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The United Church of Canada E-ssentials - June 23, 2020
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June 23, 2020


General Council 44: Postponed Until 2022




In light of concerns around COVID-19, the decision has been made to postpone General Council 44, previously slated for July 2021 in Calgary, AB, to 2022. Commissioners came to this decision at a special electronic meeting held on June 20, 2020; read the full news piece. Minutes from this meeting will be posted to the United Church Commons in the coming days, and updates related to this postponement will be posted to the General Council 43 website.

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A Light of Peace: Online Prayer Vigil for Korea



June 25, 2020 marks 70 years since the start of the Korean War, which has never officially ended. We invite you to join us on that day for A Light of Peace, an online prayer vigil led by Moderator Richard Bott, with HyeRan Kim-Cragg (Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Associate Professor of Preaching at Emmanuel College) and representatives from United Church partners the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK).
 
The United Church of Canada is adding its voice to the global A Light of Peace Prayer Campaign for Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula. In solidarity with Korean people, we pray for healing, reunification, and an end to war.
 
A Light of Peace will be livestreamed on The United Church of Canada's YouTube channel at 8:00 p.m. Eastern / 5:00 p.m. Pacific time, Thursday, June 25. Please join us! 

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Congregational Finances Webinar




Erik Mathiesen and Clyde Harris are back with another webinar on Congregational Finances tomorrow, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. This week they'll talk about the Federal government’s $40K small business loan program. Initially excluded in April, the Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) is now available to churches that meet the other eligibility criteria, notably generating revenue from rentals or the sale of goods and services as reported on their annual charitable return. This webinar will review the details of the program, as they apply to churches, and walk through the steps your church needs to follow to apply for it. Find out more.
 


Black Lives Matter to the United Church




The General Council Executive issued a statement on June 18, 2020 confirming unequivocally that Black Lives Matter to The United Church of Canada. The Executive acknowledges racism as a sin, and admits that the church has not confronted adequately the racism within its churches and councils. The letter is in response to the tide of Black Lives Matter demonstrations sweeping across the continent and is part of the church’s continuing response to the last hours of the 43rd General Council in August 2018, when many clergy and members spoke about their own painful encounters with racism in the church.

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Celebrating Pride in the United Church


While the United Church's official Pride Sunday may have come and gone, there is still time to celebrate Pride month within your communities! Check out the many prayers, liturgies, blogs, and other resources on our dedicated Pride webpage.

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New Book: 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 generously shares his story of walking between the worlds of Indigenous and settler, Traditional Spirituality and Christianity. Dumont's stories challenge the church and all of Canada to re-examine their relationships and responsibilities with Indigenous peoples.

Through deeply personal experiences, humour, poetry, and insight, Dumont encourages all people “to sit down together again” and share in a new and good way. Available to buy now at UCRDstore.ca!
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