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ADVENT 

Resources and links for the season

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LIVING INTO RIGHT RELATIONS

We are committed to living out The United Church of Canada’s apologies to indigenous peoples and continuing the journey towards right relations.

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REMITS

The United Church of Canada has begun an important process of decision-making, engaging substantive questions about the future of our denomination.

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Pastoral Relations in Toronto Conference

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Let One In: President’s Advent message
Posted November 25, 2016

Advent, and the Christmas story of hope to which it points, inspires a number of good pageant stories, one of my favorites tells of how one had a surprise twist.  During the pageant Joseph and Mary walked up to the inn.  Joseph knocked on the door and said to the innkeeper, “My wife is pregnant.  … Continued

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Approaching the first Sunday of Advent
Posted November 25, 2016

Here are some links to United Church materials prepared for the Advent

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Resiliency and rest
Posted November 03, 2016

Today I would like to talk about resiliency and rest.

In my last blog, I spoke about the emotional labour that many ministers do every day.

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Part time ministry consultation report
Posted November 03, 2016

On September 28, 2016 at New Hope United Church, ministers of Toronto Conference who work part time (defined as any ministry position of less than 40 hours/week), presbytery representatives and Conference Program Ministers whose main focus is pastoral relations, and Presbytery chairpersons and secretaries were invited to a consultation to discuss issues related to working part time.

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Standing with Standing Rock
Posted November 03, 2016

From United Church of Canada News: As the people of Standing Rock continue to assert their struggle to protect the land and the water from the impacts of the proposed Dakota Access pipeline, they are also asserting their right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Comfort Women
Posted October 26, 2016

During WWII, some 200,000 women were kidnapped throughout Asia and forced into sexual slavery as ‘comfort women.’ Organized and administered by the Japanese government with military precision, so-called comfort stations were set up throughout the Pacific to satisfy the sexual appetites of soldiers. Read a more thorough account of this cruel history here, and the … Continued

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Visiting the DMZ
Posted October 19, 2016

The DMZ (De Militarized Zone) is a four-kilometer wide strip of land that separates North and South Korea. Defined at the end of the Korean War in 1953, the zone is still a heavily guarded and monitored border since the war has never technically ended, and a peace treaty has never been negotiated. The PROK … Continued

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Rural Churches in Korea
Posted October 18, 2016

What exactly defines a church as ‘rural?’ That was a question on my mind yesterday as we traveled a few hours south of Seoul to visit a church beyond the urban heat of Korea’s capital. Of course, our preconceived notions shape our expectations; so many of us from Canada expected to see a small, isolated … Continued

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Early Morning Prayer Service At Yongsanjeil Church, Seoul
Posted October 18, 2016

One of the items on our agenda as part of the exchange trip was an early-morning prayer meeting. The meeting happens Monday through Friday, starting at 5:00 and runs about 40 minutes. Seven of us from UCC Canada attended this early prayer service led by Toronto Conference President, Rev. Audrey Brown. We had to leave … Continued

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Sumdol Church – A New Adventure in Ministry.
Posted October 17, 2016

On Sunday we split into small groups and went to 5 different churches in Seoul for Sunday worship. David Allen, Sarah Jane Wetelainen, and I went to Sumdol Church, a small and unique ministry serving the LGBT community in Seoul. Sumdol doesn’t have a purpose-built church building, but operates out of a centre for community … Continued

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