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CA ON00340 F552-8 · Series · 1992-2013
Part of United Church of Canada Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations Unit fonds

Work of the Education for Justice unit originated in the Education for Engagement unit of the Division of World Outreach. Work was transferred to the Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations unit when it was created in 2002.

This unit worked in close co-operation with Conferences to support groups and individuals in congregations, presbyteries, and Conferences by providing information and justice education resources that enable involvement in and connection between global and local justice issues. Principal vehicles were Mandate magazine and the mission theme. It also enabled people-to-people links through programs like Face to Face and supported mission interpretation by overseas personnel in Conferences and exposures trips by United Church groups to partners overseas.

The Justice portfolio was a part of Refugees, Immigration and Justice from 2002-2005. During 2005, JGER reorganized the educational work within the unit to better coordinate and integrate education about Canadian and global social justice issues, as well as to provide further support for United church members wanting to directly engage with global partners. Two new portfolios, Education for Justice and People in Mission, were created, and Education for Engagement ended. This reorganization provided opportunity for increased educational initiatives like Water in Focus.

Series consists of the following subseries: Records re Global Education Development, 2002-2013; Records re Education for Engagement, 1992-2010; Records re Education for Justice, 1997-2011.

CA ON00340 F552-9-4 · Subseries · 1981-2007
Part of United Church of Canada Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations Unit fonds

The Migration and Refugees portfolio goal was education, leadership/congregational development, policy development, and advocacy with the United Church for the rights of refugees, internally displaced & migrants with the federal government & internationally.

Subseries consists of records of Heather MacDonald (Program Coordinator: Refugees, Immigration and Justice, 2002-2004, Program Coordinator: Race Relations, Refugees and Immigration Advocacy, 2005-2006).

CA ON00340 F515 · Fonds · 1926-2016, predominantly 1968-2002

Fonds consists of fourteen series: 1) Records relating to Administration and Finance, 1967-2012, 2) Records of the United Church Publishing House, 1967-2010, 3) Records of the Retail and Distribution Department/United Church Resource Distribution, 1986-2010, 4) Records of the Graphics and Print Department, 1975-2001, 5) Records relating to Resource Coordination, 1990-2012, 6) Records relating to Publicity, Education and Information, 1969-2016, 7) Records relating to Communication Education, 1968-1997, 8) Records of the Committee on Education for Mission and Stewardship/Department of Education for Mission, 1926-1997, 9) Records relating to Regional/Conference Relations, 1967-1980, 10) Records relating to Special Projects, 1968-1982, 11) Records of the Department of Audio Visuals, 1962-1974, 12) Records of the Department of Broadcasting, 1942-1978, 13) Records of the Department of Media Services and Media Resources, 1948-2007, 14) Records relating to Website Management, 1997-2013.

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CA ON00340 F515-1 · Series · 1967-2012
Part of United Church of Canada Division of Communication fonds

From its inception in 1968 the Division of Communication has been overseen by an Executive and a Secretary, later termed the General Secretary and Executive Minister. The Secretary and succeeding roles were the heads of the Division, and the Executive were responsible for communicating with other Division Secretaries as well as counterparts in other denominations. The Division Executive was comprised of members elected to that role by their Conference (1 per) and others elected according to function (such as Chair, Vice-chair, Committee/Taskforce Chairs etc.) by the General Council. The Executives were also responsible for setting policy and overall direction for the work to be carried out in the program units and by the staff of the Division. The Department of Finance and Administration was established in 1985 with responsibility for all of the accounting and budgeting within the Division. The department dissolved in 1993 and the work was adopted by the General Secretary’s office in 1994.

Series contains eight subseries: 1) Minutes, 1967-1999, 2) Reports, 1968-1990, 3) Correspondence, 1968-1983, 4) Financial Records, 1968-1998, 5) Office Files, 1967-2001, 6) Records of thee General Secretaries, 1968-2008, 7) Records of the Division Management Team, 1991-1998, 8) Records of the Communications Group, 2008-2012.

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Office Files
CA ON00340 F515-1-5 · Subseries · 1967-2001
Part of United Church of Canada Division of Communication fonds

Series contains office files concerning: Computers, Software and Websites; Division Events; Historical Documents; Inter-church Correspondence; Manuals, Policies and Guides; Objectives and Organizational Structure; Personnel and Job Descriptions; and Records Management and Archives 1967-2001.

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CA ON00340 F515-3-6 · Subseries · 1986-2006
Part of United Church of Canada Division of Communication fonds

Resources Centres were hubs for the distribution of United Church produced material. The Resource Distribution Department and UCRD worked with Presbytery and Conference resource centres and outlets across Canada to deliver a comprehensive range of United Church and other recommended resources, bringing information, advice and resource access to church members. Under the umbrella of Resources Centres were Book Rooms: retail outlets overseen by the Conferences and Presbyteries. AVEL outlets were also under this umbrella offering free AV resources to Conferences. At some point some AVEL Outlets began to sell resources in order to counteract a lack of funding.

Subseries contains records relating to the various types of Resource Centres which included administrative groups like the Retail Distribution Branch Managers, the Resource Centre Administrative Task Group, the Book Room Branch Managers, and the Retail Operations Management Team. Files and subsequent arrangement reflect the type of resources centres including Presbytery Resource Centres, Book Rooms and AVEL outlets

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CA ON00340 F515-5 · Series · 1990-2012
Part of United Church of Canada Division of Communication fonds

Before the creation of the Resource Coordinators work area, there were no resource coordinating functions within Communications or across the Church House. The Division of Communication and the Division of Mission in Canada had editors. These divisions were the largest resource producers. They worked on specific tasks and resources, like magazines and books, and did not share work or coordinate work. All the divisions used the services of Communications in terms of graphic design, and video and website design. The divisions (other than DMC and the Division of Communication) may have hired writers or possibly editors, but in general the material was not edited. And staff people in all the units (many of whom did not have communication backgrounds) had to decide first what kind of medium they wanted to produce (video, print, web) and then go to the appropriate staff person in Communications. In 2002, the work area of Resource Coordination was created. Resource Coordinating staff were liaisons with the General Council Units to provide professional advice about producing resources and to shepherd resources through the production process, which included editing, graphic design and web posting. Often the resource coordinator edited the resources (for print or Web) from their assigned units, or if they couldn't, ensured that they were edited by another resource coordinator or a freelancer.

Series contains three subseries: 1) Records of the Resource Planning Group and Print Resources Steering Group, 1990-1996, 2) Records of the Senior Editors, 1996-2012, 3) Records of the Resources Coordinators, 2003-2010.

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Records of Senior Editors
CA ON00340 F515-5-2 · Subseries · 1996-2012
Part of United Church of Canada Division of Communication fonds

The role of Senior Editor was created in 2002 as part of Resource Coordination. Rebekah Chevalier held the position from 2002 until 2015. The Senior Editor was the manager of the resource coordinators. They were responsible for overseeing the processes involved in resource coordination, namely, editing, proofreading, and reviewing graphic layouts.

Subseries contains the records of Rebekah Chevalier pertaining to her work on coordinating mission resources via the Mission Theme Task Group 1996-2012.

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Communications Documents
CA ON00340 F515-6-9 · Subseries · 1969-2016
Part of United Church of Canada Division of Communication fonds

Subseries contains communication documents produced by the Division 1969-2016. Documents include Communiques/News Releases/Press Releases; Clippings; Daily Blues; General Council Communications; Press re Residential Schools; and Profiles.

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CA ON00340 F515-7 · Series · 1968-1997
Part of United Church of Canada Division of Communication fonds

Communication education had been an activity of several of the Departments in the Board of Information and Stewardship, including Press and Information, Broadcasting and Audio-Visual. These Departments continued their activity in the new Division of Communication. In the 1960s and 1970s Rev. Robert Reid took on the work of communication education and was responsible for increasing the churches understanding and familiarity with different media of communication through seminars, workshops, bursaries, scholarships, seminary courses and professional consultations. Reid worked closely with Helen Currie to bolster communication education concerning audio visual materials. However in 1971 Reid was removed from the audio visual focus and was tasked to oversee communication education concerning all types of media. In 1973 Communication Education was placed under the purview of Media Services and offered advance courses in theological schools, and workshops at conference and presbyteries levels typically involving other denominations. When the 1973 transition happened, Keith Woollard, former Director of Broadcasting, concentrated his energies on a new Communication Education Staff Group and on regional relationships. The Communication Education Staff Group assigned the responsibility of giving leadership on Communication Education within the Division and in relation to conferences. The group was devoted to aiding United Church ministers and workers in utilizing all manner of communications (print, audio, visual) to more effectively make their message heard. In 1975 Division of Communication authorized the formation of a Communication Education Task Force to develop a strategy for communication education within the United Church. The staff group was assigned to follow through with the Task Group’s strategy, to follow through with involvement in community cable projects and absorb the responsibilities of the Media Outreach Task Force originally established to encourage and assist the Maritime Conference and the Saskatoon Presbytery to design informational-motivational campaigns. The same task group also communed with local congregations, presbyteries etc. to create a guidebook for media outreach.

Series contains six subseries: 1) Administrative Records, 1968-1982, 2) Records relating to Communication Education Events, 1968-1980, 3) Records of the Communication Education Committee, 1985-1996, 4) Records of the Probe Communications Seminars, 1975-1989, 5) Records of Television Awareness Training and TV Scope Programmes, 1976-1981, 6) Records of Evangelism/Communication Program, 1983.

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CA ON00340 F515-8 · Series · 1926-1997, predominantly 1971-1982
Part of United Church of Canada Division of Communication fonds

Series contains seven subseries: 1) Records of CEMS Executive, 1971-1997, 2) Mission Resources, 1957-1988, 3) Mission Interpretation and Deputation, 1956-1984, 4) Mission Study, 1926-1979, 5) Mission Information, 1971-1982, 6) Correspondence with Pastoral Charges, Presbyteries and Conferences, 1969-1979, 7) Records relating to the Canadian Church Calendar, 1971-1995.

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