The Rev. Park Young Ju, chairperson of East Seoul Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK), shares the story of the scholarship she received from the United Church:
“I was very glad to see you at the 100th General Assembly of PROK. At the moment of exchanging between our two denominations, it reminded me of the scholarship I received from The United Church of Canada in 1989 for my Ph.D. course at Ewha Women’s University…. I give my deep thanks to you.”
Kate Johnson has been supported through Mission & Service in many ways, in theological education and in her work as a prison chaplain, including her time as part of Kingston Community Chaplaincy. We celebrate her many gifts that have been lived out through Mission & Service–supported ministries!
In the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed homes, farms, communities, and livelihoods in November 2013. Immediately after the storm, Mission & Service partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) began working with affected communities to meet emergency needs for shelter, food, and water.
The Skylight Festival emerged out of the collaboration of a small ecumenical group of people who are passionate about arts, faith, peace, and justice. They wanted to create an open space for people of many backgrounds to come together to explore faith while engaging in art and being inspired by speakers and seekers of justice.
The solid door opens to a place of warmth and welcome for young women between the ages of 16 and 30 who find themselves on the street for a variety of reasons. Naomi House in St. John’s, Newfoundland, a part of Stella’s Circle, is the former home of the founder and namesake of social worker Stella Burry.
Roger finally has a home after many years of struggling with addiction and mental health issues. He lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Hamilton, Ontario, that is part of the housing project of Wesley Urban Ministries. Roger is a personable, kind, and honest soul who has found a home in a community where he is fully accepted.
“Faith and queerness have not always been natural friends,” says the Rev. Ralph Wushke, chaplain at the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto.
In 2005 the chaplaincy created Qu(e)erying Religion. The program creates a safe space for students of all faiths to explore gender identity, sexual orientation, and religious belief. It has grown to become a meaningful and life-giving program for students.
Marie was 11 years old when she was raped and became pregnant. Her story is that of many girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country’s citizens have been traumatized by a long-standing and brutal conflict. During the civil war that ended in 2003, 5.4 million people died. Localized conflicts continue. Millions of people have been uprooted and displaced.
Many social services are not provided by the state, so hospitals and schools are run by churches, like Mission & Service partner Église du Christ au Congo, Department of Women, Children, and Family.
Let us hear a story of one ministry and a historic event in Moraviantown, London Conference.
We give thanks that in April 2016 land was transferred from The United Church of Canada back to the Delaware Nation. The land is known as Fairfield and has become a national historic site with a history dating back to the 1700s.