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How Green is Your Church?

Congratulations to the "How Green is Your Church?" Award Winners!

Grace United Church (Brampton)

Humbercrest United Church

and Rosedale United Church

The winning congregations will be recognized for their ambitious and thoughtful greening plans and presented with a $1,000 award to assist them with their greening work at Council's annual general meeting on June 7th.

The "How Green is Your Church?" program will run again in 2019. Take a look at the 2018 program package for an idea of what to expect. Questions? Contact Ali Hayes at TUCC – or 905-771-5124.


Current News

On June 4th Council welcomes new staff member, Ken Clarke. With a 35+ year career in the Financial Services sector, Ken Clarke is an experienced Corporate Banker and Commercial Real Estate Lender. He is extremely well versed in the diversified Commercial/Residential Construction industry. With CMLS Financial Inc., Ken has been involved in the CMHC National Housing Corporation’s initiative with the Rental Construction Financing (RCFi) program out of Ottawa that has gone national in providing Affordable Rental Housing Construction financing to various Builder/Developer and Not-for-Profit/Charitable Groups. Ken has served two terms as Treasurer on Council’s Board of Directors and has been a member of its Finance and Investment Committee for 7 years. Ken looks forward to bringing his financial generalist experience to TUCC as Director of Property Services and Capital Loans. Ken resides in Bradford where he has attended Bradford United Church as an active member since 1994 and currently holds the position of Council Chairperson.

Five United Church camps operate in Toronto Conference, serving 2300 children annually. Council supports the camps through the provision of property (for four of the camps) and through fundraising efforts that help send kids to camp (600 children are assisted annually) and maintain the camps' facilities. The camps' programs help children and youth develop healthy lifestyles, self-esteem, independence, leadership skills and environmental awareness. Immersion in the natural environment opens young minds to dream the impossible and contemplate life’s big questions. Know a young person who would benefit from a camping experience? Visit the camps' websites to learn more and register: Camp Big Canoe, Camp Simpresca, Camp Scugog, Sparrow Lake Camp, Ryde Lake Camp for Girls.

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. Visit the Living Presence Ministry website or listen to their podcasts to learn more.

The Vincent Alfano Fund is accepting 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

Council's annual Heart & Vision Awards Concert will take place on Monday October 15 2018, 7:30 pm, at Metropolitan United Church. Award recipients are Senator Murray Sinclair and husband and wife team Rev. Dr. Grafton Antone and Dr. Eileen Antone. Musical entertainment will be provided by Jackie Richardson and the Young Creek Performers, First Nations singers and dancers. Drew Hayden Taylor will host. Tickets are $25 for the performance only or $150 including a post-performance reception. Purchase your ticket here or call 905-771-5124 to order. For more information download a Save the Date card here. You can watch the 2017 recap video 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.