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February 10, 2016
The United Church's New Creed calls us "to live with respect in Creation." We join our voices with other denominations and faiths around the world in expressing our deep concern around climate change. The upcoming 21st Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21, November 30–December 12) could be a critical turning point for climate change policy and the future of the planet. World leaders will work to...
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January 20, 2016
Dear members and friends of the United Church, I am writing to you with a heavy heart but also with a sense of hopefulness. The horrific acts of terror committed over the past month in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad suggest that a new phase of terrorism has begun. Our hearts go out to all whose lives have been thrown into grief, fear, and chaos by these barbaric acts. Yet amidst the sorrow and grief...
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February 10, 2016
Both the national church and the Pension Plan are signatories to the UN PRI–sponsored Paris Pledge for Action statement, which will call for strong economic action to reduce emissions. The statement will be released on December 11 at the close of the COP21 meetings. The United Church of Canada became a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (UN PRI) program in 2014, and The...
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January 12, 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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January 12, 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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January 12, 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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January 12, 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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February 10, 2016
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, On behalf of The United Church of Canada, I congratulate you on your election victory and on becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. The United Church understands that seeking to follow Christ today calls us to work for a just and inclusive society nationally and internationally with Canadian and global partners, civil society, and ecumenical and interfaith partners...
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January 12, 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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February 10, 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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