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United Church of Canada Office of the Moderator and General Secretary fonds
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Personnel Office and Human Resources Department

The Personnel Office provided personnel counselling, job evaluation, searching and hiring for Division Staff and conference offices across Canada. The Department reported to the General Council Office. The Position of Personnel Officer was established in 1974; in 1988 the position name changed to Personnel Director, in 1996 General Secretary, Human Resources and finally in 2003, Personnel Minister. The position was held by James A.H. MacFadzean from 1974-1979, Margaret Fortin from 1980-1984, and Margaret Scriven from 1984-1995, Anne Shirley Sutherland from 1996-2003 and John W. Burton in 2003. The Personnel Officer was staff support for the Staff and Personnel Committee, Staff Personnel Policy Committee (S.P.P.C); and Human Resources Committee.

Series consists of the following subseries; General Office Files, 1983-2001; and records of Committees and Task Groups, 1946-2001.

Records of Deputy Secretary, Regionalism and Personnel

The position of Deputy Secretary (Regionalism and Personnel) was created in 1978. The Deputy Secretary as called by the Church to assist it regionally and nationally to fulfil the general goal of regionalism as approved by the 25th General Council, without losing the strength of being a single national body. In 1987, the title of the position changed to Secretary, General Council Management and Personnel.

Deputy Secretaries were Albion Wright (1979-1983), Irene Evans Parker (1985-1987). Barbara Copp held the position of Secretary, General Council Management and Personnel from 1987-1993.

Series consists of records of Albion Wright, 1976-1983; records of Irene Evans Parker,1982-1990; and Barbara Copp, 1982-1994.

Records of Deputy Secretary, Theology and Faith

The position of Deputy Secretary (Theology and Faith) was created in 1979. The Deputy Secretary was called by the Church to enable it to bring its decisions under theological review at all levels and within an ecumenical context. As a member of the General Council Secretariat, the Deputy Secretary assisted the Church to express and act on its theological convictions and positions. In 1984 the title was changed to Secretary, Theology, Faith & Ecumenism.

Series consists of the following subseries: Records of Deputy Secretary of Theology and Faith and the Secretary of Theology, Faith and Ecumenism, 1977-2001.

Records of Donald G. Ray

Donald G. Ray was General Secretary from 1975-1983.

Subseries consists of General Council Office files. They include those of Donald G. Ray and administrative assistant Brenda D. Moyes. Also included are records of Deputy Secretaries Albion Wright and Peter Gordon White, and Moderator’s George Tuttle and Lois Wilson. The collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, inter-office correspondence and minutes from the various committees and divisions of Church House. Although the bulk of letters pass between members of divisions, committees, task forces, etc., correspondence from United Church members, private citizens and government officials also appear in the files.

Ray, Donald G., 1918-2010

Records of Executive Minister, Regional Relations

The Executive Minister, Regional Relations was mandated to work to nurture relationships and encourage connections between and among the regions and the whole church, recognizing that The United Church of Canada has significant regional distinctiveness. Part of this work included supervision of Conference Executive Secretaries and the All Native Circle Conference Speaker, attending Conference Executive meetings, coordinating a General Council Office presence at Annual Meetings, and relaying and corresponding findings to the Senior Leadership Team.

Carol Hancock was appointed Executive Minister, Regional Relations in 2002 and held the position until 2013. In 2008 the name changed to General Council Officer, Conciliar Relations and remained that until 2013.

Series consists of records of Carol Hancock, 2006-2014.

Records of Executive Secretary, Theology and Leadership

The position of Executive Minister of Theology and Leadership was created within the Office of the Moderator and General Secretary in 2015. Previously, there was a Theology and Faith position within the Faith Formation and Education Unit (2002-?), as well as a Deputy Secretary, Theology and Faith for the General Council (1979-2001). The current position holds responsibility within the General Council Office relating to United Church’s Theological Schools, staffing the Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee and acts as a Theological Advisor to the General Secretary and any Committee or Task Group for whom work is assigned. The position also supervises the United Church Archives (2015-present).

Series consists of the following subseries: 1) Records of Educational Institutes, 1927-2016; 2) Records Re Theological School Funding, 1997-2010; 3) Historical Documents and Pamphlets, 1968-2006.

Records of General Council Minister, Programs for Mission and Ministry

Bruce Gregersen was General Council Officer, Programs for Mission and Ministry from 2003-2013. He coordinated and supported the Canadian and global programs units of the church with particular care for the theological foundations of that work. Significant projects were undertaken during the tenure of Bruce, namely “Emerging Spirit,” “Environics pilot project, and “Mutual recognition of Ministry.”

Emerging Spirit was originally named ‘For Such a time as this.” Keith Howard was Executive Director and Bruce Gregersen was Senior Staff supervising Keith and the overall project.

Environics pilot project is a report that gives information about the social values and social trends of the people that participate in the congregation and of the people around the congregation.

Bruce was lead staff in the Mutual Recognition of Ministry processes leading up to General Council 42.

He also acted as supervisor of the Executive Director of Kairos, as required by Canada Revenue Agency rules to show operational control over the institution. These files relate to that specific role – approximately 2003–2012. The United Church was also a member of the Board and files will exist from this program perspective in the JGER unit.

Series consists of records of Bruce Gregersen re partnership reviews, maternity homes, full communion with United Church of Christ, Emerging Spirit and correspondence with units.

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