This webpage is for the people of the Toronto Conference for story sharing and networking.
Written by John Lee for the Insight November, 2002 issue.
UCCPEOPLE.COM is the website address that I am preparing, primarily, for the people of Toronto Conference but eventually, in the future, for all the people of The United Church of Canada. The purpose of creating this website is to provide a space where we can actually talk to one another by sharing our stories and establish a ‘members of Toronto Conference’ network. This is one of many attempts I have made to put a human face on my expression of faith, “We are not alone.” I believe that we experience God’s being with us by connecting with our neighbours and with nature by being in harmony with each other. As we strive “to be with” others and with all God’s creation, and to feel connected with each other as onebody,
we will more fully experience our confession, “We are not alone; God is with us”
Recently I attended a Church Pilot Focus Group gathering which focused on the isolation experienced by ministers in their ministry. Hearing these stories of isolation confirmed my suspicion that the situation of ministers’ experiencing isolation and separation is very serious. Isolation is not the problem of ministers only, but exists within the whole body of our Church. Isolation is a key factor in both the cause and the consequence of many problems and is a major factor in the declination of stewardship. However we have overlooked its seriousness and have become numb to this now chronic syndrome, simply because isolation has become a popular and common life style in our contemporary society.
that “We are not alone”, and this experience will form the foundation for a trusting
network. Our connectedness to one another as one body is affirmed by knowing
each other. Our vitality is increased by recognizing and valuing each other’s gifts.
What is the depth of our fellowship with our neighbours and neighbouring
churches? Do we have dialogical partners with whom we share our in-depth pain
and problems, or we do chat only superficially about the weather and shopping? A
trusting relationship begins with sharing stories. In our recent history of our
My dream, as I prepare
the website uccpeople.com, is to enable the sharing of our stories of both good and pain, and come to know each
other as the good and faithful people of
God that we are. Imagine that our family members and friends in BC,
At present, within the Toronto Conference, out
of 260 pastoral charges, only 45 have
websites. Imagine all 260 pastoral charges in our conference with websites, sharing their stories and establishing
a trusting network. There are volunteers who are now ready to help both technically
and financially to make this happen. And imagine further 2000 pastoral charges
within The United Church of Canada connecting with each other over time and
space. All this will add greatly to our celebration of God’s presence. When we
humbly fill these spaces with good news of
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