SSUC and the United Church of Canada
Sydenham Street United Church became a member of the United Church of Canada in 1925. In that year, four Protestant churches—the Methodist Church, Canada, the Congregational Union of Ontario and Quebec, two-thirds of the congregations of the Presbyterian Church of Canada and the Association of Local Union Churches—joined together to form the United Church of Canada by an Act of Parliament. Our congregation was founded in 1811. It was one of the first Methodist congregations in Upper Canada. The current building, now known as The Spire, was completed in 1852.
SSUC is a member of the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC). It serves as the coordinating and administrative organization for United Church congregations in southern Ontario. The region covers the area extending from east of Toronto to Kingston. Lay members and ministers, supported by a small staff complement, oversee the work of the church within each region. The ECORC is one of 16 regional councils created in 2018, replacing the previous regional Conference and associated Presbytery structure.
Over twenty years ago, SSUC formally affirmed our commitment to intentionally welcome and encourage individuals of all sexual orientations as members of our faith community. In 2014, we renewed this commitment and updated the Mission Statement to include people of all gender identities. We annually celebrate and renew this commitment. As an affirming congregation, we share with the Affirm United, a ministry within the United Church, a commitment to to advance 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.
The United Church of Canada Foundation
The United Church of Canada Foundation was established by the Executive of the General Council as an arm’s length body. It manages trusts and endowments that support the work of the Church. In 2019, it held over $71M in assets in over 500 individual funds.
As part of the Foundation’s mission to support the church, the Foundation provides direct support to congregations. Several of its funds support United Church congregations and related organizations, the Mission and Service of the Church, new ministries, Indigenous justice and ministries as well as theological and continuing education related to mission and ministry.
updated 2020 08 24