Round the Table

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

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October 30, 2018

A reflection on the speaker selection for a gender justice panel at the ACT Alliance General Assembly in Uppsala, Sweden, which consisted of a majority of men.

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October 30, 2018

A dispatch from the ACT Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden, where ecumenical justice activists highlight the power of change of local faith communities around the world.

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October 25, 2018

How are you getting ready for Christ(mas) this year?

If you are celebrating the Advent season as a family—or as an individual or an all-ages group of any kind—Advent Unwrapped offers an alternative to the advertisements, shopping lists, and hype that we are bombarded with at this time of year. Visit the At Home page for accessible, faith-based resources, scroll to the bottom to Connect with Us and sign up for frequent updates, and take part in social media with the hashtags #UCCan #AdventUnwrapped.

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October 19, 2018
Time is such a precious commodity, and we often complain about not having enough of it.

Last weekend when the GC43 Executive Elect met to continue discerning how they will meet and be accountable and ensure that they hear from diverse voices, one of the things that was mentioned was that we may need to get over being so rigidly time bound. It was left as a challenge, an intention, but without a clear strategy for now.

I had cause to reflect on the value of time on Wednesday as I sat in the parking lot on the north edge of Toronto that is otherwise known as...
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March 14, 2019

The word “formation” makes me think of fashioning something out of raw material — perhaps with the hands, like a piece of wood or a lump of clay or a garment.

I love to sing and I’ve learned that, aside from breathing, the most important factor in singing well is how you form your vowels.

We all have the ability to form the world around us and shape it according to our will.

When it comes to faith formation, though, it’s a little different. Generations testify to the fact that it is more about being formed than forming. It’s more something that is...

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October 12, 2018

In celebration of the canonization of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero this Sunday, we lift up the partnership between Bay of Quinte Conference and Mission & Service partner, Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel, as an example of the many ways The United Church of Canada has and continues to work with the Salvadoran people for justice and peace. May the faith and witness of the Salvadoran people continue to inspire us. Oscar Romero, Presente!

After a crowded five-hour flight, the first glimpses of El Salvador are peace for the soul: lush, grand volcanoes rise from the Pacific...

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October 17, 2018

After two years of pondering and waiting, hoping and praying, training and studying to serve as an ecumenical accompanier (EA), my flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv arrived. 

I landed on time, excited and very alert despite the long full flight, crying children, murmuring families, and the sleepless night. As I walked by the walls adorned with images of famous Israelis, I summoned all my dramatic arts skills as I approached the immigration desk. I was immensely relieved to be asked only one question, "Is this your first visit to Israel?" My energetic...

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October 15, 2018

Marking “Canada 150” in 2017 was problematic at best—stolen land and hundreds of years of oppression of Indigenous peoples are not reasons for celebration. As much as I want my son to be proud to be Canadian, I also want him to learn about and understand colonization and its impacts.

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September 28, 2018
By season, fall is a time of endings, but in most of our lives, and certainly, in our regular church cycles, it is a time of new beginnings.

For us in The United Church of Canada, this fall is a time when endings and beginnings are swirled alongside each other as we say goodbye to former structures and roles and prepare for new ones. As is always the case with change, we are preparing for the new as well as we can, yet knowing that there will be unexpected experiences or issues or feelings that we encounter. That is something to be both nervous and excited about.
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September 28, 2018

How can clergy be so accepting and challenging all at once? And why, despite all the sad and hard stuff that they deal with do they often seem happy, content, and calm? What's with clergy?

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