Embracing the Spirit update - September 29, 2021
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Love and Justice Gathering Coming Up! Are you Ready to ENGAGE?

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From November 3-7, join changemakers on the Whova platform for the 2021 Love and Justice Gathering. This year’s theme is Engage!

With daily themes of engaging deep spirituality, daring justice, courageous community, bold discipleship, and hope, the Love and Justice Gathering offers a space designed to inform, inspire, challenge, educate and provide opportunities for networking and connections.

Love and Justice Gathering Attendees can look forward to opportunities to:
  • Worship daily with teams from different United Church of Canada regions and preachers from all over the world
  • Learn from workshop sessions that educate, enlighten, and speak to the soul
  • Listen to plenary sessions made up keynote addresses (including some from youth and young people) on topical issues, and then engage in learning through conversation and discussion. 
  • Reflect on the future and share personal vision with others.
We invite all to create an Exhibitor’s booth and upload a video or recorded power point presentation to upload to the Whova platform to let people know what they do. Tell your story and connect! Email for more information!

Be a part of this unique opportunity to create knowledge for action by inspiring collective leadership for different ministries. If you are seeking a connectional space for communities of faith, local and global partners who are involved in the justice seeking work, the Love and Justice Gathering is for you! Register here.

Kamloops United Church in Community

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Rev. Caveney was very excited to talk about what’s going on at Kamloops United Church, and his feeling that the church has grown during the pandemic.

Kamloops, which means “meeting of the waters”, has a population of about 100,000 people. KUC is affirming, love-based, and mission-focused. It thrives on engaging the community, trying to break down peoples’ preconceptions about church life and demystify what goes on within its walls. Inclusivity, partnerships with community organizations (like Pride Kamloops, ASK Wellness, and Thompson Rivers University Equity Program, among many others) to promote mutual assistance and understanding, and moving toward the idea that church isn’t just for Sundays are stated goals for KUC, and community engagement is crucial: from sewing and providing masks to providing winter clothes for homeless people to setting up shelters for those displaced by wildfires, KUC wants the Kamloops community to know that it’s there to help.

Listen and be inspired by this story that starts and ends with people! Thank you, Rev. Caveney.

Watch the entire EDGEy Conversation for the week of September 20 between Carla Leon and Rev. Michael Caveney of Kamloops United Church in British Columbia.

[Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash]

Free Seminar: Our Future World – The Church and Technological Change

Winnie Allingham was inspired to create this seminar to raise awareness about the issues of coded bias and creating a positive future for Canada. The seminar covers two key areas:
  • How can the church be a spiritual and moral guide in a profit-driven future?
  • How can the church address the next frontiers of racism and sexism—when there is hard-coded bias in the software that runs our lives?
This Innovative Ministry offers the seminar for free to interested churches. Fast-paced and fun, the seminar is an hour long and conducted via Zoom. Its new twist on old themes provokes conversation and adds constructively to dialog about racism, sexism, and climate change.

Please contact Winnie directly at to schedule a time to experience the seminar.

Changemaker Virtual Conference Centre in Full Swing This Fall

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It’s not too late to join us at for events at the Changemaker Virtual Conference Centre in the coming weeks!

40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism: Sessions on October 12 and October 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET, and October 19, November 2, and November 9 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Learn more here.

Community Innovation Challenge 2021 Workshop Series: Sessions on October 1, 5, 7, 19, and 26, and Nov 2  and 9, all from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET. All events free of charge! Register here.

Love and Justice Gathering: November 3 – 7. All events free of charge. Register here.

Money Matters: Financial Stability in New Faith Communities: October18, 7:00 p.m. ET. Register here.

Way of Spiritual Fortitude Seminar Series: Sessions on October 20, October 27, November 3, and November 10, all from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET. Register here.

[Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash]

Embracing the Spirit is a learning network and innovation fund. It offers funding and support for innovation ideas hatched out of faith communities and communities in ministry. Some of the stories and best practices that are happening throughout The United Church of Canada are shared in this newsletter.

If you have an idea that you want to launch, reach out and tell us about it! Proposal deadlines are quarterly, and due on the 15th of the month: January, April, July and October. Find out more

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