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What a Journey it’s Been

Hard to believe that my three-year ministry as Moderator is coming to a close… although General Council still looms large in my thinking and in my dreams. So, friends, this is my final posting, the last of over 165. What a journey it’s been. I have particularly appreciated these final 40 days, this prayer pilgrimage to General Council 42, …

Leadership in Our Time

My “water mug” – the one I will be bringing to the 42nd General Council – comes from last February’s Youth Forum and it declares, “God’s World Needs Young Leaders.” Recently, a friend pushed this further, and said that in this changing reality of church, we may not need buildings, but we sure are going to need good leaders, young …

The Call to Justice – Part 2: The How

So perhaps you have a sense of why you and the church need to be involved in the work of justice, not as an optional part of the gospel, but as an integral expression of it. But then comes the question of how such a commitment gets expressed. Within the United Church there has been …

Reclaiming Loaded Words: Discipleship and Evangelism

The church in Canada exists in a changed world, a society that is increasingly secular, with many “Nones” (no religious affiliation); “Dones” (who have a church background, but are no longer interested); “SBNRs” (Spiritual But Not Religious); and those who are fervently atheist, anti-religion (Richard Dawkins et al). We are a “sideline denomination”—small, and on …

The Faith of a Pilgrim People

And so it begins, friends, the 40-day pilgrimage to Corner Brook, where the church will gather in worship and prayer and work at General Council 42, open to the Spirit, seeking to discern the ways that God is calling us into the future. As pilgrims we travel in faith, motivated by a yearning for a deeper relationship with …

Conversations that Matter

The pilgrimage to Corner Brook begins Monday, June 29, and then it’s 40 days and 40 nights of travelling time, until General Council 42 begins. I would like to invite the whole church to participate in this pilgrimage – not only General Council commissioners, staff, and guests, but all of you “back home,” who won’t actually be …

Pilgrimage to “The Rock”

Youth Forum happened early this year… a new way of doing things. Each Conference of The United Church of Canada was invited to send five youth to a long-weekend gathering at Five Oaks (one of our church educational centres, near Paris, Ontario), where they would begin preparation for the 42nd General Council – “Behold I Make All Things New.” So, …