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Making Faithful Decisions on Re-entry – Part 1 This two-part video resource from Rev. Diane J. Strickland is about making faithful decisions about reopening buildings that are pastoral, that conform to regulations, and are trauma-informed.  July 31, 2020 (54 minutes)  See more videos in the library below. 

United in Learning Webinars

Previously recorded webinars on Covid Response 

United Church of Canada

Emergency funding, reopening, and more…

Recent Updates

SWRC Staff Lead

Jody Maltby, Staff Lead: Support to the Region and Communities for Faith, is the first point of contact for communities of faith. 
Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6226 

Reopening Buildings

Reopening: Shining Waters Regional Council

Reopening: Wider United Church Resources

Reopening: General Articles


Employment Resources

Employment Guidance for Communities of Faith during COVID-19 PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT FIRST Updated September 8, 2020

GCE Extends Temporary Amendment of ByLaws re: Pastoral Relations for urgent decisions related to call or appointment. Updated August 27, 2020  GCE web page for original decision Temporarily Amends Pastoral Relations Policies

ADP United in Learning Webinar, 04.14.20 Slides from webinar.  

Lay Leaders Zoom Meeting April 14, 2020 View the recording of the information session with lay leadership in the region and Shining Waters Staff and General Secretary Nora Sanders. View past sessions on our YouTube channel. 

Employee and Family Assistance Program 

Regional Staff

Dale Hildebrand, Pastoral Relations Minister
Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781 Extension: 6261
Email: dhildebrand@united-church.ca
(South of HWY 407)

Todd McDonald, Pastoral Relations Minister
Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781 Extension: 6235
Email: tmcdonald@united-church.ca
(North of HWY 407)



CEBA The Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program has been extended and will end on October 31st. Congregations must complete the application by this date. Remember these applications require regional approval.  Regional Staff contacts: Jody Maltby or Kim Uyede-Kai.  See the Government Emergency Program page on The United Church of Canada website for more information.
COVID-19 and Insurance: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers August 1, 2020 Information from Erik Mathiesen

Congregational Finances and COVID-19 What Churches can do right now Updated June 10, 2020.

CanadaHelps and The United Church United in Learning Webinar May 28, 2020

Regional Council Implementation of Temporary Change to Pastoral Relations Policies April 28, 2020

United Church of Canada Emergency Support  April 27, 2020 Information on denominational ways to bridge the financial strain on communities of faith and link to loan application form.

Governance in Congregations during COVID-19 April 16, 2020

Toronto United Church Council TUCC COVID-19 April Update includes the Investing in Ministry Fund, camping ministries, Innovative Ministry Centre, the Centre for Church Development and Leadership and property management information. April 13, 2020

Generosity in Unprecedented Times Practical, recommended, tools to invite an ongoing commitment from the Philantrhropy Unit, March 28, 2020

Governance during COVID-19 Pandemic, Shining Waters Regional Council, March 20, 2020

The United Church of Canada Emergency Plan March 2020 

Regional Staff

Jody Maltby, Staff Lead: Support to the Region and Communities for Faith 
Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6226 
E-mail: jmaltby@united-church.ca

Pastoral Care


Outline for a Zoom gathering at the time of death, shared by Karen Hilfman, April 28, 2020 

Grieving and Remembering at Home, ideas from Susie Henderson, April 28, 2020 

Moderator Asks to delay funerals March 24, 2020

6 Tips to Avoid “Zoom Fatigue” in the Age of COVID-19, by Leah D. Schade April 3, 2020

Talking with Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Talking Points from Jeffrey Dale, Shining Waters Regional Council  March 20, 2020

How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus Pandemic by Alan Wolfelt at the Center for Loss and Life Transition,  March 19, 2020

Things That Matter YouTube Channel by Diane Strickland

Pastoral Care for Grieving Families A Google Doc from our partner church in the U.S. The United Church of Christ

Responsive Prayer Model for On-Line Funeral Google Doc from the United Church of Christ

Regional Staff

Karen Hilfman Millson
Minister for Congregational Support and Cluster and Network Animation
Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6233
E-mail: khilfman@united-church.ca

Video Library

Regional Updates

SWRC COVID-19 #22 Notes for the Summer

This newsletter, sent June 17, 2020,  includes information about leader's gatherings, and website updates related to public health guidelines and resources for re-opening. Read it online here.  

Reopening Church Buildings: a letter to Premier Doug Ford

On May 11th, 2020, a letter endorsed by 250 congregations from across Ontario was sent to Premier Doug Ford, requesting the government lift restrictions on gatherings in church buildings — despite the recommendations of health officials that in-person worship continue...