July 7, 2020
COVID-19: Global Response
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 this time of 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 COVID-19: Global Response.
[Photo credit: Wilco Van Meppelen on Unsplash]
Due to the ongoing health crisis, Rendez-vous 2020
is set to be a Rendez-vous unlike any other..! The event will still be going ahead August 11-14, but through a virtual platform instead of an in-person gathering.
Through real-time online events, recordings, and interactive workshops, we will celebrate bold faith, brave space, and brazen grace. While this is a free event, you do need to register
in order to gain access to the event app. The final day to register is August 7. Register before July 15 to get your commemorative t-shirt or toque in time for the event, available for $10 each at the time of registration!
Enabling Accessibility Fund
The federal government has recently announced a call for proposals for the Enabling Accessibility Fund. This is a great opportunity for churches and other communities of faith to apply for funding to do accessibility improvements and make their buildings more accessible. But act fast! The deadline is July 13. Find out more.
[Image: (top) Courtesy of Accessibility Services Canada / (bottom) The Government of Prince Edward Island, Flick (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)]
GCE Starts Work to Become Anti-Racist Denomination
During its electronic meeting on June 20, the 43rd General Council referred the new proposal, "Towards an Anti-Racist Denomination," to the Executive, directing GCE to use it as guidance for strategic planning, prioritization, and implementation and report back to General Council 43 at their Fall 2020 meeting. Find out more about the next steps.
[Image credit: Paul Sableman, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)]
New from United Church Publishing House:
The Other Side of the River
In his new book, The Other Side of the River: From Church Pew to Sweat Lodge, author and retired United Church minister Alf Dumont shares his story of walking between the worlds of Indigenous and settler, Traditional Spirituality and Christianity. Dumont challenges the church and all of Canada to re-examine their relationships and responsibilities with Indigenous peoples. Available now in print or as an e-book buy now at UCRDstore.ca!