What's Happening This Month



Parts in Peace
Thursdays at 7:00 pm

Join this loving and supportive mini-community which participates once a month in Sunday morning services and rehearses every Thursday at 7 pm. Contact Maider Martineau.



January 2018

The Caring Network coordinator for January is Patricia Philip, 514-342-6118, with backup from Martha Perry.

Thursday, January 4, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Thomas Room
Caring Network

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Sunday, January 7
Worship Service, 10:30 am
Growing the Space Between

Danielle Webber with music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
eet the Sabbatical Minister, Danielle Webber, as she introduces herself to the congregation, while discussing her journey into and through ministry, and pieces of her theological understandings. In this monthly theme of growth, let us learn about one another and delve into a new relationship, with room for growth in many different ways!



Tuesday, January 9, 12 - 1:15 pm, Thomas Room
Seeking the Sacred in Stories, facilitated by Danielle Weber

Bring your own brown-bag lunch and join this ongoing group as we deepen in community and search for meaning in the stories we read. Copies of stories will be available from the UCM office.

Wednesday, January 10, 10:00 - 11:30 am, Thomas Room
Wardens’ Meeting

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Wednesday, January 10, 10:30 am
Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group: Letter Writing

Join us for a brief and friendly discussion of background information on the issue of the day. Bring writing paper and envelopes. Coffee, tea, addresses and stamps are provided. Write letters if you are moved to do so. All are welcome.

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Wednesday, January 10, 12:30 pm
Midday Meal with Music

All are welcome! The cost is $5 for a tasty meal followed by a piano concert by advanced students. Enjoy a midweek interlude with friends. Plan to attend each month and enjoy meals produced by different members of our community. Contact Elizabeth Anglin, 514-937-4095.

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Wednesday, January 10, 1:45 pm
Music in the Afternoon

Our Special Guest Artist: Ilya Poletaev
From Moscow to Israel to Canada, Ilya Poletaev has been studying piano since the age of six. He won the 2010 International Bach Competition in Leipzig, and several other international piano competitions. He has expertise on a variety of keyboards and repertoire from the 16th-21st centuries. The Philadelphia Inquirer praised his “unfailingly gorgeous tone” in delivering “an interpretation of considerable individuality.” Mr. Poletaev is on staff at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.

Wednesday, January 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Garden Room
Council Meeting
The Council enables UCM groups to cooperate, coordinate, and discuss UCM policy. All are welcome. Contact Shoshanna Green.

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Sunday, January 14, 10:30 am
Worship Service
The Pains of Growing

Danielle Webber with music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
What is growth without a little pain? This week we will be exploring one of the challenging sides of growing: when change is upon us and growth is inevitable, how do we manage to move through it gracefully? When we have learned an uncomfortable truth, or something has caused us to see our imperfections, can we overcome the challenges of change, stretch our way through the growing pains, and find solace on the other side? Or will the pains keep us back?

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Sunday, December 14, 12:15 pm, Garden Room
Social and Environmental Concerns Committee Meeting (SECC)

All are welcome! For more information, please contact Cym Gomery, jeanromberry@gmail.com



Sunday, January 21, 10:30 am
Worship Service
The Growth of Humanity

Danielle Webber with music by Louise Halperin and Maider Martineau
hu-man-i-ty ((h)yooˈmanədē
- Compassionate, sympathetic, or generous: the quality or state of being human
- The totality of human beings: the human race.
With the two very different definitions of humanity, what does it mean to explore the growth of humanity? And what really is the difference? We will be looking at how our personal and spiritual growth is different from the growth of human beings and the human race – trying to understand the pros and cons of how the growth of humans has affected humans.
January RE Lunch, 12:00 pm, Phoenix Hall
Our January RE community lunch will follow the service. The lunch is offered as a gift to the community, for which there is no cost. Your additions of nut-free desserts are always appreciated, and we will be collecting contributions to support youth and young adults traveling for spiritual and professional development.


Sunday, January 28
Worship Service
How I Became Unitarian

Carole TenBrink with music by Sandra Hunt It was a long, winding road that brought me to the Simpon St. Unitarian Church when Leonard Mason was there. Born into a strict Calvinist Dutch Reformed tradition, I took to the road as soon as I could, passing many way stations along the way, e.g. Catholicism, Buddhism, Paganism, etc. until I got to Simpson St. Now I mix it up quite a bit...into a savory witch's stew!


Sunday, January 28, 12:30 pm
Gathering of the RE Community

Parents and caregivers, participants, current and former RE staff, and interested members of the wider UCM community are invited to the RE level at 12:30 pm on January 28. Share your feedback and creativity in an informal world-café-style discussion and brainstorming session about how we can make our RE program even more dynamic! Light lunch will be served. Contact Melani L, RE Chair, at (514) 574-6253 or Melani_l@yahoo.com for more info. Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/136544767145823


Sunday, January 28, 12 -2:30 pm, Thomas Room
Ruth di Giovanni Film Series

Countdown to Zero



Sunday, January 28, 1:00 - 4:30 pm, Garden Room
Collage Afternoon

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 Avis Anderson or Janet Clancy at ucmcollage@gmail.com. Childcare is available upon request.