About the United Church of Canada

The United Church is the largest Protestant denomination in Canada. Ours is a rich history closely entwined with the development of Canada itself. Like other Christian churches, The United Church of Canada is rooted in God, Jesus and the Bible. However, the way we understand God, practice our faith, and read the Bible is distinct, just as it is distinct in other denominations of the Christian church.

The United Church was created in 1925 through a Union of the Methodist, Congregational, and 2/3 of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.

A song of faith

This statement of faith seeks to provide a verbal picture of what The United Church of Canada understands its faith to be in its current historical, political, social, and theological context at the beginning of the 21st century. It is also a means of ongoing reflection and an invitation for the church to live out its convictions in relation to the world in which we live.

A New Creed

We are not alone,
we live in God's world.

We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God's presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.

Thanks be to God.

Social Action

The founders of The United Church believed that ours is a living faith, a faith that is express not only in ministry, but also in mission in and with the world.

The United Church takes action on so many issues that effect us collectively, on a global level.

  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Poverty and housing
  • Refugees and migration
  • Human Rights
  • Health care
  • Aboriginal people
  • Peace
  • Food and agriculture
  • Gender and gender identity
  • Sustainable economy
  • Sustainable communities