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"Missing Faces" (created by Rosemary Gage) was made with sincere compassion and the sole intention was to acknowledge what had happened with the discovery of First Nations unmarked graves. May it bring awareness and open the discussion about truth and reconciliation to anyone who sees it. On Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the hybrid worship service at Stanbridge East United, this button Memorial will be dedicated. There will be a second public gathering of remembrance in the Cowansville Cemetery...

(prepared by Peter Bisset, chair of COVID Response Team) Many churches are starting to receive requests regarding choir singing and concerts. In response to this, the COVID19 Task Group recognizes this will become a local church decision sooner or later, however, we would suggest consideration be given to the following risk assessment when deciding to proceed with any of these activities. We shall assume at this time the risk of the variant spread is high and it is transmitted as an aerosol....

Although larger numbers are now permitted to gather for worship and other activities, communities of faith are reminded that allowable numbers in any enclosed space are based on capacity of the space with social distancing. Mask-wearing and other safety protocols remain critical for the health of our communities. Many communities of faith were excited to hear that the government now allows singing (with 2 m social distancing and wearing of masks); however, singing is an activity that could...

“Tracing the St. James United - Montreal City Mission Community of Friends Journey” Background: St. James United Church and Montreal City Mission collaborated to create a St. James - MCM Community of Friends joint partnership. This was inspired by the EDGE Process - a newly minted United Church of Canada initiative that facilitates those willing to take a leap into the promise; God breaking open the church, breaking into the world. EDGE is a living web of new and...

Some communities of faith are just starting the process of planning for re-opening; the original documents to support that process have moved further down the list on the web site news, so posting the link again here for anyone still needing to submit their plan to the COVID Response Task Group via Brian Ruse (bruse@united-church.ca). REMINDER: All communities of faith are expected to submit their re-opening protocols for review before returning to activities in their buildings.  ...

On behalf of LIRR (the Living into Right Relations Circle), we would like to recommend to the Regional Council that Canada Day be a time of reflection and to read the following as they contemplate the history of Canada and what is needed to begin reconciliation with the First Peoples of Turtle Island. We would ask people to engage in the three following documents: Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf MMIWG Report on...