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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January 10, 2018

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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January 4, 2018

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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November 21, 2017

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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November 20, 2017

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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October 12, 2017

The Millstream Pastoral Charge in New Brunswick may be small in size — less than 40 active families in a four-point charge — but its generosity towards others is major league. Its members already support various outreach services in the neighbouring town of Sussex, including a clothing depot, sponsoring a foster child in Africa, donations to the Red Cross for disaster relief, and a transition house for abused women. But with Canada’s 150th birthday falling this year, the pastoral...

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September 26, 2017

The United Church of Canada is participating in a dialogue process on reconciliation with the Uniting Church in Australia focussing on both countries' and churches' shared yet very different experiences of colonization and reconciliation. Rev. Dr. Chris Budden, a member of the delegation from the Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, which visited Canada July 14-31, reflects here on their experience. A group from The United Church of Canada will visit...

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April 4, 2017

In the dark hours before sunrise, United Church minister Rev. Al drives through downtown Victoria greeting the city’s street community. He welcomes them with hot coffee, breakfast, and other necessities. The morning run lets Rev. Al and his team at the Dandelion Society plan their response to individual needs.

Doreen Kot and the folks at Parkdale United Church, are engaged in partnerships that effectively work to reduce poverty. One way...

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