What's Happening This Month




Parts in Peace
Thursdays and one Sunday a month, 7:00 pm
Sanctuary or Children's Chapel

Join this loving and supportive community, which rehearses every Thursday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Their goal: to learn beautiful, accessible and fun songs from around the world, which they perform in a Sunday morning service once a month. Contact: Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert for more information.

December 2018

  • The Caring Network Coordinator for November is Patricia Philip

Sunday, December 2
Worship Service, 10:30 am, Sanctuary
Las Posadas: A multigenerational celebration to begin the holiday season

- Yvette Salinas, Rev. Diane Rollert and Katharine Childs with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert and the Parts in Peace Choir

A modern interpretation of Las Posadas. At Christmastime in Mexico and other Latinx communities, groups re-enact the story of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter (las posadas) for the baby Jesus to be born.  Families go from house to house in the neighbourhood for nine nights, singing, carrying candles, and asking for the couple to be let in.  Of course, everyone has an excuse for why they can’t offer refuge — until the final night! Then the real celebration begins. In these times when sanctuary is too often denied, this story has much to tell us about the meaning of opening our hearts. This is also when we’ll light the menorah for the first night of Hanukkah and our first Advent candle.

Racial Justice Committee
Sunday, December 2, 12:15 to 1:45 pm, Thomas Room 
The Racial Justice committee is holding a new member meeting and luncheon on December 2nd following the service. If you are interested in promoting racial justice within UCM and the surrounding community, you are invited to join us. Details about the upcoming year will be discussed at the meeting.

Monday, December 3, 7:00 pm
Unitarian Church of Montreal / Église Unitarienne de Montréal

Opéra dans le Parc invites you to join us for our fundraising concert. It will give you the chance to encounter some of the musicians who will leave their imprint on our next production, to show your valuable support to us, and to enjoy the artistry of the amazingly talented musicians who will contribute to this this evening’s musical program. Voluntary contribution: $25 suggested, but we are open to your generosity! Cellist Gary Russell and dancer Kirsten Céré, friends of the church, will join me, pianist Sandra Hunt, to perform for this wonderful group. It is approaching quickly! Please mark your calendars for an evening of beautiful singing and dancing.

Seeking the Sacred in Stories
Tuesday, December 4, 12:00 to 1:15 pm, Thomas Room
Facilitated by Rev. Diane
Everyone is welcome to join me for our monthly group, Seeking the Sacred in Stories. Each month we read a short story and then share in conversation that’s often powerful and surprising. Copies of each month’s story can be found in my mailbox in the upstairs hallway. Bring a brown bag lunch, if you’d like.

Sunday, December 9
Worship Service, 10:30 am, Sanctuary
Our Blue Boat Home: Earth as Sanctuary

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

The Earth is our sanctuary, our mother, our blue boat home. There’s too much distracting us from the reality that we need to act soon and decisively to save our climate and our many beautiful natural sanctuaries from permanent, irreversible damage. How do we draw from our UU faith to take meaningful action?

Sunday, December 16
Worship Service, 10:30 am, Sanctuary
Stories of Sanctuary

- Rev. Diane Rollert with special guests the Nakhla and Al Mohammad families with music by Sandra Hunt, Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert and the Yellow Door Choir

Immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers come to Quebec and Canada looking for sanctuary. In our own small way as a spiritual community, we’ve done what we can to help. On this celebratory Sunday, we’ll share stories of finding sanctuary as well as hear music for the season. This is the Sunday when we’ll sing and act out the Twelve Days of Christmas, a beloved annual tradition.

Sunday, December 16, 11:45 am, Phoenix Hall
Annual Holiday Luncheon

Everyone is invited to join us for a holiday luncheon. Feel free to bring a dessert to share. (Don’t forget to label the ingredients so that we can care for those in our community who have severe allergies! Consider this an act of loving kindness!)

Midday Meal
Wednesday, December 19, 12:30 pm
All are welcome! The cost is $5 for a delicious hot meal with dessert  followed by a concert of classical music performed by advanced students.  To enable our volunteer cooks to plan quantities, we ask that you reserve your place one week in advance by emailing or calling the reservation coordinator, Valerie Broege (broegev@vaniercollege.qc.ca) or by calling 514-488-4670. If you have never attended one of these lively interludes taking place on the third Wednesday of each month, we encourage you to try it out.  Guests are welcome as long as you include them in your advance reservation.

Wednesday, December 19, 1:45 pm
Music for an Afternoon, following our Midday Meal

Jesse Plessis will play Hammerklavier by Beethoven, the greatest (in terms of the length and monumentality) of his sonatas. It’s in B flat and has 4 movements, the first a triumphal, exultant movement, the second a long, complex, and profound slow movement, and playful scherzo and a mighty double fugue with simultaneous trills in three voices, with the pianist’s hands leaping about like a proverbial acrobat.

Thursday, December 20, 7:00 pm, Phoenix Hall
Christmas Carol Choir Rehearsal

- Led by Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert

If you’d like to join the Parts in Peace choir in singing carols on Christmas Eve, come join us for this fun rehearsal. We’ll also practice a few songs for Friday’s Solstice service.

Friday, December 21, 7:00 pm
Solstice d’hiver - Winter Solstice Celebration

- Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert

Nous vous invitons à nous rejoindre pour une célébration du Solstice d’hiver. On the longest night of the year, come celebrate a service in the round with songs, readings, and the lighting of candles to welcome the returning of the sun.

Sunday, December 23, 10:30 am, Sanctuary
A Sanctuary of Lessons and Carols —  Unitarian Style

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

We’ll create a time of true sanctuary as we sing songs of the season and share in a time of reflection together. Following the service: There will be a cookie decorating event, for cookies being served at the Christmas Eve service. Anyone who would like to donate cookies or supplies are welcome to contact Melani Litwack.

Monday, December 24, 5:30 pm
Veille de Noël - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Une célébration bilingue / A bilingual celebration

- Rev. Diane Rollert with musicians Sandra Hunt, Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert, Gary Russell, Jane Critchlow, Matthew Russell
, Margo Ellis and many others.
We’ll sing the classic carols and read the Christmas Gospel, all with an open Unitarian Universalist spirit that is welcoming to everyone looking to rejoice in the beauty of holiday light and fellowship. Everyone is invited for cookies and cider immediately following the service.  Nous chanterons les chants traditionnels et nous partagerons l’esprit des Fêtes dans un contexte unitarien universaliste, qui accueille les gens désirant vivre la joie de Noël dans la splendeur de la lumière du moment et la parenté. Après la célébration, nous servirons des biscuits et du cidre.

Tuesday, December 25, 5:30 pm
Christmas Day Potluck

- Hosted by Melani Litwack, 514-574-6253

Tout le monde est invité pour un repas de Noël. If you have the means and/or the time, please bring a side dish, dessert or salad to share. Turkey is provided by the minister’s discretionary fund. If this is an especially hard year for you, please come as our guest.

Sunday, December 30, 10:30 am
Tales from the 14th Century
- Julie Golick and Mark Abley with music by Sandra Hunt
Think saints' lives are boring? Think again! This morning will feature tales from the 14th century best-seller, The Golden Legend, as told by Julie Golick, our beloved administrator. In her other life, Julie is a medieval storyteller par excellence. Julie will be joined by writer and poet Mark Abley.