“Engaging the work of justice is part of the DNA of the United Church of Canada since its founding in 1925. The church understands its ministry to partner with God and others in the transformation of the world. To create spaces where all of creation can enjoy the fullness of life.”
Friends in Justice,
From its inception, the United Church has believed God cares about the world around us and calls us to promote love and justice in it. But how? It often seems the church is going through a time of trial, challenged with deep and troubling questions about institutional survival. As communities of faith struggle to find energy, resources and a clear sense of purpose, the ongoing commitment to social justice and transformation can seem to fall by the wayside. And yet, it remains at the heart of who we are, and why we exist. The more we are rooted in our call to challenge structures of oppression and support those on the margins, the more we are able to live out our identity as a justice-seeking, justice-living church.
We want your Pride photos!
With an eye towards updating the Affirming Ministry section of the Pacific Mountain Region’s Justice Ministry site, we’d like to encourage you to submit photos celebrating Pride and Affirmation from your Community of Faith!
Additionally, if you attended the 2022 AGM & Affirming Celebration in Prince George, we’d especially love any photos you have!
Send them to Alexandra, at firstname.lastname@example.org
In case you missed it, there’s a new anti-racism app for youth available from The United Church of Canada. Jonisha Lewinson is one of a team of young adults who helped create it. Called AR4YT (short for Anti-Racism for Youth Training), the app is aimed at 12-18 year olds and covers topics like the history of racism in Canada, White privilege, and how to get involved in anti-racism work. It is available at no cost on Google Play and the App Store.
Learn more about Jonisha’s amazing work, and the app itself, at this link.
Rev. Barry Morris of Longhouse Ministry has lawn signs and bumper stickers available – these can be picked up from the Longhouse Ministry (604 254-4531 / 2595 Franklin St., V5K 1X5) almost any time and any day.
First JUST Conversations of the year!
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.”
January 19, 2023, from 10am Pacific / 11am Mountain.
- Just Conversations is free and drop-in style
- Open to ministry personnel and congregation members · Registration is required for the Zoom access. Register here.
“Faithful Climate Conversations” is a free, online series offered by the PMRC Justice Network, and drawing from the multi-denominational, Canada-wide “For the Love of Creation” discussion resources. It will run in two series during early 2023.
- The first series, in three parts, will be offered January 25, February 1, and February 8, all from 3:30-5pm Pacific. Register here!
- The second series, in four parts, will be offered March 9, 16, 23, 30, from 7-8:30pm Pacific. Register here!
An educational event focusing on the overdose crisis is coming to United Churches of Langley in Murrayville. On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, the Langley Overdose Response: Community Action Team will be presenting an overview of the current situation with the toxic drug poisoning crisis in Langley, as overdose deaths continue to occur in all Langley neighbourhoods and various segments of society.
- In person at United Churches of Langley, January 25th, 7pm Pacific / 8pm Mountain
- Details here
Antiracism and the United Church
*Please note poster times are in EST, below times are PST
- Antiracism Workshop with Selam Debs: Tuesday Feb. 7, 2023,
from 7-8:30am Pacific
- Antiracism, You and The UCC with Rev. Alcris Limongi: Tuesday, March 7, 2023, from 7-8:30am Pacific
Learn more and register here.
OPPORTUNITIES IN JUSTICE
Come and See Pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel – New October 2023 Dates
Rev. Marianna Harris and George Bartlett (former Ecumenical Accompanier) invite you to come on a pilgrimage to see for yourself what is happening in Palestine and Israel. Visit key holy places while reflecting on God’s vision of peace and shalom. The program will be facilitated by the Sabeel Center in Jerusalem, a Mission & Service partner.
Come and See Pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel – En Français
Along with local partners, the United Church of Canada is offering a guide to the Holy Land in French!
Dates, cost, and other details at this link.
If you’re interested in the work of the Justice Ministries, we would love to hear from you. Have you come across articles and events in our community that you’d love to share? Please get your suggestions in by Thursday at noon to ensure they make it in the newsletter.