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Flourishing Tour – November 9th and 10th, 2023

November 9 - November 10

Registration is now open!! Visit Flourishing: Bold Ideas Daring Connections Tickets, Thu, 9 Nov 2023 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite to register!

Harvard University is talking about it. The Vatican is talking about it. UNESCO, Delta Airlines and MetLife are talking about it. And we want Canada to talk about it, too:


Join the Moderator as she embarks on a three-year journey to connect with the nation on big questions about how to flourish – in church, among our leadership, and within the broader community. Join the dialogue on this question of flourishing, and how it could influence our future.

Take a peek for more about this exciting project (Essentials Special Edition newsletter)


Keynote address and workshops
Join Moderator Carmen Lansdowne from Nov. 9-10 and here are the details!

Thursday, Nov. 9: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a public workshop at the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Hotel and then there will be a Keynote address with Andrew Winston from 6-8:30 p.m. followed by a fireside chat with the Moderator at the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Hotel

Friday, Nov. 10: from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m – Congregational workshop at Crossroads United Church, 690 Sir John A. MacDonald Blvd., Kingston


Cost (registration for the events on November 9th will open on September 1st!)


The venue

Thursday is at the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, located at 2 Princess Street. Folks wishing to stay overnight can book at the discounted rate of $149.00/night for single or double occupancy. When making reservation, reference one of the following codes – UCC or United Church of Canada – to get the rate:

  1. Call direct: 613-549-8400 ext. 0
  2. Toll free: 1-800-HOLIDAY
  3. By email: reservationshikw@innvesthotels.com

All reservations are to be booked by October 10, 2023  Overnight parking is $30.00


The Mod’s Book Squad

Have you chosen your beach read yet? We have a whole list for you! Starting Sept. 21, 2023, join Moderator Carmen Lansdowne and her guest in one of Canada’s biggest online book clubs. Confirmed guests include Elizabeth May, Debra Thompson, Charlie Angus, Raja Khouri and David Giuliano, among others.

Until June 2025, these (mostly) monthly book club sessions will feature fiction, non-fiction and poetry written by (mostly) Canadian authors. Sign up for one session, for a few or for all of them. Through a lens of flourishing, the books explore:

  • Dreaming, utopias and dystopias
  • The environment and resource extraction
  • Urban/rural difference of experience
  • Reconciliation
  • Poverty
  • The theology of The United Church of Canada

To find out more, email flourishing@united-church.ca.


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