“Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness.” (2 Corinthians 3:12)
The United Church of Canada is a community of hope, a vibrant and vital church with both purpose and vision. We live in a time of rapid change in religious life, great inequities between peoples, and collective harm to our earth community. As church, we have been complicit in injustice. And yet we have this hope. We believe we continue to be called to witness in love and justice to the liberating, healing Christ risen in this place and time. Together, we strive towards repentance, repair, and right relations with all peoples and the planet. Our call and vision statement speaks to how we boldly embody the Christian story in this time, filled with the certainty of resurrection and hope for new life.
Living purposefully into this call and vision anticipates becoming what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others called the Beloved Community—the ever inbreaking, ever transforming, ever reconciling realm of God, realized in our time.
The United Church of Canada Call reflects the core of our purpose, sharing who we seek to be in “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
The United Church of Canada vision reflects what the church aspires to be over a 5- to 10-year span.
Called by God, as disciples of Jesus, The United Church of Canada seeks to be a bold, connected, evolving church of diverse, courageous, hope-filled communities united in deep spirituality, inspiring worship, and daring justice.
After a sustained consultation process, these interlinked statements were adopted by the Annual Meeting of General Council 43 on October 23, 2021.
The Call and Vision is commended to regional councils, communities of faith, and United Church incorporated ministries for engagement and discernment for their ministry. It is shared with the broader community as a pledge of identity and hope. These statements also provide purpose and direction within the 2022‒2025 Strategic Plan of the General Council Office.
We invite you and your community of faith to view the Call and Vision in Worship resources.
- Strategic Plan 2023-2025 (423.33 KB) (PDF)
- Overview of the Strategic Plan 2022-2025 (169.73 KB) (PDF)
- Call and Vision English logo with text (130.99 KB) (image/png)
- Call and Vision English Zoom background (424.87 KB) (image/jpeg)
- Becoming Beloved Community - Call and Vision 2022-2025 (94.95 KB) (PDF)