This page will provide you information regarding my activities in regards to the United Church of Canada.
The primary purpose of these subpages is to reduce the background information in the blogs.
The United Church of Canada is an interesting denomination, that may seem strange to my friends from other denominations or the United States.
Here is a brief history from the United Church’s site.
The United Church of Canada is the largest Protestant denomination in Canada. We minister to close to 3 million people in over 3500 congregations across the country. Ours is a rich history closely entwined with the development of Canada itself.
The United Church was inaugurated on June 10, 1925 in Toronto, Ontario, when the Methodist Church, Canada, the Congregational Union of Canada, and 70 per cent of the Presbyterian Church in Canada entered into an organic union. Joining as well was the small General Council of Union Churches, centred largely in Western Canada. It was the first union of churches in the world to cross historical denominational lines and hence received international acclaim. Impetus for the union arose out of the concerns for serving the vast Canadian northwest and in the desire for better overseas mission. Each of the uniting churches, however, had a long history prior to 1925.
In addition, since that date, various denominations have discussed joining and of those, some have joined, bringing their gifts and unique understandings to our mix.
Due to the background there is a significant involvement in laity and congregational control balanced with a highly educated ministry and umbrella national council.