Faith and Worship

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April 5, 2018

The United Church of Canada is kicking off the 43rd General Council with the Festival of Faith. This celebration of our work and witness through the arts takes place July 21-22, 2018 in Oshawa, Ont.

The festival will be infused with an old-time country fair vibe, and feature an inspiring and joyful line-up of workshops, musicians, authors, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople. There will also be opportunities to connect and offer your own voice and artistry in the coffee...

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April 3, 2018

Author Adam Kilner was one of the United Church participants in the World Council of Churches' Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, which took place March 8-13, 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania.

As the Dreamliner touched down in Addis Ababa, after 13 hours crossing the Atlantic and the great Sahara, I glanced out the window and noticed the terminal: “Welcome to Ethiopia – Land of Origins,” it said...

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April 12, 2018

There used to be an angel who walked, or rather seemed to float, about my west-end Toronto neighbour. His name was Michael Stone. With a clean-shaven head and an exquisitely calm and gentle demeanour, I always thought Michael exuded a majestic sense of inner peace.

Michael was—and remains—one of Canada’s most beloved Buddhist meditation and yoga teachers. He was also a father, partner, author and activist who transformed many lives, teaching people to connect with their breath, which is the very essence of human life.

The news of Michael’s unexpected death at age 42 in...

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July 29, 2016

When I was growing up, our family did not have a summer cottage, but we spent part of many summers at the cottage of our good friends, the Fosters. That cottage was on a beautiful lake in Muskoka, and although I haven’t been there for years, I have many clear images in my mind of the times there, swimming in the cold clear water, hiking over the rocks to pick blueberries, and reading by flashlight in the little bunkhouse down by the shore.

For years, if I was asked to name my favourite church, I would name the island on Muldrew Lake where cottagers gathered for outdoor worship on...