Posted by: Peaceful Social Worker | August 8, 2012

I’m a Commissioner……

…..to the 41st General Council of the United Church of Canada in Ottawa from August 11-18. (http://www.gc41.ca/) As the time approaches, I am both excited and a bit nervous.

I grew up in the United Church and know that it was a formative experience for me. My father’s side of the family joined the United Church at the time of the union in 1925. They had been Free Methodists before then. I am a baby boomer, so when I was going to Sunday School in the sixties, so were all my peers. They may have been going to other churches, but most kids in my neighbourhood went to Sunday School. Our Sunday School was full of kids. The church building was a 1950’s vintage building that replaced an old 1800’s vintage building the congregation had outgrown. It was a place for many community activites including pancake suppers, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, celebrations and remembrances. I think I was probably part of the last generation for whom church was part of our lives on a regular basis…..because it was expected, not because people chose to attend and participate.

Church today is different from those days. We are struggling in some corners of the church, and thriving in others. In a way, this is a great time to be involved. I’d like to think it is a time of transition. At least I hope it is. After all, we follow Jesus who died and was resurrected.

I started writing this post a few days ago. Now we are less than a week away from GC41. My goal is to use this blog as a way to give, my updates and to think about the proceedings. Some of the links below have some information, and will have more as time goes on.

http://www.gc41.ca/home-0

http://www.wondercafe.ca/blogs/moderator-mardi-tindal/critics-and-conversations

http://randomfaiththoughts.blogspot.ca/2012/07/the-collapse-of-church-my-reflections.html?spref=tw

http://blogs.timescolonist.com/2012/07/30/predicting-the-death-of-liberal-churches/

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