Toronto: Canada’s largest Protestant denomination, The United Church of Canada, is holding its 41st General Council in Ottawa, August 11–18, 2012. The meeting will take place on the campus of Carleton University. The Ravens’ Nest gymnasium will serve as the main meeting space.
The General Council is a national gathering of more than 350 delegates called commissioners. Commissioners are selected by the church’s 13 regional Conferences and represent an equal number of lay and ordered men and women. In addition, close to 300 guests, observers, youth, children, global partners, staff, and volunteers will be present for the week-long gathering. Although seating may be limited at certain times, members of the general public are welcome to observe the meeting as visitors.
The General Council meets every three years to elect a new Moderator, to pray and worship together, and to approve new church policies. The last meeting of the General Council took place in Kelowna, British Columbia in August, 2009.
Approximately 130 proposals for action are coming before the 41st General Council. Some come from the Executive of the General Council, while others originate from different parts of the church across the country. Commissioners will decide whether to
All documentation related to the business being dealt with by the 41st General Council is posted online in the Work of Council section on the GC41 website.
The election of the new Moderator will also likely draw considerable media interest, particularly in the communities where the nominees live. Thus far there are 15 nominees for Moderator: seven from Ontario, two from Quebec, and one each from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The election of the new Moderator is scheduled for Thursday, August 16, followed by the installation service on Saturday, August 18, at 10:30 a.m. Vision statements and biographical information about the nominees can be found on the Moderator Nominees page.
Deliberations with regard to the report of the Working Group on Israel/Palestine Policy are currently scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14.
Throughout General Council, a complete news and information service will be available to reporters both on-site and off. A team of writers is covering events as they happen to produce daily news reports. Updated information, including the daily agenda will be posted online on the GC41 website.
Reporters are also invited to register to receive daily updates of General Council News.
We will be live streaming all plenary sessions during the week-long meeting.
Social media coverage will also be used for online coverage. Visit the Social Connections page for more on General Council content on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Flickr, and discussion threads on WonderCafe and Caféchange.
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