42nd General Council

The 42nd General Council of The United Church of Canada took place August 8-14, 2015 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University and the Corner Brook Civic Centre.

What is General Council?

The General Council is a national gathering of 356 delegates called commissioners. Close to 200 guests, observers, youth, children, global partners, staff and volunteers will also be present for the week-long gathering.

Why does General Council happen?

The General Council meets every three years to elect a new Moderator, to pray and worship together, and to approve new church policies. All General Council business reflects the church's deep commitment to concerns of peace and justice, and to God's call to mend the world.

From the 42nd General Council, part of the ongoing work is to conduct the remits arising from the Comprehensive Review.  All the details of these upcoming remits are on the website for the 42nd General Council, including answers to the most frequently asked questions!

What happened this year?

Review the week's agenda.

The primary focus of this General Council was the report and proposals offered by the Comprehensive Review Task Group. This group had consulted and deliberated new ways of being the church over the past 2.5 years. View the Comprehensive Review Report.

Other proposals come from the Executive of the General Council and from different parts of the church across the country. Approximately 190 proposals for action were brought before the commissioners, 90 of which relate to the Comprehensive Review report. View results of all proposals in the Blueberry Commission Report and the Bakeapple Commission Report.

Election of the new Moderator took place Thursday, August 13, followed by the installation service on Friday, August 14 at 7:30 pm NDT (3:00 pm PST). There were 12 nominees for Moderator this year. Review their biographies and vision statements. Jordan Cantwell was installed as the new Moderator.

In total, 29 commissioners from BC Conference attend the 42nd General Council, including President Keith Simmonds who blogged about the experience.

Where can I find out more?

Council business documentation, as well as the daily agenda and news reports are posted on www.gc42.ca

Live stream coverage of all plenary sessions were available during the week, starting with opening worship on Saturday, August 8 at 7:00 pm NDT (2:30 pm PST). Watch videos produced during the week of GC42.