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Rx for a Failing Food

It’s clear that our current food system is not sustainable.

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Why I Go to Church (Most of the Time)

It is tempting these days to say, as many others are saying, “I am spiritual but not religious.” To join this increasingly fashionable group is to be open to spirituality in a broad sense, but to spurn “organized religion” and “the institutional church.”

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Buying Sex Is Not a Sport

As the eyes of the world turn to Vancouver, The United Church of Canada is part of an ecumenical coalition that is urging Canadians to see one disturbing aspect of the 2010 Olympic Games that won’t make the media coverage—human trafficking.

“The Vancouver Olympics provide an opportunity to draw attention to the issue,” says Peter Noteboom, the Canadian Council of Churches’ (CCC) Associate Secretary, Justice and Peace.

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Emergency Response: United Church Haiti Earthquake Appeal

January 13, 2010

In response to the humanitarian crisis provoked in Haiti by the serious earthquake on Tuesday, January 12, The United Church of Canada is appealing for donations to support relief and reconstruction efforts. The church has already committed $20,000 to relief efforts by partners in the region.

 

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Lorette C. Luzajic

Live Plucky: Adventuring with Nancy Drew

Once upon a time, there was a small girl with a big stack of books. She was barely five years old, but had torn through a zillion Golden Books and Disney fairy tales and was stuck at the cottage with nothing to read. Her folks took her to a used bookstore in Parry Sound, where she picked out about 30 yellow-spined Nancy Drew mystery stories. Within days, she was prowling the swamps behind the cottage for clues, making believe that nearby ghost town ruins were castles. With a notebook in one hand, and a flashlight in the other, the girl made relentless notes on the few characters that populated the lake and woods where she was staying. That little girl grew up to be a writer.

 
Nancy’s independent spirit and inquiring mind were early influences on my imagination. Her enthusiasm at solving puzzles in her world let me reason that I could do the same. Though I was not jet setting with my lawyer dad to exotic places, creeping up secret stairwells and hunting for treasures in gypsy camps, I lived as if I were. The world opened up for me when I began to investigate it. Nancy led the way into the great unknown and assured me that the world belonged to me. I learned early from her escapades that girls could be strong, smart and pretty.
 

 

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Mardi Tindal at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

Mardi Tindal, the Moderator of The United Church of Canada, is blogging from COP15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (http://en.cop15.dk/) in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec. 7-18, 2009.

 

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Christmas Inspiration: This Worked

Are you looking for inspiration for the Christmas season? Check the current issue of Mandate to read about several United Church congregations that found ways to turn some of the season’s challenges into opportunities that benefit their environmental and community outreach programs.

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Laid Off… and How to Recover Well

 By Alan Kearns, career coach and founder of CareerJoy. On Dec. 8, 2009 Alan will moderate a webinar on "Balancing Purpose, Profit, and People," with author of Soul at Work, Margeret Benefiel and CBC's producer of "Tapestry," Frank Faulk. Click here are more details!

A layoff is one of the most traumatic events in ones career. Eleanor Clitheroe was laid off from her CEO position at Hydro One in a very public manner and went through a difficult time. Whether you are a CEO or a Junior Manager, the journey that one goes through is very similar. In a podcast with CareerJoy, a Canadian career coaching organization, Eleanor shares in a very honest way, her experience going through this difficult time, the challenges and the ways that she learned to move forward both in her personal and professional life. Her issues ranged from loss of identity to financial security to what was she going to do next?

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Canadians Get Their Hands Dirty to Fight Global Hunger

By Julienne Gage

You can do a lot of things to fight world hunger from Canada, but one thing it’s difficult to do is obtain hands-on food production strategies that fit some of the world’s hungriest southern climates. Given this reality, a number of socially conscious Canadians have flown south to Florida. There, between the balmy tourist beaches and the exotic wetlands lies ECHO, a 50-acre farm that trains international aid workers in effective, low-cost strategies for growing food and beefing up nutrition.
 
“In order for ECHO to be effective as a demonstration tool for missionaries and development workers going abroad, it must be set in a tropical climate, something Canada doesn’t have,” explains David Prins, a Lacombe, Alberta native who is spending the year as an intern at ECHO. “From an agriculturalist’s perspective, ECHO is a gold mine. There are literally hundreds of species of plants, and almost as many systems for cultivating those plants in to learn about.”

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Scarcity, Abundance, and Thanksgiving

A few years ago, my southern Ontario congregation decided to host a regular Sunday supper for anyone who needed it. My husband and I became team leaders and spent every third weekend from November to April shopping, cooking, and serving a meal for as many as 120 people.

After a couple of years, we and other volunteers began to feel the strain of this commitment. In fact, the coordinator even wondered if we might have to end the dinner, though it filled a critical need during the cold winter months.

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