Climate Change

The United Church of Canada, together with others around the world, is deeply concerned about climate change. This issue has profound ethical and moral dimensions.

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PDF icon Bears, Bees, and Butterflies (Mandate, May 2016)
A program on climate change for older children.

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PDF icon Bulletin Insert: One Earth, One Sea, One Sky (Earth Sunday)
Our Creator God calls us to give thanks for the gifts of Earth, Sea, and Sky. ...
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August 29, 2018
Moderator Jordan Cantwell, along with 25 other Canadian faith leaders, has endorsed the statement On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada . This statement represents a meeting of the minds and hearts of many diverse faith organizations, including the World Buddhist Council, World Sikh Organization of Canada, and a broad range of Christian denominations. The faith leaders...

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PDF icon Caring for Creation: A Service for Children’s Sunday
This service for Children's Sunday invites all of us to care for creation as a Christian community...

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PDF icon Climate Change and Faith (Mandate, May 2016)
This workshop will create a space for honest conversation and help people understand climate change as a spiritual matter.
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August 27, 2018

The United Church’s “A New Creed” reminds us that we are called to live with respect in creation. Not respect “for” creation, as a separate entity. But respect “in” the creation that is all around and within us. That is our origin story, we people who were formed of soil and of one another.

As global temperatures rise, and destructive weather patterns become more frequent; as poor and vulnerable regions become more vulnerable; as the call to live into reconciliation rings out across this sacred land… How can we...

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File Creation and Creativity
A theme-based service of worship for Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost with a short skit.
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October 1, 2018
Thank you for your generous and compassionate support of The United Church of Canada’s Extreme Hunger Appeal
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August 31, 2018

A prayer for all those who are being affected by extreme weather events.

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PDF icon God among the Wild Things (Mandate, May 2016)
A Bible study on the climate crisis
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August 29, 2018
Both the national church and the Pension Plan are signatories to the UN PRI–sponsored Paris Pledge for Action statement, which will call for strong economic action to reduce emissions. The statement will be released on December 11 at the close of the COP21 meetings. The United Church of Canada became a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (UN PRI) program in 2014, and The...

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PDF icon Leaders of Today (Mandate, May 2016)
A workshop to empower youth for climate change activism

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File Living with Respect in Creation: A Story in the Style of Godly Play
A story for children to use during Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.
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August 29, 2018
The United Church's New Creed calls us "to live with respect in Creation." We join our voices with other denominations and faiths around the world in expressing our deep concern around climate change. The upcoming 21st Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21, November 30–December 12) could be a critical turning point for climate change policy and the future of the planet. World leaders will work to...
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September 5, 2018
Moderator Jordan Cantwell welcomes the new Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
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August 20, 2018
Diverse organizations, including the United Church, champion Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth.
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November 20, 2017
Each of us wrestles with the complexity of living in a social and economic system that is dependent on fossil fuels.

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PDF icon Overcoming Barriers (Mandate, May 2016)
Workshop: What blocks us from taking action on climate justice?

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File Peace with the Earth
A worship service for the International Day of Peace on the theme "Peace with the Earth."...

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File Prayer for African Drought Relief
A prayer for those affected by the drought in Africa.
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February 21, 2018

A prayer for those affected by the drought in Africa.

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PDF icon Prayer for all impacted by wildfires in BC
A prayer for all affected by the British Columbia wildfires of July 2017.
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June 11, 2018

A prayer for those affected by the British Columbia wildfires.

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December 7, 2016

Ask the Prime Minister how Trans Mountain will fit with Canada’s commitments to emission reductions and reconciliation.

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July 19, 2018
The Roman Catholic‒United Church of Canada Dialogue has released a report on climate change entitled: The Hope within Us.

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PDF icon Seeds of Life
A short worship for a small group to share in Spring.

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PDF icon The Hope within Us
A report on climate change by the Roman Catholic-United Church Dialogue in Canada, 2018

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PDF icon The Liturgical Colour Orange and Ember Days
A history of the colour orange and ember days for use in Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File The Seasons: Eros and a Right Relation with Earth
A theme-based service of worship for Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost which uses eros as a lens to gain insight into right relation with earth and all creation.
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October 1, 2018
Moderator Jordan Cantwell expresses the church’s concerns about the approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline.
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June 5, 2018
In her June 1 letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Moderator wrote to express deep concern at the federal government’s decision to purchase the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
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August 27, 2018
The United Church of Canada was one of the first Canadian institutional investors to sign a recently launched public statement setting out Investor Expectations on Corporate Climate Lobbying. To date, 62 investors have signed the statement, representing total assets under management of more than US$3.8 trillion. The statement was launched by the United Nations Principles for Responsible...

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PDF icon Universal Light (music)
Musical score for "Universal Light," a communion prayer by Bruce Harding, Marie Lewin, and Rod Sykes...

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Delight in Me!
A worship service for the first Sunday, Year A, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Depend on Me!
A worship service for the fifth Sunday, Year B, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost, or for Thanksgiving Sunday.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Enjoy My Songs!
A worship service for the first Sunday, Year C, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Learn My Stories!
A worship service for the second Sunday, Year B, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Lend Me Your Voice!
A worship service for the fourth Sunday, Year B, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost, or World Communion Sunday.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Listen to Us!
A worship service for the second Sunday, Year A, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Love Me!
A worship service for the fourth Sunday, Year A, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Love Me! (Using Lectionary Readings)
A worship service for the first Sunday, Year B, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost, using lectionary readings.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Nurture Me!
A worship service for the third Sunday, Year B, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Seek My Intelligence!
A worship service for the second Sunday, Year C, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Share My Abundance!
A worship service for the Thanksgiving Sunday, Year A, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Speak for Me!
A worship service for the first Sunday, Year B, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Stand Up for Me!
A worship service for the fourth Sunday, Year C, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Sustain Me!
A worship service for the fifth Sunday, Year C, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost, World Communion Sunday.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Walk Lightly Upon Me!
A worship service for the third Sunday, Year C, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.

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File What Is Creation Saying to Us? Work with Me!
A worship service for the third Sunday, Year A, Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost.
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