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October 19, 2016
In Paris, United Church of Canada staff joined with representatives of the Protestant churches in France in a moment of silent prayer in remembrance of the victims of the attacks. This week two General Council Ministries in French staff people are in Paris meeting with representatives of the Fédération Protestante de France and l’Église protestante unie de France. Their meetings are unrelated to...
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October 19, 2016
An official delegation of The United Church of Canada will visit China at the invitation of the China Christian Council (CCC) and the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China from November 28 to December 7. The CCC, with its 30 million members, is the largest Protestant church within the global ecumenical family. The 10-day visit represents a...
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October 24, 2016
Three United Church members will travel to Tokyo, Japan, to learn first-hand about discrimination and racism in that country and to share experiences from other contexts at the Third International Conference on Minority Issues and Mission. They will join 55 international participants and 70 participants from Japan November 18–21, 2015, under the theme “Together towards a Just and Inclusive...
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October 26, 2016
“Evangelism”—sharing the good news—is not always an easy word for mainline churches today. In fact, many of the ways in which evangelism has been done in the past have been harmful or hurtful. A three-day ecumenical event in Nashville, Tennessee, October 30–November 1, 2015, sought to reclaim evangelism for this time in positive ways. A co-operative effort of the Commission on World Mission and...
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October 24, 2016
The World Council of Churches (WCC), of which the United Church is a member, has expressed deep concern over the renewed wave of violence in Jerusalem in recent weeks. The WCC stands in solidarity with the churches and peoples of Palestine and Israel, and affirms their conviction that “the illegal occupation of the Palestinian Territories must be brought to an end—not as a pre-condition for an...
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October 24, 2016
The United Church of Canada was one of the first Canadian institutional investors to sign a recently launched public statement setting out Investor Expectations on Corporate Climate Lobbying (click the “made clear” link in the first line to see the statement). To date, 62 investors have signed the statement, representing total assets under management of more than US$3.8 trillion. The statement...
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October 24, 2016
On Saturday, October 17, 2015, several hundred people gathered at St. Andrew’s United Church in Niagara Falls, Ontario, to celebrate and witness the signing of the Full Communion Agreement between the United Church of Christ (USA) and The United Church of Canada. The agreement, which had been approved this summer by the 30th General Synod of the United Church of Christ (USA) and the 42nd General...
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October 24, 2016
The ACT Palestine Forum, of which the United Church is a member, condemns the violence and mourns the loss of life and human suffering in Palestine and Israel in October 2015. The statement is available on the ACT Alliance website . The area has seen a marked increase in killings and violence in recent weeks: “Thousands of women and men, girls and boys, have been injured and many killed… We are...
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October 28, 2016
Moderator Jordan Cantwell, along with 25 other Canadian faith leaders, has endorsed the statement On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada , available on the Canadian Council of Churches’ website. This statement represents a meeting of the minds and hearts of many diverse faith organizations, including the World Buddhist Council, World Sikh Organization of Canada, and a broad...
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October 28, 2016
This summer, 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...