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Greetings from UUEstrie, a liberal spiritual community that first gathered in the village of North Hatley back in 1886, as the First Universalist Church of North Hatley.

Join us Sundays at 10:30am for our weekly service led either by our minister Rev. Carole Martignacco or a guest lecturer.

Latest News

Mr. Eric Akbar Manolson, “My experience of the World Parliament of Religions”

Eric will be presenting a session at the World Parliament of Religions, which is meeting in Canada this year at the Toronto Convention Center during the first week of November. This gathering will feature dozens and dozens of talks and workshops, three of which are being organized and presented by the Canadian Unitarian Council. We look forward to Eric’s talk about what the experience of being at the Parliament was like.

“Eastern Fall Gathering” in Kingston ON

Unitarian universalists from across Eastern Canada are invited to gather at the Kingston (Ontario) Unitarian Fellowship on this Saturday for a day whose main theme will be “Creating Our Own Theology”. What a UU thing to do! The schedule for the day begins at 9:am and goes till 3:45pm. Speak to Phyllis Baxter about possible car pooling.

Rev. Carole Martignacco, “Honoring our Ancestors”

Our theme for the Month of November is “Memory”. Note: Daylight Savings Time ends this day: Fall back or be early to church!

Also this Sunday after the worship service, we shall have a little celebration of the completion of a project initiated and driven by Mary Lynn Ross: the production of pew cushions for our sanctuary pews. Thanks to all who helped with the sewing, and Special thanks to Mary Lynn for making this happen, so that we are all more comfortable sitting in our sanctuary.

Musician: Ryan Frizzell

Francois Beausoleil and Michel Dufresne, “Non-violent Communication Training”

Day One of a two-day workshop in Non-Violent Communication in Stoddard hall with certified trainers Francois Beausoleil and Michel Dufresne. The workshop will be given in English, with questions and comments welcome in French as well. Early Bird cost for the two-day workshop: $200. Day Two of the workshop will be Saturday November 24. This is an excellent chance to practise discerning the needs underlying the words of another and to improve our empathy and compassion skills.

Please visit https://www.francoisbeausoleil.com/ for registration details.

Rev. Carole Martignacco and Mrs Phyllis Baxter, “UN Sunday”

An annual event at UUEstrie where we honor the United Nations’ efforts for a peaceful world. This year’s theme is Migration, focusing on the many people who have left their homelands in search of a safe and decent life elsewhere. The offering this morning will be dedicated to the UU United Nations Office.

“Happy Endings” in Magog and North Hatley

How to end one’s life well depends on a number of things. Five key factors are featured in a series of weekly workshops called “Happy Endings” coming to Magog and North Hatley, starting next week.

The two series are organized by UUEstrie, as was a pilot series last year in Lennoxville. The workshops in Magog are in partnership with the Memphremagog Community Learning Centre, and are on Wednesdays. The ones in North Hatley are on Fridays. In both places, the sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon, and all are in English. They are free of charge, with a donation of $2 suggested for refreshments. All are welcome.

“We believe that all life is sacred, in its beginnings, in its living and loving, and in its endings,” said UUEstrie’s minister, Rev. Carole Martignacco. “The series is about the aspect of life that we call endings. We give so much attention to the rest of life, yet we don’t take time to consider how to exit this world well.”

Rev. Carole Martignacco“Last Words: How to plan your own memorial or celebration of life” is a workshop by Rev. Martignacco herself. She has developed an expertise in personalized ceremonies, and she gives participants a guide to designing memorials that leave a legacy of personal values. Last Words is the first session in Magog, on Wednesday, April 27, and the second topic in North Hatley, on Friday, May 6.

Me. Tim Leonard “Wills, Living Wills, and End-of-Life Legal issues” is the first topic in North Hatley, on Friday, April 29, and the second one in Magog, on Wednesday, May 4. The speaker is Me. Tim Leonard, a notary in Sherbrooke. He will speak and answer questions about legal issues pertaining to the end of life, such as do-not-resuscitate orders, incapacity mandates, and others.

 

StephanElkas photo 009 cropped“Green Burials and Home & Family-centred Funerals” is the title of a talk by funeral director Stephan Elkas of the Steve L. Elkas Funeral Home in Sherbrooke. He will focus on environmentally friendly, alternative burial options that are locally available. This includes a new method, Alkaline hydrolysis (also called biocremation, aquamation and/or resomation). Elkas will be speaking on May 11 in Magog, and on May 13 in North Hatley.

How to Die COVER“How to Die in Oregon” is an award-winning documentary film about persons having recourse to the “assisted dying” law in Oregon. Various viewpoints and experiences are explored in the film. After viewing it, participants will learn how the law in Oregon compares to Quebec’s assisted dying law, and the potential Canadian law. This session is planned for May 18 in Magog, and May 20 in North Hatley.

Photo - Alain Lévesque small“Bequests: How to give to your favourite charity AND leave all your money to your children” is the topic of the final session, on May 25 in Magog, and May 27 in North Hatley. It will be led by Alain Lévesque, financial advisor, who will explain how to maximize giving to your favourite charity without reducing your estate too much. He is expert at simplifying financial concepts, and will offer participants his most recent booklet on bequests.

In Magog, all the workshops are at the Memphremagog Community Learning Centre, Princess Elizabeth School, 120 Bellevue. Participants are asked to enter by Door 3 from the parking lot, and to press the CLC Room buzzer. Please pre-register by phoning 819-238-1254 or 819-842-4146, or emailing info@uuestrie.ca.

In North Hatley, all the workshops are at UUEstrie, 201 Main Street, in Stoddard Hall (lower level). Please pre-register by phoning 819-842-4146 or emailing info@uuestrie.ca. UUEstrie is the home base of the Unitarian Universalist Community in North Hatley. For more information, see www.uuestrie.ca, the Facebook page UU Estrie, or call 819-842-4146.

We are grateful to the Canadian Unitarian Council for their support for this series, through the Sharing Our Faith grant.

  • Rachel Garber

 

Soup for Syria – this Sunday at UUEstrie

Maybe it’s the alliteration, or maybe it’s that soup is such a comfort food worldwide, but “Soup for Syria” has become a movement across Canada. From the Salvation Army to the Soup Sisters, from Calgary to Ottawa, groups are putting on soup-a-thons for the support of Syrian refugees. Sometimes they cook up more than 5,000 servings at a time.

On a much smaller scale, in a much smaller place, UUEstrie is planning a Soup for Syria fundraiser in North Hatley. It’s on Sunday, April 24, at 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are making several different sorts of soup, along with bread and desserts. For a donation of $5, all are welcome to come and have a hearty bowl.

“All proceeds will go to help local efforts to bring refugees home to the Townships to live in safety, free from fear,” said Rev. Carole Martignacco, UUEstrie’s pastor.

She was inspired by a cookbook called Soup for Syria. “Even before we tried the recipes, our hearts were warmed by photos of refugees of all ages, accompanied by quotes by contributing chefs,” she said. “Soup is a common meal for the human family around the globe. Come share a heartwarming meal.”

UUEstrie is the Unitarian Universalist Community at 201 Main Street in North Hatley. The Soup for Syria lunch will be in the Stoddard Hall, on the lower level. It follows the Earth Day service at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. For information, visit www.uuestrie.ca or the Facebook page UU Estrie, or call 819-842-4146.

  • Rachel Garber