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SWRC Retiree Gathering

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Starting at 10:00 a.m.
St. Andrew’s United Church 


It was on October 13, 2023, that the Rev. Michael Blair, General Secretary of the United Church of Canada, wrote a ‘note of care’ to the leaders of the communities of faith in this denomination. He addressed his message to “Siblings in Christ,” and then with great pastoral sensitivity he thanked those who serve in this time of pain and heaviness. He went on to pledge his accompaniment to us all and to our partners in the Middle East. He encouraged our support for other religious communities in our midst and for neighbours with relatives in Palestine and Israel whose grief and worry would be surely overwhelming.

Shining Waters pensioners have a chance to hear directly from Michael Blair, when he speaks to the Toronto Group of the Retirees on Tuesday, March 12. Michael’s topic is “State of the Church: Leaning into God’s Future.”

You’re invited to our in person gathering at St. Andrew’s United Church, located at 117 Bloor St. East, in Downtown Toronto. (MAP). If you are using TTC, get off at Yonge Street, walk west on the South side. OR…. use the Drop off and Underground parking available off Hayden Street.

General Secretary Rev. Michael Blair

Our Special Guest Speaker:

Rev. Michael Blair
General Secretary
The United Church of Canada

Michael has been the General Secretary since November 2020. Beyond that important role Michael also serves as a member of and the Moderator for the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches. In 2021, Michael delivered the Gandier Lecture at Emmanuel College, on the theme of “Becoming the Beloved Community.” He also recently contributed the “Afterword” to For the Sake of the Common Good, a collection of essays in honour of Lois Wilson, one of his mentors.

Register below to hear the wise truths and the saving grace that Rev. Blair will share with us. We hope you are able to join us!


Deadline for registration is March 7, 2024. 

Retiree Gathering Registration - March 12, 2024

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