Justice Network

A Hub for United Church Social Justice Efforts

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Jane Dawson, Regional Minister: Justice (she/her)

My primary work as Regional Minister for Justice is supporting and connecting United Church Communities of Faith and people who are engaged in the social justice work of the church, in the Pacific Mountain Regional Council.

One important aspect of my role is to also explore the theological and scriptural grounding that guides our actions for peace, equity and compassion. This excites me greatly.

The information on this page will change as the work, mission and community of people passionate about social justice in the regional council meets here. For information on PMRC justice initiatives, and to submit Justice events to the newsletter, don’t hesitate to contact me.

- Jane

PMRC Reception and Administrative Support

Alexandra Barr, Admin Support for Justice (she/her)

In addition to my work as Receptionist and Admin Support for the Indigenous Minister, I support Jane in her Justice work. I operate primarily behind-the-scenes, working on the website, the newsletter, and creating some of the visual elements you see.

Justice is something that is very close to my heart, and I enjoy that I can work towards making the world a better place through my work.

- Alexandra

Just Conversations

Justice work in the church can often feel lonely and discouraging, working for change that doesn’t come easily, if it comes at all. Just Conversations is a monthly online gathering for anyone in PMRC wanting to connect with others involved with justice work around the region. It will be a chance to deepen your justice work in your faith, share stories about what is happening around the region and develop strategies for working together to support each other in “being the change.”

Just Conversations will take place on the third Thursday of every month, from 10-11:30am Pacific / 11am-12:30pm Mountain. It's free, and drop-in style, open to ministry personnel and congregation members. To register, or for more info on upcoming gatherings, check out the calendar.

Recent News from the Justice Network 

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2021 Canadian Election – Resource to Help you Engage the Candidates

August 17, 2021

From The United Church of Canada national office, this a positive and useful tool for asking questions of, and engaging those running for public office …

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A Service Dedicated to Supporting Palestinians in Their Struggle

June 25, 2021

A Service Dedicated to Supporting Palestinians in their Struggle In 2017 Ineke Medcalf travelled to Palestine, and found herself in the middle of a tear …

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Guaranteed Livable Income PMRC Town Hall Recording

June 18, 2021

The Pacific Mountain Regional Council’s June 16 Town Hall was dedicated to conversation and education about Guaranteed Livable Income. Poverty can happen very quickly to …

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United Church of Canada’s Response to Kamloops Residential Schools Grave Discovery

June 4, 2021

Good afternoon, The General Secretary asked that I share with you that the United Church’s statement: Response to Kamloops Residential Schools Graves Discovery is now …

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Regional Justice Report – Walking in a Good Way

February 12, 2021

I am pleased to (finally) share the final report from the justice consultation that was so ably run by Janet Gray. I am very grateful for her work, and for the participation of the Region. The Regional Executive has considered the report and believe it provides good direction and focus for this work. This report identifies areas of focus for this ministry that align with these priorities. Based on this, we will be posting the Regional Justice position (currently vacant .5 FTE) with the following areas of priority: Anti Racism; Affirming ministry; Support to Community of Faith, First Third Ministry and Networks with a special emphasis on initiatives involving climate justice. 

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Newsletter – Justice for the Week of January 17 & Beyond

January 17, 2021

“Justice is what love looks like in public”  ( ― Cornel West ) Friends in Justice, New Year’s greetings —We are already half-way into the first …

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Rev Keith Simmonds

The resolution passed at the General Meeting

October 28, 2020

Executive Minister, Treena Duncan is hosting a special town hall with guest Rev. Keith Simmonds. I hope you’ll join this conversation; as an Ecumenical Accompanier in Palestine and Israel from January through March of this year, Keith witnessed and reported on human rights violations carried out upon Palestinian Children in Occupied Palestine. I write with an update on the resolution you passed at the general meeting, concerning the regional council’s participating in a petition to the Government of Canada, concerning the potential human rights abuses of Palestinian children. The petition reads:

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Our Commitment to Anti-Black Racism and Anti-Racism

June 12, 2020

The work of becoming an anti-racist church is hard work and it is work that belongs to us all. It will require trust, prayer, faith, courage and deep commitment. It will take time to do well. Your Executive is committed to turning its words into meaningful action for such a time as this. We offer this statement of recommitting this Regional Council to the work of becoming an anti-racist Church. 

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“Church Leaders Acknowledge Racism in Their Midst”

June 4, 2020

We as church leaders, acknowledge the pain, frustrations and anger of our Black communities, and recognize that systemic anti-Black racism is prevalent in our context in Canada as well; in the streets of our communities, in the justice and policing systems, and in our congregations and parishes. It is important for church members in our largely white churches to look at how we continue to perpetuate anti-Black racism, either inadvertently or intentionally.

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