Entries by First United

Response to Covid-19 in the Okanagan’s homelessness and support sector

~Shirley Piedt, Outreach committee One of the challenges during COVID has been providing housing and programs for people who live outside. It goes without saying that preventing an outbreak of COVID-19 among those living outside is prevention for all of us. You may recall that First United hosted a film called Us and Them over […]

Remembering August 1: Abolition of Slavery in Canada

~The United Church of Canada E-ssentials August 1, 1834 is the day the Slavery Abolition Act came into effect, ending slavery throughout most of the British Empire – including in the colonies that would become Canada. It is estimated that on that day, 800,000 enslaved Black peoples were freed, as it became illegal for anyone […]

Just Eat It

~Jocelyn Smith I grew up in the golden age of the video game console. But in my house we had very little screen time and no video games. As a result, I am one of the only people my age who cannot pass the first level of a traditional Mario game. I always run Mario […]

Unforgettable and Inspiring

~Rev. Dr. Sharon Wilson Most of us have had extra time for reflection these last months. I’ve shared with you some of the memorable books I’ve read and invited all of you to send in your picks. As I was out for a run with Molly today I found myself thinking about some of the […]

Accountability in the Midst of COVID-19

~Rev. Dr. Sharon Wilson A few nights ago I was walking my dog in the neighbourhood. We came upon a vehicle parked on the street. The licence plate looked different so I paid special attention as we passed the back bumper. “MONTANA!!!!!!!!” I shouted in my head. Suddenly I was filled with a mixture of […]