SECC Living in Harmony Film Series: Pride & The True Story
May
26
12:30 PM12:30

SECC Living in Harmony Film Series: Pride & The True Story

Thomas Room

It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales, and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.  We will also be showing a behind-the-scenes documentary short film about the real-life activists: The True Story. 

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Collage Group
May
26
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 at ucmcollage@gmail.com. If you would like access to childcare services, this is available upon request. 

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Awakening to Whiteness Book Club
May
19
12:30 PM12:30

Awakening to Whiteness Book Club

Thomas Room

Please join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month until May to explore novels and engage in a conversation about what it means to be white; how it feels, the impact on others, and anything else we come up with. Each month we will discuss a novel in a safe and caring environment. Our novel for May will be All Our Relations, by Tanya Talaga.

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Music for an Afternoon, following our Midday Meal
May
15
1:45 PM13:45

Music for an Afternoon, following our Midday Meal

Originally from Montería, a city on the north coast of Colombia, Leonardo Escobar is currently doing a Master’s degree in Piano Interpretation with Paul Stewart at the University of Montreal.  He has played as a soloist with the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Conservatory of Colombia, the Chía Symphonic Band and the Valle Symphonic Band in Colombia. He has also given piano recitals and chamber music in major cities in Colombia as well as in Lima, Peru and Montreal. In addition, Leonardo frequently collaborates with tuba player Fredy Romero, with whom he has just recorded his first CD called “TubaFortePiano”.

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Midday Meal with Music
May
15
12:30 PM12:30

Midday Meal with Music

All are welcome! The cost is $5 for a delicious hot meal with dessert, followed by a concert of classical music performed by advanced music students.  To enable our volunteer cooks to plan quantities, we ask that you reserve your place one week in advance by contacting the reservation coordinator, Valerie Broege, at 514-488-4670.

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CycloFemme Family Bike Ride
May
12
12:45 PM12:45

CycloFemme Family Bike Ride

Join the international movement to support and promote women’s cycling with a family-friendly ride for all ages and all genders on Montreal’s bike path network.  Departing from the Unitarian Church of Montreal’s front steps and ending up at a metro station with elevators for easy return home, we’ll explore the city with good friends.  Bring your bike, helmet, a water bottle, sun protection, and a snack.  In case of rain, the ride will not take place!

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SECC and RE Soup Team Fundraiser Lunch for Camp Cosmos
May
12
12:30 PM12:30

SECC and RE Soup Team Fundraiser Lunch for Camp Cosmos

Phoenix Hall

Since 1971 Camp Cosmos has been providing local urban kids from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and family income levels with inspiring and empowering summer camp activities and the opportunity to connect with nature.

Please be with us to enjoy a delicious lunch of David and Jim's mouth-watering home-made soup, combined with a delectable array of goodies prepared by Social and Environmental Concerns Committee members, and make a donation to help give kids from low-income families a fantastic Camp Cosmos experience this summer. The kids will thank you!

Contact: Susan Fitch or Christina Duvander

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SECC Workshop: Using Social Media Effectively in Community Action
May
9
12:30 PM12:30

SECC Workshop: Using Social Media Effectively in Community Action

Thomas Room       

Join us for this amazing workshop given by our very own UCM communications specialist Katherine Bélisle and learn how to use Facebook and Twitter effectively in all your community action activities. A soup and bread lunch will be provided. Spaces are limited so please register early to guarantee your place. Contact: Susan Fitch

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Seeking the Sacred in Stories
May
7
12:00 PM12:00

Seeking the Sacred in Stories

Thomas Room

Everyone is welcome to join us for our Seeking the Sacred in Stories group, which meets once monthly. 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.

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Human Chain Against Bill 21
May
5
12:45 PM12:45

Human Chain Against Bill 21

Come join hands to form a human chain of inclusion on May 5th to show your solidarity with those who are affected by Bill-21, the ban on religious symbols.

We'll be leaving as a group from the Unitarian Church of Montreal after the BidSunday events are over. We'll arrive in time to join our part of the chain, which will be marked with white flags. People will begin gathering at 1:00 p.m. at Champ-de-Mars metro. Speeches and the formation of the chain will start at 1:30 p.m. No posters or signs please! All we need to bring is an open spirit to meet with our neighbours who oppose this bill.

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Stone Soup: Trusting We Have Enough - Sunday Service
May
5
10:30 AM10:30

Stone Soup: Trusting We Have Enough - Sunday Service

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

As we gather for our all-ages service before BidSunday, we'll explore the classic folk tale Stone Soup. What magic, abundance, and delicious things can happen when each of us brings a little bit of our time, talent, and treasure?  Join us to celebrate the gifts that each of us bring to our community!

Note: This is will be a shorter than usual service, followed by our BidSunday service auction and festivities. Immediately following BidSunday, many of us will travel together to join a human chain of inclusion in support of religious and individual freedom of conscience.

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BidSunday
May
5
9:30 AM09:30

BidSunday

BidSunday, our annual fundraising auction of items, services and events graciously donated by members and friends of the Unitarian Church of Montreal community, is happening soon!

You must first register for a paddle number (required for all participants) using this registration form, or before the service on BidSunday.

Download the full BidSunday catalogue now.

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Collage Group
Apr
28
1:15 PM13:15

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 at ucmcollage@gmail.com. If you would like access to childcare services, this is available upon request. 

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Risen Leaves – A Rare Books Workshop from the collection of the Jewish Public Library
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Risen Leaves – A Rare Books Workshop from the collection of the Jewish Public Library

The Jewish Public Library has a number of special collections but one of the most valued ones are the Rare Books.

Three of the JPL’s librarians will discuss these books, the history of printing (as well as Hebrew printing), and share some of the strange stories and scandals that underscored the production of these works. 

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The Transformative Power of Krump - Sunday Service
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

The Transformative Power of Krump - Sunday Service

-  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 cofounded 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.

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Awakening to Whiteness Book Club
Apr
21
12:30 PM12:30

Awakening to Whiteness Book Club

Thomas Room

Please join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month until May to explore novels (and a podcast) in a conversation about what it means to be white; how it feels, the impact on others, and anything else we come up with. Each month we will discuss a novel in a safe and caring environment.

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Water, Wine, Loaves and Fishes - An Easter Sunday Service
Apr
21
10:30 AM10:30

Water, Wine, Loaves and Fishes - An Easter Sunday Service

- Rev. Diane Rollert and Normand Gosselin, with music by Sandra Hunt, Gary Russell, and 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? 

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The Passover Seder
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

The Passover Seder

Our bilingual, family-friendly, UCM Seder is not the most traditional form of this Jewish ritual meal, but it’s a great way to learn more about the traditions involved. Contact Melani Litwack at 514-574-6253 for more info and to find out how you can help.  Contributions of “Kosher for Passover” desserts are always welcome!

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SECC Field Trip to Technoparc Nature Habitat
Apr
19
8:00 AM08:00

SECC Field Trip to Technoparc Nature Habitat

Meet at: Westmount Park United Church (4695 de Maisonneuve), 8:00 am

Join us for a shared pilgrimage with WPUC (Westmount Park United Church) members to the threatened Technoparc nature habitat. We will meet up at Westmount Park United Church at 8:00 am to arrive and rendezvous at the Technoparc (Chemin St Francois, St Laurent) for 9:00 am.

Contact: Susan Fitch (514-733-8935)

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SECC Film Series
Apr
14
12:30 PM12:30

SECC Film Series

Thomas Room

“Ce qu’il faut pour vivre - The Necessities of Life” Movie

The next film will be “The Necessities of Life” (French: Ce qu’il faut pour vivre). It is a 2008 Canadian drama film directed by Benoît Pilon and starring Natar Ungalaaq, Éveline Gélinas and Paul-André Brasseur.

Told in both French and Inuktitut, the film is about an Inuit man who is sent to Quebec for tuberculosis treatment. The film was shot in Iqaluit, Nunavut and Quebec City. 

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RE Lunch
Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

RE Lunch

Enjoy a free soup and bread lunch after the service, a gift to our community. Please be 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.

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Transforming Milestones - Sunday Service
Apr
14
10:30 AM10:30

Transforming Milestones - Sunday Service

- 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. We’ll also celebrate a special child dedication. 

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