WORLD REFUGEE DAY
Let’s clap our hands in the sanctuary! And that’s exactly what we did as People’s Gospel Choir belted out that great refrain. It was June 20th - World Refugee Day - and the launching of MCM’s centennial. Joining ‘People’s’, were the
The celebration continued on St. James Square where the classical notes of Trio Festivo accompanied the over 100 guests who took in the MCM history display, silent auction and went for a spin in a Ford model T. Rwandese dancers finished the festivities with a swirl!
Many thanks to our cherished partner UNHRC for their participation & to their representants Ms Denise Otis & Mr. Hy Shelow; to M.P. Marc Garneau, Mr. Albert Deschamps from Citoyenneté & Immigration Canada, M.P. Thierry St-Cyr, Mr. Frantz Benjamin for Ville de Montréal, & the representant for M.P. Yolande James; and of course to MCM staffers Sylvain Thibault & Julie Potvin and their team for creating a moment of magic. Century numero dos here we come!
From left to right Maureen, Paula, Audrey, Beth (Vancouver UCC), Shaun and Julie.
Free the M43 was the message from a delegation of Filipino human rights activists in
On Saturday, September 4th, McGill law students participated in a 50 km bike ride in support of MCM's Just Solutions Clinic! The students were riding in memory of “access to justice” activist Dugald Christie, a lawyer from
The afternoon began with a privileged moment of story telling between seven Project Refuge residents and United Church Moderator Mardi Tindal. The residents shared some of their personal experiences, worries as well as hopes for a new life in a new land. Moderator Tindal offered words of thanks and encouragement and answered questions on UCC theology and the role of women, in both English and French.
“Please take our words of thanks back to the United Church of Canada for your wonderful hospitality and good works” “Thank you” replied Moderator Tindal “for your courage, perseverance and solidarity that are already teaching us so much.”
Hattie & Posie from the Every Kid Choir, recruiting the Moderator for MCM's new project - the Every Seniors Choir! Everyone over 30 was approached by the kids!
And then on to the 5 à 7 to meet more members of MCM’s community. While the Divine Dawes Duo (MCM staffer Andrea and father David all the way from Westbrook United in
Shirley Stark, Mardi Tindal, Shaun Fryday, Lynda Ecott & Sheila Snelling
The Moderator Mardi Tindal & MCM Director Paula Kline
The Ladies, MCM Board, Val Shannon, Phyllis Smyth, Susannah Feeney & Cecily Lawson-Smith
At 7, the the tam tam called us into the sanctuary where we lifted our voices in joy, lament and hope for a new dawn. A few EKC songsters had us ‘marching in the light of God’ while the walls of St. James echoed to the rousing notes of the MCM Centennial Singers (100 members came from United, Anglican, Presbyterian and Catholic congregations). Kudos to music directors Julia Budd, Lynda Jean Coffin and Alison Carpenter and all those great voices and instrumentalists. What a wonderful gift for our centennial!
In keeping with the theme of hospitality, Moderator Tindal shared the inspiring story of a remarkable woman whose life long struggle against discrimination has informed her tireless efforts to help others: Dr. Ngozi.
Former MCM directors Bill Jay, Arlen Bonnar, Janet McGregor and Roger Snelling presented the Bible As a Refugee Handbook, and Project Refuge residents recited their experience through poetry, once again to the beat of the ancient tam tam. Words and images from
Many thanks to all who made this special day possible, in particular Martha Nell Thompson for organizing the service, Arlen Bonnar and St. James staff and members, Project Refuge residents, MCM board, staff and centennial committee, and last but not least ‘Her Holiness’ (inside joke!) the incomparable Moderator Mardi Tindal.
On September 13th, 2010, the members of ROJEP (ecumenical justice and peace network) , led by David Fines and Renaude Grégoire, marked the 100th anniversary of the Montreal City Mission. In this photo, Gwenda Wells and David Fines look on as Paula Kline receives three gifts: a tablecloth, representing hospitality; a tree to plant, symbolizing growth for the next 100 years; and a fair-trade agenda for MCM’s 101st year. Thank you MCM for your inspiration!
Two campers with Molly Churchill, environemental programm coordinator
Another fun filled and stimulating summer for forty children at
Congratulations to our colleague Jen de Combe & her husband Sébastien Lacroux for the birth of their second boy, Benoit!
Congratulations also to Yolaine Williams & Peter Shams for their recent wedding. We are wishing you years of love, laughter & happiness.