yummy vegetarian spaghetti dinner and dessert will be served in Phoenix Hall at 6:00 pm. After dinner, anyone who wishes to will share their talent in an Open Mic hour. Whether you are 5 years old and want to recite the ABCs, or you are 45 and your hidden talent is yodeling, or 85 and can really rock a guitar, you are welcome and encouraged to get up and perform for us! (Two act limit per person).

Fee: $2 per person or $5 for a family
No reservation required, just show up.
There will be no childcare because we will all be together like one really big family!

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We Love Trash! - SECC "Green Sanctuary" Workshop with Nikki Schleibel from NDG Eco-Quartier
Oct
20
12:30 PM12:30

We Love Trash! - SECC "Green Sanctuary" Workshop with Nikki Schleibel from NDG Eco-Quartier

Phoenix Hall
Contact:
Susan Fitch, 514-733-8935

Here is the ideal event for every eco-concerned Unitarian who wants to learn more about the secret life of compostable food waste, recyclable materials, green garden waste, and garbage!

Nikki's fascinating and lively workshop is designed to help us share ideas and review and update our ecological practices both here at church and in our homes.

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RE Community Lunch
Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

RE Community Lunch

Phoenix Hall

Enjoy a soup and bread lunch after the service, a gift to our community for which there is no cost. Please come as our guest. Your contributions of nut-free desserts are welcome. We often have soup left over at the end of the lunch, please bring a container if you’d like to bring some home with you. We look forward to seeing you there!

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A Covenant with Life and Death - Sunday Service
Oct
20
10:30 AM10:30

A Covenant with Life and Death - Sunday Service

- Rev. Diane Rollert and Dr. Catherine Jarvis, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert

For many years, Rev. Diane Rollert and Dr. Catherine Jarvis have been working together on interfaith projects. Today they join forces to talk about the meaning of being in covenant with life and death from two very different religious perspectives. This service is planned in conjunction with Projection Week, a project sponsored by the McGill Counsel of Palliative Care to encourage Montrealers to reflect on living well and being unafraid to talk about the end of life.

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Midday Meal with Music
Oct
16
12:30 PM12:30

Midday Meal with Music

Phoenix Hall

Join us for a light lunch before a special concert this month in collaboration with “Imagine Week”. The cost is $5 for a tasty meal. Your guests are welcome as long as you include them in your advance reservation. If you plan to attend, please give our cooks one week’s notice to plan quantities. See details here.

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Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group
Oct
16
10:30 AM10:30

Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group

Garden Room

Subject: The Indigenous situation in Canada (laws, excuses, etc.); a letter to call for a short term moratorium is suggested.

All are welcome at our monthly letter-writing meetings. We meet around a table for a brief, friendly and informal discussion of a current global concern. Background information is provided, including suggestions for action (letters to government officials or the media).

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 SECC Living in Harmony Film Series: Milk
Oct
13
12:30 PM12:30

SECC Living in Harmony Film Series: Milk

Thomas Room

A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly-gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world.

The Oscar-winning The Times of Harvey Milk, directed by Robert Epstein and produced by Richard Schmiechen, was as groundbreaking as its subject. One of the first feature documentaries to address gay life in America, it’s a work of advocacy itself, bringing Milk’s message of hope and equality to a wider audience. This exhilarating trove of documentary material and archival footage is as much a vivid portrait of a time and place (San Francisco’s historic Castro District in the seventies) as a testament to the legacy of a political visionary.

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The Promise of the Rainbow - Sunday Service
Oct
6
10:30 AM10:30

The Promise of the Rainbow - Sunday Service

- Katharine Childs, with music by Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert and Lilias Lippert

As we begin our month of engaging with the theme of Covenant, join us for an all-ages service exploring the story of Noah and the Flood, and the Covenant, or sacred promise, which the God of the book of Genesis made to the Hebrew people. What can this story, and the symbol of the rainbow, teach us as Unitarian Universalists?

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Seeking the Sacred in Stories
Oct
1
12:00 PM12:00

Seeking the Sacred in Stories

Thomas Room

For the past 13 years, a small group has been meeting with Rev. Diane on the first Tuesday of the month to search for the sacred in short stories. We don’t always love the stories we read, and we’re not always sure if we’ve found the sacred, but we always find the conversations to be deeply enriching. Everyone is welcome to join us. Copies of the stories are available from the office or in Rev. Diane’s mailbox on the top floor of the church.

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SECC Living in Harmony Film Series: Crash
Sep
29
12:30 PM12:30

SECC Living in Harmony Film Series: Crash

Thomas Room

This compelling urban thriller tracks the volatile intersection of a multiethnic cast of characters struggling to overcome their fears as they careen in and out of each other’s lives. In the gray area between black and white, victim and aggressor, during the next 36 hours, they will all collide.

The winner of three Academy Awards including 2005 best picture, Crash was directed by Paul Haggis and stars Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate, and Michael Pena.  Screenplay by Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco. 115 minutes (plus a 10-minute intermission to stretch our legs).

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Inscribed in the Book of Life - Sunday Service
Sep
29
10:30 AM10:30

Inscribed in the Book of Life - Sunday Service

Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins this Sunday evening at sundown. This is a time of sweetness but also of deep reflection and seeking forgiveness. Jews say to each other, “May our deeds inscribe us in the Book of life and blessing, righteousness and peace.” As Unitarian Universalists, we draw wisdom from this tradition among many other sources of inspiration, as we consider what it means to be fully present to who we are as a collective and as individuals.

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Walking Slowly - Sunday Service
Sep
22
10:30 AM10:30

Walking Slowly - Sunday Service

- Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert

 A recent study claims that people who walk quickly live longer than those who walk slowly. Really? What matters more? Speed or attentiveness? Join us for a meditation on walking and a walking meditation. Whether you are moving fast or slowly through life, this will be a worship service to explore the possibilities of realigning the way you journey through life.

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In the Presence of the Other - Sunday Service
Sep
15
10:30 AM10:30

In the Presence of the Other - Sunday Service

- Rev. Diane Rollert, with music by Sandra Hunt, Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert, and special guests the Maider Martineau and Arnaud Bibonne (from the duo “Adar”) and Benoît Roblin, hurdy-gurdy player. 

Buddhists often speak of being present to the moment, while theologians call us to be present to the sacred Other that exists within all things. On this Sunday we’ll search for the sacred in the magnificent and the mundane. Our musical guests include Maider Martineau who was our song leader and choir director several years ago. Maider and her companions will bring us the joyous and mysterious music of the Basque Country in France.

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Present at the Well: Homecoming and Water Communion
Sep
8
10:30 AM10:30

Present at the Well: Homecoming and Water Communion

-Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert

Sometimes our wells run dry and need to be replenished by the abundance of others. Sometimes we are filled with a well of emotion that needs to be poured out for our own health and renewal, or simply for the joy of sharing with others. Whatever you’ve experienced this summer, we invite you to our annual water communion service as we begin the fall season.

We come together to be fully present to each other, to share the highs, lows, transitions and reflections of our summer months. If you wish, bring a small (very small!) container of water from a summer experience, whether it’s from a melted ice cube, a vast ocean or any source of water in between.

On the first Sunday of September, please bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Dépôt Community Food Centre.

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What Is in a Holy Text - Sunday Service
Sep
1
10:30 AM10:30

What Is in a Holy Text - Sunday Service

Speakers: Brenda Cleary
Musicians: Louise Halprine

Join us on this last Sunday of our summer services as Caite Clark guides us through a worship based around understanding holy texts and what makes them important. How are they made? Where do they come from? What are they for? Why don’t we have a particular one in the UU world? Sure to be a fun, nerdy, and thoughtful service that will bring our mission of searching for our own truths to the front of our minds - as we prepare to head back into our regularly programmed services. 

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The Divine in Drag
Aug
25
10:30 AM10:30

The Divine in Drag

Speakers: Camellia, Caite, and guest
Musicians: Christine Lee

Come out to UCM this Sunday as we commemorate the end of pride month in Montreal by exploring the intersecting worlds of faith, identity politics, and performance art. Camellia Jahanshahi will guide us through a worship that explores and highlights different answers to the questions of what is sacred vs. profane and how those decisions are shaped using the world of drag as a colorful backdrop. 

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Exploring Restorative Justice - Community-Led Sunday Service
Aug
18
10:30 AM10:30

Exploring Restorative Justice - Community-Led Sunday Service

Speakers: John Addams and guest
Musicians: Louise Halprin

How does one integrate a holistic, collaborative, and humanizing approach to finding justice? How do we recover when there has been a violation of trust? Join us this Sunday to explore more about the UU approach to restorative justice, and how we can build community practices of reconciliation and responsibility.

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Mystery and the Universe - Sunday Service
Aug
4
10:30 AM10:30

Mystery and the Universe - Sunday Service

Speakers: Abram Friedland and guest
Musicians: Basil Vandervort-Charbonneau

Join us this Sunday as we hear from Abram Friedland on the concept on the possibilities of life beyond this world and the greater mysteries of the universe.  Speakers: Abram Friedland and guest
Musicians: Basil Vandervort-Charbonneau

Join us this Sunday as we hear from Abram Friedland on the concept on the possibilities of life beyond this world and the greater mysteries of the universe.  

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SECC’s Collective Kitchen Cooks Veggie Burgers
Aug
1
10:30 AM10:30

SECC’s Collective Kitchen Cooks Veggie Burgers

***Please note: cancelled***

Join us for this congenial collective kitchen experience as we prepare together (in a small group) two yummy yet different kinds of veggie burgers, right here in our own UCM kitchen. The quantity will be enough for each participant to take home four burgers, or stay a bit longer and eat some for lunch together in Phoenix Hall following the food preparation portion of the event.

All ingredients are provided and there will be a charge of $6.00 per person to cover the cost of ingredients. This event is part of SECC’s Great Big World Wide Veggie Burger Challenge, our quest to find the best veggie burger on the planet.

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