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.



April, 2018

The Caring Network coordinator for March is Nancy Lorimer, nancyddl@videotron.ca, 514-482-3205 with backup from Joan Hongoh, joan.hongoh@gmail.com, 514-488-5381

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Sunday, April 1, 10:30 am
Worship Service

A Curious Confluence
Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Maider Martineau and special Italian/Basque guest musician Maddalena LuzziEaster, Passover, April Fools and more. What does this day bring? Join Rev. Diane Rollert on her first day back from sabbatical.

Easter Communion at UCM, 11:45 am
For the past 176 years, this congregation has observed communion at least twice a year. It is a
tradition that was so important to past generations that it was written into our bylaws to be
observed on the Sunday closest to All Souls Day and on Easter Sunday. Today we celebrate a simple bread and wine communion to honour our roots. The communion service begins immediately following the regular service and is entirely optional. Everyone is welcome.


Tuesday, April 3, 12 - 1:30 pm, Thomas Room
Seeking the Sacred in Stories, facilitated by Rev. Diane Rollert

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.

Thursday, April 5, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Thomas Room
Caring Network

Friday, April 6, 5:30 pm, Phoenix Hall
A family-friendly Seder in observance of Passover.

Supper is included but participants are asked to bring either a dessert or wine that is kosher for Passover. We are also looking for volunteers to help with preparations (and clean up!). Childcare available. Please contact Melanie Litwack, 514-574-6253 or melani_l@yahoo.com to RSVP. Suggested donation: adults $10, children $5, families $25.

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Sunday, April 8, 10:30 am
Worship Service
While I Was Away

Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Sandra Hunt
Everyone’s curious to know: “What did you really do on your sabbatical?” This Sunday, Rev. Diane will answer as honestly as possible as she reflects on her travels in the US, Nepal and Europe over the past three months. We doubt it will be your typical travelogue, but there might be pictures.

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Sunday, April 8, 12:30 - 2:00 pm, Garden Room
Social and Environmental Concerns Committee Meeting (SECC)

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


Thursday, April  11, 10:00 - 11:30 am, Thomas Room
Wardens’ Meeting


Sunday, April 15, 10:30 am
Worship Service
Asking the Right Questions

Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
How do you open up dialogue when dealing with polarizing conflict? It all begins with the willingness to be curious about the other. In the early 2000s a group of pro-choice and pro-life community leaders in Boston began a five-year conversation that became the basis of an approach to dialogue known as reflective structured dialogue. Rev. Diane will share what she learned this winter about this powerful approach to bridging our deepest differences.


March April 15, 12:00 pm
RE lunch

Our March RE Community lunch will follow the service on April 15. 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, as are your donations to support youth and young adults traveling for spiritual and professional development. We usually have leftovers - if you'd like to bring some of David and Jim’s amazing soup home with you, please bring a container with you to church.


Sunday, April 15, 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.

Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Awareness of Indigenous Cultures Speaker Series: Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith is an award-winning filmmaker, media artist and educator of Métis ancestry. She uses diverse media and participatory strategies to explore issues around indigenous identity, education and intercultural experience. Her talk will include her short film Buried Traces, which explores questions of Métis identity, cultural loss and renewal.

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Wednesday, April 18, 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, April 18, 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, April 18, 1:45 pm
Music in the Afternoon

We will enjoy the music of Basil Vandervoort, who will be playing: Alban Berg's Sonata op.1, Beethoven's Sonata op.109 and Chopin's fourth Ballade.


Sunday, April 22, 10:30 am
Worship Service

Seven Curious Wonders
Katharine Childs and friends
Music from Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau, and the Parts in Peace choir
Join us in the spirit of adventure and curiosity as we set off looking for the wonders of our world!  Our Earth Day multigenerational service will take you to amazing places in search of truth, meaning, and mystery. Bring your questioning mind, your open heart, and your magnifying glass as we seek the sacred wonder of our planet Earth.


Sunday, April 22, 12 -2:30 pm, Thomas Room
Ruth di Giovanni Film Series

United Natures: a United Nations of all Species, which explores the spiritual dimension as a possible solution to the Climate Change catastrophe. https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/united-natures-2013/

Sunday April 22, 7:00 pm
Earth Day Concert

Join in a special evening concert by the musicians responsible for the famous folk music book Rise Up Singing. They will introduce their new anthology Rise Again, and plan to bring copies of this book for everyone to try out! More details at https://www.riseupandsing.org/events/rise-up-singing-montréal Our own beloved Margo Ellis and Jane Critchlow's trio Wavesong will open this show!

Monday, April 23, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Awareness of Indigenous Cultures Speaker Series:
Nakuset is an activist and the Executive Director of the Native Women's Shelter of Montréal; she is Cree from Lac la Ronge, Saskatchewan. She was adopted by a Jewish family in Montreal and draws on her adoptee experience in her advocacy work for Indigenous children in care. Nakuset is the creator, producer and host of the television series Indigenous Power. Nakuset is dedicated to improving the lives of urban Aboriginals.


Sunday, April 29, 10:30 am
Worship Service

Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau and special guest, guitarist Chris Verillo
Aren’t you curious to know what the people in the congregation surrounding you think about the big — and little — questions of life, love and faith? You’ve heard of speed-dating, but what a about speed-faithing? Join us for an interactive service to engage our curiosity as we spin a magic wheel that will determine the questions we ask each other about our values, fears, hopes, passions, and more. Mystery, risk, inspiration, spiritual engagement and fun guaranteed.


 Sunday, April 29, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
BidSunday is Back!

UCM’s annual fundraising auction features good fun and good food that accompany the day’s offering of fixed-price items, silent-auction opportunities, live-auction, temptations and raffle prizes – all offered by UCM members and friends. Childcare will be provided.