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The United Church of Canada E-ssentials - September 15, 2020
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September 15, 2020


A Livable Income: Take Action


 

Poverty can happen very quickly to anyone. Aware that some pandemic-related relief programs (such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, CERB) are scheduled to wind up at the end of this month, Moderator Richard Bott has written to elected officials encouraging them to seize the moment to roll out a guaranteed liveable income (or universal basic income) program in collaboration with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous leadership.

There are a number of ways you can join the call for a guaranteed livable income:

Take Action: Call or write to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, and ask them to seize this moment to roll out a guaranteed livable income program. Download our email template at the bottom of our Take Action page

Share Your Light: People across the country are asked to light a candle on Tuesday, September 22, at 12:30 p.m. in their time zone to express their support for a guaranteed livable income program to help address the persistent financial vulnerabilities within our country. Light a candle, take a picture, and post it to social media (use the hashtags #UCCanLivableIncome, #guaranteedlivableincome, #UCCan). (Please make your post "Public" so we can share it.)

Join a Vigil: Those who are able are invited to join in one of several vigils taking place at the same time (September 22 at 12:30 p.m. local time, arrive a few minutes early to get organized) to shine a collective light on this important action, to symbolize the unity of all our candles across the country:
  • Ottawa - at the Centennial Flame at Parliament Hill
  • Toronto - the Minister of Finance’s office, 344 Bloor St. West
  • North Vancouver - Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson’s constituency office
Please wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. Attendance limited to local COVID-19 outdoor event caps.

Find out how you can take action to support this initiative today.

[Photo: Minister of Chrystia Freeland (centre), with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld]
 


Orange Shirt Day



 
On September 30, people all across Canada will wear orange shirts to remember and honour Indigenous children who attended Residential Schools. Indigenous Ministries and Justice at The United Church of Canada asks you to participate in Orange Shirt Day!

Find out more about how you can mark Orange Shirt Day in your community of faith, home, school, or place of work.

[Photo: Phyllis Webstad with former Moderator Jordan Cantwell, in 2016. Credit: The United Church of Canada]
 


Intercultural Network Event




Join Rev. Dr. Eric Law and Tony Snow for a virtual cross-Canada gathering of people living out the United Church’s intercultural vision!

When: Fridays on September 25, October 2, and October 9, 2020.
Cost: Free, though registration is required. These will be three-hour sessions, with presentations, reflection, song, and small group discussion. Tools for engaging with your ministry between sessions will be offered, and so will optional afternoon/evening informal conversation groups.
 
 


Planning for Online Sunday School?




Have you checked out The GO Project's new Sunday school resources yet? You can even try them out with a free download!

From The Creation Story to Annual Subscriptions, they have created resources to help navigate this challenging time. Lessons are divided by age: grades 1-8 and grades 8+.

Interested in these curriculum packages? Download your free curriculum sample or purchase yours today!
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