January 17, 2010 14:01 ET

Reminder: Moderator to Hand-Deliver Climate Change Letter to Ottawa

Media Photo Op: Monday, January 18, 10:00 a.m. Centennial Flame, Parliament Hill

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Jan. 17, 2010) -

On Monday, January 18, 2010, Mardi Tindal, the Moderator of The United Church of Canada, will travel to Ottawa to personally deliver to the Governor General, the Prime Minister, and other party leaders an open letter on climate change. The letter will also be mailed to all Parliamentarians.

This letter arises from the Moderator's recent travel to Denmark to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which took place in Copenhagen December 7-18, 2009. Tindal attended the conference as part of a World Council of Churches delegation, and was the only North American denominational church leader present.

Tindal will be accompanied in Ottawa by the Hon. David MacDonald. MacDonald is a United Church minister and a former Member of Parliament who chaired the House of Commons Committee on the Environment from 1989 to 1993. He also travelled to Copenhagen as part of the World Council of Churches delegation.

The timing for the release of the Moderator's letter was chosen for two reasons. First, January 18 is the one-month anniversary of the conclusion of the Copenhagen talks, and second, it is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States.

Tindal explains that King served as a primary source of inspiration for her when she was writing this letter, which is addressed not only to the people of the United Church but to all Canadians. In particular, King's 1963 letter from a Birmingham jail galvanized Tindal's sense of purpose when she returned to Canada from Copenhagen.

The Moderator says her motivation for writing the letter also arises from her long-standing involvement in addressing environmental issues from the perspective of faith. This initiative is in keeping with the commitment Tindal made when she was elected Moderator in August 2009 to focus much of her time and energy on matters related to the care of creation.

Ten former Moderators and other church leaders will read or distribute Tindal's Copenhagen letter at worship services in close to two hundred United Church congregations across the country on Sunday, January 17, 2010.

The letter will also be posted on The United Church of Canada's website ( on Sunday, January 17, 2010.
/For further information: Mary-Frances Denis
Program Coordinator, Media and Public Relations
The United Church of Canada
Office:416-231-7680 ext. 2016
Cell: 416-400-7273

Contact Information

  • Mary-Frances Denis, Program Coordinator, Media and Public Relations, The United Church of Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-231-7680 ext. 2016
    Secondary Phone: 416-400-7273
    Toll-Free: 800-268-3781