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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...
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September 28, 2016
The Moderator of The United Church of Canada, is urging your participation in a church-wide appeal for Syrian refugees who are seeking relief from protracted civil war in their country. In her first letter as Moderator to the church’s members, she writes: We are called at this particular time to witness in a concrete way to our Christian faith in response to the needs of millions of desperate...
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September 28, 2016
Thanks to your faithful and generous support, as of September 2015 the United Church has contributed almost $400,000 to support Mission & Service partners such as ACT Alliance and the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) responding to the crisis in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. In addition to providing humanitarian relief, our partners have used the funds to provide 2,200 food parcels for...
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October 28, 2016
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35 The United Church of Canada extends its deepest condolences to those mourning the tragic deaths of Syrian refugees Aylan Kurdi (three years old), his brother Galip (five years old), and their mother, Reham. We pray also for the thousands of others from various countries who have also died or lost relatives as they risked their lives in search of...
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November 21, 2016
After two years of intensive study and consultation, the Comprehensive Review Task Group is recommending major changes to The United Church of Canada that would revitalize and nurture a range of ministries, simplify governance and administration, and enable the church to live within its resources. “We believe God is doing a new thing and is calling us to change dramatically so we can participate...