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United Church of Canada. Living Waters Presbytery

  • Corporate body
  • 2009-2018

Presbyteries in the United Church of Canada are courts of the Church within geographical boundaries made up of a number of Pastoral Charges. Presbytery membership consists of ordained ministers of the Charges within the Presbytery, United Church lay persons, and corresponding members. A grouping of Presbyteries within a larger geographical area make up a Conference, a higher court of the Church. The functions of the Presbytery include: overseeing Pastoral Charges within its bounds, including the designation of new Charges; receiving and disposing of petitions and appeals from lower governing bodies or courts; transmitting the above to higher bodies or courts; licensing lay persons recommended after examination; overseeing education of students looking forward to ministry and supervision of members of the Order of Ministry within its bounds. Living Waters Presbytery was established in 2009 with the restructuring of Toronto Conference; it includes pastoral charges formerly part of Muskoka Presbytery, Simcoe Presbytery and York Presbytery. It disbanded on December 31, 2018 with the reorganization of the church court structure. Communities of faith within its boundaries became part of Shining Waters and East Central Ontario Regional Councils.

Mission and Development Council of Erie Presbytery (Ont.)

  • Corporate body
  • ca.1986-

The Mission and Development Council of Erie Presbytery was formed ca. 1986 as an incorporated ministry of the United Church of Canada responsible for the management of the capital funds of Erie Presbytery for the use of church extension and the support of its mission. In 2006, in accordance with changes to the Manual of the United Church of Canada, Hamilton Conference became the supervisory board of the Council.

Olivet United Church (Hamilton, Ont.)

  • ON00340
  • Corporate body
  • 1911-2017

Olivet United Church began in 1925 at the time of church Union. Previously the congregation had been known as Olivet Union Church. The Church was closed in 2017.

Patterson, Neil David, 1894-1963

  • Person
  • 1894-1963

Neil David Patterson (1894-1963) was a United Church minister. He was born in Cape Breton. He studied at Westminster Hall, Queen's University (B.A., B.D., 1921). He was ordained in 1921 in the Presbyterian Church in Canada, subsequently he attended the University of Chicago, receiving an M.A. in Church History. He served pastorates in several provinces, but particularly in Ontario. His interest in education led him to serve on the first Board of Directors of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. In 1954 Patterson received an honorary degree of D.D. from Queen’s University.

Oliver, Edmund Henry, 1882-1935

  • Person
  • 1882-1935

Edmund Henry Oliver (1882-1935) was a Presbyterian/United Church minister and educator and Moderator of the United Church. He was born in Eberts, Ontario, and studied (M.A., Ph.D., D.D., LL.D.) at the Universities of Toronto, Columbia, Berlin, and Halle, and at Knox College. He held teaching and administrative positions at Canadian universities; this included being appointed the first Principal of St. Andrew's College, Saskatoon, in 1913. He was an overseas chaplain during World War I and was a founder of the University of Vimy Ridge (or the Khaki University) for Canadians in France. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he published a number of studies pertaining to classical history as well as Canadian concerns, and served on two Royal Commissions. He was the first President of Saskatchewan Conference of the United Church, and served as Moderator from 1930 to 1932.

Naylor, Isaac Bramwell, 1882-1957

  • Person
  • 1882-1957

Isaac Bramwell Naylor (1882-1957) was a Methodist/United Church minister and military chaplain. He was born in England, and came to Canada in 1905 to accept service with the Methodist Church in Saskatchewan. During World War I he served as a chaplain, and after the war he was active in veterans' affairs while holding pastorates in Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Murray, Florence Jessie, 1894-1975

  • Person
  • 1894-1975

Florence Jessie Murray (1894-1975) was a medical missionary to Korea. She was born in Pictou Landing, Nova Scotia, and studied in Prince Edward Island and Dalhousie University. A medical doctor, she spent most of her career as a medical missionary in Korea, receiving honours in both Canada and Korea for her contributions.

Mumford, Robert Williams, fl. 1957-1982

  • Person
  • fl. 1957-1982

Robert Williams Mumford (fl. 1957-1982) was a United Church minister and theologian. He was ordained in 1951; he went on to serve pastorates in the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario, as well as teaching at Queen's University.

Moore, Thomas Albert, 1860-1940

  • Person
  • 1860-1940

Thomas Albert Moore (1860-1940) was a Methodist/United Church minister and administrator and Moderator of the United Church of Canada. He was born in Acton, Ontario. He studied at McGill University and Wesleyan College, Montreal, was ordained in 1884, and served Methodist circuits in Ontario. He was Secretary of the Lord's Day Alliance of Ontario, 1903-1906; Secretary of the Methodist General Conference, 1906-1925; Secretary of the Methodist Board of Temperance and Moral Reform/Evangelism and Social Service, 1910-1925; Secretary of the General Council of the United Church, 1925-1936; and Moderator of the United Church, 1932-1934. He also served in several other positions, including committees relating to church union (1925).

Miller, Alfred Dennis, 1875-1948

  • Person
  • 1875-1948

Alfred Dennis Miller (1875-1948) was a Methodist/United Church minister and educator. He was born in Newmarket, became a Methodist probationer in 1898, and was ordained in 1900. He studied at Victoria College (B.A.; M.A. in Semitic languages, 1906). He served charges in Alberta, but spent most of his career teaching in arts and theological colleges including Victoria College, Mount Allison University, St. Stephen's College (where he also served as Principal), and Emmanuel College.

United Church of Canada. General Council Committees

  • Corporate body
  • 1925-

This collection consists primarily of records of committees established by or upon the recommendation of General Council. The records include both standing and other committees; commissions; special projects; task forces; and in a few instances, information gathered around a particular subject. This collection, however, describes only some of the committee records housed at this Archives. Additional committee records are found in most other United Church fonds, series or subseries; refer to the subject heading, "church committees," in the index for references to record descriptions including numerous committees. Refer also to individual committee names for references to those few committees entered into the guide as separate fonds.

United Church of Canada. Church Union

  • Corporate body
  • 1925-

The Dominion Act uniting the Methodist Church (Canada), the Canadian Congregational Union, and the Presbyterian Church in Canada came into force 1925 June 10, the day the inaugural service of The United Church of Canada was held in Toronto. This event had been preceded by thirty years of proposals and negotiations, under the direction of the Joint Committee on Union after 1904. Within the Presbyterian Church, the years between 1910 and 1925 were particularly marked by controversy over the legitimacy of the union proposals and the efforts of a determined minority to preserve its traditional church structure; and about one-third of the Presbyterians did not join into the union of 1925.

United Church of Canada Aboriginal Ministries Council

  • Corporate body
  • 2009-

Participants at the 2005 Aboriginal Consultation in Sudbury strongly recommended that Aboriginal peoples become partners in the work of The United Church of Canada through the establishment of an Aboriginal Ministries Unit. The Aboriginal Ministries Steering Committee was established in 2006 to undertake a process of consultation and discernment with Aboriginal members and others within the church about a National Aboriginal Council and Aboriginal Ministries Unit. A report of the Steering Committee, entitled “Giving Voice to a Vision” was presented to the General Council Executive in November, 2008. Based on the adopted report, the Aboriginal Ministries Council, with the purpose of overseeing and guiding the work of Aboriginal Ministries was created and to be implemented by an Aboriginal Ministries Council Implementation Task Group. The inaugural meeting was held in September, 2009. A staff team in the General Council office is called Aboriginal Ministries Circle and works in partnership with The United Church to apply Aboriginal people’s vision of spiritual healing, stewardship, and economic well-being. A large part of their work is the National Aboriginal Spiritual Gatherings which provide an opportunity to share and nurture the vision of the Circle. The Aboriginal Ministries Council takes direction from the Spiritual Gatherings and sends this work to the Executive of the General Council. It also reflects and takes into consideration the documented meetings of the Aboriginal Ministries Steering Committee, the All Native Circle Conference, and Aboriginal Presbyteries which document and reflect the voice of the Aboriginal community. The Council supports approximately 52-56 Native Ministries, including congregations and outreach ministries. The Healing Fund and the Towards Right Relations Task Group both report to the Council.

General Council Minister
Aboriginal Ministries Coordinator
Healing Programs Coordinator
Administrative and Program Support
Youth Leadership Coordinator
Community Capacity Development Coordinator

Aboriginal Ministries work was previously a part of the Office of the Moderator and General Secretary, the Support to Local Ministries Unit and Division of Mission in Canada Unit.

Centre for Christian Studies (Toronto, Ont.)

  • CAN
  • Corporate body
  • 1926-1991

In 1926 the Presbyterian Missionary and Deaconess Training Home and the Methodist National Training School joined to form the United Church Training School in Toronto. In 1930 the School became affiliated with Emmanuel College, whose staff contributed to the courses of instruction. The School was first located at 135 St. Clair Avenue West, the former Methodist building. In 1942 the Canadian Women's Army Corps took over the St. Clair building and the school moved to 214 St. George Street West; in 1955 a new building was constructed at 77 Charles Street West. The purpose of the school was to train women for work as missionaries for home and foreign fields, Social Service, as congregational workers in pastoral charges, and other non ordained Church vocations. The School was under the direction of a Board of Management which was appointed by the United Church of Canada General Council, and was supervised by a Principal, a position held by Jean E. Macdonald, 1926 1934, Gertrude L. Rutherford, 1934 1946, Jean D.H. Hutchinson, 1946 1953, and K. Harriet Christie, 1953 1970. In 1962 the name was changed to Covenant College, and the constitution amended to permit the admission of male students.

In 1970 Covenant College amalgamated with the Anglican Women's Training College to constitute the Centre for Christian Studies. The two amalgamating bodies continued to operate as separate administrative entities until a complete merger was constituted in 1991. The Centre was located on Charles Street West in Toronto, before moving to Winnipeg in 1998. Its mandate was to act as a theological school of the United and Anglican Churches of Canada which prepared and supported women and men in educational, pastoral and social justice ministry in the church and the world, including providing a diploma program for diaconal ministers in the United Church. The Centre was governed by a volunteer board called the Central Council, which was composed of directors representing the Anglican and United Churches, as well as Friends of the Centre. Principals of the Centre have been Marion Niven 1970- 1982, Gwyn Griffith, 1982-1991, Trudy Lebans, 1991-1995, Wendy Hunt (Coordinator), 1996-1998 and Caryn Douglas, 1998-2008.

United Church of Canada. National Coordinating Group for the Study/Dialogue Programme on Sexual Orientation, Lifestyles, and Ministry

  • Corporate body
  • 1980-1988

The National Coordinating Group was established upon the request of the 1984 General Council that the Division of Mission in Canada and the Division of Ministry, Personnel and Education establish a process for a national study on sexual orientation, lifestyles and ministry, involving all levels of the Church. The Group was formed in 1985 to undertake this study, which carried on until 1988.

Affirm United

  • Corporate body

Prior to 1982, various regional groups existed to provide support and strategies for lesbians and gays in the United Church: United Church Gays and Lesbians of B.C.; One Loaf (Regina); The Council on Homosexuality and Religion (Winnipeg); TOUCH – Toronto United Church Homosexuals; and United Church Gays and Lesbians of Quebec (UCGLQ). The latter group, UCGLQ, offered to host and organize a gathering in Montreal days before the 29th General Council in August 1982 to explore the possibility of establishing a national network within the United Church for gay and lesbian persons.

AFFIRM – Gays and Lesbians in the United Church of Canada was established on August 5, 1982 as a national network of regional groups of lesbian and gay members and adherents of the United Church to: "Affirm gay and lesbian people within the United Church of Canada, provide a network of support among regional groups, act as a point of contact for individuals and speak to the church in a united fashion encouraging it to act prophetically and pastorally both within and beyond the church structure."
Open to all gay and lesbian people associated with the United Church of Canada, AFFIRM members could participate at the annual general meeting and establish local groups which would have representation on the National Consultative Council. The National Consultative Council, consisting of chairperson(s), secretary/treasurer, and local representatives, would appoint functions to the local groups, deal with policy making, and to make decisions between general meetings.

Affirm worked with the support of allies within Friends of Affirm, an organization of lay and order of ministry people who supported the aims and programs of Affirm. Affirm/Friends of Affirm submitted briefs to church and government decision-making bodies, spoke at church meetings, and offered educational events and resources. The Affirming Congregation Programme was launched by Affirm and Friends of Affirm in the summer of 1992 to provide materials to study the issues of inclusion and welcoming of diverse peoples, namely gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people. Participating United Church organizations become Affirming Ministries.
At a joint 1994 annual general meeting, the decision was made to merge Affirm and Friends of Affirm at the national level to “afford new opportunities for all people regardless of sexual orientation to work together.” The new organization was named Affirm United/S’Affirmer Ensemble.

United Church of Canada. Support to Local Ministries Unit

  • Corporate body

The Support to Local Ministries Unit was one of six working units created in 2001 that brought together work from the former Division of Mission in Canada and from the former Department of Stewardship Services following the restructuring of the General Council Office.
The unit was mandated to provide denomination support that enables, develops, and celebrates the vital and holistic ministries of diverse local church bodies (congregations, institutions, and specialized ministries) across Canada. Its work was divided into three programs, namely: Mission through Finance Program, Congregational Mission and Church Development Program and Specialized Ministries Program.
While Aboriginal Ministries was originally coordinated by the Division of Mission in Canada, due to the restructuring, oversight of Aboriginal Ministries was transferred to Support to Local Ministries. In 2006, Aboriginal Ministries, including the Healing Fund, migrated organizationally to report to the General Council Minister, Racial and Gender Justice. Aboriginal Ministries Council is now its own unit in The United Church of Canada.
In 2007, the Support to Local Ministries Unit and Faith Formation and Education Unit combined to form the Congregational Educational and Community Ministries Unit.

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