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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June 25, 2018

It was an historic moment and new day for world peace and for peace on the Korean peninsula when U.S. President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un met in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Unfortunately, Canada’s reaction to the summit is lining us up to be the wrong side of history.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, in her response to the summit, re-affirmed Canada’s continued support for the out-dated strategy of global sanctions against North Korea. By using sanctions to maintain what then-U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called “maximum pressure” on North Korea...

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June 1, 2018

“It is time to shout: The era of peace is coming."

We echoed the cry of KoEun KwangSoon of Peace Mothers of Korea last week, as we walked alongside 1,200 South Korean women mobilizing for a peaceful resolution to the Korean conflict. I was representing the United Church as part of an international women peacemakers delegation of 30 peace activists. Led by Nobel peace laureate...

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May 30, 2018

“Today, 80 million hearts across the peninsula are broken.”

That was the reaction of Korean partners, representing Women’s Peace Walk, a coalition of more than 30 South Korean women’s peace organizations to the shocking news of the American cancellation of the June 12 summit planned between U.S. President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea.

But together, we lost no time in declaring that the momentum toward peace is unstoppable, driven forward by the deep yearning of the Korean people...

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May 18, 2018

Maximum engagement for peace in Korea.

That was the commitment of the International Women Peacemakers Delegation made at the end of the January 2018 Vancouver Foreign Ministers Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula co-hosted by Canada and the U.S. Nothing like the U.S.-led focus on “maximum pressure” and increased sanctions against North Korea. Instead, we wanted to maximize efforts to reduce tension, promote people-to-people contact, and enable humanitarian and sustainable development efforts in North Korea. I was in Vancouver, representing...

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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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March 20, 2018

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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February 11, 2020
Minister Bibeau has announced up to $10 million in emergency humanitarian assistance for Palestinian refugees.
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February 27, 2018
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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January 30, 2018

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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January 16, 2018

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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