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General Council of United Church of Canada

About General Council(Denominational Council)
General Conference(Denominational Council) is an administrative and service-delivery body of The National United Church of Canada. It provide staff, finances, advice, advocacy and programming resources to 13 conferences, 86 presbyteries, 3000+ congregations, thousands of ministry personnel and numerous service ministries across Canada. A structural change will take place on January 1, 2019 when 16 regional councils will replace the conferences and presbytries, and general council will be known as the demonionational council.

General Council is The church's highest legislative court. Ordained, commissioned, and lay commissioners are elected by the Conferences and meet every three years to set church policy. An Executive and Sub-Executive govern between meetings of the council.

The Moderator is the elected(at General Council), presiding officer of the meetings of the General Council, its executive and its sub-executive.
The 43rd General Conference took place at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ontario on July 21-27, 2018.

      Biographical Statement
Hello! I'm Richard Bott -- a member of the order of ministry (ordained stream) of The United Church of Canada. I was born and grew up on the north shore of Lake Superior, in the town of Marathon, Ont., . . .read more of the Moderator profile
     
 
Right Rev. Dr. Richard Bott      

General Council Moderator

Years Name
2018-2021 Rev. Dr. Richard Bott
2015-2018 Rev. Jordan Cantwell
2012-2015 Rev. Gary Paterson
2009-2012 Mardi Tindal
2006-2009 Rev. David Giuliano
2003-2006 Rev. Peter Short
2000-2003 Rev. Dr. Marion Pardy
1997-2000 Rev. Bill Phipps
1994-1997 Dr. Marion Best
1992-1994 Rev. Stan McKay
1990-1992 Rev. Walter H. Fargarson
1988-1990 Rev. Sang Chul Lee

 

 

Remits of General Council
Remits pssed by Congregations, Presbyteries and Conferences will be enacted by the 43 General Council. The new strucure will come into effect on January 1, 2019.
New Regional Councils
Final Report on Regional Council Boundaries. The Boundaries Commission is proposing 16 regional councils to replace Conferences and presbyteries. Map of Regional Council Boundaries. These 16 regional council will come into existence on January 1, 2019.

 

Moderator of the United Church of Canada (Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard Bottl)
News release on new Moderator
Moderator profile
Latest message from the moderator
About the United Church Moderator

Moderator's Message:
Roman Catholic-United Church Dialogue Releases Report on Climate Change
Keeping Families Together - In the U.S. and Canada
Sanctions Are Not a Tool of Diplomacy

General Secretary's (Nora Sanders) letters
                Q&A with Moderator Nominees


Extreme Hunger Appeal

The United Church of Canada is launching an Extreme Hunger Appeal as the humanitarian crisis in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen reaches grave levels.
For more info see Ross McCoubrey or the church office         More announcements.

 

General Council website
The next General Conference July 21-28, 2018 in Oshawa, Ontario.

 

 

Mission and Service Fund
   
The United Church Observer
   
The United Church Resource Distribution Center

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