The founders of the United Church of Canada believed that ours is a living faith expressed not only in ministry but also in mission in and with the world. This is expressed in First Met's commitment to be a Centre for Spiritual Growth and Community Engagement. That means lending a hand where needed but it also means seeking economic and social justice for all members of our community, caring for our planet, reconciling with our Aboriginal neighbours many of whom bear the scars of abuse suffered in residential schools run by our church and others, advocating for peace, health and human rights.
Our Outreach Committee leads the efforts of our community in this work. Activities include:
- The Our Place shelter and the Out of the Rain shelter provide direct assistance to some of the neediest in our community
- participation in ecumenical faith-based groups concerned with social justice, including KAIROS and Aboriginal Neighbours
- organizing events such as a film series on climate change and visits to the T'Souke Renewable Energy and Food Security Project to raise awareness of environmental issues. See the Events Calendar for upcoming events.
- participation in events related to reconciliation with First Nations such as hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, bringing speakers to First Met on First Nations issues
- advocacy on behalf of those affected by human rights abuses