Partners in Mission

We act for peace, justice, care for creation, and God’s mission of healing the whole world in cooperation with others who share our vision.

“We are not alone,” goes the familiar opening line of the United Church’s New Creed. As we seek to align ourselves with God’s work of restoration, healing, and reconciliation, the United Church acts for peace, justice, care for creation, and God’s mission of healing the whole world in cooperation with others who share our vision. As we practise love and justice with humility and prayer, we learn how to be faithful co-workers in God’s mission. We call this approach “partnership.”

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April 6, 2018
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March 12, 2019
United Church urges government to press for an independent investigation into the Israeli shooting of people engaged in rightful protest.
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September 5, 2019

Last summer, I spent three memorable hours in prison. I had not been arrested.

That July morning, colleagues from one of our partners, the KARAPATAN alliance in the Philippines, picked me up at my hotel for a two-hour drive out of Quezon city. With our Mission and Service partners the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, the United Church has long been engaged in human rights advocacy in the country and in mitigating the...

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March 16, 2018
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March 12, 2019
Minister Bibeau has announced up to $10 million in emergency humanitarian assistance for Palestinian refugees.
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September 5, 2019
It was a rare privilege to travel to Zambia in February 2018 for a Mission & Service–sponsored partners’ meeting dubbed “the Indaba” (Zulu for consultation or gathering). For the first time, the Indaba brought together 15 African partners and one Asian partner who have each related to The United Church of Canada, but who did not necessarily have relationships with each other. 
 
The gathering offered a safe space for partners in the region to meet their neighbours. The group used stories, group activities and conversations, and case studies and presentations...
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September 5, 2019

I read this week that the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock has been moved up, to two minutes before midnight. The clock, first used in 1947, is to show how close we are to destroying the world. It’s only been this near to midnight once before, in 1953, after the U.S. and Soviet Union tested their first nuclear bombs. One reason the scientists moved  the clock forward is the hostility between North Korea and the U.S., best captured in the tweets by American President Donald Trump and...

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September 5, 2019

The people of Deer Lake, Newfoundland, have been long-time supporters of the Vera Perlin Society, a group serving people with intellectual disabilities in the province since 1954. The local chapter has been meeting regularly at St. Paul’s United Church since 2014, when the congregation’s official board agreed to adopt the group...

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September 5, 2019

Foreign ministers from 20 nations are meeting in Vancouver on January 16 to discuss North Korea. I’ll be in the city too, joining 16 women representing peace movements, women's networks, and faith groups from around the globe. I’m very pleased that United Church global partner Rev. Moon-Sook Lee, vice-chair of the Reconciliation and Reunification Committee of the National Council of Churches of Korea and a minister of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, will be there too.

That’s particularly...

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September 5, 2019

On November 21, 2017, 12 United Church delegates participated in a day-long event on Parliament Hill, in recognition of the UN's Universal Children's Day. Senator Art Eggleton and MP Liberal Kate Young, were instrumental in bringing this event to fruition. Honoured to be the Bread not Stones lead organizer of this event, I was privileged to work with many others to ensure this day was a success, including our event partners, Anita Khanna from Campaign 2000 and Darlene O’Leary from Citizens for Public Justice.

A very...

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September 5, 2019

I would not be who I am, without camps.

My first foray with camps was in 1999, when I joined the team at Sherbrooke Lake Camp in Nova Scotia as a Counsellor-in-Training. Like most 15-year-olds, my mom had to convince me to do most things that were good for me – and that included camping. I was one of those quiet kids who had zero self-confidence and frankly, I didn't "get" the church. I attended with my mom for as early as I remember so it was part of my Sunday routine. But it was after my first summer of camp that I...

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September 5, 2019

When I look out of the windows from Our Place in Victoria BC, I see a veritable flock of large metallic cranes constructing new buildings in our downtown core. While part of me relishes the thought of more and much needed housing, another part of me wants to turn this economic boom into a positive for the most vulnerable citizens in our community.

It’s far too easy to dismiss people without jobs as being “lazy,” but that hasn’t been my experience. Instead, I see all the barriers that must be hurdled in order to secure...

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