“In theological education we are trying to make preparing for ministry in the name of Jesus as difficult as it ought to be. I have thought a great deal about why ministry is so hard—secularity, post-Christendom, multiculturalism, shrinking church, opportunities to golf.
Laura H. Hambley was born in Port Perry, Ontario, in 1877. She was a member of the Woman’s Missionary Society appointed as a teacher to West China in 1904.
By all accounts a strong woman, Laura’s major contribution was in girls’ education. She overcame widespread resistance in a city in China to build a four-storey girls’ school. She gathered architectural plans from across Canada, then created the plan for her school. Starting with a handful of students, enrollment grew as more and more parents saw value in their daughters receiving an education.
Stuart Jackson, ministry personnel at Chalmers Castle Downs United Church, tells the behind-the-scenes story of a Mandate magazine cover:
The cover of the Mandate 2015–2016 Mission & Service special edition showed a father and son who are part of the Bissell Centre’s family support program in Edmonton, Alberta. The background of the cover photo is an alphabet quilt.
The Rev. Park Young Ju, chairperson of East Seoul Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK), shares the story of the scholarship she received from the United Church:
“I was very glad to see you at the 100th General Assembly of PROK. At the moment of exchanging between our two denominations, it reminded me of the scholarship I received from The United Church of Canada in 1989 for my Ph.D. course at Ewha Women’s University…. I give my deep thanks to you.”
Kate Johnson has been supported through Mission & Service in many ways, in theological education and in her work as a prison chaplain, including her time as part of Kingston Community Chaplaincy. We celebrate her many gifts that have been lived out through Mission & Service–supported ministries!
In the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed homes, farms, communities, and livelihoods in November 2013. Immediately after the storm, Mission & Service partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) began working with affected communities to meet emergency needs for shelter, food, and water.
The Skylight Festival emerged out of the collaboration of a small ecumenical group of people who are passionate about arts, faith, peace, and justice. They wanted to create an open space for people of many backgrounds to come together to explore faith while engaging in art and being inspired by speakers and seekers of justice.
The solid door opens to a place of warmth and welcome for young women between the ages of 16 and 30 who find themselves on the street for a variety of reasons. Naomi House in St. John’s, Newfoundland, a part of Stella’s Circle, is the former home of the founder and namesake of social worker Stella Burry.
Roger finally has a home after many years of struggling with addiction and mental health issues. He lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Hamilton, Ontario, that is part of the housing project of Wesley Urban Ministries. Roger is a personable, kind, and honest soul who has found a home in a community where he is fully accepted.