General Council 43

Published on Jul 28th, 2018 by Webminister | 0

From General Council 43 in Oshawa, ON:

On Sunday, July 22, the General Council Remits were ratified by an overwhelming 90% in favour. This, then, commences The United Church of Canada’s move to a three-court model and elimination of presbyteries by January 1, 2019.
 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the unification of The United Church of Canada and the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB).

On Wednesday morning, July 25, General Council was told of the history of this union with the history of the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) and their experience within the United Church:
At the 22nd General Council in 1966, the proposal to present the union of EUB and the United Church was unanimously approved, and EUB voted in favour of union in 1967. On July 18, 1967, an episcopal declaration was released for the EUB to become part of The United Church of Canada on January 1, 1968, as ecclesiastical and spiritual successor to the Canadian Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren.

The EUB’s 10,000 members and 60 congregations brought their own history, youth programming, Christian education, and mission and outreach to The United Church of Canada.

 

On Wednesday, GC43 strongly approved full communion with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada with 98% of commissioners voting in favour of the proposals. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) formally became a denomination 50 years ago. The Rev. Hord Owens is the first African American woman to lead the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the first Black woman to lead a mainline Protestant denomination in the United States.

On Thursday, from a list of 10 nominees for Moderator, Rev. Dr. Richard Bott, nominated by Vancouver South Presbytery, was elected and declared Moderator elect by a unanimous decision of the other nominees. He was installed as the new Moderator in a worship service Friday evening.

 

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