GENERAL COUNCIL – Festival of Faith

An Interview with Rev. David Moore, visionary behind the Festival of Faith to be held in conjunction with the General Council in Oshawa, July 21 to 27, 2018. Click here to access the Interview. Click here to access the 43rd General Council website pages.  … [Read more...]


I have to confess. I am one of those seminarian/pastor/theologian types that bought in full bore to the missional movement. From my first class on missional theology in 1998, I have been fully committed to being missional…or at least to the idea of being missional. The way that I lead, what I read, what I teach/consult on and my dissertation all center around a word that wasn’t even a word 20 years ago. And, it seems, I am not the only one. As of what Google said this morning, there are exactly 1.62 bazillion books currently for sale with “missional” in the title. In all this literature one things is clear: everyone loves the word, not everyone is saying the same things when they use it. So, for better or worse, I realize that I am a part of a broad and loosely-defined movement that is obsessed with missionality (no, that word doesn’t exist yet, but I thought I’d give it a try and see what happens). Seventeen years of thought and practice have made something clear to me. Just … [Read more...]

Remit Implementation

Work has begun to help the church move smoothly through the next steps in the remit implementation process. In addition to approving changes to the traditional operating practices of the denomination, presbyteries and pastoral charges voted in favour of a streamlined three-council model and a new financial arrangement among pastoral charges, communities of faith, regions, and the General Council. These remits will go to the General Council meeting in July 2018 for discussion and, if approved, for implementation. The Task Group managing these processes and the Boundaries Commission that will decide on the new regions will be posting regular updates of their work. Click Here for Remit Implementation Information … [Read more...]

Teaching People to Connect with God – the Prayer Ministry of Penny Bailey

Penny Bailey has been teaching people how to pray for more than twenty years. The member of Wellington Square United Church in Burlington said that prayer has been “the blessing of her life”. “Prayer builds our personal relationship with God. It releases God’s loving power into lives and situations that we pray about.” Prayer releases God’s love on earth,” she said. Although Bailey said she has always prayed, her prayer life deepened after she attended a Benny Hinn Crusade at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens twenty years ago. “I really went to pray for other people, but I was on crutches at the time because of a knee injury and arthritic joints.” By the time she left all her pain was gone and her mobility was restored. “I hadn’t been able to move like that in 15 years,” she said. “I was able to climb stairs. I felt a deep, deep sense of thanksgiving and then I really started to believe in miracles and to pray for miracles for others.” For twenty years, Bailey has led sessions to … [Read more...]

Position 2 – Support to Congregations and Pastoral Oversight Committee

Position 2 Support to Congregations and Pastoral Oversight Committee Halton Presbytery is seeking to hire a person to support congregations and the Oversight Committee. The position would entail: Providing guidance/resources to congregations regarding visioning and mission focused initiatives Providing leadership for specific Halton Presbytery projects Working with the Pastoral Oversight Committee and chair to implement the specific recommendations outlined in the Halton Presbytery Needs Assessment Team Report, April 2017. The positon is part-time (15 hours a week) for the duration of the contract (about 12 months). Salary will be commensurate with experience as per United Church 2017 salary guidelines. For qualifications and a fuller position description, please link here Cover letters and resumes will be received until November 1, 2017. Please direct applications to: … [Read more...]

Exploring Spirit – Practices for the Journey

Spirituality does not come from religion. It comes from our soul”      Anthony Williams Exploring Spirit – Practices for the Journey is a series of experience-based explorations of spirituality. It is not based on one religion, one set of beliefs or one way of thinking about ourselves as spiritual creatures. If you have an open mind or a curious one, an adventurous spirit or a questioning one, we invite you to attend any or all of the Exploring Spirit evenings. All sessions begin at 7:00 pm and run for approximately 1 - 2 hours on the first Tuesday of the month Click Here for Exploring Spirit Poster       Click Here for Exploring Spirit Brochure Spirit Types – Tuesday, October 3 at Applewood UC with Barb Finlay, Adult Educator   Come and gain some insight about how you like to experience and express your spirituality. Labyrinth Walk – Tuesday, November 7 at St Stephen’s on the Hill UC Meditation Labyrinth with Anne Moore   With candlelight and guided contemplation - … [Read more...]

The United Church Foundation – Building the Church Through Innovation

“I’d always planned on going into ministry and I believe this is it,” David Armour, President of the United Church Foundation said. Armour was the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Olympic Foundation and the President of the United Way of Canada, before coming to work for the United Church. Although Armour has a Master of Management from McGill, easily qualifying him for a top private sector job, he has always chosen to work in the charitable sector, perhaps because of his Presbyterian heritage. “I started out helping street kids in Hamilton,” he said, “while I was doing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at McMaster. And then I ran a little agency.” And then the organizations he was involved with kept getting bigger – from local to regional to national. The United Church Foundation was launched in 2002, by the Executive of General Council to manage all the church’s trusts and endowments. According to the 2017 brochure it was “created to support the work of individuals, … [Read more...]

Skylight Expands Its Borders

Rev. Sarah Chapman knew that the Greenbelt Festival, she attended in Great Britain in 2013, was the kind of life changing experience she had to bring home to Canada. As soon as she returned, together with several who went to Greenbelt with her, the minister of Willowdale Emmanuel United Church in North York, began to plan to offer a similar opportunity to progressive Christians in Canada. The inspirational, activist flavour of the arts and justice festival was emulated in a small festival at the Paris Fairgrounds in the summer of 2015. By the summer of 2016, a highly successful, full-fledged festival, largely funded by the United Church, was launched. Over five hundred people came from all over the country to see concerts and participate in seminars on justice and spirituality. “There was something so special about Greenbelt,” Chapman said, “the progressive atmosphere, the quality of the performances. I especially enjoyed the music of Martyn Joseph and I was thrilled that he was … [Read more...]