May is Asian Heritage Month. The month provides a continuing opportunity to prayerfully reflect on the contributions of Asian Canadians to our church and Canadian society and to honour and celebrate this important aspect of Canadian history.
In church and society, Asian cultures and traditions are broad and diverse.
Comprising many language groups, cultural traditions, histories, and ways of expressing faith, Asian Canadians have many ways of being.
Anchored in faith, the staff of London Community Chaplaincy in Ontario walks with the communities of Southdale and Limberlost, building relationships and offering hope, presence, opportunities, and support to people living in poverty.
Countless volunteers help with programs that enrich the lives of the many children who are impacted by poverty. London Community Chaplaincy walks with the families in a non-judgmental, loving way.
Canadians think of our country as a multicultural society. Migrant populations arriving in Korea are a relatively new phenomenon. In 1997 there were only about 380,000 foreigners living in Korea. By 2011 that number had increased to 1.4 million.
We celebrate the Mission & Service foundation of missionaries like Dr. Robert Baird McClure!
The thick file on Dr. McClure at the United Church Archives contains many newspaper articles, images, and personal stories about this incredible man. He went from being the child of missionaries, to a doctor in China in the 1930s and 1940s, to the first lay Moderator of The United Church of Canada.
Fran Forsberg shares her experience of Camp Caterpillar on Candle Lake, Saskatchewan:
“Being a mom of three gender-variant children I was afraid to give my children the experience of camp. I was afraid that my children would be singled out as weird, bullied by staff and other children for the simple fact that they do not fit into the gender norm.
“The prevailing situation of the Philippine society is even worse when seen through the prophetic eyes of the church. There is major ongoing social unrest in our country today,” says the Rev. Jerome Baris of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.
Since 2012, Jordan has received over 1.5 million refugees. Large numbers of Syrian and Iraqi refugees have sought safety in the country. The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC)-Jordan is part of the ongoing response to this crisis.