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About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to fill hungry hearts, with the life of the Spirit, through the unconditional love of God.

Our Purpose

Based on the foundational aspects expressed in Our Covenant, McDougall United Church seeks

  • to bridge the gulf separating spirituality with institutional religion
  • to encourage everyone’s spiritual journey
  • to be a place of spiritual renewal and growth
  • to worship God to find comfort, connection, healing and inspiration
  • to respond to the needs of the wider community

Our Covenant

As a Christian faith community in downtown Edmonton:

  • We are rooted in worship that continues to reflect a pioneering spirit through innovative and traditional liturgies, variety in music, and the active engagement of the worshipper.
  • We are committed to welcoming into community and, according to their gifts, into leadership, persons of any ability, race, age, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity or expression.
  • We are dedicated to programs, services and opportunities which nurture spiritual and theological growth, and which demand that we work toward a more just and compassionate society.
  • We actively and prayerfully seek partnerships with the wider community.
  • We believe God is not limited to the notions of the past, nor of our time.
  • We recognize that our knowledge of God is partial and confined, and that there is more light and truth to be discovered.
  • Such is the joy and excitement of the Christian quest of McDougall United
    Church.

United Church of Canada

Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne

The United Church of Canada has elected the Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne,
Kwisa’lakw, 47, as its 44th Moderator. She will be the church’s spiritual leader for the next three years.

Ordained in 2007, the Rev. Dr. Lansdowne is only the second Indigenous person to be elected Moderator, following the Very Rev. Stan McKay, who served as Moderator 1992‒1994. A member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, she was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia, and has been a lifelong member of the United Church. She is committed to an Indigenous way of being in the world.

In articulating her vision for The United Church of Canada, the Rev. Dr. Lansdowne speaks of a church committed: “To build new connections and rebuild old ones. To work towards social change that sees a world cared for, and human dignity honoured. To walk together every day in repentance and reconciliation. To march and fight and change unjust systems together. To pray together. To sing together. To discern together.”

The United Church of Canada is a Protestant Christian denomination in Canada. It is the largest Protestant Church and, after the Roman Catholic Church, the second largest Christian Church in Canada.

The United Church was founded in 1925 as a merger of four Protestant denominations: the Methodist Church of Canada, the Congregational Union of Ontario and Quebec, two-thirds of the congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the Association of Local Union Churches.

Structure

In structure, the United Church has a “bottom up” governance, where the congregation selects its clergy, rather than clergy being appointed by a bishop or other body.

The policies of the church are inclusive and liberal: there are no restrictions of gender,
sexual orientation or marital status for a person considering entering the ministry.

Interfaith marriages are recognized; communion is offered to all Christian adults and children, regardless of denomination or age.

Governance

Our national body is the Denominational Council (national), headquartered in Toronto, and our Moderator, elected every three years, is the highest official position. The three courts of governance are:

  1. Communities of Faith (congregations)
  2. Regional Council (regions)
  3. Denominational Council (national)

At the Regional level, McDougall United Church belongs to the Northern Spirit Region.

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People of McDougall

Our Staff

Affirm

Mary Ann Pastuck, DM

Minister

 

Affirm

Dolores Bell

Office/Programs & Events Administrator

Affirm

Celia Conway

Office Administrator & Rentals

 

Affirm

Kimberley McMann

Director of Music

 

Affirm

Peter Tinning

Site Custodian

 

Governance

The Council of McDougall United Church is responsible for the governance, ministry and operations of the church. Members are elected by the congregation and serve two-year terms. The Council meets every third Wednesday of the month.

Council Members:


Chair

Larry Derkach

Secretary
Velia Watts

Acting Treasurer
Larry Derkach

Ministry & Personnel
Sharon Provost

Members-at-Large
Gerald Watts

Group Representatives
Northern Spirit Regional Council – Paul Conway
Choir – Janis Dunmore
Affirm – Gary Simpson

Minister
MaryAnn Pastuck, DM

Committees & Groups:


Affirm Ministry (2SLGBTQIA+)
Gary Simpson

Worship
Velia Watts

Power Point
Gordon Dunmore

Music
Kimberley McMann

Ministry & Personnel
Paul Conway
Sharon Provost
Velia Watts

Communion
Joan Seath

Offering Counters
Gordon Dunmore

Property
Bob Ash
Gerald Watts

Archives & Memorials
Angeles Espinaco-Virseda

Trustees
Sara Coumantarakis
George Knowles
Gerald Watts
Ex-officio, MaryAnn Pastuck, DM

Our Early History

McDougall is the original and oldest Protestant congregation in Alberta.
The church was named after an early Methodist missionary by the name of Rev. George
McDougall (1821-1876) who arrived in Edmonton with his wife Elizabeth Chantler in
1871.

Construction of the first church was completed in 1873.
The current sanctuary was built in 1910 and seated 2,000 people. That was when
Edmonton had a population of 20,000 and the church was the crossroads of the
community.

 A second church built in 1892 helped to accommodate the growing congregation.

The current sanctuary was built in 1910 and seated 2,000 people. That was when
Edmonton had a population of 20,000 and the church was the crossroads of the
community.

After 1925 the congregation was merged with three other de nominations, Presbyterian, Congregational and Methodist to form the United Church of Canada.

The old wooden 1873 church building was moved to Fort Edmonton Park in 1977 where it now serves as a museum on 1885 Street.

The spirit for this congregation was set by it’s founder, Rev. George McDougall, and it has been an historic cornerstone in this city for over 100 years.

Culture, politics and community service were all part of our intentional, innovative beginnings. In the early and mid 19th century, the Christian values of the Church
became the values of Canada and of Edmontonians.

For over 100 years, the current building (1910) has served as a pillar and the
crossroads of the community. It cost about $70,000 to build. But McDougall Church is more than the sum of its parts. It is history…

  • World War I saw the Ladies Aid send thousands of packages to soldiers
    overseas and sewed thousands of garments for the city’s poor.
  • During World War II, McDougall served as a social hub for many of the visiting servicemen in the city.
  • We housed a Red Cross plasma-collection centre.
  • McDougall was the first home of the predecessor of the Edmonton Symphony.
  • It was the original home of the Edmonton Opera.
  • We were home to music festivals.
  • McDougall was the first home of the Salvation Army.
  • It was the site of suffragette rallies in the 1900s and served as a union hall.
  • We were the site of the University of Alberta Convocations.

Today, McDougall United Church continues its proud tradition of community outreach
and social justice, and is a spiritual home for a diverse congregation. As well, we continue to open our doors to the wider community in partnership with this great city and its people.