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Regional Council Nominations for General Council 44 Commissioners

April 1 @ 9:00 am - April 17 @ 11:30 pm

The national governing body for our church is the General Council (GC), and its next full meeting will be GC44 in July, 2022. The meeting will, for the first time in the history of our church, be conducted entirely on-line. Before the COVID pandemic, GC44 was planned for Calgary.

Voting delegates to GC44, known as commissioners, will be elected across the country in 2021 by Regional Councils and the National Indigenous Council. This will allow education sessions for commissioners to begin early in 2022. Commissioners serve until the next full meeting of the General Council, normally a period of 3 years.

As the national decision-making body for our church, GC commissioners have a range of responsibilities, including:

1/ electing a new Moderator for a 3-year term, and the members of the General Council Executive.
2/ setting policies for the church, and dealing with proposals from the Regional Councils.
3/ setting the budget framework for the next 3 years, and approving the assessment formula for Communities of Faith.
4/ oversight of denominational level ministry and mission.

Our East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) will elect approximately 15 commissioners at our spring 2021 meeting, plus alternates. The Nominations Committee is seeking expressions of interest from all those who feel called to offer their gifts in this role. In addition, one of the GC44 commissioners will be selected to the role of Leading Elder. The Leading Elder serves as a member of the ECORC Assembly of Elders, and serves a key role in liaison between the Assembly of Elders and the General Council. This role entails a greater commitment of time and energy than for the other commissioners.

Nominations will be open from April 1 to April 17. On May 12, there will be an on-line gathering, organized by the Assembly of Elders, for all those who submitted expressions of interest to introduce themselves to members of the Regional Council. Council members will then rank the nominees, and this information will be used subsequently by the Nominations Team to develop a slate of recommended nominations. The full Regional Council will vote on the nominations at the spring ECORC meeting.

The role of GC commissioner is a vital and satisfying one, and we ask that all of you prayerfully consider who among us have the spiritual gifts to serve in this role.

For further information, please contact the Nominations team:

Wanda Stride (chair): minister@trinitystandrews.ca
Tom Smart: tom.smart1@icloud.com

Expression of Interest for Commissioners to the 44th General Council (**online**)

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  • Thank you for coming forward

    East Central Ontario Regional Council will elect approximately 15 commissioners, plus a number of alternates, to represent the Regional Council at the 44th General Council online meeting, summer of 2022. GC Commissioners’ term lasts until the rise of the last General Council 44 meeting, most likely in 2025.


    The United Church of Canada is strengthened by involving a diversity of voices in its leadership. As we strive to become an intercultural and diverse church, it is helpful if we know some of the ways that members identify. Please note that answering some of these questions is voluntary. Required questions are marked with an * so you can choose for yourself.

    Please indicate if there are any other identities you hold that might diversify and strengthen the church's leadership.

    Each of us comes from and is shaped by a wide range of contexts and identities, including our racial and ethnic background, geographic location, gender identity, sexual orientation, disabilities and abilities, vocation and economic reality. Everyone is encouraged to reflect on how these gifts contribute to the perspectives and wisdom they bring to the role.

  • Here we are asking about personal qualities and identities. You will have a chance to outline your experience and skills next in the application.


April 1 @ 9:00 am
April 17 @ 11:30 pm
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