Round the Table

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

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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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September 26, 2018

The GC43 youth pilgrims during their visit to Montreal and Ottawa Conference. 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 ​

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August 28, 2018

Throughout our time in the Maritime Conference we had many insightful talks that were helpful leading into our time at General Council 43

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August 24, 2018

It started with a text message. The buzzing of my phone woke me up and I lay there for a few minutes enjoying the warm sun coming through my window. The Maritimes had been experiencing something of a heat wave but on this glorious morning everything seemed perfect. That soon changed.

The message my friend shared with me was the stunning news everyone in the Maritimes had woken up to. A shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick...

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August 9, 2018

I was eighteen, heading off to university, full of both excitement and anxiety for the new adventures of learning and life ahead. I was also already thinking about entering ordained ministry in The United Church of Canada. My spirit was bursting with passion for all things related to faith and theology, and so, at university, I sought out the Christian groups. It was a delight to meet other young people who were just as passionate about their faith, and quickly I made friends.

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August 3, 2018

On Friday, July 27 as I sat in the General Council meeting, a flood of emotions, thoughts, and reactions washed over me. I had no idea that the plenary would have taken the direction it took. I listened and heard the stories, some of which I had heard before and some which were new to me. I said to myself, “Now I will be blamed for being the reason which led to the derailing of the meeting.”

In many ways the 43rd General Council stopped, it did not end. It stopped because we had...

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August 4, 2018
The 43rd General Council is over and I have been catching up on laundry, sleep, and family since arriving home on Saturday. I imagine that most of those who attended are feeling much the same way after a very full time together.

It is always good to be together with such a great variety of people who love God and love the United Church.

This meeting had a new format, with a combination of the ...
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August 30, 2018

We started this wonderful journey together separately, working in our home Conferences to get a handle on the work our Conference does. When that week was over however, we traveled to Gander, Newfoundland to covenant, get to know each other, and to learn from the wisdom of the place.

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July 13, 2018

The wooden prayer cross has been on my desk since a trip to Bethlehem some years ago. The grain of the olive wood is beautiful to the eye, and the cross is shaped to fit perfectly in a hand for a time of prayer or contemplation.

When a team of colleagues from our office signed up as a relay team in the Mississauga Marathon in May, we received the following instruction:
 
Teams are encouraged to select a team “baton” to represent their cause or...

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