Intercultural

The intercultural vision is about more than inclusion—it’s about a radical welcoming that calls all of us to change.

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File 2017 Asian Heritage: Come, Drink of Living Water
A liturgy honouring an intercultural ministry, suitable for Asian Heritage Month.

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File A History in Song
This hymn festival celebrating Black History Month could be used in the place of a sermon.

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PDF icon A Recommitment to Anti-Racism: A Black History Month Service
A service for Black History Month that encourages congregations to ally with those who are working toward racial justice across North America.

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PDF icon A Worship Service for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Worship suggestions compiled from United Church resources for March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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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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May 1, 2017

May is Asian Heritage Month, and the perfect time to prayerfully reflect on the contributions of Asian Canadians to Canadian society. Liturgies, songs, and other material that can be used in Asian Heritage Month services can be found on our Worship Resources pages.

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March 3, 2017

May is Asian Heritage Month. The month provides a continuing opportunity to prayerfully reflect on the contributions of Asian Canadians to our church and Canadian society and to honour and celebrate this important aspect of Canadian history.

In church and society, Asian cultures and traditions are broad and diverse.

Comprising many language groups, cultural traditions, histories, and ways of expressing faith, Asian Canadians have many ways of being.

Last updated: 
March 3, 2017

As we mark Black History Month or African Heritage Month in Canada, let us celebrate the many contributions of Black people to Canadian society and to the United Church.

Let us take time to remember African-Canadian history, the struggles and the haunting legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

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File Black History Month (video)
An introduction to the history of Black peoples in the United Church, from Union United in Montreal over a century ago to the present day (2010).

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PDF icon Black History Month Bulletin Insert
Features a prayer written in response to racial tensions in North America and the 50th anniversary of voting rights marches from Selma, Alabama.

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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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PDF icon Celebrating the Journey
A worship service for Black History Month.

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PDF icon Children’s Time for Black History Month bulletin insert
A bulletin insert to outline the story of The Freedom Quilt for Children's Time...

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File Created in God’s Image
Worship for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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File Easter Joint North-South Prayer
From the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korean Christian Federation
Last updated: 
April 20, 2017

God is calling us to find new ways of being church together. It is not simply a matter of continuing with traditions we have become comfortable with and allowing others to join us. Rather, our intercultural vision calls us to be aware of who is at the centre and who is at the margins and to empower those at the margins to lead us into change.

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May 10, 2017

Creator, we come to you with both the joys and the sorrows of our hearts.
We are grateful for the gift of life and the joy that it can bring.
For families and friends who love us.
For allies who stick up for us,
even when we cannot risk sticking up for ourselves.
For the great diversity you have created in our world.
We pray for those who suffer from discrimination
because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
Who worry about their employment or who cannot find a job.

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PDF icon Gathering at the Table
A worship service for African Heritage Month

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File God's Glory Cannot Be Hidden
A worship service for Black History Month.

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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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September 22, 2016

The intercultural vision is about more than inclusion—it’s about a radical welcoming that calls all of us to change.

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File Liturgical Resources | Christian Conference of Asia
The CCA issues annual Asia Sunday resources for thematic worship.

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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 21, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017, marks Yom HaShoah, a day when many people in the Jewish community commemorate the lives of those who died in the Holocaust.

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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.
Last updated: 
June 2, 2017

Constant Friend, because

People of every sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity have the right to live with dignity and without persecution or discrimination, we

Remember in our prayers:

LGBTQ+ people of Chechnya, Uganda, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and elsewhere who have been murdered and tortured because of who they are. We remember them and the people who love them.

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PDF icon Questioning Worship: Engaging All God's Peoples: Sample Chapter
A resource for talking about intercultural worship; sample session.
Last updated: 
March 3, 2017

Working toward racial justice in church and society is a lifelong journey. We must be open to learning from each other, with each other, and with the Spirit, so that we continue to break down barriers and build just institutions.

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File Racial Justice | United Church of Christ
Each person is created in the image of God, and racism is an affont to God. Prayers and learning resources.

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File Recommitting to Justice, Equity and Peace
A prayer of confession about racial justice - for individual or community prayers

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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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PDF icon SCM's Disability, Faith and Justice Devotional
We are all made in the image of God, but people with disabilities have been excluded and shamed for who they are. This devotional from the Student Christian Movement of Canada’s asks: How should our faith shape us in this struggle?

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PDF icon Seeking Peace: Everybody Is Fulfilled
With deep concern for current tensions, this service focuses on seeking peace. It recalls Asian values and celebrates cultural richness and diversity.

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File Songs from Many Cultures for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
Hymns in Voices United, More Voices, and Nos Voix unies that offer in many languages and diverse origins.

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PDF icon The Cultural Iceberg
Culture is similar to an iceberg—only about 10% is visible above the surface. The cultural iceberg is a helpful analogy to explore explicit and implicit aspects of culture.

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PDF icon The Sound of a Church
An Intercultural reflection from a Japanese Canadian perspective, excerpted from Fire and Grace, UCPH, 1999.

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File The Story of Moon IkHwan
David Kim-Cragg tells the story of his parents struggling as Christians in Korea before and after the Korean war.

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File Toward Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (Mark 1:29-39)
A worship service with the theme of creating a culture of mutuality and full participation for those with disabilities and their allies (based on Mark 1:29-39). ...

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File Toward Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (Rom. 12:3–13)
A worship service with the theme of creating a culture of mutuality and full participation for those with disabilities and their allies (based on Rom. 12:3–13).

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File Voices United: Intercultural Index
A listing of hymns from Voice United identified by their country of origin.

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PDF icon We Are Peacemakers with the Spirit of Wa
A service that celebrates the wisdom of various Asian cultures. Wa, in Japanese, means “harmony,” or peaceful unity within a social group.
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