Reconciliation-totemThe founders of the United Church of Canada believed that ours is a living faith, a faith that is expressed not only in
ministry, but also in mission in and with the world. This commitment is expressed in the second part of First Met’s catchphrase : A Centre for Spiritual Growth and Community Engagement. Being engaged in the community means lending a hand where needed, but also seeking economic and social justice for all members of our community, caring for our planet, engaging in reconciliation with our Aboriginal neighbours, many of whom bear the scars of abuse inflicted 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. Its activities include:

  • The Inner City Dinner and Out of the Rain 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 a variety of events such as the annual Climate Change Film series 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 Peoples such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, bringing speakers on First Nations issues to First Met and encouraging activities such as the recent completion of a totem pole in our sanctuary
  • Advocacy on behalf of those affected by human rights abuses.