At Carleton Memorial United Church, we maintain an active and involved community, building bridges within our congregation, within our neighbourhood, and across the world. In addition to special events that we host throughout the year, we also engage in regular monthly activities that strengthen our bonds.
CMUC’s mission is to be peace-makers in our community and in our world. We try to be build bridges and break down barriers in a variety of ways:
Members of CMUC, acting on behalf of Amnesty International write and send letters to various countries on behalf of prisoners of conscience and others whose rights have been violated.
We are active advocates on a number of fronts. Recently, we participated in the Ottawa Presbytery’s campaign for supported housing called “Put a Roof On Poverty.” We wrote letters to Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Keith Egli to urge them to act on this and asked congregational members to write letters or make phone calls on this issue. Even more recently, we wrote letters as a congregation and as individual members in response to the cancellation of The Community Access Program, a program that was set up by the federal government in 2000 to provide computers and internet services in public locations where those without computers could access them.
Over the years, CMUC has helped people escape desperate circumstances by sponsoring them as refugees. To date, CMUC has sponsored 17 refugees.
Food vouchers and bus tickets are distributed on an emergency basis to people in need and who live in the church’s immediate area.