Round the Table

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

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July 6, 2017

At the invitation of the World Council of Churches, Moderator Jordan Cantwell recently travelled to Beit Sahour in the West Bank to take part in a consultation on “50 Years of Occupation and the Ecumenical Response.” She talked about that experience with Paul Russell.

Why was this meeting called?

June 2017 marks 50 years of military occupation of Palestinian lands by the State of Israel. Efforts for a negotiated solution have broken down, Israel is rapidly...

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June 28, 2017

This time between National Aboriginal Day and Canada Day is a good time for some reflection.

Some voices have questioned why we should celebrate ...

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June 26, 2017
Real change involves both the way we think and the way we act. We have to think ourselves into a new way of acting, and act ourselves into a new way of thinking. Attitude and behavior go together. 
 
One attitude adjustment churches can make that will change their behavior is to begin to think about stakeholders, not shareholders. 
 
Shareholders own a share of a company or corporation. They have invested money and expect to get a return on their investment. The shareholder’s concern is “What will this company do for me?” ...
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June 19, 2017

If First Nations people in Kenora, Ontario, ever need to be reminded of how their traditional land has been lost to make room for white settlers, they only need to look up at street signs. Many of these in Kenora are named after settler families, but one is a particularly striking reminder of an ugly past. That street sign reads: Colonization Road.

“There are Colonization Roads all over the north,” says the Rev. Meg Illman-White, Youth and Outreach Minister at Kenora’s Knox United Church. “Each sign makes it seem as if...

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June 12, 2017

I took these pictures last August while visiting my mother’s relatives in the central part of Saskatchewan on the Muskoday First Nation. They capture some of the 825 dancers that participated in the 25th annual traditional Powwow.

I was sitting beside my aunt, my mother’s youngest sister, during the afternoon Grand Entry when she remarked, “There is no such thing as too much colour when you are Indigenous.” I have cherished my aunt’s words, since. They have provoked me to look more deeply into the richness of what I see and experience. And perhaps her words will help you to lift up...

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June 8, 2017

Canada Day is coming. Canada 150 celebrations are intensifying. I wonder how Indigenous people are feeling about it all. I asked a few Indigenous friends and leaders in our church: “If someone from one of our non-Indigenous communities of faith asked you about the 150th year of Confederation, what would say? What thoughts or feelings or prayers would you want to share with us?” Here are their responses...

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June 2, 2017
Photos cannot capture the hope I saw in the faces of people who desperately want peace in Colombia.
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June 1, 2017

With music styles ranging from secular and sacred, the Evensong Ensemble is successfully connecting to a spiritual but not religious world. 

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June 2, 2017

Seventeen people from across The United Church of Canada participated in the Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya, from from March 25 to April 4, 2017. The pilgrimage visited Mission & Service partners throughout the region. This series of blog posts shares the story of their journey. 

It was Monday April 3, 2017 when a group of pilgrims from The United Church of Canada visited programs run for Mission & Service partner, the...

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June 1, 2017

There was a full house at the youth service where the United Church Mission & Service pilgrims celebrated Sunday worship in Nairobi.... Hands were up and people were dancing in the pews!