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Living into Right Relations (LIRR) This monthly bulletin offers a listing of events, actions and resources for people interested in right relations and supporting Indigenous initiatives. It is curated by Nancy Dykstra, a first generation Canadian of Dutch descent and a member of Parkminster United Church in Waterloo. Nancy was inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Report of 2015 to become active in working toward right relations. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - Thursday,...

Several communities of faith have inquired if the vaccine passport being instituted in Ontario applies to them. The legal advice the regional council has received to date is that communities of faith do not have grounds to request this information.  Privacy legislation protects medical information and there has been no provincial action mandating such information be shared in a community of faith.  In fact, worshiping communities have been specifically exempted from the vaccine passport. There...

RIGHT RELATIONS EVENTS 2021 The following Right Relations events are all being offered by Antler River Watershed, Horseshoe Falls, Western Ontario Waterways regions of the United Church of Canada. Please note that you are able to call into the Zoom meetings with a regular phone call if you do not have access to video calls. For more information contact Thérèse Samuel, Minister, Right Relations and Social Justice at TSamuel@united-church.ca. WORKING TOGETHER FOR RIGHT RELATIONS: Networking and...

Becoming Nakuset The Story of a Sixties Scoop Survivor September 8, 2021  7:00pm - 8:30pm ET   /   4:00pm - 5:30pm PT On September 8th “Becoming Nakuset” will be hosted by United in Learning in partnership with Indigenous Ministries and Justice and Shining Waters Regional Council. It is an important award-winning short documentary of one woman’s experience of the Sixties Scoop, and a story that needs to be known in the non-Indigenous church.  The film will be followed by a listening circle led...

The United Church, in conjunction with For the Love of Creation, is searching for delegates to form a virtual delegation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26). The four COP26 goals set by the host countries UK and Italy are a step change in commitments to emissions reduction, strengthening adaptation to climate change impacts, getting finance flowing for climate action and enhancing international collaboration, including for the COP26 campaigns on energy transition, clean...

The United Church of Canada is in contact with Mission & Service partners in Haiti to find out how we can support their communities. Make a gift to support immediate needs including emergency shelter, clean water, and food. We are also asking for prayers for our partners and the Haitian United Church community in Canada, who are trying to contact family and friends in the devastation. Read more about the situation here.

On July 23rd, the Israeli military shot 17-year old Mohammad Munir Mohammad Tamimi(opens in a new tab) in the back. He died after hours of surgery. On July 28th, Israeli soldiers shot and killed 11-year old Mohammad Mo’ayyad Bahjat Abu Sara(opens in a new tab) while he was sitting in his father’s car. In the morning of July 29, the main offices of Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP), a United Church of Canada partner based in Ramallah, was raided by Israeli forces. Computers...

A special worship service was created with ecumenical and interfaith leadership for August 1, 2021, the first federally recognized Emancipation Day throughout Canada. Emancipation Day we remember that on August 1, 1834 when the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into effect, putting an end to legalized enslavement of people of African and Indigenous ancestry in the territory now known as Canada. This ecumenical service can be used in February (African Heritage Month/Black History Month), or...

The Kaleidoscope Institute presents a Summer Series of learning for Ministry Personnel and Lay Leaders   The Kaleidoscope Institute's founder, Eric Law, is the author of Holy Currencies, and many churches have found this a helpful resource and will find the Summer Institute programs invaluable.   The Kaleidoscope Institute is offering a Summer Institute intercultural experience on:   Liberating Hope: Truth, Connection & Wellness / Esperanza Liberadora: Verdad, Conexión y...