While Canadians generally are celebrating Canada 150, many Indigenous People are cool at best and often deeply critical of the celebration. After all, the nation created in 1867 subjected them to its imperial control and used various means to destroy the First Nations. The paper, “Perspectives on Indigenous People and Settler Folk in Northern Ontario,” recognizes this dark era between the many millennia of Indigenous life in the Western hemisphere and the recent Indigenous efforts to escape their colonial experience. The paper illuminates the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and focuses Ontario’s responses to its Calls to Action.
Cambrian Presbytery encourages you to take part in this campaign and to spread the word about this campaign. This Lenten campaign is clearly laid out. it’s a very meaningful lenten journey you can do with your congregation. As Christians, we have a responsibility to take good care of the earth, to live with respect in Creation.
A Lenten faith-in-action campaign to increase climate justice in Canada
Organize a local Give it up for the Earth! event for your community:
- Your church
- Your book club
– campaign postcards;
– Climate Change as a Matter of Faith and Justice, a backgrounder on climate change and the Christian call to respond;
– Personal and Political Action to Address Climate Change, information about the actions/policies listed on the postcard; and a recycled cotton reusable CPJ tote bag as a thank you for your participation.
You will then have a six-week window (March 1–April 13, 2017) to hold public engagement events and collect postcards. Online options for promoting engagement via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram will also be made available.
CPJ = Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is a national organization of members inspired by faith to act for justice in Canadian public policy.
This Lent give up complacency
United Church buildings produce as much carbon dioxide as 30,000 cars. Why are so few congregations cleaning up their act?
Article: Emission Control By Mike Milne in the Observer February 2017 pg 38
Here’s some fresh global warming data that’s bound to send a chill across the United Church: the denomination’s 3,000 congregational buildings produce the equivalent of an estimated 135,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. That’s about the same as burning 63 million kilograms of coal, or driving 30,000 cars, or powering 15,000 homes for a year — and it would take a forest about the size of Quebec City to offset it.
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23-26 February 2017 will be at
St.Paul’s united church Thunder Bay
St Paul’s United Church, 349 Waverley Street, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 1B7,
Ph (807) 345-5864
Preparing for change in The United Church of Canada
with THEME LEADER: Rev. Lesley Harrison who works with EDGE, a United Church group of consultants who help congregations transition through these changing and challenging times.
LOVE TO SING?
Thursday 23rd, at 7 pm at St. Paul’s for anyone interested in singing in the choir on Sunday morning. The piece is “As the Deer”; words and music by Martin Nystrom and choral setting by Douglas E. Wagner.
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By Jacomyn Gerbrandy
KNOX UNITED CHURCH
340 Church Street, Fort Frances
Invites you to join them on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. For a Dedication Service. As we celebrate our completed renovations and elevator (creating a Barrier-Free Environment, accessible to all) Lunch to follow the service
To our brothers and sisters of other churches: you are welcome to join us for our service or following your regular Sunday worship.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf
Acknowledging the Territory in Worship :
The Right Relations Circle is sponsoring a
Blanket Exercise Workshop
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Knox United Church in McMillan Hall
340 Church Street, Fort Frances
The workshop will be facilitated by Kaaren Dannenmann and Dorothy Friesen
The Blanket Exercise is a participatory workshop to help people understand how colonization of the land we now know as Canada has impacted the people who lived here long before settlers arrived. It is a hands-on way to explore the nation to nation relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people, to see how the relationship has been damaged over the years and how they can work toward reconciliation.
All are welcome! A light lunch will be served.
For information on the Blanket Exercise visit: kairosblanketexercise.org
Some 60 Presbyters, 19 youth and 11 youth leaders gathered from Feb. 26-28 at Broadway UC in Thunder Bay for our Presbytery’s winter meeting. The meeting’s themes were the eight Category 2 and 3 Remits (proposals for changes to the Basis of the Union of the United Church of Canada) that will have to be voted on. We would also be sharing some “good news stories” about positive initiatives that are taking place in various congregations.
On Sunday morning Presbytery members joined in (eclectic) worship together with the Broadway congregation, who had done just a marvellous job at hosting us. The service was also livestreamed live with multiple cameras to anyone who wanted to participate from different times and/or places. After closing motions, this Presbytery meeting was formally adjourned.