Festival of Faith: Risking Faith, Daring Hope

Photo of hundreds raising hands and voice in song

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 21‒22, 2018

What: The Festival of Faith kicks off GC43. It’s a celebration of our work and witness through the arts.

Where: 43rd General Council at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Durham College, Oshawa, ON

Time: 10am and into the evening on both days.

Cost: Free! We are thankful for any donations you make to Mission & Service.

What’s happening at the Festival?

  • Music: Experience inspiring performers at multiple stages. Enjoy a DJ, silent dance party and lip-sync competition.
  • Interactive art: Explore amazing art displays, including stories and images of over 80 projects supported by Embracing the Spirit, a new United Church learning network that you can get involved in. Join a Messy Fiesta and paint a pew!
  • Workshops: Be inspired by 25 workshops with leaders from across Canada.
  • Spirituality: Discover different ways to express your faith.
  • Coffee house: Enjoy the open mic experience, spoken word, poems, songs and more. Everyone is welcome to contribute.
  • Artisan market: Explore the market sprinkled with local artisans and social enterprises.
  • The Alvin Dixon Memorial Run/Walk: Start your second day of festival on the right foot at 8am with this 5km run / 2km walk event.

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Interactive Arts

Music with the Mobile Arts Program (MAP) is a programming platform where experienced facilitators run music workshops that explore various aspects of song creation as a way to expand creative capacity and healthy forms of self-expression.
Experiment with different colours and explore your creative side through the intersection of art and spirituality.
Experiment with different colours and explore your creative side through the intersection of art and spirituality.
DJ in the house—make a request
DJ in the house—make a request
Bring your own tunes to the silent dance party
Shine at the lip-sync uncompetitive competition

Artisan/Crafter

Enjoy fine art, a giant art project, a co-working space and many other experiences.
Enjoy fine art, a giant art project, a co-working space and many other experiences.

Fun for All Ages

We need you to help us break the World Record for "most people hugging soft toys simultaneously."
Experiment with different colours and explore your creative side through the intersection of art and spirituality.
Experiment with different colours and explore your creative side through the intersection of art and spirituality.
DJ in the house—make a request
DJ in the house—make a request
Bring your own tunes to the silent dance party
Shine at the lip-sync uncompetitive competition
Enjoy carnival games and bouncy castles for various ages. Challenge a friend, or the Moderator to tackle the super-fun 60-foot inflatable relay course. There is something for everyone!

Enjoy carnival games and bouncy castles for various ages.

Coffee House

Trans-Script is an original play, written by Rosemary Nolan and Eleanor Crowder, that explores love and relationships in the context of transgender experiences.
Music with the Mobile Arts Program (MAP) is a programming platform where experienced facilitators run music workshops that explore various aspects of song creation as a way to expand creative capacity and healthy forms of self-expression.
Experience and take part in the open mic.
Experience and take part in the open mic.
Experience and take part in the open mic.
Community Innovation Challenges are creative “design labs.” People from different sectors brainstorm ways to solve a host of social problems that the community has identified.