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Indigenous leadership is vital to the life of the United Church, and this is a crucial time of journeying together toward reconciliation.

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File 2017 Lenten Lament: Seeking Right Relations
In the 150th year of Confederation, you are invited to acknowledge the damage done to the First Peoples of this land and seek reconciliation in worship and through next steps. From Gathering, Lent/Easter 2017.
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March 3, 2017

Let us hear a story of one ministry and a historic event in Moraviantown, London Conference.

We give thanks that in April 2016 land was transferred from The United Church of Canada back to the Delaware Nation. The land is known as Fairfield and has become a national historic site with a history dating back to the 1700s.

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PDF icon A Time of Celebration: Bulletin insert for Aboriginal Sunday
You can download and print this insert to distribute with your bulletin on Aboriginal Sunday.

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May 26, 2017

Indigenous spirituality, leadership, and participation are vital to the life of the United Church.

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PDF icon Aboriginal Sunday: Celebration and Thanksgiving
With gratitude we gather to praise God, to seek transformation, and to celebrate the power of the Spirit who is always moving.

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PDF icon Acknowledging the Territory in Worship
A brief guide to help congregations and bodies of the church incorporate an Acknowledgement of Territory into their gatherings.

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File Advent Service: The Gifts of the Four Directions
Some of the “best loved” material of earlier Advent/Christmas/Epiphany issues of Gathering.

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File After the Apology of June 11, 2008: A Prayer
A prayer to mark Canada’s apology to survivors of residential schools and their families and communities.

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PDF icon Apology 30th Anniversary: Hymn
"This Path We Walk" by Rev. S. Curtis Tufts, sung to the tune "O WALY WALY"...

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PDF icon Apology 30th Anniversary: Litany
This litany and story are based on the memories of The Very Rev. Stanley McKay and others who took part in the earliest national Aboriginal ministries consultations in the 1980s.

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PDF icon Apology 30th Anniversary: Worship Service
In this year of the 30th anniversary of the apology, as the United Church turns 91, you are invited to consider how the apology has led to renewed life in the United Church.

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PDF icon Caring for Creation: A Service for Children’s Sunday
This service for Children's Sunday invites all of us to care for creation as a Christian community...
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February 24, 2017
On March 30 and 31, 2016, The United Church of Canada will participate in events marking our commitment—as a denomination and as part of the ecumenical community—to adopt the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [PDF on un.org] as the framework for reconciliation. We do this in response to Call to Action #48 of the Truth and...
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February 17, 2017
An 18-member team from The United Church of Canada is now in El Salvador to take part in an international ecumenical conference for peace, to be held from March 17 to 19. Moderator Jordan Cantwell and former Moderator Bill Phipps head up a group that includes two survivors of Canada’s residential schools system, plus a dozen or so veterans of Canadian church solidarity work with El Salvador. All...

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PDF icon From Apology towards Reconciliation: Reflection Process for Conference and Presbytery Meetings
Take a half-hour to read the 1986 Apology and 1988 Response, and reflect on them in light of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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PDF icon Healing Waters: Churches Working to End Violence Against Women
Worship excerpts from Healing Waters: Churches Working to End Violence Against Women

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File Intercultural Hymn Service
A service framed around hymns in Voices United from cultures around the world.
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June 12, 2017

Let us give thanks to our Creator
for the Creator is always with us.

God is with us in the call of a loon
and in the flight of an eagle.

Our Creator is with us in the changing of the seasons.

God is with us when we gather together
and when we are alone.

Our Creator is with us in our giftedness
and in our search for new understandings of ourselves,
new visions of our communities.

Let us give thanks to God, our Creator.

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PDF icon Living on the Path of Respect
A worship service on the repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery.
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February 21, 2017
Moderator Jordan Cantwell has written to all members of and communities of faith in The United Church of Canada encouraging their thoughts, prayer, and action in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Written in the context of recent events related to pipeline projects in Canada and the United States, the letter emphasizes the importance of free, prior, and...

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PDF icon Living with Respect for Children
This worship service on "Living in Right Relationship" invites all ages to live in respectful relationship with all people and nature...
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April 20, 2017
Moderator Jordan Cantwell’s pastoral letter on the crises facing Indigenous communities.
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November 4, 2016
A letter to the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.
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March 10, 2017
Moderator Jordan Cantwell responds to Senator Lynn Beyak’s recent comments on residential schools, which have been widely reported in the press.
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October 5, 2016
As we approach October 4, the day set aside to publicly remember murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada, The United Church of Canada offers the Commissioners of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls our prayerful support in the difficult work ahead.
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December 8, 2016
At Christmas, we acknowledge the coming of a new hope for justice and peace in the world. It is in this spirit that I write to thank you for moving so quickly to implement a national inquiry on murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, an action that we and many others asked you to undertake as one of your first acts of government.
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October 14, 2016
As the American League Championship Series gets underway, The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ have issued a joint message on mascots, racial stereotyping, and reconciliation.

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File Prairie Horizons Intercultural Worship
An outline for worship in an intercultural context.

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File Prayer for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
A prayer for missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and their family and friends.

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Microsoft Office document icon Prayers in Solidarity with Standing Rock
Model approaches to prayer in solidarity with Standing Rock action from the United Church of Christ.
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March 1, 2017
As part of its commitment to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, The United Church of Canada today joins with the broader ecumenical community in announcing a collective intention to implement the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [PDF on un.org] as the framework for reconciliation. An ecumenical...

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PDF icon Remembering the Children Prayer (TRC)
A prayer from the Aboriginal and church leaders' tour to prepare for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission...
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July 14, 2017
Moderator Jordan Cantwell’s open letter on the Day Scholars’ class action, the “administrative split” argument that denied compensation to students of certain residential schools, and the case of students who lived in the Teulon residence.

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December 7, 2016

Ask the Prime Minister how Trans Mountain will fit with Canada’s commitments to emission reductions and reconciliation.

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File Sacrament of Communion for Seeking Right Relations
In response to the suffering inflicted upon children and families by the Indian residential school system. From Gathering, Lent/Easter 2017.

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File Sermon: The Gift in Apology
This sermon marks the 20th anniversary of The United Church of Canada's 1986 Apology to First Nations Peoples...

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File The Pursuit of Right Relations
A worship service outline marking the 20 years since the United Church gave its apology to First Nations peoples.
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December 2, 2016
Moderator Jordan Cantwell expresses the church’s concerns about the approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline.

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PDF icon Truth and Reconciliation: Three Services
Created to mark the TRC closing, worship on the themes of Turning and Lamentation, Seeking the Spirit, and Celebration and Thanksgiving.
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June 12, 2017

I took these pictures last August while visiting my mother’s relatives in the central part of Saskatchewan on the Muskoday First Nation. They capture some of the 825 dancers that participated in the 25th annual traditional Powwow.

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March 31, 2017
An article published in the April 27, 2016, edition of The Globe and Mail (“Churches escape residential school settlement obligations in wake of Catholic deal”) merits some clarification.
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March 1, 2017
Today, the United Church makes its response to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action #48, adopting and complying with the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [PDF on un.org] as the framework for reconciliation. It does so as the Aboriginal Ministries Council initiates a historic consultation on its vision and future...
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December 15, 2016
During the past year, the United Church has engaged with and responded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
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November 15, 2016
The United Church of Canada welcomes the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This is a momentous occasion. It is the culmination of six years of courageous and difficult work, and the result of 130 years of painful lived experience by former students of residential schools.
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June 26, 2017

Creating God,
As we mark the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada,
we remember and give thanks
for the people who have been the stewards of this land
since time immemorial,
and commit ourselves to the work of justice, healing, and reconciliation.

Together we dream about the country that we hope to become,
a country where all are free to be their best selves.
Amen.

- a prayer for Canada Day

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File Who Are We? Resources for Canadian Multiculturalism Day
Worship resources to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day. ...

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File Worship for 150 Years since the Confederation of Canada, 1867-2017
This is a service of celebration and lament marking 150 years since the Confederation of Canada.
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