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pews of participants at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto at the 75th Anniversary worship service on Sep 26, 2019
The Canadian Council of Churches was founded on September 26, 1944 in an ecumenical worship service at Yorkminster Baptist Church in Toronto. On September 26, 2019, we gathered once again for our 75th birthday celebration.

In 1944, as the long years of the second world war were drawing to a close, Christians in Canada were yearning for ways to come together.   

For many in the churches of the day, The Canadian Council of Churches was the answer to that yearning. Founded in 1944 by ten original members, the Council has grown to include 26 member churches representing virtually all Christian traditions and 85 percent of Christians in Canada.

Although our member churches represent diverse traditions, together we respond to Christ’s call for unity and peace; seek Christ’s truth with affection for diversity; and act in love through prayer, dialogue, and witness to the gospel.

The Canadian Council of Churches is aware that the place of Christianity in society has shifted dramatically since it was established 75 years ago. Today’s churches are confronted with new and challenging realities, including dwindling membership, abuse perpetrated in their communities, and a legacy with Indigenous people in Canada which demands response and reconciliation.  Nonetheless, The Canadian Council of Churches remains a place of common ground where Christians in Canada today can gather to think carefully about our shared calling and work together for the common good.

The Canadian Council of Churches remains a place of common ground for Christians in Canada today can gather and think carefully about our shared calling and work together for the common good. Featured: Paul Gehrs (ELCIC), Fr. Ammonius Guirgis (Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North America), and ??? (November 2019 Governing Board meeting).
The Canadian Council of Churches remains a place of common ground for Christians in Canada today can gather and think carefully about our shared calling and work together for the common good. Featured: Paul Gehrs (ELCIC), Fr. Ammonius Guirgis (Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North America).
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