August 07, 2009 12:01 ET

General Council Guests Span the Globe and All Age Groups

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2009) -

The University of British Columbia-Okanagan will soon be the temporary home for international guests from around the world.

In addition to the almost 400 delegates to The United Church of Canada's 40th General Council, close to two dozen ecumenical, interfaith, and international guests will be attending the meeting.

United Church partners from Brazil, India, Japan, Kenya, the Middle East, Nicaragua, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe will join Canadian representatives from social justice organizations like KAIROS, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Green Communities Canada, and the Canadian Council for Refugees, as guests of the 40th General Council, August 9-15.

The United Church has also invited representatives from the Canadian Jewish and Muslim faith communities, as well as other Canadian and U.S. church leaders.

Approximately 20 children aged 8-11 from across Canada will participate in a special program for Children in Council.

During the day the children and their leaders will be on the university campus participating in the work, worship, and community life of the Council as well as enjoying their own group activities and field trips. Each evening the group will return "home" to Camp Dunlop on Lake Okanagan to enjoy swimming, outdoor games, and devotions.

Young teens aged 12-14 are being invited to participate in a unique program. Through theatre, drama, discussion, and fun, participants will develop self-confidence, self-expression, and performance skills. Teens will stay overnight at Camp Dunlop and bus to the UBC campus each day.

Also attending General Council will be close to 100 young people from across Canada aged 15-20 who are members or adherents of The United Church of Canada. In addition to their own Youth Forum activities, these young people will be participating in the full agenda of the meeting. Although they will not have a vote, they will be able to speak on the floor during the deliberation of proposals.
/For further information: Mary-Frances Denis
Program Coordinator, Media and Public Relations
The United Church of Canada
416-231-7680 ext. 2016 (office until August 5, 2009)
416-400-7273 (cell/voice mail August 5–18, 2009)
250-807-9451 (August 7-16, 2009) PLEASE NOTE THIS PHONE DOES NOT HAVE VOICE MAIL

Contact Information

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