In response to COVID-19, communities of faith are learning to be neighbourly in new ways.
Rivers and lakes should be important to all Canadians. For Indigenous groups, however, who have been sustainably caretaking and traversing these waterways for over 15,000 years, water is a sacred gift, an essential element that sustains and connects all life. That’s one of the reasons… Read more
A practiced curiosity about “what God is up to” has pointed EDGE to the huge creative energy welling up in the social enterprise sector in Canada. All well and good, but what does this have to do with church?
One attitude adjustment churches can make that will change their behavior is to begin to… Read more
If First Nations people in Kenora, Ontario, ever need to be reminded of how their traditional land has been lost to make room for white settlers, they only need to look up at street signs. Many of these in Kenora are named after settler families, but one is a particularly striking reminder of an… Read more
With music styles ranging from secular and sacred, the Evensong Ensemble is successfully connecting to a spiritual but not religious world.
Attracting young people is a challenge every congregation faces, but the Rev. Dr. Simon Muwowo thinks he has the answer: engaging youth using an outside-in approach
“Our engagement with the youth is not aimed at locating Christ in their hearts, but in their midst,” he explains. “Our… Read more
In his final year at seminary at The United Theological College in Montreal, Isaac Mundy worked on a special project that looked at the pastoral dimensions of social media and how it can be used for pastoral care.
Congregations undoubtedly do amazing work. We have health services, food banks, children’s programming, leadership development, summer camps, long term care facilities, and programming to support every subsector of society with almost any challenge (not to mention supporting our… Read more
If you are part of a group working to improve the social good of your community — or if you have skills or experience that could help such a group grow and expand — the Social Mentor Network wants to hear from you.
Everyone loves a carnival, especially if it is free.
If you want to see how the United Church is building bridges to specific groups in Canada, look no further than College Street United in Toronto.
Attracting young families is a challenge many churches face, but Castlegar United Church in Castlegar, British Columbia, thinks it may have a solution.
Every fourth Sunday, families from the surrounding community are invited to take part in a… Read more
On the surface, the British Columbia community of New Denver seems like an odd place to find a grassroots reinvention of church. Tucked away in the Kootenay region in the province’s southeast, 500 people live in the small village, where the pastoral charge has not had a minister in over 25 years… Read more
Embracing the Spirit has been launched! It was launched at the Skylight Festival in Paris, Ontario.