The United Church Today

What's One of the Most Awesomest Things about London Conference???

London Conference has great camping. We have nine (yes, you heard correctly, nine) camps: Bimini, Gesstwood, Kee-Mo-Kee, Lambton, McDougall, Menesetung, Rainbow, Tanner ..... and Pearce-Williams.

Even the sounds of those names evoke memories of campfires, hamburgers, fireflies, swimming holes, wood cabins, games, activities and friends! Why did it feel like it was always golden among the forests and beaches? A sense of spirit and joy, discovery and wonder was a part of the experience. Not knowing until you got there if your best friend from last year would be there. But ending up with new best friends by the end of camp anyways.

Maybe it didn't feel like God was a part of the experience at the time, but, looking back, you KNOW God was a part of camping!

So continue the connection and pick a camp, any camp, for someone you love.


Truth & Reconciliation Commission Hearings


For over 100 years, Aboriginal children were removed from their families and sent to institutions called residential schools. The government-funded, church-run schools were located across Canada and established with the purpose to eliminate parental involvement in the spiritual, cultural and intellectual development of Aboriginal children. The last residential schools closed in the mid-1990s.

During this chapter in Canadian history, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were forced to attend these schools some of which were hundreds of miles from their home. The cumulative impact of residential schools is a legacy of unresolved trauma passed from generation to generation and has had a profound effect on the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and other Canadians.

Collective efforts from all peoples are necessary to revitalize the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and Canadian society – reconciliation is the goal. It is a goal that will take the commitment of multiple generations but when it is achieved, when we have reconciliation - it will make for a better, stronger Canada.

Read the communications from Cheryl-Ann Stadelbauer-Sampa, Executive Secretary of London Conference, who attended the seventh and final Truth & Reconciliation Commission Hearings in Edmonton, March 27 - 30.


United Future: Called to Change

The Comprehensive Review Task Group believes God is calling The United Church of Canada to the threshold of something new. From 2012 to 2015, the task group is engaging our church in a broad conversation about how best to nurture a range of vital communities of faith to embrace God’s mission. Please click here to read an invitation from the General Secretary and Comprehensive Review Task Group Chair. Click here to go to the United Future website to learn about the process, read reports & discussion papers and to actively participate in the process by contributing your views.


Choosing Peace in Palestine and Israel


As former Moderator, Mardi Tindal, was known to say, "Jesus was a political person." Consequently, it should come as no surprise when The United Church of Canada takes what many view as a political stand. Our decisions are tied to our faith and our belief in justice and fullness of life for all. That is why the 41st General Council of the United Church made a commitment to education and economic action in response to the report of Israel/Palestine working group. The plan to implement this decision was established this past May. More information can be found at www.united-church.ca/getinvolved/unsettling-goods or in the letter from London Conference's representatives to the General Council Executive. Details of economic action are available at the United Church website.


The 'Idle No More' movement is drawing attention to the broken relationship between First Nations and the dominant culture in our society.

The United Church has been concerned for almost thirty years now about the part we played in that troubled relationship. From the Apology to First Nations in 1986 to the residential school settlements to the signing of the covenant with the Aboriginal Ministries Circle and the incorporating of the four colours of the medicine wheel into the United Church crest at the General Council this past summer, we have been seeking healing and reconciliation in the process—and have found ourselves enriched and inspired by the gifts our First Nations congregations and elders bring.