Anglican–United Church Dialogue
Called to Unity in Mission, released in November 2016, is the latest report of the Anglican–United Church Dialogue. It includes recommendations for closer collaboration between our two churches in resource sharing and program work, and continued dialogue on ministry.
Since 2003, members of the Dialogue have been meeting annually to discuss areas of cooperation, similarities, and differences. Several reports that share their learning and recommendations are available on the United Church Commons.
Roman Catholic–United Church Dialogue
Meeting since 1975, this Dialogue seeks to increase understanding between the Roman Catholic Church in Canada and The United Church of Canada, including pastoral, theological, and ethical issues. The members have produced reports on topics such as baptism, sin and reconciliation, and marriage, which are available on the United Church Commons. The Dialogue is currently focusing on theologies of creation, ecology, and the environment.
Full Communion Agreement with the United Church of Christ
In summer 2015, the 30th General Synod of the United Church of Christ USA, meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, and the 42nd General Council of The United Church of Canada, meeting in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, approved a full communion agreement.
This agreement declares our openness to cooperation in terms of witness, mission, worship, and the proclamation of a common faith with the United Church of Christ.
The Report of the Joint Partnership Committee that was presented to the 42nd General Council 2015 follows.
Mutual Recognition of Ministries
The United Church of Canada has two formal agreements of Mutual Recognition of Ministries.
Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea
In September 2015, a historic moment in partnership took place between the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) and The United Church of Canada, as PROK Moderator Rev. Choi Bu Wook and United Church Moderator Rt. Rev Jordan Cantwell signed a formal "Mutual Recognition of Ministries" agreement, followed by words of gratitude and celebration at the PROK Assembly in South Korea. The PROK has 300,000 members and 1,667 churches.
The United Church of Christ in the Philippines
At the 42nd General Council in Corner Brook in 2015, The United Church of Canada passed a Mutual Recognition of Ministries agreement with The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). The UCCP is a Protestant mainline denomination with one million members and 2,218 pastors in 3,112 congregations.
Ecumenical Shared Ministries
An ecumenical shared ministry is United Church people sharing with other denominations in a congregation, program, mission, ministry, or building. The Ecumenical Shared Ministries Handbook (below) is information for congregations who are interested or involved in such a ministry. Other resources for ecumenical shared ministries are available at the Shared Ministries Bureau of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.