The United Church of Canada E-ssentials - November 16, 2021
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Gifts with Vision 2021


The new Gifts with Vision season has launched! Take a look at the website to see all the exciting and meaningful new gifts available this year (as well as plenty of old favourites). These gifts move the world and won't get stuck on a cargo ship!

Eating for Optimal Health

Photo of a plate of seared salmon and salad.

A healthy diet throughout life supports normal growth, development, and aging, and reduces the risk of chronic disease, leading to overall health and well-being. This month, LifeSpeak’s Expert, Toby Amidor, will share her nutrition tips—in six parts—to fully benefit from the food we eat.

Eating for
  • A well-balanced diet 
  • Heart health 
  • Cancer prevention 
  • Healthy bones 
  • A healthy gut 
  • Optimal health: FAQ  
Also, LifeSpeak is excited to invite you to discover the all-new platform! Find all the same great content that is more user-friendly and has an even better user experience. Check out your new LifeSpeak platform now! Log in using the Group Account option. The password is "wellness".


WorkLifeHealth has a section on Food & Nutrition under the health & well-being, physical well-being headings. You can read articles on: 
  • Health eating for busy families 
  • Growing older eating wiser 
  • Eating healthy – for you and your budget 
They also have a section on Nutrition Support, under My Services. Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet can be a challenge with a hectic schedule and multiple personal and family demands. Select the purple “Get started online” button to explore your options.

[Photo credit: cattalin on Pixabay]

Standing Up for Children's Rights Vigils

Photo of a young Palestinian child being detained by Israeli forces.

November 27–29, public vigils are being held across the country from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia, organized by Stand Up for Palestinian Children’s Rights, an ecumenical cross-Canada group that includes UNJPPI and United Church of Canada members. The group amplifies the call of United Church partner Defense for Children International - Palestine's No Way to Treat a Child campaign, for a Special Envoy for Palestinian Children.

To get involved and find out more, contact the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI) at

Advent Unwrapped: Colouring Book, Liturgies, and More!

Photo of some of the colouring pages from the Advent Unwrapped colouring book.

There's lots going on with Advent Unwrapped this year! From brand new candle lighting liturgies (made in partnership with The United Church of Christ) to colouring books and even a webinar, there's something for everyone. Take a look at our dedicated worship theme page, subscribe to the newsletter, or follow us on Facebook!

[Photo credit: Diane Renault/The United Church of Canada]

United Church Bookstore: Jesus Crisis!

Image of the front cover of the book: a broken red tree ornament with the words "Jesus Crisis" in white letters

With a meticulous commitment to justice, Jesus cuts into our world of destruction: he severs oppressive systems, dissects violent divisions, and hacks at the hate that poisons our shared divinity. After a year of one crisis after another, might we embrace the Crisis who arrives in the form of a tiny baby? That's what our new Advent devotional, Jesus Crisis, is dedicated to exploring. Pick up your copy today—and remember to browse the bookstore's Advent collection while you're at it!

Worship Resources 

See our Worship Resources for upcoming Sundays and special celebrations.

November 20 - Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 21 - Twenty-sixth after Pentecost
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