During the service on August 18, 2102, where he was installed as the United Church’s 41st Moderator, Paterson told commissioners and guests that he would promise his best to say a prayer based on Ephesians 3:14–21 every day of his term.
Faced with a growing number of part-time ministries struggling to find leadership, the United Church will be looking at new forms of ministry that could see ordination at the local level and the establishment of regional ministry teams.
In response to feedback from over 1,200 United Church personnel and leaders over the last year, commissioners attending the 41st General Council have approved a proposal to develop and test simplified pastoral relations models.
Favourite church hymns old and new and the words of United Church prophets stirred the souls of those attending a special service hosted by Ottawa’s Dominion-Chalmers United Church on August 16, 2012, during the 41st General Council.
Throughout this inspirational week at the 41st General Council, members of the Youth Forum have been struggling with a unifying challenge. With so little time spent in the actual Council meeting, Youth Forum participants find their voice has little representation in the court.