Round the Table

Sharing stories of life, faith, and ministry in the United Church and beyond.

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September 17, 2018

Orange Shirt Day is an invitation to everyone to wear an orange shirt to show their compassion for the survivors of the Indian Residential Schools and to say that all children matter. Orange Shirt Day began with Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) woman from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation who went to St. Joseph Mission Residential School. On her first day of school, Phyllis’s grandmother dressed her in an orange shirt. When Phyllis entered the school, she was stripped of her orange shirt and she...

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September 14, 2018

The GC43 Pilgrims learn about human rights movements, Métis culture, and community in Winnipeg.

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September 13, 2018

Our first stop in this Conference was to the All Native Circle Conference office where we met with Indigenous leader, Rey Anderson, and Conference staff Cheryl Jourdain. As we gathered around their conference table — the same table the members from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission gathered around in their meetings — we talked and listened to the history and teachings that have come from the office we were visiting.

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September 10, 2018

It’s an anniversary year for the United Church as we celebrate and reflect on numerous milestone events that have played a significant role in shaping the church that we know and love today. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview a variety people about these anniversaries (see below) for a story in the fall 2018 issue of Mandate.

Here are some highlights of the legacy left by various milestone moments, and why the work and decisions that came out of these anniversaries is still highly relevant...

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September 6, 2018

The GC43 Pilgrims encounter thought-provoking sculptures in Toronto, on their way to connect with a variety of groups and organizations.

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September 3, 2018

In Manitou Conference, the GC43 Pilgrims learn more about residential schools, inclusion, and trans justice.

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September 2, 2018

In London Conference, the GC43 Pilgrims visit sites where healing is overcoming the oppression which once took place.

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September 1, 2018

The GC43 Pilgrims take part in the Skylight Festival and visit some of the innovative ministries in Hamilton Conference.

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September 13, 2018

The Bay of Quinte Conference was the fourth United Church Conference that we, the GC43 Pilgrims, had the amazing opportunity to see.

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August 29, 2018

The GC43 youth pilgrims made their way across Canada this summer, with the goal of visiting every United Church conference, including a stop at the 43rd General Council meeting in Oshawa, ON. Read all the blog posts from their journey and see more pictures on their Facebook page and ...

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