Midday Meal with Music
Sep
18
12:30 PM12:30

Midday Meal with Music

Phoenix Hall

All are welcome! The cost is $5 for a tasty meal followed by a free concert performed by advanced students. Plan to attend each month and enjoy meals produced by different members of our community. 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.

Reserve with Valerie between now and September 11.
Phone: 514 488-4670, Email: broegev@vaniercollege.qc.ca

If you reserve after the deadline, we will do our best to accommodate you. And don’t worry if you have reserved but find at the last minute that you are unable to attend. You will not be penalized. 

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Music for an Afternoon, following our Midday Meal
Sep
18
1:45 PM13:45

Music for an Afternoon, following our Midday Meal

Phoenix Hall

Montreal Symphony orchestra cellist, Geneviève Guimond, has offered to play to us, accompanied by her husband Josh Fink.  These are very special young professionals who are starting an El Sistema -like school for cellists on the east end of Montreal. Geneviève is pregnant with their first child, so she may not be available at the last minute. We will keep our fingers crossed.

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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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Collage Group
Sep
22
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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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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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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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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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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Phoenix Community Choir Rehearsal
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Phoenix Community Choir Rehearsal

Sanctuary or Children’s Chapel

Our season begins again on September 5th! 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.

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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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 Poetry Sunday!
Jul
14
10:30 AM10:30

Poetry Sunday!

Join us on Sunday, July 14th for Poetry Sunday!

We'll be hearing a mix of classical, contemporary and original poems collected from members and friends and shared during the service. These beautiful collections of words will be accompanied, when possible, with shared visual art and original and unique performances.

Sure to be full of colorful, creative, and full of reminders of the beautiful curiosities that make up our world. Hope to see you there!

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A Brief Canadian History Performance
Jun
30
12:30 PM12:30

A Brief Canadian History Performance

Sanctuary

A Brief Canadian History is a 45-minute musical performance with digital projections, both highlighting legendary indigenous, Québecois and Canadian figures and historical events such as: The Iroquois, the Acadians, Louis Riel, the Underground Railroad, The Patriotes, the Klondike Gold Rush, the Irish Famine, John McCrae & WWI, The Depression, War Brides, Terry Fox and many more events and people in our shared history.

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Nothing Less than Whole - Sunday Service
Jun
23
10:30 AM10:30

Nothing Less than Whole - Sunday Service

- Rev. Carole Martignacco, with music by Lillias Lippert

Rev. Carole Martignacco, past UCM intern and sabbatical minister, will say her goodbyes to beloved friends at UCM before she and her spouse David leave Montreal and Quebec for St. Andrews, New Brunswick. She’ll share a personal reflection on loving and living with Parkinson’s Disease and what it means to maintain a spirit of wholeness even as, through age or illness, our capacities diminish.

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Family Full Moon Circle
Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

Family Full Moon Circle

This event is CANCELED! See you in July!

Phoenix Hall

Come enjoy a potluck meal and a simple nature-centred ritual to honour the full moon and our place in the web of life. This kid-friendly meal and ritual are open to everyone, young and old!  Please bring food to share if you can.

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SECC and RE Soup Team Fundraiser Lunch for Mira and Cause 4 Paws
Jun
16
11:30 AM11:30

SECC and RE Soup Team Fundraiser Lunch for Mira and Cause 4 Paws

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 friends, and make a donation to Mira and Cause 4 Paws. Purred and tail-wagged thanks will come your way and the lives of persons living with special challenges will be greatly improved. 

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 UCM’s Annual General Meeting
Jun
9
12:30 PM12:30

UCM’s Annual General Meeting

Sanctuary

Dear Members and Friends,

You are warmly invited to attend the UCM’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm after the service. A light lunch is planned for after the service, before the meeting. This will be an important day of community and commitment for our congregation.

Candidates for the Board of Management will be elected during the AGM. There will also be a meeting to review the 2018 financial statements and to vote on the auditor for 2019.  Please plan to attend, as quorum is needed in order to appoint the 2019 auditors. To be a voting member, you must have signed the membership book and made an identifiable financial donation in the past year. In addition to a financial review and the election of our new board, there will be some brief (but inspiring!) reports. 

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Radically Inclusive, Radically Whole - Sunday Service
Jun
9
10:30 AM10:30

Radically Inclusive, Radically Whole - Sunday Service

- Rev. Diane Rollert and Katharine Childs, with music by Sandra Hunt, Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert and the Phoenix Community Choir directed by Eleuthera and accompanied by members of her band, the Melrose Mob

On this Sunday, we celebrate the Unitarian Universalist commitment to the wholeness of trans lives and our congregation’s aspirations to become radically inclusive.

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Together We Live Our Dreams Concert
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

Together We Live Our Dreams Concert

Sanctuary

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Benefit concert for the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal

We live in a time of great challenges of all kinds. It is a time to come together to face the tendencies of fear, isolation and protectionism. This time of great change calls us to a greater vision of our relationship with ourselves, the other, the world, the earth, life. We are challenged to put our dreams into action. Not only for our survival, but to allow generations to come to more consciously embody our unity with the earth and all its living beings.

We invite you all to a beautiful evening of music and poetry, with original compositions, putting our dreams into action. Performers include Jean-Marc Girard, Marc Poellhuber, Helga Schleeh, Daniel Voyer, Guy Richer & Marcel Brunet.

Suggestion donation: $20

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Seeking the Sacred in Stories
Jun
4
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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Extinction Rebellion Talk by Luke Woodyard
Jun
2
12:30 PM12:30

Extinction Rebellion Talk by Luke Woodyard

Sanctuary

Extinction Rebellion is a socio-political movement which uses nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse. 

In this talk, Luke Woodyard, organizer with Extinction Rebellion Quebec will explore how capitalism and sustainability are mutually exclusive ideas. To foster a balanced and respectful relationship with nature, we must seek to create these relationships amongst each other.

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RE Community Lunch
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

RE Community Lunch

Phoenix Hall

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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The Whole Garden - Sunday Service
Jun
2
10:30 AM10:30

The Whole Garden - Sunday Service

- Rev. Diane Rollert, Katharine Childs and Camellia Jahanshahi, with music by Sandra Hunt, Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert and her trio, Fruiting Bodies

Come share a rose, or perhaps a daisy or a peony, on this all-ages Sunday as we observe our annual flower communion. The garden has many lessons to teach us about being whole. Flowers grow tall in search of the sun, while the fruiting bodies of mushrooms send out tiny threads in all directions through the soil. To be whole, we need to be grounded while we reach for the sky.

Don’t forget to bring a fresh flower to exchange during the service!

PLEASE NOTE
This Sunday will be Montreal's annual Tour de l'Isle event. A number of streets around our building will be closed, including stretches of Sherbrooke and Claremont Street.

Please try to arrange taking public transportation to the Church this Sunday, if possible.

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