General Secretary Nora Sanders writes that, when we fail to recognize that our acceptance of inequality is a form of racism, we fail to live up to our basic Christian commitments.
General Secretary Nora Sanders writes about the vast array of Lenten practices available and hopes we each found something to deepen our connection to God.
General Secretary Nora Sanders checks in with our Christian partners in China who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 epidemic.
General Secretary Nora Sanders writes about experiencing a profound reminder of the presence of God in an everyday setting.
On the 75th anniversary of the liberation Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, General Secretary Nora Sanders writes that some anniversaries need to be marked, not as celebrations, but as reminders of the inhumanity that humankind is capable of.
General Secretary Nora Sanders writes that waiting for God does not mean doing nothing, rather it means trusting in God's steadfast love in the face of fear.
General Secretary Nora Sanders shares the inspiration she discovered in Fred Rogers and the faithful ministry and witness he offered as "Mr. Rogers."
General Secretary Nora Sanders wonders how much the church is willingly to waive in order to welcome new generations.
A couple of weeks ago as I was waiting at an intersection to cross the street, I noticed a car edging cautiously forward towards a right hand turn. I glanced in the car and saw a teenager in the driver’s seat and a nervous looking adult on the passenger’s side. It happened to be the same day… Read more
General Secretary Nora Sanders writes that before long it will be left to my generation and subsequent generations to keep the memory of sacrifice and loss of World War II alive.
In her "Note from Nora," General Secretary Nora Sanders writes that as live into our new church structures, we can now look forward to having more time for conversations about what we seek to be as church.
General Secretary Nora Sanders writes that "Even in times of sadness, there is much to be grateful for."
How is your Lenten practice going?
I am happy to report that I have not eaten any candy since Shrove Tuesday. Well that is almost true; I did accidentally forget that a marshmallow might be considered candy and helped myself to one in my hot chocolate a couple of weeks ago.… Read more
Lent is a time for contemplation, for going a bit deeper, for finding the places where pain and joy and fear and hope intersect.
Having lived in the far north, I have all the clothes to keep me warm in the cold weather, so I have been enjoying being… Read more
“Great is thy faithfulness, Great is thy faithfulness, Morning by morning new mercies I see…”
For no reason I could think of, this was the song I was humming to myself as I set out for my early walk with the dogs on a recent rainy, windy, November morning.
Heading… Read more
Last weekend when the GC43 Executive Elect met to continue discerning how they will meet and be accountable and ensure that they hear from diverse voices, one of the things that was mentioned was… Read more
For us in The United Church of Canada, this fall is a time when endings and beginnings are swirled alongside each other as we say goodbye to… Read more
It is always good to be together with such a great… Read more
I don’t know about you, but at our house we are preparing to begin binge watching the Olympic coverage starting this weekend. I am generally not a big sports fan, but there is something about seeing young people from so many parts of the world offer their peak performances after years of… Read more
We are over a week into November and as I write this on Thursday night, the weather forecast says that we may get the first snowfall of the year in Toronto this weekend.
I am a little excited about the snow coming. Oh sure, it can be inconvenient in many ways, but I like winter. I also… Read more
Labour Day is past, kids are back in school, and churches across Canada are gearing up for all the busy activities of the fall season.
At the General Council Office, we are in the midst of massive upheaval unrelated to the change of seasons. After months of preparation, and weeks… Read more
Not far from Pinawa, Manitoba there is a fascinating place where centuries ago, people arranged rocks into the shapes of turtles, snakes, fish, and humans. There is a sense of mystery, even of the sacred, as you walk among these ancient figures.
Thunder is rumbling outside the giant hall in Indianapolis where the General Assembly of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) is meeting. I am here because we are in a full communion conversation with the Disciples, who are… Read more
I am excited to visit Colombia, to see how the generosity of United Church members is improving lives in a country my mother lived in almost 90 years ago.
I am writing from midway through my sabbatical. It’s my first ever experience of a sabbatical, and a wonderful experience. It’s wonderful, but also slightly disorienting.
Right now I am sitting in the front room upstairs at our cottage, (my past and future home). There is a strong wind… Read more
It’s Advent, a time of preparation.
With the lives we lead, juggling various responsibilities, are any of us ever just preparing for one thing?
General Secretary Nora Sanders on the racist graffiti attacks in Ottawa. Even when acts of fear and hatred are in the news, we must keep our Christian values.
Bare roads, sunshine, and bits of white in the fields left over from the snowstorm last week…. The drive from Fort Saskatchewan to the Edmonton airport was beautiful.
I spent the first part of this week as an ecumenical guest at the annual gathering of the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops. There are some things about their meetings that are very different from ours in the United Church, (no lineups at the women’s washroom is one of them), but as with any… Read more