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. Video footage of the event will be available shortly.
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).
Empowering Bystanders: creating a culture of active witnessing in communities of faith with Jessica Trach - Wed. June 7, 2017 10 am - 3 pm
Hosted by Toronto United Church Council's Centre for Church Development
and Leadership, this workshop will focus on bullying behaviours among
adults and ways we can create and sustain healthy, safe, and respectful environments in our churches. Learn more here. The workshop will take place at the Toronto United Church Council office, 24-30 Wertheim Court, Richmond Hill, ON. The cost is $30.00 (lunch will be provided) and tickets can be ordered online at https://empoweringbystanders.eventbrite.ca.
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