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Community Ministry

Central to our mission and our identity is that we are affirming and welcoming of all, from any faith or none. Our ministry staff offer faith-based (and inter-faith!) guidance to those who seek it and are trained to provide trauma-informed and culturally-safe spiritual care informed by social justice, particularly for Indigenous community members.

 

Spirit Circle

Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30-3:30 pm, Spirit Circle is a safe place to talk about spirituality. We offer a place and space to identify and honour personal and spiritual values, including fellowship, prayer or ceremony, and a sharing circle about a spiritual topic.

Pastoral or Spiritual Care

Offered by appointment, our trained ministers listen and guide individuals or families from a spiritual lens, offering spiritual support, a listening ear, respect, and sometimes ceremony or ritual.

Memorial Services

Offered by request, we help honour and respect the life and death of loved ones in our neighbourhood, while supporting survivors in their grief process. Memorial ceremony or ritual can include placement of loved ones’ belongings, smudge, or other ceremonial proceedings as requested.

Partnership Circles

We partner with local United Church congregations to teach and train around issues of importance and note in the Downtown Eastside and in communities across Canada. Topics include decolonization, truth and reconciliation, cultural safety, drug policy, housing and homelessness, power and oppression and more.

 

You can access this service at: 360 Jackson Avenue

To make an appointment or speak to a member of the community ministry team please contact communityministers@firstunited.ca