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Middle East Working Group
A joint committee of the Bathurst and Trinity/St. Paul’s congregations

The Middle East Working Group focuses on peace and justice in Israel/Palestine. The group informs the congregations about The United Church of Canada General Council initiatives such as the Unsettling Goods campaign and the Let’s Keep Talking and Advent Box programs. The working group also keeps the congregations up to date about recent events on the ground in Palestine.

A principal focus is a joint Holy Land service each January. The 2017 service featured a reflection by Zoë Godfrey-Davies. Zoe participated in the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Israel-Palestine. She spent three months in the Occupied Territories. In 2016, the speaker for the Holy Land service was Robert Massoud, the founder of Zatoun and Beit Zatoun.

The Middle East Working Group also organizes Global Gossips, after-church gatherings that highlight particular issues. An October 2016 meeting focused on “The Wall”. The discussion time was part of the International Week for Peace in Israel/Palestine.



Social Justice, Peace and the Environment

The members of this committee engage the Bathurst congregation in identifying and connecting local and global social justice, peace and environmental issues through activities that include sharing information, attending rallies, and networking.

Peter Haresnape and CPT colleagues

Peter, Kathy and Chuck arriving at Bathurst,
getting ready to do the ‘CPT Dazzle’. Picture by Ken Peters.

On Sunday, June 5 2016, Peter Haresnape (CPT Indigenous Peoples Solidarity) delivered a reflection at Bathurst on the Doctrine of Discovery.

At the end of the service, we read the Ecumenical Statement on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a commitment made by the United Church (and six other churches) to the Call to Action #48 made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Together, we can make sure our leaders hear our urgent encouragement for action.

Our Affirming Community

Bathurst United has been an Affirming Congregation for almost a decade. More...

Next Service:

Sunday, June 25

10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity St. Paul's Centre
427 Bloor St. West

Pride Service - The Gates Shall Not Be Shut
Caro Ibrahim

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