The United Church of Canada is co-hosting an anniversary symposium, Marking Moments, with Emmanuel College of Continuing Education. The event embraces the theme, "Propel us into your future, rooted in the richness of our past." It will feature scholarly reflections, lively discussion, and a Q&A on four milestone anniversaries in the United Church.

  • The 50th anniversary of the "New Creed".
  • The 50th anniversary of the union between the United Church and the Evangelical United Breathren.
  • The 30th anniversary of the "Membership, Ministry, and Human Sexuality," statement, also known as the "1988 decision".
  • The 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.

The event will be held at Emmanuel College Chapel in Toronto on September 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can register to attend in person, or to participate in the livestream.

Here are the dynamic speakers and panelists you will hear from, and engage with, at Marking Moments.


Catherine Ambrose grew up in the Evangelical United Brethren Church. She represented Canada Conference youth on the denomination’s Youth Fellowship Council, and on the Youth Work Committee of the Canadian Council of Churches. Ambrose has a Masters of Religious Education from Emmanuel College in Toronto and she served on the United Church committee exploring the church’s union with the Disciples of Christ.

Rev. John Ambrose has been in ministry with the United Church for 55 years, serving congregations in Western Canada and Southern Ontario. Since retiring, he has served as an intentional interim minister with five congregations. In recent years, Ambrose served as the Editor of Voices United (now marking its 21st year of publication), President of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and Chair of the Board of Directors of The United Church Observer.

Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan is the immediate Past President of the Canadian Council of Churches. She has also served as the Director for Unity Faith and Order for the Anglican Communion, and Ecumenical Officer of the Anglican Church of Canada. In addition, Barnett-Cowan attended the World Council of Churches (WCC) Assemblies in Busan, South Korea (2013) and Porto Alegre, Brazil (2006), and for 14 years she was a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the WCC.

Dr. Michael Bourgeois is a member of St. Matthew’s United Church in Toronto. He joined the faculty at Emmanuel College in 2001 and is currently Associate Professor of Theology. He served as chair of the United Church’s Committee on Theology and Faith from 2000 to 2006, which developed “A Song of Faith.”

Rev. Teresa Burnett-Cole is an ordained minister serving Glebe-St. James United Church—an Affirming congregation in Ottawa. She lives with Ruth, her partner of 24 years. Burnett-Cole has been active in LGBT Two-Spirit+ circles for 30 years. She is currently working on a Ph.D. at Emmanuel College in Toronto focusing on indigeneity in intercultural liturgy.

Rev. Ralph Carl Wushke is a retired minister from Bathurst United Church in Toronto and the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto. He was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in 1978 and admitted to The United Church of Canada in 2004.


Rev. Adam Kilner has served in ordained ministry for eight years. He served on the Moderator’s Advisory Committee of the Very Rev. David Giuliano (2006 to 2009), the World Council of Churches’ Conference on World Mission & Evangelism in Arusha, Tanzania (March 2018), and as a member of the Editorial Board of Touchstone, a journal of theology and faith.

Rev. Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg is the Lydia Gruchy Professor of Pastoral Studies at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon. She has written 10 books and numerous articles. Her most recent book is Interdependence: A Postcolonial Feminist Practical Theology (Pickwick Publications, 2018). She is a proud mom of two children who enjoys walking and biking with her spouse.

Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne is Heiltsuk First Nation and an ordained minister in The United Church of Canada. She has a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, C.A. and serves as Executive Director of First United in Vancouver. Lansdowne lives in Ferndale, W.A. with her partner and their two children.

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