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The Changing Seasons at McDougall
A Place for You!


We are a diverse, inclusive
Christian spiritual community
of the United Church of Canada …

striving to be a safe place for people
of all races, cultures, creeds, ages,
abilities, sexual orientations, and
gender identities

we welcome you on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
to find your quiet center
“In the Heart of the City”

Come … touch the Spirit

In Winter

“There is a privacy about winter

which no other season gives you.

Only in winter can you have longer, quiet stretches,

when you can savour

belonging to yourself.”

- Ruth Stout



McDougall Welcomes Rev. Dr. Bruce Miller

Date: Sunday, January 26, 2020
Service Time: 10:30 a.m.

We are pleased to welcome Rev. Bruce Miller back to McDougall. He is a distinguished scholar, religious and secular thinker and his message is rooted in progressive Christianity.

During Bruce’s long career, he has taught at the University of Alberta in the Religious Studies Department and also the Faculty of Extension. He has served as minister in United Churches in Alberta for more than 30 years. He has been a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar since 1990.

In addition to his service to the church and religious studies, he served as MLA for Edmonton-Glenora from 2004 to 2008.
reck of Paul on the island of Malta and calls us to a greater generosity to those in need.



Black History Month

Viola DesmondIn honour of this month’s international observance of Black History, we are taking a look at racism in the Canadian context: “The Long Road to Justice”

Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020
Time: 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Banquet Hall
Hosted by: Programs/Events and Affirm Ministry
About: This is a video presentation about Viola Desmond, who was Canada’s Rosa Parks, and was published by the Nova Scotia Government. It contains information about racism in the United States and the parallels that we find in Canada.

Origin of Black History Month

The story of Black History Month begins in Chicago during the summer of 1915. An alumnus of the University of Chicago with many friends in the city, Carter G. Woodson traveled from Washington, D.C. to participate in a national celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of emancipation sponsored by the state of Illinois.

Thousands of African Americans travelled from across the country to see exhibits highlighting the progress their people had made since the destruction of slavery. Awarded a doctorate in Harvard three years earlier, Woodson joined the other exhibitors with a black history display. Despite being held at the Coliseum, the site of the 1912 Republican convention, an overflow crowd of six to twelve thousand waited outside for their turn to view the exhibits. Inspired by the three-week celebration, Woodson decided to form an organization to promote the scientific study of black life and history before leaving town. On September 9th, Woodson met at the Wabash YMCA with A. L. Jackson and three others and formed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH).

Woodson chose February for reasons of tradition and reform. It is commonly said that Woodson selected February to encompass the birthdays of two great Americans who played a prominent role in shaping black history, namely Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, whose birthdays are the 12th and the 14th, respectively. More importantly, he chose them for reasons of tradition. Since Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, the black community, along with other Republicans, had been celebrating the fallen President’s birthday. And since the late 1890s, black communities across the country had been celebrating Douglass’. Well aware of the pre-existing celebrations, Woodson built Negro History Week around traditional days of commemorating the black past. He was asking the public to extend their study of black history, not to create a new tradition. In doing so, he increased his chances for success.

The 1960s had a dramatic effect on the study and celebration of black history. Before the decade was over, Negro History Week would be well on its way to becoming Black History Month. Since the mid-1970s, every American president, Democrat and Republican, has issued proclamations endorsing the Association’s annual theme.

Daryl Michael Scott
Professor of History
Howard University
Vice President of Program, ASALH

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Sunday Mornings @ 9“Embracing an Adult Faith” by Marcus Borg
For those seeking a richer understanding of contemporary Christian practice and theology.
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Christmas Footnotes

Joyful Giving

There were many ways McDougall Church supported the wider community at Christmas. It was our privilege to share our resources in so many ways and in so many places.

New Year’s Benefit Concert received 367 kg of food and $5,180 in cash donations. As well, McDougall’s weekly Advent Food Bank project collected 74 kg of cereal, granola bars, mac & cheese, meat and fish.
New Year’s Eve Refreshment Bar hosted by McDougall volunteers received $722 in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank.
Christmas Music at Noon Benefit Concerts on December 4 and 11 and the Strathcona High School Bank concert on December 17 raised $2,505 in support of e4c School Lunch Program.
No Room In the Inn received donations of $2,492 in support of SAGE Seniors Safe House, a refuge for senior adults elder abuse.
The Mitten Tree provided dozens of warm woollies: hats, scarves and socks to the clients at the Bissell Center.
The Churchill Retirement Residence received a visit from several members of the congregation who shared carols, readings, tea and pastoral care on December 11.

McDougall Church thanks the wider community and service agencies for their support and care of so many in the inner city, making Christmas better for many. We are happy to contribute! Thank you all.



Sunday School

Sunday school

We’ll be looking for you!

Kids are welcome to sit with their families when they arrive. They are invited to come forward early in the service to share a story with the minister, then go downstairs to a Sunday School session for children of all-ages.

McDougall Affirm (LGBTQ) Group

AffirmDate: Last Sunday of each month
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: State & Main, 101 Street and Jasper Avenue
About: An informal social gathering for conversation and community. All are welcome

Learn more about Affirm! in Programs


Haven (LGBTQ)

Date: Third Sunday of the month
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: McDougall United Church, Norwood Room 2nd floor (please use 10086 Macdonald Drive entrance)
About: Haven is a group of LGBTQ people of all ages who create a contemporary, evangelical style of Christian worship largely for this community, although all are welcome. Their purpose is to provide a safe place where LGBTQ and straight Christians can worship God; it is largely LGBTQ led.



McDougall is a Breastfeeding Friendly Church

McDougall United Church bBreastfeeding logoecame Edmonton’s first official Breastfeeding Friendly church in 2013. In keeping with being an inclusive and welcoming church, mothers will not be asked to move or cover while breastfeeding. They are welcome to breastfeed anytime, anywhere at McDougall.

Business and public places in Edmonton who have adopted the Edmonton Capital Region Breastfeeding Friendly Policy for Businesses and Public Places are eligible to become official Breastfeeding Friendly Community Partners. Community Partners train their staff and volunteers to display a welcoming attitude towards breastfeeding mothers and children, not ask them to cover up or relocate, and to offer appropriate private facilities for women who ask. Training also helps staff handle other patron complaints about breastfeeding.

Community Partners display the International Breastfeeding Symbol. This lets Edmonton’s breastfeeding families know the facility is a safe and friendly space.


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