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The United Church of Canada E-ssentials - September 21, 2021
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United for the Love of Creation


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Heat domes, wildfires, and a "code red for humanity" from the IPCC. Eco-anxiety. Rising ambitions. A major climate conference in November, when a new parliament will be getting down to work in Canada. In this pivotal moment, we invite you to mark your calendars and register to attend the United for the Love of Creation fall Zoom session, happening tomorrow, Wednesday, September 22, at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT. The conversation will be hosted by members of the United Church Climate Advisory Circle and General Council Office staff. Hear and share updates about theological reflection, conversational engagement, and advocacy efforts. Learn and plan to work for climate justice across Canada this fall!
   
For the Love of Creation is an ecumenical initiative of more than 30 national churches and faith-based organizations, including The United Church of Canada. Questions? Email justice@united-church.ca. If you can’t attend but want to be kept in the loop please register
 


Job Opening at the General Council Office


The Office of the Moderator and General Secretary of The United Church of Canada is seeking an individual to fill the role of Legal Counsel on a full-time permanent basis (35 hours/week). The closing date for this position is September 27, 2021. Find out more.
 


United Church Bookstore: Join Us for a Virtual Book Launch Today!


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Celebrate the launch of Adventures in Faith and Family and join us later today (7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT) for a virtual book launch! Author Susan Lukey will be speaking about the book, and everyone who attends the launch will receive a discount code to buy the book at UCRDstore.ca. We look forward to seeing you there!
 


Your Generosity Matters: Wondering What More You Can Do to Become Anti-Racist?


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Wondering what more you can do to become anti-racist in your local communities? You aren’t alone. 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism may be the next step you are looking for.
 



Diversity and Equity in the Workplace


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LifeSpeak—an extension of the United Church’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), to help keep you and your family mentally and physically healthy—offers a practical guide to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  
Two upcoming workshops may be of interest (log in using the Group Account option; the password is "wellness"): The benefits of diversity and equity are endless, which is why it’s important for us all to be engaged in thoughtful dialogue and work towards tangible action and change. All of us can play a role in making our workplace one that is more welcoming for people of all identities.
 
Through LifeSpeak, you can also find video modules from Michael Bach, Founder and Chair of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, on how to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. While you’re on the LifeSpeak platform, be sure to check out the video modules on racial discrimination, too.
 
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WorkHealthLife by LifeWorks has articles and resources dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion under their Health & Well-being tab. Everyone has a right to work in a safe environment where they can be their full selves, and are valued for their skills, creativity, and work ethic and that honours their racial identity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, age, or physical or cognitive ability. Enter The United Church of Canada in the search box to gain access to the site.
 
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Visit the United Church Bookstore to access a wide range of books on diversity and equity in ministry and communities of faith. Here are some additional United Church resources:
  • Sign up for one of the racial justice workshops. These workshops provide an opportunity to deepen our understanding of anti-racism and racial justice work and relate it back to our place of work.
[Photo credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay]
 


Worship Resources 


See our Worship Resources for upcoming Sundays and special celebrations.

September 21 - UN International Day of Peace
September 26 - Creation Time 3
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