Plenary session of the May 2022 governing board meeting

Highlights and Decisions from the May 2022 Governing Board Meeting

The Canadian Council of Churches Governing Board Meeting
May 18-20, 2022 – St. Paul University (Ottawa)

Attendees of the May 2022 Governing Board meeting (May 20, 2022). (Photo credit: The Canadian Council of Churches | Emma Ceruti)
Attendees of the May 2022 Governing Board meeting (May 20, 2022)
(Photo credit: The Canadian Council of Churches | Emma Ceruti)

At our semi-annual Governing Board meeting of the Council, we:

  1. Rejoiced in the blessing of gathering in-person for the first time since November 2019.
  2. Received governance and program reports from all bodies of the Council; the Council’s 2021 Annual Report; updated Personnel Policy, Financial Policy, and Fundraising Manuals; and an updated Privacy Policy.
  3. Adopted the 2021 Audited Financial Statements, appointed Graham Matthews as auditor for 2022, and adopted the 2023-27 Strategic Plan of Project Ploughshares.
  4. Participated in a special learning session around the theme of “Hope in a Troubled World” led by Project Ploughshares.
  5. Received applications from three new prospective affiliates: KAIROS, the North American Baptist Fellowship, and the Church Council on Justice and Corrections.
  6. Dialogued with Conservative MP Garnett Genuis on the opportunities and challenges of living faith in public life hosted at the historic Andrews Presbyterian Church.
  7. Prayed together in the Presbyterian, Apostolic Catholic, and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) traditions.
  8. Reflected on the changing landscape of the “Church in the Digital Age,” the 2021-24 triennial topic of the Commission on Faith and Witness.
  9. Worshipped together in the Presbyterian and Ukrainian Catholic traditions.
  10. Circle shared on the opportunities and challenges of Forum, the model that has historically guided the Council’s decision-making and consensus-building process.
  11. Gathered in prayer, solidarity, and fellowship at the John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine and learned about the ongoing needs of the displaced Ukrainian Catholic Community in Canada.
  12. Learned about the history, life, and scope of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in Canada.
  13. Heard an update from lawyer Andrew Brouwer who is working on behalf of the Council and its co-litigants the Canadian Council for Refugees, and Amnesty International Canada in challenging the constitutionality of Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) with the United States.
  14. Were challenged to sign and champion the Korean Peace Appeal Campaign, which seeks to end the Korean War and achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula.
  15. Envisioned what Canadian participation in the upcoming World Council of Churches Assembly (Christ’s Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity August 31 – September 8, 2022, Regensburg, Germany) will look like.


The next meeting of the Governing Board is scheduled to take place on November 16-18, 2022 at the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

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