What's Happening This Month




Parts in Peace
Thursdays and one Sunday a month, 7:00 pm
Sanctuary or Music Office/Library

Everyone is welcome to join the UCM's designated Sunday Service Choir! All that is required is enthusiasm, a certain commitment to attend rehearsals in order not to let your colleagues down, and a binder and pencil. Our goal is to learn beautiful, accessible and fun songs from all styles and periods which we perform in a Sunday morning service once a month. Please note there will be no rehearsal on November 1st, exclusively. Contact: Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert at 514-484-5559 for more information.

November 2018

The Caring Network Coordinator for November is Mary-Louise Engels.

Seeking the Sacred in Stories
Tuesday, November 6 at 12 - 1:15 pm, Thomas Room
Facilitated by Rev. Diane

Everyone is welcome to join me for our monthly group, Seeking the Sacred in Stories. We meet the first Tuesday of each month, 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. 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, 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 11 
SECC Meeting, 12:30 pm
The Social and Environmental Concerns Committee (SECC) uses direct action, advocacy, and educational initiatives to promote social justice and environmental issues. Those interested are encouraged to attend our meetings and to participate in all activities, whether or not you choose to be a regular SECC member. Contact Cym Gomery for more information. 

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

Congregational Pre-Budget Meeting
Sunday, November 18, 12:15 pm, Sanctuary
This meeting is held to preview the UCM budget for 2019. This will be your opportunity to look at the budget in detail and ask any questions. The meeting to approve the 2019 UCM budget will be on November 25. 

RE Lunch
Sunday, November 18th, 12 pm (noon)

Join us after the service for a soup & bread lunch from our fabulous RE Soup Crew!  The lunch is a gift to the community for which there is no cost, please be our guest.  Donations collected support youth and young adult travel for spiritual and professional development.  Your additions of nut-free desserts are always appreciated!  We often have leftover soup - bring a container from home if you'd like to take some with you.

Collage Afternoon
Sunday, November 18, 1:00 - 4:30 pm, 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. No experience necessary. Please confirm your presence by contacting Janet Clancy at ucmcollage@gmail.com. Childcare is available upon request.

Midday Meal
Wednesday, November 21, 12:30pm, Phoenix Hall
Music beginning at 1:45 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.

Following our tasty Midday Meal lunch, Basil Vandervoort-Charbonneau, our pianist and beloved summer musician, and Agnès Ménard, singer, have prepared a programme of beautiful repertoire to present. Bring your friends!

Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group Letter Writing
Wednesday, November 21, 9:30 am
688 Sherbrooke St. W., Room 243 (take escalator up to 2nd floor)
Please note that the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action group will not be meeting at the church this month. Instead, they will be attending the final meeting of the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning discussion group on the book "The Parliament of Man." John Trent, Chairperson of the World Federalists of Canada and retired professor of Political Science at the University of Ottawa will be speaking on United Nations Reform. Please reserve your attendance with Claire Adamson (adamsonclaire@gmail.com).

5 à 7 - Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana
Saturday, November 24 / samedi 24 Novembre
Phoenix Hall


Please join us for a special 5 à 7 in Phoenix Hall to honour the Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana as he prepares to develop a new UU French language website.

Joignez-vous à nous pour un 5 à 7 spécial en l'honneur du Révérend Fulgence Ndagijimana alors qu'il se prépare à developer son nouveau site Web en français de l'UU.

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 where he is embarking on a new ministry to build a French-language online UU community, based on the model of the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Discover how you can help realize a long-awaited dream to bring the UU message to French speakers throughout the world.

Il y a trois ans, le Révérend Fulgence Ndagijimana, le fondateur de l'Église unitarienne du Burundi, s’est fait attaqué dans son église et a été kidnappé. Il a eventuellement été forcé de fuir son pays et de venir à Montréal pour demander l'asile. Aujourd'hui, lui et sa famille vivent à Saskatoon, où il entreprend un nouveau ministère pour bâtir une communauté UU en ligne en français, basé sur le modèle de la « Church of the Larger Fellowship ». Découvrez comment vous pouvez contribuer à la réalisation d'un rêve tant attendu, celui de transmettre le message de l'UU aux francophones du monde entier.

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.

Congregational Budget Meeting and Refugee Sponsorship Vote
Sunday, November 25, 12:15 pm, Sanctuary
Meeting to approve the 2019 budget. There will also be a presentation and vote about continuing our refugee sponsorship program. A quorum is required and all members are encouraged to attend. If you’d like to review the budget in advance —and in detail— please join the board for the pre-budget meeting on Sunday, November 18 at noon.

SECC Film Series
November 25, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, Thomas Room
Join us for a film viewing and group discussion. The Ruth Di Giovanni film series documentary for Sunday is The Occupation of the American Mind. Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. For more information visit: https://www.occupationmovie.org

Concert to benefit the Native Women’s Shelter
Friday November 30, 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Sanctuary

Simply to the Heart of Soul


A beautiful evening of music and poetry with…
Jean‐Marc Girard, composer, vocals, guitar and dulcimer
Marc Poellhuber de Mark Pond Music, guitar and sound
Helga Schleeh, flute and vocals
Daniel Voyer, guitar and sitar
Guy Richer, bass
Marcel Brunet, percussion

An evening of original songs in French and English, poetry and guided meditation, with an invitation to participate. Suggested donation: $20