Donations for the Philippines can help in many ways...


At the Annual General Meeting of May 2014 there was a difficult discussion about sending money to overseas partners. The issue was not about supporting or not, as we all recognize that there are huge needs in many parts of the world.  Indeed, our Conference was extremely generous in responding to the needs of our partners because of Super Typhoon Haiyan last November in the Philippines.  The problem in our meeting arose because of the process. 

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Prayer for the Comprehensive Review Task Force (see attachements).

Friday, February 7, 2014

Canada Must Continue to Oppose Russia's Anti-LGBTQ Laws

Toronto: The United Church of Canada sent a letter today congratulating Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird on the stance he has taken in support of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people in Russia.

Two months since Super Typhoon - rebuilding with our help


As of Christmas, more than $1.1 million had been donated to the United Church's Typhoon Haiyan Appeal - a testament to the compassion of faithful United Church members. Of those donations, $585,000 was sent to ACT for programming in the Philippines. United Church partners, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), have each received $60,000. The funds have been used to purchase materials for temporary shelter, food, clean water, medicines, and psychosocial counseling.

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Planning special meals, special gifts? Please give a gift for Christmas


It has been over a month since the Super Typhoon hit the central islands of the Philippines, destroying thousands of homes, schools, churches, businesses and killing thousands of people, with so many others left homeless, struggling, lost, afraid and feeling alone.  It has been over two weeks since I returned but my Facebook page gets messages everyday - those looking for more help, those sending pictures of relief workers and volunteers continuing tirelessly to repack food and other life necessities, and to travel the miles to bring hope.

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Thank you Canada for your support


I am so proud to be Canadian. Although very conscious of military presence everywhere, at the airport in Iloilo, Panay Island, I saw a Canadian flag on a sleeve, so approached with my passport and had a chat with Canadian Peacekeepers who have just arrived. They are headed to the devasted area with supplies and a new source of energy.  That will be so encouraging but also strength for physical clean up that needs to happen.

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Relief efforts are a challenge in rural areas


In the towns, the people stand in line for hours to get their food 'relief' package, but the message is not getting to those on the coast who have further to travel. There is no way to communicate with the displaced and marginalized.

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