Sydenham Street United ChurchSanctuarySydenham Street United Church, constructed in 1852, is a downtown church and city landmark. It's the limestone church with the tall spire located in historic Kingston, Ontario. The congregation, founded in 1811, was one of the first Methodist congregations in Upper Canada, and is now part of The United Church of Canada.

In 1925, three Canadian Protestant denominations, the Methodist, Congregationalist, and two-thirds of the Presbyterian churches in Canada amalgamated to create The United Church of Canada through an Act of Parliament. The United Church has a structure of four levels — the local congregation, the district Presbytery, the regional Conference, and the General Council.

A conversation about the future of the church is in progress. A report on the consultation process has been issued. A proposal for changing the organizational structure described below is the first outcome of this initiative.

Bay of Quinte Conference LogoThe Bay of Quinte Conference, located in south central and eastern Ontario, is one of 13 United Church conferences across Canada. The Conference includes seven presbyteries: Belleville, Cobourg, Kingston, Lindsay, Oshawa, Peterborough and Renfrew.

Presbytery LogoThe Presbyteries within the Conference are in the process of being reorganized. Along with the other congregations in the Kingston Area, SSUC belongs to the Four Winds Presbytery. All ministers must belong to a Presbytery, and each charge is (proportionately by membership) also represented by lay persons.

Affirm United LogoAffirm United is an organization of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within The United Church of Canada, working to provide the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the church and in society. We believe that all people are created in the image of God and are unconditionally loved by God.

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The 42nd General Council took place from August 8 to 14 2015 in Corner Brook, NL. Our Minister, Elizabeth Macdonald, reported on the events

More information on the council is available at

The Intercultural Lens

Rev. Danielle Ayana James talks with Elizabeth Macdonald about her roll as one of GC42's intercultural observer.

Final Day Wrap-up

Many of the major decisions were made at this last day at General Council Elizabeth Macdonald is joined by GC42 newsroom colleague Rev. Jeff Cook in a look back on an historic day. 

Hello from Westhaven Camp

While Commissioners worked away at General Council their children and teenagers went to Westhaven Camp near Pasadena, Newfoundland, a local United Church camp beloved by two generations of campers and supported by local churches.

One Order of Ministry

The United Church of Canada is beginning a two-year study to determine whether or not it will continue with three streams of ministry.  Any changes to its current system must go to a vote (remit) by congregations and presbyteries of the denomination.

The Long Term Commitment to Reconciliation

The 42nd General Council affirmed it's long term commitment to reconciliation with First Nations.

What Full Communion Really Means

The Rev. Geoffrey Black, former General Minister of the United Church of Christ (USA) talks about the benefits to both the UCC (USA) and The United Church of Canada of this new full communion agreement. 

Intro to Day 7

The final day of the 42nd General Council is devoted almost entirely to discussing and deciding on the proposals of the CRTG to restructure the denomination.

A New Step in Migrant Ministry

The United Church of Christ in the Philippines and The United Church of Canada have entered into a mutual recognition of ministries agreement. Elizabeth Macdonald interviews Bishop Reuel Magiza about the possibilities for ministry.

A Historic Relationship

The United Church of Canada is entering into a mutual recognition of ministries with the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK). Elizabeth Macdonald interviews the PROK General Secretary Tae Jim Bae.

Aboriginal Ministries

Elizabeth Macdonald talks with Rev. Maggie McLeod, Executive Minister of the United Church's Aboriginal Ministries about the future course of this vital work.

Introduction to Day 6

Today the 42nd General Council will contemplate its path forward from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, vote for a new Moderator and continue making decisions related to restructuring.

Closing Day 5

After a morning of intense discussion on the CRTG proposals to restructure the United Church, commissioners took a break in the afternoon to explore the region.  Elizabeth Macdonald reports from West Haven Camp on the day's events.

Intro to Day 5

The CRTG will dominate this morning's session at the 42nd General Council and this afternoon, Commissioners will have a chance to see some of western Newfoundland's beautiful land and seascapes.

Closing Day 4

A wrap up of the day's events at the 42nd General Council.

Marilia Schuller, Global Partner

Marilia Schuller,  from the Koinonia community in Brazil, that works with marginalized people of African descent, speaks with Elizabeth Macdonald about the long-standing partnership with the United Church.

An 8000 km Journey

Youth Commissioner Aidan Legault from Manitou Conference reflects on what he learned during the 8000 km trip that he and 12 other youth commissioners took across Canada on their way to the 42nd General Council.

Intro to Day 4
The fourth day of the 42nd General Council is an intense day of work for the 356 Commissioners with discussions on restructuring, social justice and policy changes affecting candidates for ministry.

New Total for the Alvin Dixon Memorial Run/Walk!

Sponsored through The United Church of Canada Foundation, the run/walk has now raised over $10K for Aboriginal education.

Knitters and Hookers

Knitting and rug hooking are long-cherished crafts in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Commissioners and visitors at GC42 are knitting blanket squares for Stella's Circle in St. John's, a United Church outreach ministry.

Fewer Resources, New Possibilities

Elizabeth Macdonald, GC42 web reporter talks with Mary Royal-Duczek, chairperson of the Permanent Committee for Programs for Mission and Ministry on the new realities of reduced resources and the doors that are opening.

Day 3 Introduction

Elizabeth Macdonald, GC42 web reporter gives a glimpse of what's on the agenda for the gathering. Long anticipated, the report of the sessional committee looking at the CRTG report on restructuring the denomination, and speeches by the Moderatorial candidates.

What is the Theology of Disabilities?

Rev. Bill Steadman, chair person of the United Church's Theology and Inter-Church, Inter-Faith ICommittee explains how the church is developing an inclusive theology. 

Alvin Dixon Memorial Run

Commissioners to GC42 ran and walked to raise money for the newly-created Alvin Dixon Memorial Fund. Mr. Dixon was an esteemed leader in the B.C. Aboriginal community and a member of the General Council Executive.  For more information

Prayer Fish

United Church people across the country created paper and fabric fish, bearing inspiring messages for the people at GC42. Here are a few of more than 500 fish that arrived.

Intro to Day 2: Clickers, Accountability and a Run

Today, the work of the 42nd General Council will be a pot pourri of reports, new technology and a 5K run/2K walk.

Welcome to the 42nd General Council

A bilingual welcome to the 42nd General Council from Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador.