Intercultural

The intercultural vision is about more than inclusion—it’s about a radical welcoming that calls all of us to change.

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File 2019 Asian Heritage Month | A Step Nearer to Harmony
A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that encourages harmonious living.

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PDF icon 2019 Asian Heritage Month | Centennial of Korean Independence
The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement of the Korean people, who rose against colonial occupation by Japan in 1919. This worship resource can be used in Sunday service in May, Asian Heritage Month, or anytime in 2019.

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PDF icon 2019 Asian Heritage Month | Our God Goes with Us
A worship service for Asian Heritage Month worship service this year that focuses on the United Churches of Japanese-Canadian background and reminds us that no matter where we go and whatever the future holds, we need not fear, for God goes with us and before us.

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File 2019 Asian Heritage Month | Rice Is Heaven
A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that uses rice as a symbol of life and harmony.

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File 2019 Black History Month: International Decade for People of African Descent
A service of Word and Sacrament from The United Church of Canada / United Church of Christ

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File A History in Song
This hymn festival celebrating Black History Month could be used in the place of a sermon.

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PDF icon A Worship Service for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Worship suggestions compiled from United Church resources for March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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PDF icon Acknowledging the Territory in Worship
A brief guide to help congregations and bodies of the church incorporate an Acknowledgement of Territory into their gatherings.
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May 1, 2017

May is Asian Heritage Month, and the perfect time to prayerfully reflect on the contributions of Asian Canadians to Canadian society. Liturgies, songs, and other material that can be used in Asian Heritage Month services can be found on our Worship Resources pages.

The month has been celebrated in the United States since 1979. In December 2001, the Canadian Senate adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy — the first Canadian of Asian descent appointed to the Senate of...

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January 31, 2019

May is Asian Heritage Month. The month provides a continuing opportunity to prayerfully reflect on the contributions of Asian Canadians to our church and Canadian society and to honour and celebrate this important aspect of Canadian history.

In church and society, Asian cultures and traditions are broad and diverse.

Comprising many language groups, cultural traditions, histories, and ways of expressing faith, Asian Canadians have many ways of being.

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File Beautiful and Beloved, Vulnerable and Whole
A service by the Rev. Miriam Spies for Disabilities Awareness Day
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January 16, 2019

As we mark Black History Month or African Heritage Month in Canada, let us celebrate the many contributions of Black people to Canadian society and to the United Church.

Let us take time to remember African-Canadian history, the struggles and the haunting legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

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File Black History Month (video)
An introduction to the history of Black peoples in the United Church, from Union United in Montreal over a century ago to the present day (2010).

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PDF icon Bulletin Insert: Black History Month
Features a prayer written in response to racial tensions in North America and the 50th anniversary of voting rights marches from Selma, Alabama.

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PDF icon Bulletin Insert: Children’s Time for Black History Month
A bulletin insert to outline the story of The Freedom Quilt for Children's Time...

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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 Celebrating the Journey worship service for Black History Month
A worship service for Black History Month.

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File Christ, Forgive Us
A worship service for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17.

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File Christian Conference of Asia | Asia Sunday 2018
An order of worship on the theme "Embracing the Differently Abled, and Upholding Their Dignity"...

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File Come, Drink of Living Water
A liturgy honouring an intercultural ministry, suitable for Asian Heritage Month.
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April 5, 2019

It started with an idea.

Why don’t we gather Deaf ministry leaders from different denominations in one place? We could talk about what we have in common and see what happens next.

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File Created in God’s Image
Worship for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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File Easter Joint North-South Korea Prayer 2017
From the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korean Christian Federation

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File Easter Joint North-South Korea Prayer 2018
From the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korean Christian Federation
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April 5, 2019

God is calling us to find new ways of being church together. It is not simply a matter of continuing with traditions we have become comfortable with and allowing others to join us. Rather, our intercultural vision calls us to be aware of who is at the centre and who is at the margins and to empower those at the margins to lead us into change.

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March 12, 2019

A prayer for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

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File From All Corners of the World
A worship service for Multiculturalism Sunday.

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PDF icon Gathering at the Table worship service for African Heritage Month
A worship service for African Heritage Month

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File God's Glory Cannot Be Hidden
A worship service for Black History Month.
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February 15, 2019

On Sunday, May 26, 2015, congregations all over Canada created Heart Gardens to honour the memory of Aboriginal children who died in the residential schools over the 120 years the schools existed. Over 2,000 Heart Gardens were created. 

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File Intercultural Hymn Service
A service framed around hymns in Voices United from cultures around the world.

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March 12, 2019

The intercultural vision is about more than inclusion—it’s about a radical welcoming that calls all of us to change.

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May 3, 2019
A recent survey gave United Church people an opportunity to express their experiences and attitudes toward our intercultural commitment.
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March 1, 2019

Founded in 1990, the Asian Muslim Action Network, or AMAN, has members from over 20 Asian countries. The network seeks active collaboration with other faith communities to promote the human dignity of all, regardless of religion. Its programs of training and capacity development emphasize creative thinking, right understanding of religions, respect for diversity, and service to humanity.

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April 2, 2019
Join The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ USA in promoting recognition, justice, for people of African descent.

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File Liturgical Resources | Christian Conference of Asia
The CCA issues annual Asia Sunday resources for thematic worship.
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April 5, 2019

In southcentral Ontario, on the south side of Rice Lake, approximately 30 km north of Cobourg in a valley, you will find the beautiful Alderville First Nations Community. 

Through support from Mission & Service, Alderville First Nation is a thriving, Spirit-filled community that is rich in heritage and Native culture. Visitors are able to interact with the community at the Annual Pow-wow and at Drum Socials. 

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February 19, 2019
Monday, April 24, 2017, marks Yom HaShoah, a day when many people in the Jewish community commemorate the lives of those who died in the Holocaust.
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March 1, 2019

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the intercultural journey of learning and practice. Carmen Ramirez shares her story today.

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File On Eagle's Wings: Black History Month Service
May we not grow weary but soar on eagle’s wings as one people, bound together in your love.
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August 28, 2018

The Rev. Sharon Ballantyne attended a gathering of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network in Lima, Peru, and reflects on that experience:

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File Prairie Horizons Intercultural Worship
An outline for worship in an intercultural context.

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File Prayer for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
A prayer for missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and their family and friends.

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File Prayer of Lament
A prayer for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17.
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March 12, 2019

A prayer for Pride month.

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March 12, 2019

An Advent  prayer originally written for Behold!: An Intercultural Gathering,

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PDF icon Questioning Worship: Engaging All God's Peoples: Sample Chapter
A resource for talking about intercultural worship; sample session.
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January 31, 2019

Working toward racial justice in church and society is a lifelong journey. We must be open to learning from each other, with each other, and with the Spirit, so that we continue to break down barriers and build just institutions.

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File Racial Justice | United Church of Christ
Each person is created in the image of God, and racism is an affont to God. Prayers and learning resources.

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File Recommitting to Justice, Equity and Peace
A prayer of confession about racial justice - for individual or community prayers

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PDF icon Revival out of Helplessness: Bible Study
The story of the Samaritan woman at the well can help us reflect on racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).

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PDF icon Revival out of Helplessness: Worship
A worship service on the theme of anti-racism (from Mandate, Winter 2018).
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September 7, 2018

Recently, people with disabilities and their allies were invited to share their stories of living with disabilities in the United Church. Some stories were joyful; many were vulnerable, honest, and painful stories of exclusion.

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File Room at the Table
A worship service by the Rev. Sharon Ballantyne for Disabilities Awareness Day

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PDF icon SCM's Disability, Faith and Justice Devotional
We are all made in the image of God, but people with disabilities have been excluded and shamed for who they are. This devotional from the Student Christian Movement of Canada’s asks: How should our faith shape us in this struggle?

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PDF icon Scripture and Incense
A Bible study for Asian Heritage Month on Psalm 141:1–4

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PDF icon Sing, Thanks to Our God (Song of Many Tongues)
A unison worship song (includes optional descant) with piano accompaniment for use during Asian Heritage Month. Written by Amy Yea Kyong Lee.

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File Songs from Many Cultures for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
Hymns in Voices United, More Voices, and Nos Voix unies that offer in many languages and diverse origins.
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December 6, 2017

Blackmail. Blackhearted. Black as sin. Washed white as snow. Over time, in our English language, we have become accustomed to equating evil as black, and purity as white. Even the dictionary adds credence to this. One dictionary defines “black” as “without any moral quality or goodness; evil; wicked.” The same dictionary defines “white” as “morally pure; innocent” (from dictionary.com). Similar definitions exist for the words “light” and “dark.”

Our ingrained – and at times binary – notions of black/white and darkness/light as inherently good and evil can guide how we...

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File Surrounded by So Great a Cloud of Witnesses
A worship service for Asian Heritage Month that awakens the senses and celebrates diversity while seeking harmony.

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PDF icon The Cultural Iceberg
Culture is similar to an iceberg—only about 10% is visible above the surface. The cultural iceberg is a helpful analogy to explore explicit and implicit aspects of culture.

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File The Story of Moon IkHwan
David Kim-Cragg tells the story of his parents struggling as Christians in Korea before and after the Korean war.
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April 4, 2019

A prayer for March 21 by the Right Rev. Richard Bott. 

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File Toward Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (Mark 1:29-39)
A worship service with the theme of creating a culture of mutuality and full participation for those with disabilities and their allies (based on Mark 1:29-39). ...

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File Toward Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (Rom. 12:3–13)
A worship service with the theme of creating a culture of mutuality and full participation for those with disabilities and their allies (based on Rom. 12:3–13).

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May 6, 2019

We’re still discovering the many ways in which the intercultural vision can be applied. Here are some things you can do as a leader, as an individual, and as a faith community to take up the intercultural vision.

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March 1, 2019

The community gathers, and music fills the air. Slipping effortlessly between Anishinaabemowin and English, the gathered congregation sings their favourite hymns to piano and guitar. Christian Island United Church serves the Ojibwe, Potawatomie, and Odawa people of Beausoleil First Nation located on beautiful Georgian Bay. 

The Sunday morning congregation is tiny, but the pastoral care needs of the community are never-ending. This is a place where the United Church tries to live out in practical ways our apology to First Nations. 

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