Round the Table

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

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May 18, 2017

I’ve travelled enough that I know it’s possible to find a feeling of home away from home. I mean real, authentic familiarity, not just a good friend’s place or a comfortable motel. I’ve also travelled enough to know that this is really quite rare. A sense of belonging doesn’t come easy.

My dad is a United Church minister, which means I grew up deeply involved in The United Church of Canada. It was always comfortable. When I was young, it was a place to steal communion bread and play with my siblings, a place to sing and accidentally break stuff. During high school, it was a place...

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June 1, 2017

Mission & Service helps support Kalobeyei, a community “that promotes self-reliance, builds up resilience, and seeks longer-term solutions for the South Sudanese refugees.”

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June 1, 2017

Mission & Service supports organizations working to nurture good relations between Christians and Muslims in Kenya and make it possible to work together for justice, peace, and reconciliation.

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May 15, 2017

I am excited to visit Colombia, to see how the generosity of United Church members is improving lives in a country my mother lived in almost 90 years ago.

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June 1, 2017

Mission & Service helps support churches and organizations in Kenya that are defeating discrimination against LGBTQ+ people by living out the gospel message.

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June 1, 2017

Through Mission & Service, we walk in solidarity and empower the work of love in Kenya.

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May 9, 2017

There is something about being in a church full of people gathered to honour an exceptional life, well lived. Those who gathered at Emmanuel United Church in Ottawa on Thursday remembered Anne Squire as one of the people who started that congregation, where just a few weeks before her death she moved the motion that made her congregation an affirming congregation, something she had been working towards for years.

As the first lay woman to serve as Moderator of the...

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May 5, 2017
This is an excerpt from Moderator Jordan Cantwell's Accountability​ Report for the meeting General Council Executive, May 6-7, 2017. Please pray for those meeting for GCE as you consider the Moderator's reflection below. You can read the full GCE Workbook here
 
I was reflecting recently on the story of Jesus and
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May 4, 2017

Sometimes in applying for grants, the questions you are asked can lead to new avenues for reflection. When a committee at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (CFRUC) in Winnipeg applied for funding from Embracing the Spirit, the questions we were asked led us to  give real thought to two subjects: “What makes a successful partnership?” and “What is the connection between art and...

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May 4, 2017

A review of Parker Palmer's Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (Jossey-Bass Inc: San Francisco, 2000, 109 pages).

Sometimes we want to be people and things that we aren’t. These desires can be aspirations, and are sometimes even altruistic goals. But if we force ourselves to do and be things that we aren’t, we won’t be happy, God won’t be pleased.

God has made us each as we are and when we deny who we are, with all our various gifts and faults, we are denying the uniqueness and individuality that God blessed us with at our Creation....

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