Round the Table

Sharing stories of life, faith, and ministry in the United Church and beyond.

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June 1, 2017

Mission & Service supports organizations working to nurture good relations between Christians and Muslims in Kenya and make it possible to work together for justice, peace, and reconciliation.

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May 15, 2017

I am excited to visit Colombia, to see how the generosity of United Church members is improving lives in a country my mother lived in almost 90 years ago.

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June 1, 2017

Mission & Service helps support churches and organizations in Kenya that are defeating discrimination against LGBTQ+ people by living out the gospel message.

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June 1, 2017

Through Mission & Service, we walk in solidarity and empower the work of love in Kenya.

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May 9, 2017

There is something about being in a church full of people gathered to honour an exceptional life, well lived. Those who gathered at Emmanuel United Church in Ottawa on Thursday remembered Anne Squire as one of the people who started that congregation, where just a few weeks before her death she moved the motion that made her congregation an affirming congregation, something she had been working towards for years.

As the first lay woman to serve as Moderator of the...

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May 5, 2017
This is an excerpt from Moderator Jordan Cantwell's Accountability​ Report for the meeting General Council Executive, May 6-7, 2017. Please pray for those meeting for GCE as you consider the Moderator's reflection below. You can read the full GCE Workbook here
 
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May 4, 2017

Sometimes in applying for grants, the questions you are asked can lead to new avenues for reflection. When a committee at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (CFRUC) in Winnipeg applied for funding from Embracing the Spirit, the questions we were asked led us to  give real thought to two subjects: “What makes a successful partnership?” and “What is the connection between art and...

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May 4, 2017

A review of Parker Palmer's Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (Jossey-Bass Inc: San Francisco, 2000, 109 pages).

Sometimes we want to be people and things that we aren’t. These desires can be aspirations, and are sometimes even altruistic goals. But if we force ourselves to do and be things that we aren’t, we won’t be happy, God won’t be pleased.

God has made us each as we are and when we deny who we are, with all our various gifts and faults, we are denying the uniqueness and individuality that God blessed us with at our Creation....

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April 28, 2017

I was sitting in the basement at Windermere United in Toronto on a dreary Sunday afternoon. I felt heartsick and numb as I stared down at pieces of cloth that were crumpled and cast aside on the floor.

I had just participated in a KAIROS blanket exercise, which uses blankets to powerfully show how settlers took away land—and with it, rights and dignity—from Indigenous peoples. The few colourful remnants of material left on the dull carpet represented the colossal impact of colonization: vibrant communities, cultures, and...

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May 1, 2017

May is Asian Heritage Month, and the perfect time to prayerfully reflect on the contributions of Asian Canadians to Canadian society. Liturgies, songs, and other material that can be used in Asian Heritage Month services can be found on our Worship Resources pages.

The month has been celebrated in the United States since 1979. In December 2001, the Canadian Senate adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy — the first Canadian of Asian descent appointed to the Senate of...

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