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Ask the Nominees: Week 2

Each week leading up to GC43, we are asking the Moderator Nominees one question to help everyone get to know them.

Q: Why is Mission & Service important to you?

Moderator Nominee Susan Beaver

Rev. Susan Beaver

Mission and Service provides a salary for ministers in Indigenous communities (including myself) across Canada. It means we can dedicate our lives to healing and to strengthening us all for the postcolonial journey forward. We are called to bring the presence and love of God to incredible suffering, which is a great gift, and support the people in our spirituality, which is the most important element of life. In Canada and in the rest of the world, Mission and Service gives life in many ways to many people, and for that I'm grateful.

Moderator Nominee Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud

Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud

Mission & Service is the way that we live our faith. I recently overheard a stranger, now friend, talk about the United Church in her area. Saying it chose to do low-income and senior’s housing development instead of a much more profitable condo development. She’s non-Christian but had to attend service so “I could meet these people, doing the right things.” Mission & Service is how we do the right thing, do God’s work in the world. It’s for people like her I’d like to create an action worship that allows them to do God’s work with us.

Moderator Nominee Richard Bott

Rev. Dr. Richard Bott

Mission & Service is one of the connectional threads of The United Church of Canada. Through it, we are able to support ministries we believe in, throughout Canada and around the world. It's going through changes, but it remains one of the most important ways we share our financial resources with the wider world, in line with our denominational values.

Moderator Nominee David Hart

Rev. David Hart

God’s design for the universe can be seen not only in the science of relativity and quantum mechanics but also in the interrelationships of human beings and social structures. When the United Church serves its partners with financial and human resources we also are served through the opening of our hearts to compassion, to insight, and to the wisdom and creativity our partners share with us. Mission and service are not simply good human objectives, they consist of a moral imperative structured into existence itself by God for the good of us all! Mission & Service in the UC supports this vision!

Moderator Nominee Cathy Larmond

Rev. Cathy Larmond

The Mission & Service Fund helps me to look beyond myself and my situation. Every week I’m reminded that I and my church are part of a larger body, the Body of Christ. We can do so much more to help each other together than we can separately! We help worthy projects both inside Canada and around the world, and are part of a fast-reaction group that helps before we can mobilize a larger response. I am proud to support Mission & Service!

Moderator Nominee Catherine Faith MacLean

Rev. Dr. Catherine Faith MacLean

Mission & Service means you and I show up with healing and friendship among neighbours beyond our daily reach. Plus it’s the heartbeat of demonstrated love right where you and I are. Mission & Service is more than outreach resources, or even money: it’s relationships and the lively presence of God.

Moderator Nominee Dr. Colin Phillips

Dr. Colin Phillips

Mission & Service is important to me because of its commitment to building partnerships. That we go out into the world seeking to be co-creators of God’s kindom, rather than providers of charity, is a fundamental expression of our understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our proposed new funding model will mean governance costs will no longer be funded through Mission & Service. This is truly exciting and transformative. I can’t wait to see what new partnerships we will build!

Moderator Nominee Rev. Wanda Stride

Rev. Wanda Stride

Emmanuel Baptist Church, San Salvador, is the face of our global partners for me. I have seen first hand how life-giving and important it has been to share prayers, mission, and respect with them. They renewed my faith and inspired so many of us who have traveled with them.

Moderator Nominee Rev. Dr. Martha ter Kuile

Rev. Dr. Martha ter Kuile

Mission & Service reminds us that there are a thousand ways to live out God’s love. I like the feeling of being connected to urban ministry in Victoria, conservation agriculture in Kenya, youth suicide prevention in Pimicikamak Cree nation, and children’s health in Gaza—all while sitting in my own home. With all our geographic distances and different interests, Mission & Service makes us a united church.

Moderator Nominee Rev. Donalee Williams

Rev. Donalee Williams

For me, Mission & Service helps us reflect God's self-giving in ministries and partnerships in so many wonderfully diverse ways beyond our own context. And then it is a joy to hear the Mission & Service stories, and know that we are concretely connected with sisters and brothers across Canada and around the world. My pastoral charge received Mission & Service support for many years and has deeply learned the joy of both receiving and giving back.