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How Green is Your Church?

We are more aware than ever that we are called to live with respect in creation and to pass on to our grandchildren a planet that has been cherished as God’s good creation. At the same time the impact of human-induced climate disruption on the poorest and most vulnerable demands our response. Through the ‘How Green is Your Church’ program the social justice committees of the Toronto presbyteries invite you to join in common action to increase awareness and reduce our impact on creation. Encourage your community of faith to commit to 40 Days of Action in Lent, and then build on that experience to develop a plan to gain green certification through a special adaptation of the Greening Sacred Spaces Certification program. There are three $1,000 prizes available to help with the implementation of the best plans submitted by May 1st, 2018. Click here for to download the full information package.

Current News

The five United Church camps with which Council works require ongoing professional maintenance and construction services in addition to the countless hours put in by volunteers. Part of the financing for that work is provided by runners and walkers who participate in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon's annual charity challenge as part of Council's "Pass It On!" team. Twenty camp supporters (including one in a stroller!) walked or ran with us on Sunday October 22 and a good time was had by all. Fundraising is ongoing and results will be posted soon!

Council's Heart & Vision Concert on May 15, 2017 honoured Dr. Cindy Blackstock and the Very Reverend Stan McKay for their advocacy for Indigenous peoples in Canada. Musical entertainment by Jackie Richardson, Kelly Holiff, Richard Margison, Monica Schroeder, Brenda MacIntyre, and Spirit Wind was enjoyed by all. Host Jesse Wente and guest speaker the Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell shared their wisdom. Funds raised through ticket sales and donations associated with the event will support Council's Community Relief Fund. Watch the recap video here. The full length award acceptance speeches and the guest address by the Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell can be viewed on Council's youtube channel.

The Living Presence Ministry is the name that has been given to a new initiative of Living Waters Presbytery and the congregations in and close to the Queensville area. The project, led by a local steering group and facilitated by staff from Council’s Centre for Church Development & Leadership, is designed to strengthen the existing congregations and to establish a new form of ‘pioneer’ ministry in what will eventually be a new town of 30,000 people. Read the latest edition of the Living Presence Ministry Newsletter to learn more about this unique project and read a message from the new pioneer minister. 

Deadline extended for the Baillie Volunteer Service Awards! Is there a young person in your congregation who donates their time to worthy social causes? Consider nominating them for Council's Baillie Award, which will reward their commitment with a personalized certificate and cash award of $500. Typically due on May 31st, the deadline has been extended to June 30 this year. Click here to find out more about previous recipients, and eligibility.

The Vincent Alfano Fund is ready to receive its first applications. Congregations, mission units or individuals can now apply for internship or other project funding that meets the Fund’s focus on learning opportunities for future church leaders.  Up to $10,000 per annum will be available, plus an amount for training programs. Click here for application guidelines and forms.

Council is now accepting donations on our website! Click here to visit our donation page and make a gift to the fund of your choice (online donations will still be processed by Canada Helps).

Coming Events

Save the Date for The Child In Our Midst Holiday Concert 2017! Council's biennial holiday concert celebrates Toronto's diverse holiday traditions with an evening of story and song. Come celebrate the season with us and support the Massey Centre for Women. The concert will take place on December 11, 2017, from 7- 8:30 pm at Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave.). Featuring musical guests TamarackPiper HayesNua, and CBC personality Tom Allen as our host. Call 905-771-5124 ex. 31 for tickets ($25 for adults, $10 for students/unemployed, $40 for families of up to four people) or order online here

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The Toronto United Church Council works with the church community to connect resources with ministry. Offering access to professional advice, financial support and leadership development, Council helps our church address the social and spiritual challenges of the day.