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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. Judicial Committee.

  • 1933-

The Judicial Committee was established in April, 1933; it was to sit at the request of the Moderator and decide on appeals of decisions by the General Council and its Executive, the Boards or Division of the Church, and the Conferences and Presbyteries, on matters of law and jurisdiction. Its decision are binding on the parties involved in an appeal until the following General Council either approves or returns the decision for the further study to the committee. Appeals to the Committee include those of ministers over transfer and removal from charges, and interpretation of The Manual and Basis of Union regarding church property, doctrine, powers of church courts and other varied matters.

United Church of Canada. Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations Unit

  • Corporate body
  • 2002-2010

The Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations Unit was created after a massive unit reorganization in 2002. The Unit absorbed much of the work of the previous Division of Mission in Canada, and Division of World Outreach. The Unit had lead responsibility for justice initiatives, global partnerships, and ecumenical and interfaith relations. It offered leadership that strengthened the church’s engagement in God’s mission embodied in Jesus Christ of justice, peace, and care of creation, locally and globally, facilitating the sharing of resources with global, ecumenical, and interfaith partners. The work was divided into four major headings: global partnership, including global ecumenical and global mission personnel; justice, peace, and creation advocacy; inter-church/interfaith programs and the General Council Ecumenical Office, and education for engagement. The unit changed over time.

Under a 2010 unit reorganization, work of the Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations unit was split up between the newly created Communities in Ministry, and Partners in Mission units. In 2013, the units reorganized again and most of the work came under the Church in Mission Unit.

United Church of Canada. Office of the Moderator and General Secretary

  • Corporate body
  • 2001-2019

The Office of the Moderator and General Secretary (OMGS) was formalized as an administrative body and unit during the General Council Office reorganization in 2001. Prior to this reorganization, the same positions existed simply as The General Council.

The Office of the Moderator and General Secretary provides planning and coordination for, and support to, the General Council, its Executive and the Moderator. The General Secretary has responsibility for the coordination and integration of the people and programs of the General Council.

United Church of Canada. Permanent Committee on Finance.

  • Corporate body
  • 2003-2011

The Committee is one of the four committees of the Executive of the General Council that was established after the restructuring of General Council divisions in 2001. It is responsible for overseeing and monitoring the financial life and policies of the General Council, including assets, income, expenditures, considerations of its short- and long-term financial issues, risk management, and investment and fund management; overseeing the long-term financial planning of the General Council; recommending the overall expenditure and income budget to the Executive; monitoring income, expenditures, assets, liabilities, and capital initiatives and reporting them regularly to the Executive and; recommending financial strategies.

The Permanent Committee on Finance is made up of 9 to 12 voting members reflecting the gender, race, ethnic, age, vocation, and geographical diversity of The United Church of Canada and three voting members of the Executive of the General Council. The General Council Officer for Finance is the staff resource to the committee.

Ward, Anne, 1906-1980

  • Person
  • 1906-1980

Anne Isabel Ward was a missionary. She was born in Granton, Ontario on January 14, 1906 and attended the Toronto Conservatory of Music, the University of Western Ontario and the United Church Training School. In 1930 she was designated as missionary and was sent to West China under the Woman’s Missionary Society. She taught at the Hwa Yin Girls’ High School in Chengtu until 1937; served as Dean of Women at the West China Union University for a brief period and became head of its Fine Arts Department. In between she taught choral work and piano. She did not leave immediately following the establishment of the Communist government in 1949 but stayed on for two more years and was one of the last missionaries of the United Church to depart from China.
After a year’s furlough, Anne Ward took up the post of General Secretary of the Dominion Board of the Woman’s Missionary Society. Under her helm, the work of the Woman’s Missionary Society and Board of Overseas Missions was unified paving the way for the creation of United Church Women and the Board of Women. She served as the first secretary of the latter board from 1962-1969. She died on September 1, 1980.

Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1795

The Wesleyan Methodist Church, established in England, was based on the teachings of John Wesley, who died in 1791; its date of creation is generally given as 1795, when the Wesleyans separated from The Church of England. The British Wesleyan missions commenced in Newfoundland in 1765 or 1766; in the Maritimes in 1799 (replacing the American connection); and in Lower and Upper Canada after the War of 1812-1814, establishing themselves as far west as Niagara and St. Catharines by 1820. In the meantime by 1817, the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society had been formally established, assuming responsibility for missionary work around the world, including British North America. Problems over jurisdiction in the Canadas between the American Methodist Episcopals and British Wesleyans resulted in an agreement reached in 1820 whereby Lower Canada was allotted to the British Wesleyans (with the exception of the east side of the Ottawa River), and Upper Canada to the American Methodists (with the exception of Kingston). Lower Canada, after 1841 Canada East (Quebec), was organized as a District under the direction of the Missionary Society in 1817 and remained so until 1854, when it formally united with the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada already in existence in Canada West (Ontario). British Wesleyans were ready to return to Upper Canada by the early 1830s. A union between the Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada and the British Wesleyans in 1833 in the establishment of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada averted conflict between the two groups (but resulted in the establishment of another Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada, 1834-1883/Fonds 6). This union, moreover, extended the control which the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society had in Upper Canada: to have final say on appointment of all Canadian Wesleyan ministers, most of the funds raised for missions, and appointment of a Superintendent of Missions. This and other divisive issues forced the dissolution of the union between 1840 and 1847. After the reunion in 1847, the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society began to withdraw from significant responsibility for mission work in Canada West and in British North America generally, although money for the work here continued to be provided. The first British Wesleyan missionary to be appointed among Canada's Aboriginal People was Thomas Turner in 1832; his mission bordered the St. Clair River in Upper Canada. In the late thirties, missions opened on the shores of Lakes Superior and Huron and after 1840 in Hudson's Bay Company territory. The Hudson's Bay Missions were administered directly from Britain until 1854 when they too became the responsibility of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada.

White, Duncan, 1929-1999

  • Person
  • 1929-1999

Duncan White (1929-1999) was a United Church Minister. He received his Bachelor of Divinity from Victoria University and his Masters in Theology from the University of Glasglow, Scotland. He served in Clune Park and Port Glasgow churches in Scotland; Trinity United Church in Newmarket and was field secretary of the Board of Christian Education of Bay of Quinte before leaving for New Zealand to take up the post of National Director of Christian Education of the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand. On his return to Canada, he ministered at First United Church in Galt (Cambridge) and Port Hope United Church.

Whitehead, Rhea, 1936-2011

  • Person
  • 1936-2011

Rhea Hildegarde Menzel Whitehead (1936-2011) was a missionary in Asia, theological educator and General Secretary of the Division of World Outreach. She was born on January 22, 1936 in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her B.A. from Elmhurst College Illinois summa cum laude in 1956 and M.A. in Adult Education from the University of Toronto. In 1961, after undertaking full-time studies of the Cantonese language, she and her husband Raymond Whitehead moved to Hong Kong where she worked in various capacities with the Church of Christ in China and the National Council of Churches/USA. In 1975 they moved to Toronto where Rhea served as Coordinator of the Education Liaison Programme of the University of Toronto/York University Joint Centre on Modern East Asia for the next two years. She subsequently worked with the Anglican Church of Canada as Regional Mission Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific from 1979-1984 and thereafter, served The United Church of Canada until her retirement in 2005. She was Area Secretary for Asia, 1984-1992; General Secretary of the Division of World Outreach, 1992-1999 and overseas personnel 1999-2005, teaching at Siliman University in the Philippines and Nanjing Theological Seminary in China. Rhea was widely respected and recognized for her exceptional work in international justice and peace. Along with her solidarity and support work in the struggle against the dictatorships in South Korea and the Philippines, overseas partners point to Rhea's pioneering work in opening up the commitment to gender justice in the context of mission partnerships. Rhea and her husband Ray played critical roles in the ecumenical churches’ ongoing relationship with the people and churches of China. Rhea meticulously took down notes of her travels and observations, at workshops and worship which documents form a large part of her records. In 2010, Rhea and Ray were awarded the Katharine Hockin Award for Global Mission and Ministry by the Canadian Churches' Forum for Global Ministries.

Williams, Thomas Harry, 1888-1965

  • Person
  • 1888-1965

Thomas Harry Williams, M.D.C.M, D.T.M., H (English), F.C.A.P., (1888-1965) was a Doctor and Medical Missionary in West China. Williams was born in Escanaba, Michigan and his family moved to Manitoba when he as a young child. He attended Central Collegiate in Winnipeg, then graduated with an M.D. and M.S. from the University of Manitoba in 1916. In World War I he served in the Medical Corp. In 1919 he was appointed as a Medical Missionary in the pathology department of West China Union University. He sailed on October 30th, 1919 and remained stationed in China until 1942. Upon retiring from missionary work Williams continued work as a Pathologist, becoming director of laboratories, and the Department of Oriental Diseases at Deer Lodge Military Hospital in Winnipeg. He also served for a time as an Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Manitoba, and as President of the Canadian Association of Pathologists. Williams was married three times; to Laura McGirr, Kate McKellar and Emily Neil. He was widowed following the deaths of Laura Mcgirr and Kate McKellar. After retiring as a doctor, Thomas and Emily moved to Victoria B.C.

Williams, Thomas, 1810-1899

  • Person
  • 1810-1899

Thomas Williams (1810-1899) was a Methodist minister. Born in London, England of Welsh descent, his family emigrated to Pennsylvania but later moved to Canada out of loyalty to the British. He was a soldier and a surveyor’s assistant who helped survey most of Oro, Medonte, Flos and Orillia townships.
He was ordained in 1945 and proved to be an ardent preacher whose sole purpose was to bring souls closer to Christ. He served fourteen years in the Indian missions at Cape Croker and Garden River and two years as chair of the District of Algoma.

He was married to Deborah Keays.

Withrow, William H., 1839-1908

  • Person
  • 1839-1908

William Henry Withrow (1839-1908) was a Methodist minister. He attended Victoria College and the University of Toronto where he received his B.A. in 1863. He served pastorates in Waterford, Montreal, Hamilton, Toronto and Niagara. In 1874 he was appointed editor of the “Canadian Methodist Magazine” and Sunday School periodicals, a post he held for 34 years. Some of the works he authored include, “Catacombs of Rome,” “History of the Dominion of Canada,” “Religious progress in the nineteenth century” and “Makers of Methodism.”

Woodsworth, Harold F., 1883-1939

  • Person
  • 1883-1939

Dr. Harold F. Woodsworth was born in Portage la Prairie in 1883 and was a missionary in Japan for over 30 years. He received his B.A. from Victoria College in 1907. In the fall of 1908 he went to Japan as a missionary with the Y.M.C.A, teaching in the English department at a Japanese Government School in Nagasaki, then Kagoshima. In 1910 became a missionary under the Methodist Church, and returned to Canada for post-graduate work. In 1911, he married Miss Ada Frances Chown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Chown of Kingston. They returned to Japan together, first to a language school in Tokyo, then to Kobe, where Mr. Woodsworth became a professor of English at Kwansei Gakuin University, later becoming Dean of the Literature Department, and Dean of Theology of the University for a number of years. He was ordained during a furlough in 1918, during which time he also took his M.A. at Columbia University, New York. In 1936 he was honoured with a Doctor of Divinity from Victoria College. He died in 1939. H.F. Woodsworth's brother was C.C.F. leader J.S. Woodsworth. Their father, James Woodsworth, was a former Superintendent of Home Missions for the Methodist Church of Canada.

Ava Woodsworth (Chown), was a graduate of Whitby Ladies College and Queen’s University (1909). Mrs. Woodsworth taught English and the Bible in Japan. She was active on the National Council of the YWCA and the Dominion Board of the United Church Women's Missionary Society.

The Woodsworths had two sons, Kenneth, and David, and two daughters, Mary and Sylvia.

Zurbrigg, Carl, 1919-2002

  • Person
  • 1919-2002

Carl Wesley Zurbrigg (1919-2002) was a minister with the United Church of Canada for 56 years. He was born in Listowel, Ontario. From 1937-1940 he worked at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Listowel and Auburn-Dungannon. He received a B.A. from Victoria College at the University of Toronto in 1943, and a B.D. from Emmanuel College in 1946. He was ordained by London Conference on May 28, 1946. He was a summer Student in Tribune, Saskatchewan (1941-1942), Madawaska (1943), Ker (1943-1946). He worked as an ordained minister at Jarvie, Alberta (1946-1949), Peace River (1949-1952), Drumheller (1952-1956), Olivet United Church in Hamilton (1956-1968), Dominion-Chalmers, Ottawa (1968-1975), St. James-Simcoe in Erie Presbytery (1975-1984). In administrative capacities, he was Presbytery Chair of Peace River in 1951, Hamilton in 1960 and Erie in 1980. He was the Hamilton Conference Pension Convenor from 1984-1988. He was on the Executive of the Board of World Mission/Division of World Outreach from 1960-1966. Zurbrigg died in 2002.

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