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Hello ECORC Family,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the summer days. Thank you to those who have sent in stories for my new addition of "Sharing Circle of Community of Faith Events"! I am enjoying them as I am sure others are as well. We have another this week from Rev. Kevin Moore that will start off your newsletter. 

For those who haven't had a chance to register but would like to join us this afternoon for Rev. David Timpson's gathering, the registration link is below. 

A reminder that the next newsletter will arrive in your inbox on July 28th. Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend!


Karen Wilson
Communications and Administrative Support
1-800-268-3781 Ext 6146

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E-ssentials - July 5, 2022: Welcoming Women for Change–Zambia, Dismantling White Supremacist Culture, and more!
E-ssentials - July 12, 2022: Emancipation Day Celebrations, General Council 44 Decision Sessions, and more!

Sharing Circle of Community of Faith Events
Rev. Kev’s Walk for Ukraine
"In the picture I am presenting a cheque to Olena Hankivsky, who is coordinating efforts to bring Ukrainian families into our area. On Sunday, June 26 we were joined by 50 Ukrainian newcomers at our Sunday service. Many of them are pictured, along with members of our congregation, in the photo. The cheque brought Port Hope United Church’s total to date to $30,000 raised in support of these families. The money was raised primarily through our Easter offerings and “Rev Kev’s Walk for Ukraine”, which happened on Saturday, April 30. The walk was from Port Hope to Cobourg and back again. More than 30 people joined us for all, or part, of the walk."

If you have a story to share, please send it to and let's share!
[Photo submitted by Rev. Kevin Moore]
General Council Office (GCO) News and Information

Lumba Siyanga and Shadrick Chembe of Women for Change–Zambia are arriving in Canada for the 60th Anniversary National United Church Women Conference and for celebrations in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, from July 11 to 15, 2022. The National United Church Women (NUCW) have raised more than $90,000 to support Mission & Service partner, Women for Change–Zambia to increase access to education for women and girls in Zambia. Access to education for everyone, regardless of income, is an essential part of securing greater justice, broad-based participation in society, and the eradication of poverty. You are invited to come hear about their work and stories of how the lives of women and girls have change at the Women for ChangeZambia Webinar on Saturday, July 16.

When: Saturday, July 16, at 11:00 a.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. PDT)
Register: On Zoom


Emancipation Day Celebration
The observation of Emancipation Day celebrates an important milestone in Canada's journey for human rights. We invite Canadians to join us as we remember, commemorate, and honour. Join us for ​two special events to mark the United Church's first official Emancipation Day celebration. Join us on July 31, at 7:30 p.m. EDT for "Emancipated, But Still Working for Freedom,” ​a​n online panel discussion with members of the Black Clergy Network ​and other leaders on the significance of Emancipation Day and the struggle for equality that continues. Also, an ​Emancipation Day National Worship Service, with the Black Clergy Network and others, will be shared on the United Church of Canada's YouTube Livestream on Monday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. 
When: Sunday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. EDT (Panel Discussion)
When: Monday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. EDT (Worship Service)

United Church Bookstore News: There is a brand new UCPH book at the United Church Bookstore. The new confirmation and faith formation resource, edited by Taylor Croissant, is for those who are considering membership or deeper involvement in The United Church of Canada. This book is an ideal accompaniment to your journey of intentional Christian development, whether you’re embarking on adult baptism, considering confirmation, or seeking to enrich your faith through deeper study. Building God's Beloved Community is an accessible and engaging discipleship primer designed to support you during this period of preparation and transformation. Also available in e-book.
ECORC Regional Council News and Information
There is still time to register to join us this afternoon from 1:30-3:30 as we celebrate Rev. David Timpson's Ministry with ECORC. You can find the invitation and registration form at Celebration of Rev. David Timpson's Ministry - East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada (

Photo Submission from Rev. Andrew Macpherson

"Attached is a photo from my first day on the job as minister at
Grace United Church, Peterborough. George Flavell, the chair of the church board is beside me"
Formation, Nurture and Justice Team
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors! Registration is now open for this Women's Weekend Retreat in September at Kingfisher Bay Retreat Centre on Stony Lake north of Peterborough. For more information and to register, visit Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors! Women's Weekend Retreat (

Open call for youth & Indigenous candidates for COP27 delegation: Are you a youth or Indigenous climate activist? Do you know someone who is? KAIROS is looking for two youth (18-30) and Indigenous candidates to join the in-person COP27 delegation in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt! This delegation is co-sponsored by KAIROS and For the Love of Creation, a faith-based initiative for climate justice. 
  • Application Deadline: July 31, 2022 
  • Travel dates: 10 days between November 5-20, 2022.
People of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Two delegates from Canada will join KAIROS partner delegates from the Global South. Partners will use English, French and Spanish to communicate. Ability in more than one of these languages will be beneficial. To learn more and to apply, visit Join the United Nations Climate Change COP 27 in Egypt as part of an in-person delegation – For the Love of Creation

Cathedral of the Trees- Algonquin Park Network - We are excited that we have been given the approval by Algonquin Park to provide Ministry this summer. Please help spread the word that we are back for 2022 and join in on a Sunday morning if you are near Algonquin Park. Cathedral of the Trees Algonquin Park is a ‘new shoot’ of a longstanding ministry of the former Bay of Quinte Conference, which saw ministry personnel providing an outdoor worship service at Algonquin Park on Sundays in the months of July and August. Cathedral of the Trees in Algonquin Park, is a Forest Church where we share our experiences of Holy Wonder in Creation. Our ancestors say that to know nature is to know something of God. It is an interdenominational worship service in the Outdoor Theatre - Hwy 60 (km 35.4) Sundays from July 17 to August 28 at 10 am. All are welcome- please add to your church newsletter and bulletins- so people are aware of this outdoor service if they are vacationing near Algonquin Park.

SAVE THE DATES: October  26 - November 23, 2022 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM Wednesdays (on Zoom): ECORC'S Anti-racism, Interfaith and Intercultural Forum, invites you to learn about our world, our communities and our neighbours through an exploration of some of the world's religions. In exploring our neighbours religion, we will learn about ourselves. Join us for an exploration, both outward and inward. More details will be shared in September.

SAVE THE DATE! Tuesday November 8, 2022, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location:  Trinity United Church, Cobourg: Clergy and LLWL Training - Interpretation of Scriptures Through the Art of a Lens of Anti-racism. To be facilitated by: Dr. Dorcas Gordon, former Director, Toronto School of Theology, Professor, and Principal of Knox College, UofT. Offered by The ECORC Anti-Racism, Interfaith and Intercultural Forum. More details to follow.
Events of Interest

Claremont United Church Music Theatre Camp
August 15 – 19, 9 am – 3 pm daily; Ages 7 and up; $150 per camper includes snacks and swimming! Performance of DON’T ROCK THE ARK at 7 pm on August 19. To register call 905-649-2433 or email

On-Line Discussion Group:  Five Little Indians by Michelle Good 
Hosted by Bay of Quinte United Church Women East Central Ontario Region: You are invited to a fall online book discussion for Five Little Indians. Discussion will focus on connecting through our experience of the book. Visit our event page at Fall online book discussion for Five Little Indians - East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada ( for more information.

Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College supports its alumni/ae and local religious communities by offering a variety of continuing education programs and initiatives to further interfaith dialogue and for ministry professionals to replenish their spiritual wells. Complete the subscription form to receive our monthly newsletter, EC Connects. Please visit Continuing Education Events and Courses » Emmanuel College ( to view upcoming workshops and save on registration with Early Bird Registrations!

Job and Volunteer Opportunities in ECORC
Grace United Church, Peterborough - We are seeking a permanent part-time organist (10 hours/week) who is enthusiastic about working as part of a worship team to present inspiring traditional choral music. Instruments include a two-manual Phoenix organ and a grand piano. See full job description posted on our website: for all the details. E-mail your resume to by July 15, 2022, if interested

Newburgh Centreville Pastoral Charge: Pastoral Charge Administrative Assistant -- 3-6 hours a week. Need to be computer literate and have Power Point software and knowledge.  The job has changed, due to Covid, and can mostly be carried out remotely. If interested, or have any questions, please email Colleen Jelley 
at or call 613-453-9732
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