“JUSTICE CANNOT BE RISKED” United for Mining Justice – Weekend Workshop November 13-15, 2015 – Friday, 7 pm to Sunday, 1 pm

Sponsored by United for Mining Justice Network (UfMJ)

Weekend Workshop November 13 to 15 in Ancaster, ON

People and communities in the Global South impacted negatively by Canadian mining presence have called for solidarity action from Canadians. What is our response? Come to  this weekend event if you want to:

  • respond to this call;
  • delve into your own sense of spirituality and faithful living to consider what blocks and enables action for social justice re mining and resource extraction;
  • confront the history of resource plunder from Indigenous territories in Canada;
  • get up-to-date facts about Canadian mining presence globally and how the Canadian economy depends on mining;
  • hear (from film media) moving first-hand international (e.g. Guatemala, Tanzania) experiences with Canadian mining;
  • learn about wider actions and campaigns for change;
  • become part of a network to continue work on these concerns.

The event features community-building, music, presentation, participatory simulation activities, meditation and/or Bible study, film, much discussion, and follow-up action planning.

Facilitator: the theme sessions will be lead by Dr. Paula Butler, former East/Central Africa Area Secretary in the former Division of World Outreach, General Council Office, United Church of Canada and author of Colonial Extractions: Race and Canadian Mining in Contemporary Africa (Univ. of Toronto Press, 2015).

Venue: Mount Mary Retreat Centre   www.mountmary.ca  437 Wilson St. E., Ancaster, ON, L9G 3K4
Registration depends on accommodation choice which can be in a room that is Private: $187.24 (including hst) per person Semi-private (shared): $177.88 (including hst) per person. Cost includes 5 meals

To register or for more information: 519.442.4223 or stpaulsparis_mainoffice@rogers.com

Or mail attached registration form to St. Paul’s United Church, 48 Broadway St. West, Paris, ON N3L 2S5

Registration cheques to be made out to Montreal & Ottawa Conference,

mining poster (2) ON registration form Nov UfMJ seminar Print this, complete and mail or complete and scan so you can email to stpaulsparis_mainoffice@rogers.com

Here is a poster you can print mining poster (2)


October 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

From Homelessness to Homefullness: What next after the Federal Election?

Homeless gravesWorkshop will explore social conditions that lead to poverty and homelessness and explore long term solutions with special guest Michael Shapcott. A KAIROS Toronto West workshop at St. James United Church, 400 Burnathorpe, Etobicoke. Information from Mary Wilson at 416-231-1207 or vbeane@rogers.com

150916 Kairos Homelessness to Homefullness Workshop Flyer (1)

150916 Kairos Tor West Oct 31 2015 Homelessness Workshop Bulletin Insert

October 9, 2015 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

October 18 is World Food Sunday

World Food Sunday is the third Sunday of October. logo_seeding-lifeThere are good resources on the United Church of Canada website, including World Food Sunday, and Seeding Life materials.

October 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

General Council Council calls for National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls!


In June, the United Church Toronto Conference passed two motions regarding missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. One motion asks the General Council to add its voice to those calling for a public inquiry. (This motion was passed in Newfoundland on August 11th) The second commends the Government of Ontario for making commitments it recently made and asks that it honour those commitments.

With the same objective, we are asked to contact our M.P. and M.P.P. to add our individual voices to the call for a national inquiry and to thank Ontario for its commitments. Sample letters here:

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – Individual Letter to MP – July 2015

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – Individual Letter to MPP – July 2015

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – Individual Letter to PM – July 2015

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – Template Individual Letter to Premier – July 2015

If you do not know the name or address for you MP, you can easily find it by simply imputing your postal code at the following web page: http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/compilations/houseofcommons/memberbypostalcode.aspx?menu=hoc

To find the name and address of your MPP using your postal code is a two-stage process. First, you can find the name of your electoral district by imputing you postal code on the following web page:
Clicking on the name of your riding will then take you to the name and address of your MPP

On June 2nd the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) issued its 94 recommendations or Calls to ction. They are available on the TRC’s website at:


August 13, 2015 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Federal Election Called!

votee 2015Yes this news is a few days old, but serves as an opportunity to tell you about our updated Federal Election Resource Page.

This will be your go to page for resources that will equip you to ask questions of your candidates.

Bulletin inserts and additional resources will be added over the coming weeks.

August 7, 2015 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Be an ally – 2 great Pow Wows this week, June 21 & 24

West Hill United and the Toronto Southeast Presbytery Justice and Global Issues Team are supporting the 8th annual Southeast Scarborough Pow Wow. Join the fun this Wednesday June 24th. Beth Baskin will be there and would love to see you in the afternoon. Check out the details here


Or join us on Sunday to celebrate National Aboriginal Day at Fort York. Dancers grand entry noon. Details here


June 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Action on Missing & Murdered Indigenous women as follow up from Toronto Conference Annual General Meeting

missing & murderedAt the annual meeting of Toronto Conference last weekend, we passed two motions regarding missing and murdered indigenous women and girls; see the background information, attached.  One motion asks the General Council to add its voice to those calling for a public enquiry; the second commends the Government of Ontario for making commitments, and asks that the government honour those commitments. The text of these motions is here. For additional information on indigenous relations, you could go to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission website We’re encouraging all United Church people to join their voices in calling for a public enquiry, and for taking action here in Ontario.  Please write a letter, e-mail, tweet, text or in some way connect with your local Member of Parliament or your MPP.  Many individual voices may have a combined impact. The theme of the annual meeting was “Being the Face of Christ”.  Making contact with our governments on this issue is one way in which we can be the face of Christ. This request comes from David W. Allen (Rev.) Executive Secretary, Toronto Conference The United Church of Canada. See text of motions below:

PGC #11 – Public inquiry

PTC #2 – Ontario commitments

June 11, 2015 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

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