The United Church of Canada

The United Church of Canada

August 08, 2012 14:00 ET

Media Invited to Meet With United Church Moderator at Carleton University

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2012) - Canada's largest Protestant denomination, The United Church of Canada, is holding its 41st General Council in Ottawa, August 11-18, 2012. The meeting will take place on the campus of Carleton University in the Ravens' Nest Gym.

Reporters are invited to attend a pre-General Council media briefing on Friday, August 10, at 11:00 a.m.to meet The United Church of Canada's current Moderator, Mardi Tindal.

Media Briefing
Friday, August 10, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Alumni Hall/Ravens' Nest Gym
Press Box Room 3310
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario

Also available to speak with reporters at this media briefing will be:

  • Nora Sanders: The United Church of Canada's senior administrative officer, the General Secretary of the General Council.
  • The Rev. Stéphane Vermette: Chairperson of the Planning Committee for the 41st General Council.
  • Barbara Reynolds and David Stafford: Co-Chairs of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 41st General Council.

The General Council is a national gathering of more than 350 delegates called commissioners. Commissioners are selected by the church's 13 regional Conferences and represent an equal number of lay and ordered men and women. In addition, close to 300 guests, observers, youth, children, global partners, staff, and volunteers will be present for the week-long gathering.

The General Council meets every three years to elect a new Moderator, to pray and worship together, and to approve new church policies. The last meeting of the General Council took place in Kelowna, British Columbia in August, 2009.

IMPORTANT: Please note that while other United Church spokespeople will be available for media interviews throughout General Council, this media briefing will likely be the only opportunity to speak with the Moderator and General Secretary, most of whose time will be occupied preparing for and facilitating the meeting of General Council.

Contact Information

  • The United Church of Canada
    Mary-Frances Denis, Media and Public Relations
    416-231-7680 ext. 2016 (office through August 8, 2012)
    416-400-7273 (cell/August 9-18, 2012)
    613-520-2676 (Newsroom/August 10-18, 2012)
    mdenis@united-church.ca