The United Church of Canada E-ssentials - August 4, 2020
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Resources and tips for congregations and church members are available on our COVID-19 page, including information on reopening churches, congregational finances, online worship and more.

August 4, 2020

Rendez-vous Re-imagined!


Rendez-vous 2020, the United Church Youth and Young Adult Gathering will be going ahead August 11-14, 2020— just in a different way.

2020 is turning out to be a year of the unexpected and that means Rendez-vous 2020 will be unlike any other. Due to the ongoing health crisis, we won’t be able to hold a large gathering in Calgary this summer. It’s up to us to dream together what it means to be a community of faith, even if we can’t all be in the same (physical) space.

Through real-time online events, recordings, and DIY workshop kits, we will celebrate bold faithbrave space and brazen grace. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Inspiring speakers, powerful worship, and singing your favourite songs
  • Fun, engaging, and interactive workshops and activities
  • New friends from across the country and around the world
Sign up now! General registration closes on August 7, 2020. 

Congregational Finances During the Pandemic: New Webinar


August 12, 2020. 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT

Erik Mathiesen and Clyde Harris return to United in Learning next week to provide an update on financial tools and government assistance information that will be useful to church treasurers.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program has been modified significantly and extended to December 2020. Almost every ministry with a payroll account is likely to be eligible for some degree of support. Other programs have been modified or will be winding up.

The webinar will review the details of the revised CEWS program as they apply to our ministries, and walk through the steps to calculate and apply for it. Erik and Clyde will also respond to any other questions treasurers may have about the various pandemic relief financial programs.

Please join us!

Learning Opportunity with the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

Join the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, UNHCR, and Rainbow Refugee for a webinar on sponsorship of refugees who flee persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The discussion will focus on the ways you can get involved in sponsoring these refugees through the BVOR program and the LGBTI Refugee Sponsorship Pilot Project. 

When: Wednesday, August 12, 2020. 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT 

[Photo credit: Jesse Gardner on Unsplash]


Hunger Skyrocketing due to COVID-19

People of the United Church have asked how they can support our church as we reach out to partners and the vulnerable communities they work with during the pandemic. Make a gift today to support those suffering around the world because of COVID-19. Your support will reach vulnerable communities in the global South and provide them with life-saving food. To learn more and support this appeal, visit the COVID-19: Global Response webpage.

[Photo: Cordillera Disaster Response Network]


New from United Church Publishing House:
The Other Side of the River: From Church Pew to Sweat Lodge

Alf Dumont has spent his life as a spiritual leader, serving as a Christian minister and staying connected with his traditional Indigenous spirituality. He believes sharing stories with each other is the path to build deeper relationships, healing, and reconciliation.

In this video, Alf Dumont talks about his inspiring new memoir The Other Side of the River: From Church Pew to Sweat Lodge. He is eager to share his story with you—you can pick up the book in print or as an ebook, from
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