59 Line 4 North Oro-Medonte, ON L0L 2L0 | Phone: 1-800-268-3781

Coming in November…

Advent is on its way! Shining Waters Regional Council is creating and curating justice-focused worship resources for congregational use in online and in-person worship.

Do you have prayers or photos to share? Email them to Bri-anne at bswan@united-church.ca.


The Social and Ecological Justice Commission has endorsed the call for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income for all Canadians over the age of 18.   Read the Sept. 15 letter in support from our Regional Council president, David Layton-Brown.  

Add Your Voice

  • Write a letter to your Member of Parliament. Use the template provided or write your own letter. Please cc Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland at pm@pm.gc.ca and Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca.
  • Say a prayer and remember those who continue to struggle with poverty, unable to pay rent and scarcely able to afford food. 

News and Resources

Poverty is Never the Fault of the Poor

A speech given by Bri-anne Swan, Minister for Social & Ecological Justice and Network Support, on September 6th, 2020 to supporters of the Interfaith Coalition to Fight Homelessness. Please check against delivery. Thank you, Rafi, and the Interfaith Coalition to...

The Truth is More Important than Feeling Good

Slavery existed within Canada, and it’s important to acknowledge its legacy. This is the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church in Oro-Medonte. It is only a few kilometres north of the Shining Waters Regional Council's main office. Opened in 1849, this place of...

COVID 19 and the Racism Pandemic We Need to Talk About

When news of the coronavirus first began to spread in Canada, Chinese Canadian restaurants and businesses quickly took a devastating hit. Once crowded restaurants were nearly empty. Other Asian restaurants and businesses that were neither Chinese owned nor operated were also shunned and targeted with racist graffiti and vandalism. “Chinese”- identified and “Chinese looking” people were publicly blamed for the growing pandemic and the downturn of the global economy.

March 14, 2020 is PIE Day!

On March 14 Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble will once again offer resources to help you have fun with pie and with PIE: how to offer a Public, Intentional, and Explicit welcome to people with diverse genders and sexualities. 

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Staff Support



Minister, Social and Ecological Justice and Network Support, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6773
Email: bswan@united-church.ca
Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office

Encourages and connects communities of faith in ecological and justice work and supports regional networks. Promotes and supports racial justice. 

Read Bri-anne's background...



Minister, Communities of Faith Support and Right Relations, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6173
Email: KUyedeKai@united-church.ca 
Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office  

Encourages and connects communities of faith in their work and supports indigenous ministries in their relationship with the region. Promotes and supports racial justice. 

Read Kim's background...