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International Women’s Day – March 8

March 8 is International Women’s Day. The first International Women’s Day was recognized in Denmark in 1911 and labour movements for women’s equal participation were also taking place in North America. In 1975, the United Nations recognized the first International Women’s Day in recognition and celebration of women’s and girls’ social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. Every year March 8 continues to amplify gender equality, advocacy, and the work remaining to be done. 

Get to know more Canadian women and self-identifying women who make the world more bias-free and equitable. Have a Happy International Women’s Day! See here for videos and more resources.

Poverty Reduction

The Social and Ecological Justice Commission made a motion at the 2022 Shining Waters Regional Council Meeting requesting communities of faith in Shining Waters Regional Council:
  • engage in education and advocacy around the need for increased social assistance in the form of higher income rates and that these rates be indexed to the cost of inflation.
It also requested that each community of faith in Shining Waters Regional Council:
  • name a lead poverty advocate to connect with the Social and Ecological Justice Commission, this name to be provided as soon as possible – by the end of June if that can be achieved.

We were encouraged by the almost unanimous support we received from the delegates to the regional council meeting. Your representatives (clergy or lay) who attended the meeting can give you more details about the discussion that took place.

As well as calling on communities of faith to act, the Regional Council meeting also called on the Government of Ontario to immediately:

  • raise social assistance rates starting with an increase that would bring them to the Deep Poverty Threshold (that is 75% of the Market Basket Measure (MBM),
  • collapse the basic amount and shelter allowance into a standard Flat Rate benefit,
  • index OW and ODSP rates to inflation, and
  • initiate a multi-year plan to raise social assistance incomes above the Market Basket Measure of Poverty

and committed to take steps, working with other regional councils across Ontario, to create a social justice liaison position with the provincial government, with a report back to the next regional council meeting.

As we respond to the needs of our neighbours, we invite you to participate in our listening, support, advocacy, and justice work as we envision a world where none go hungry or are marginalized. Read more about it on our Poverty Reduction page and register to be a poverty advocate for your community of faith.

P.I.E. Day Resources

A small group of friends of Horseshoe Falls and Shining Waters Regional Councils came together to talk about the ways Scripture has been used – and misused – to cause harm to 2SLGBTQIA+ people. We talked about ways the United Church perpetuated that harm. We talked about how far we have come as a denomination – and how far we have left to go. We celebrated the progress that has been made and we wondered what we might offer to help communities of faith engage in an important conversation on a day that has been set apart for acknowledging our call to be Public Intentional and Explicit in inclusion of 2SLGBTQIA+ kin.

The result of our conversation is this resource – reflections on lectionary readings for March 13th , 2022 (the Sunday before PIE Day), a litany of persistence and resistance, and even a story for children’s time. We pray this offering will generate meaningful dialogue and creativity about the ways we embrace the wonderful diversity of all God’s people.

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See our P.I.E. Day Resource Page for more info.


Staff Support



Justice and Faith Formation Minister

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6773
Email: sredden@united-church.ca

Serves in: Shining Waters and Canadian Shield Regional Councils

Location: Teleworks from her home

Role: Shawn encourages and connects communities of faith with matters of faith and justice and the regional council in youth and young adult ministry and matters of faith formation and liaises with the General Council in this regard.

Contact Shawn about: Affirming Ministry; Camping Ministries; Faith Formation; Guaranteed Income; Harm Reduction; Homelessness; Poverty; Social and Eco-justice; Worship and Music; Youth and Young Adult Ministry, United Church Women (UCW)



Administrative Support

Phone: 416-231-7680 | 1-800-268-3781
Extension:  2020
Email: cdeandrade@united-church.ca

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council and Canadian Shield Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Guthrie office

Role: Celio provides administrative support to Shining Waters and Canadian Shield Regional Councils.