We are not all the same.
We come from different backgrounds. Different kinds of families. Different experiences of the world.
However, many of us share some things in common.
We are a community of seekers, with a sense there is something greater than ourselves. We root this spiritual seeking within the story of Jesus:
WE SING OF JESUS,
We are a community who believes that "love" and "faith" are action words. We are deeply committed to the welfare of our neighbours, both locally and internationally. All of God's beloveds deserve to be fed, sheltered, honoured, and cared for.
East End United has many outreach programs. Out of the Cold runs Fridays through the winter months, serving hot meals and offering showers and a place to sleep for those experiencing homelessness. Nourish East End offers a variety of food security programs including our Wednesday food bank and monthly community dinners. We've sponsored dozens of refugee families as they've come to call Canada home and raise money for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank through our Danforth Grow Hope initiative.
Knowing charity models addressing the needs of underserved communities are often flawed, we also advocate for changing the systems that force people into poverty in the first place.
Currently, East End United is hosting 30 asylum seekers from African countries. They are living in our Eastminster Campus until they can find more stable housing. You can read more about our guests in this article from Broadview Magazine.
We sing of God’s good news lived out,
East End United is proud to be recognized as an Affirming Congregation (2S & LGBTQIA+ positive) within the United Church of Canada. To become recognized, the congregation must go through a rigorous process of studying its practices, policies, and attitudes toward inclusivity – not just about gender and sexuality, but also around racism, ableism, classism, sexism, and many of the other artificial labels that attempt to segregate us one from another and from God. As a congregation, we’re committed to the P.I.E. Principle: being Public, Intentional, and Explicit about our theology of God’s love and inclusivity of all persons in our community of faith.
Divine creation does not cease
until all things have found wholeness, union, and integration
with the common ground of all being.
As children of the Timeless One,
our time-bound lives will find completion
in the all-embracing Creator.
In the meantime, we embrace the present,
embodying hope, loving our enemies,
caring for the earth,
-A Song of Faith (2006), United Church of Canada
Grateful for God’s loving action,
If you are looking for an authentic and loving community where you are valued for who you are, we would love to meet you.
What are you waiting for?
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