Shaun Loney Workshops Addressed the Church's Role in our Communities
Our church has the opportunity to serve as a communications network for great innovations in social justice. On January 19 & 20, two TUCC sponsored workshops featuring the wisdom of Shaun Loney, and attended by more than 50 people at each session, were a demonstration of the church doing just that – getting the word out! Shaun’s message, for those who didn’t make it to the events at Trinity United Church in Newmarket, is best discovered through his books (at
https://www.encompass.coop/books) or by searching his name on Youtube. What you’ll find is a critique of the non-profit sector’s propensity to give away the results of its creativity and effort in exchange for “handouts.” The Canadian government and foundations distribute just a small percentage of their wealth as charitable grants and contributions while the larger portion of their funds is invested in profitable ventures. Why aren’t non-profits lining up as candidates for investment rather than accepting charitable donations? Those of us in the church need to value our own work; it’s a valuable contribution to social welfare and cost reduction represents
profitability. Look around, Shaun says, what are the challenges your community faces? Our churches – 3,000 of them within the United Church of Canada – can serve important roles in community. Innovate, invest and invite another generation to join us in God’s work, and don’t sweat the small stuff! Read an extended recap of the workshops here.
The Innovative Ministry Centre has Launched!
Through its consultancy work and the design and implementation of the Living Presence Ministry, TUCC has become aware of the urgent need for churches to develop and sustain innovative missional ministries that can reach people who are not currently connected with church or other faith communities. In response to this need, we will be running a pilot program in 2020 for congregational teams, focused on developing capacity to engage in innovative ministry. Six teams have joined the 2020 program: Eglinton St. George’s, Kimbourne Park, Manor Road, Richmond Hill, Trinity on Main (Newmarket), and Church of the Transfiguration (Anglican). Teams attended a wine and cheese social and orientation session at Manor Road United Church on Friday, January 10th. It was an opportunity to meet one another and the steering team and to learn what others are doing, such as a community garden and shared meal, a family service with activity stations, a drop-in session for toddlers and caregivers, and music in the park.
2019 Baillie Award Recipients Announced
About twelve years ago, a man named James Baillie left a rather substantial bequest. To honour Mr. Baillie’s belief that young people should receive more encouragement to engage in the work of the church, TUCC started the Baillie Volunteer Service Awards. To date, a total of 44 young volunteers have been recognized for their service with a certificate and a cash award of $500. This year, the Baillie recipients (the full list is published on the Baillie Awards page) include young people from all four Regional Councils served by TUCC. Pictured at right are two of the 2019 recipients Josh and Gabe Lonuzzo and the Chair of the Westminster United Church Council, John Lemke.
Heart & Vision 2019
On October 28th 2019, a full house gathered at the Enoch Turner schoolhouse in celebration of the Honourable Margaret McCain’s social justice work, specifically her commitment to the healthy growth of Canadian children. The evening featured a dinner and concert presented by Jason Jestadt and Jackie Richardson, Billy Newton-Davis, and Alana Bridgewater. Other highlights included the presentation of a generous gift of $130,000 from the former Camp Wesceneaskin to establish a new camping fund and the debut of a new Camping Opportunities Endowment Fund video. Watch a recap video of the evening or Margaret McCain’s full award acceptance speech on TUCC’s YouTube channel.
Pass It On! Marathon raises over $6,000 for United Church Camping
TUCC and our partner camps – Camp Big Canoe, Camp Scugog, Camp Simpresca, Sparrow Lake Camp, and Ryde Lake Camp – have sent teams to the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon’s Charity Challenge every year since 2008. Over the years, these walkers and runners have raised more than $180,000 towards the renewal of camp infrastructure and development of capital reserve funds for each camp. Thanks to all of those who came out on October 21st, 2019 in support of camp! The 2020 marathon date is TBA. Please contact Ali Hayes for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (905) 771-5124.