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Sandra Hayes-Gardiner shares the story behind her passion for Right Relations Sandra Hayes-Gardiner is known within her Calgary congregation as someone who is passionate about Right Relations, currently involved in many activities aiming to foster Indigenous learning and understanding. Sandra’s roots, career and volunteerism have contributed to her own shift in perspective. Sandra grew up in

From Empty Classrooms to Bold Ideas

The United Church of Canada Embraces Innovation

The basements of United Churches tell a chapter of the social history of Canada. Whenever I have occasion to spend time in them, I am struck by their size; the labyrinth of classrooms and the always-present high-ceilinged, usually cold, gym. There was a time when United Churches ruled the world – the social world of Canada – so to speak. They were the backbones of communities socially and spiritually, and quite often the “recreation centre” for youth.

In 2016, the leadership of the United Church of Canada (UCC) has embarked on a journey of culture change. The Embracing the Spirit initiative is intent on “inspiring its members and congregations to try something different and embrace change, so that they can be hopeful about the future,” cited Carla Leon, with Embracing the Spirit.