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September 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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September 19, 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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September 19, 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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Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell, 42nd Moderator of The United Church of Canada Photo credit: Wolf Kutnahorsky 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...
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September 19, 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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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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September 19, 2016
What is Advent all about? How do we celebrate the anticipation of Advent when surrounded by Christmas cheer? This year, join us on the Advent Unwrapped website for engaging tools and resources. This site will help people of all ages unwrap the story and meaning of the season. Before Advent starts, start exploring Stories Unwrapped to learn about Christmas from the perspectives of its main...
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September 19, 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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September 19, 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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September 19, 2016
Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell, 42nd Moderator of The United Church of Canada Photo credit: Wolf Kutnahorsky Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I’m writing to you today because I am deeply disturbed by what I have been hearing from Canadians around the question of the right of Muslim women in Canada to wear the niqab. The tone of the conversation, especially on social media, has bordered at times...