Mardi Tindal was installed as the 40th Moderator of The United Church of Canada during a worship service in which this General Council’s theme, “down to the potter’s house,” was interpreted through words, music, and movement.
During closing proceedings, the Council thanked outgoing Moderator David Giuliano for his service to the church.
The Council struggled over priorities and funding of mission and social justice work, asking the Executive to give priority to these areas.
On its last day of meeting, the United Church’s 40th General Council affirmed five themes to guide the church during the next three years.
Near the end of the business of the 40th General Council, commissioners affirmed the “Call to Purpose” statement from the previous General Council.
The United Church’s 40th General Council expressed concern for a West Bank Palestinian community engaged in non-violent protests.
Hurt, hope, and humour were expressed in “six-word stories” as commissioners described their experience at the United Church’s 40th General Council.
The United Church of Canada’s Basis of Union and crest will be the subject of study by two separate task groups with the aim of including references to Canada’s First Peoples.
After considerable debate, the report “The Candidacy Pathway” has been sent back to the Executive of the General Council for further work.
A vision for new United Church ministries in French has been adopted by commissioners at the 40th General Council.
"Come, go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words." (Jeremiah 18:2)