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Barrass, Edward 1821-1898

  • Person
  • 1821-1898

Rev. Edward Barrass (1821-1898) was born in Durham, England. He worked in mines as a child, and was called to ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church in 1841. In 1853 he emigrated to Canada where he worked throughout the country until he was superannuated in 1891. He was an avid author, and published many volumes on church history and general life. He contributed to such publications as the Christian Guardian, and Canadian Methodist Magazine and was also very involved in the Temperance Movement.

Kennedy, Joy

  • Person

Joy Kennedy worked for the United Church of Canada as the Program Coordinator for Poverty, Wealth, and Ecological Justice as part of the JGER Unit. Kennedy was also active in several other organizations (including ecumenical) in capacities as both staff and board member. In 2003, she became the Ecological Justice Coordinator for KAIROS, having previously worked as Ecology/Environment Research and Policy Advocate (Interim) from 2001-2002. Kennedy was employed by the Anglican Church of Canada, including as EcoJustice Coordinator, during 1999-2000. Kennedy also participated in the Ecumenical Coalition on Ecological Justice (ECEJ), the Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility (TCCR), and helped to develop Bench Marks for Global Corporate Responsibility as well as organize an annual general meeting of church shareholders with Talisman Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil companies. She also served as Chair of the Commission on Justice and Peace of the Canadian Council of Churches and a research assistant for the InterChurch Committee on Ecology (ICCE) with the Jubilee Climate Change Outreach Project. Kennedy was also an advisor to the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN) and a board member for both the Climate Action Network (CAN-RAC) and Green Communities Canada.

United Church of Canada. Committee on Nominations.

  • 1968-

The Committee on Nominations was proposed by a study committee in 1968. The Committee was an attempt to expand the process of finding suitable candidates for the several committees and commissions appointed by the General Council, by inviting representatives of the Conferences and the Church at large to participate. The Committee was responsible for compiling biographical and other information on prospective candidates, and also for the appointment of members of the Judicial Committee and other standing committees of General Council. The Committee reports to the Executive of the General Council.

United Church of Canada. Permanent Committee on Ministry and Employment Policies and Services.

  • Corporate body
  • 2003-

The Permanent Committee on Ministry and Employment Policies and Services (PC-MEPS) is accountable to the Executive of the General Council and has the responsibility to provide advice to the Executive regarding ministry and employment policies and services. This committee assists the Executive of the General Council in its responsibilities as the legal employer of a considerable number of staff and the legal administrator of a pension fund and ensures that all the various personnel systems have fair, equitable and consistent values.

The committee has a number of specific responsibilities; overseeing policies in relation to ministry personnel, GCO and Conference staff, Overseas personnel, KAIROS, the pension plan and group insurance plans of the United Church of Canada, and Administrators of the Pension Plan.

The committee is made up of 12 voting members who reflect the diversity of The United Church of Canada (diversity with respect to sex, race, age, geography and vocation) and three voting members of the Executive of the General Council. The Chairperson is appointed as a voting member of the Executive of the General Council.

Mills, Howard, 1935-1993

  • Person
  • 1935-1993

Rev. Howard (Howie) M. Mills (1935-1993) was born in Toronto to Thora R. and Ralph S. Mills. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1956 with a B.A. in Philosophy, and Emmanuel College in 1959 with a B.D. and Masters of Divinity. After ordination in 1959, he went on to study at Union Theological Seminary in New York where he earned a second masters degree in Marriage and Family Ethics in 1960, and a Doctorate in 1970 in Theological Ethics and Economics.

Mills was a minister to congregations in Lac Jeannine United Church in Gagnon, Quebec, 1960-1963. He was University Chaplain at Mount Allison University from 1965-1968 and from 1969-1972 was Associate Professor of Christian, Social Ethics at St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton. He was pastor at St. James-Bond United in Toronto from 1972-1974. He was Executive Secretary of the Division of Ministry, Personnel and Education from 1974-1982; President of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1983-1987and General Secretary of the General Council from 1987-1993 when he died suddenly of a heart attack. He was a dedicated supporter of interfaith dialogue, social justice and activism, and ecumenical work, and was Chair of the World Council of Churches Program on Theological Education for many years.

Mills married Virginia (Geegee) Lee Epes in 1961 and they had three children.

United Church of Canada. Division of World Outreach.

  • Corporate body
  • 1972-2001

The Division of World Outreach was created by General Council in 1972 out of the Board of World Mission and became operational in July 1973. The new Division promoted mutuality in mission and interdenominational cooperation; it divided its administrative framework into geographic areas, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean, South Asia and Pacific.

In 2001 as part of a General Council structure reorganization, Division of World Outreach became part of the newly formed Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations unit.

United Church of Canada. Division of World Outreach. Asia and Pacific Desk.

  • Corporate body
  • 1972-2001

The Asia Area comprised of Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, India, Nepal, and Taiwan in 1972 but the boundaries were continually altered since that time. E. Frank Carey, an Associate Secretary and then Deputy Secretary, was responsible for Asia until 1984. In 1985 the Asia and Pacific Area Secretary first reported; at times the responsibilities for this area were divided between two Area Secretaries--for East Asia, and for South Asia and Pacific. During this period cooperation with other churches (both native and foreign) and mutuality in mission were important. Area Secretaries for East Asia 1985 have included Rhea M. Whitehead, 1984-1991 and Nancy (Nan) Hudson, 1992-2000 while Jack G. Lakavich, 1988-1995 and Bruce Gregersen, 1996-2001 have served as Area Secretaries for South Asia and Pacific.

United Church of Canada. Education for Engagement Committee.

  • Corporate body
  • 1997-2001

In a unit reorganization in 1997, work re development was folded into Education for Engagement, which brought together and integrated the educational work of three former DWO Committees (Development, Interfaith, Mission Education) as part of the implementation of the recommendations of the Division’s Strategic Work Task Group.

The mandate of the Education for Engagement Committee was to ensure the implementation of the Division’s mandate for education for engagement of The United Church of Canada’s community in global partnerships, or, supporting the Division’s commitment to find ways to enable the whole of the United church to better participate in global partnership.

Educational work of the Division was meant to enrich the understanding and practice of partnership, integrate the whole of the United Church more completely in the partnerships the Division maintained and respond to local initiatives in that regard, facilitate people-to-people exchanges, south/south, south/north and north/south, and deepen commitment to the support of systemic justice.

Work of the Cluster: globalization, the Canadian Jubilee Initiative, twinning, Face to Face, Faith to Faith, Interfaith Reference Group, Mission Study, Moral Economy, urgent action, responses to emergencies, emergency appeals, ecumenical coalitions, gender justice and partnership.

In 2002, the Division of World Outreach work was absorbed by the newly created Justice Global and Ecumenical Relations Unit. Work continued in the People in Mission Unit.

United Church of Canada. Working Group on the Changing Church.

  • Corporate body
  • 1994-2000

In 1994, the 35th General Council acknowledged a need for new life in the structures of the church. It encouraged Conferences, Presbyteries, Pastoral Charges, “being open to the life giving transforming spirit of God” to evaluate present structures, to experiment with new structures (if desired) and to share these experiences with the rest of the church.

The Council appointed a task group (later called Working Group on the Changing Church) to facilitate a process of consultation, support and initiative for changes that would best enable the church to carry out its mission of new models and structures. These included a revision of the four-Court system and a three-Court model that would reduce the number of decision-making and oversight bodies. The Executive, in 1997 created a task group with unit representation, known as the “Internal Task Group” (ITG), to “bring a design for a new model for structure of the General Council Offices and to include in its report, information regarding the potential cost savings, potential impact on staff and volunteers, potential impact on the church’s mission, plus a plan for implementation. The Executive agreed that the report should be given to the Working Group for the Changing Church for inclusion in its report to the 37th General Council. The latter report (the work of an Internal Task Group) was attached to the main body of the Working Group Report. The final report presented to General Council contained a comprehensive description and financial implications of only one model.

In August 2000, the General Council approved the re-organization of the General Council offices, including its governance structures. The Council did not pre-determine the shape of a new organizational structure, but asked the General Council Executive to have oversight of the process. A New Directions committee was appointed by the Executive (Nov, 2000) to guide the redesign and bring recommendations on new structures. Two Change Teams (Staff and Volunteer) were also appointed, to coordinate the implementation of the change process.

United Church of Canada. Centralized Print Production Project Team

  • Corporate body
  • 1987-1988

Early 1987 the General Council Secretaries made a policy decision to centralize print production activities for United Church print materials originating at Church House. The above Group was formed in September 1987 to design a model to do this and develop a plan to implement it. The project group completed its work in May 1988 and presented a report to the General Council Secretaries. The Implementation Committee was then established to plan the process for hiring a Director, Graphics Manager, and Production Manager; to negotiate transfer of funds and consider personnel implications of the new department. The Graphics and Print Department was established within the Communications Department in 1989.

Legge, Gordon, 1910-2000

  • Person
  • 1910-2000

Gordon Legge (1910-2000) was born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia. He became a Candidate for Ministry in Maritime Conference in 1939. While a candidate, he attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, earning his B.A. in 1942. He then attended Emmanuel College, Toronto and received his B.D. in 1947. He was ordained in 1944 by Toronto Conference at St. James Bond United Church; and was a minister at Black River U.C. in Maritime Conference from 1945-1947; Humbercrest U.C. in Toronto in 1948; Elverston-Trethewey in Toronto from 1949-1958; Dunlop U.C. in Sarnia, 1959-1968; Trinity U.C. in Guelph from 1969-1971; Ridgeway in Hamilton Presbytery from 1972-1975. He retired from active ministry in 1976 but still worked in Ministry in the Hamilton area/Halton Presbytery from 1977-2000. Legge died November 24, 2000.

Cornish, Donald Ralph, 1937-2000

  • Person
  • 1937-2000

Donald Ralph Cornish (1937-2000) was a United Church minister. He received his B.A. from Victoria University in 1960, his Master of Divinity from Emmanuel College in 1963 and was ordained in the same year by London Conference. He served in Rockglen Pastoral Charge in Saskatchewan Conference, Milverton Pastoral Charge in London Conference and Emmanuel United Church, Maple Grove United Church and Mount Hamilton United Church in Hamilton Conference and Iondale United Church and Church of the Master United Church in Toronto Conference.

Day, Jean Marilyn, 1935-2013

  • Person
  • 1935-2013

Jean Marilyn Day (1935-2013) was a missionary nurse and a diaconal minister. She was born in Scarborough, ON to parents Vera Mae Campbell and William McIntosh Tough. She obtained her Reg. N. from the Toronto Western Hospital in 1956, her Diploma in Christian Education at Covenant College in 1964 and her B.Sc. N at the University of Toronto in 1978. She was ordained in 1964 and designated and appointed to Hong Kong as a missionary in 1964 and worked there until she returned to Canada with her family in 1972. She was a Member of the Division of World Outreach 1976-1979 and Executive Director, National Canadian Girls in Training Association 1985-1990. She married Alfred Lee Day in 1966, who was also a UCC minister and missionary. She had two children Ian and Eric, as well as step-children from Alfred Day’s previous marriage.

Cornish, George H., 1834-1912

  • Person
  • 1834-1912

George Henry Cornish (1834-1912) was a Methodist minister. He was born in Exeter, England and moved to Canada when he was very young. He was ordained in 1862 and served the following charges: Mitchell, Clinton, Kincardine, Newcastle, Beaverton, Galnford, Cainvsillve, Rockwood, Pickering, Burlington, Wingham, Stratford (Central), Markadale, Drayton, Hespeler, Port Elgin, Niagara and Leyden.

He was Financial Secretary, Conference Treasurer, District Chairman, Journal Secretary of the General Conference of the Methodist Church of Canada and a statistician who was responsible for the production of the “Cyclopaedia of Methodism in Canada.”

McCurdy, Archibald, 1927-

  • Person
  • 1927-

Archibald McCurdy (1927 - ) is a United Church minister. He completed the Canadian Officer Training at Camp Borden in 1952, obtained his B.A. from Sir George Williams University in 1954 and received his B.D. from McGill University in 1957. He was ordained by Montreal-Ottawa Conference also in 1957.
He served the following charges: Canora-Invermay Pastoral Charge, Saskatchewan Conference, 1957-1960; Stettler United Church, Alberta Conference, 1960-1966; St. Stephen’s, Hamilton Conference, 1972-1973; Church at the Crossroads, Hamilton Conference, 1973-1980.
He was Associate Secretary of the Board of Evangelism and Social Service from 1966-1971, served the chaplaincy at the Criminal Division, Provincial Court of Ontario, 1980-1983 and was coordinator of Chaplaincy Services of Toronto Conference, 1983-1990.

Merkley, Gordon Herbert 1926-

  • Person
  • 1926-

Gordon H. Merkley (1926-) was born in Ottawa, Ontario, 1926. Merkley graduated from Queen's University in 1949 with a B.A. in Commerce, Economics and Political Science. Following graduation he worked for a short period with the International Harvester Co. in Ottawa; and then, for nine years with the Royal Bank of Canada in Ottawa and Montreal. As a candidate for ministry, he studied at the United Theological College, in Montreal, receiving his diploma in 1962. He received his B.D. from McGill University in 1963. He was a minister at: Prince William, Fredericton Presbytery (1962-1964), Granton, Perth Presbytery (1964-1967), St. Marks- St. Andrews United Church, Elgin Presbytery (1967-1969), St. Andrews- Elgin Presbytery (1969-1973), First United Church, Grey Presbytery (1973-1979), Arkona, Lambton Presbytery (1979-1985), Princess Street United Church (1985-1991). Merkley acted as retired supply in the Kingston area from 1991-2011.

Aikenhead, James R., 1863-1946

  • Person
  • 1863-1946

Rev. James Robert Aikenhead was born in Toronto in 1863, and died at the age of 83, June 16, 1946. Aikenhead entered the ministry at age 21 and his charges in Toronto included Westmoreland Avenue United Church, King Street United Church, Davenport Road United Church. Aikenhead’s wife was Elizabeth Dimsdale who was the first woman evangelist to be appointed by the Toronto Conference of the Methodist Church in 1885. His daughter, Gertrude Aikenhead was superintendent of the Fred Victor home for Girls, and he also had a son, James Aikenhead.

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