Round the Table

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

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September 5, 2019

Gary MacDonald writes about his visit with Kenyan graduates of the Asian Rural Institute and about the ways ARI uses agriculture as a tool to make other community development projects possible around the world.

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Participants in the Minority Youth Forum in Japan are amazed by the similarities and differences between Indigenous cultures around the world.

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According to the Indigenous Calls to the Church, our Two Spirit relatives are welcome and a valued part of our circle. This act of acknowledgment fills me with pride because it is a step towards rebuilding our whole community from the generations of ignorance and mistreatment of Two Spirit peoples. If you are just catching up, Two Spirit is a term that some Indigenous people use to self-identify their sexual orientation, gender, and or role, depending on the individual or their particular nation. It is a temporary term that is Anishnaabe based but nonetheless agreed on by a gathering of...

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Occasionally in a dream I find myself in my childhood home. My family moved there before I was born, and my parents lived in that same house until well after I had moved out and bought my first house. My memories there are good ones, and in the dreams that take me back, my parents are still living. When I wake up I am momentarily confused, but glad to have had that visit back to a remembered happy time.
 
Earlier this year, at a gathering that was part of the follow up to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, I sat next to a woman who told a very different...
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The Rev. Evan Noodin Smith writes that, "Within the church there have been very few attempts to start acknowledging Two-Spirit people."

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Basil Coward asks, Can you be both queer and Black, and enjoy a celebrated and visible presence in the United Church? 

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Jordan Sullivan asks, “What measure of privilege are we willing to give up to create equity for others?”

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Mandate magazine consulted people with disabilities across the church and invited them to share their experiences in The United Church of Canada.

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General Secretary Nora Sanders writes that before long it will be left to my generation and subsequent generations to keep the memory of sacrifice and loss of World War II alive.

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Following personal challenges and global tragedies, Japhet Ndhlovu finds fortitude and centring in God and colleagues through United Church clergy gatherings.