Introduction

The Archives and History Committee is a Committee of General Council. Its mandate comes from the Manual of the United Church of Canada which states:

“The Archives and History Committee is responsible for coordinating and promoting archival and historical activity for the United Church.” (E 4.8.3)

    The Committee’s duties include, among other responsibilities:
  • promoting a knowledge of, and interest in, the history of the United Church
  • developing criteria and guidelines to encourage Presbyteries and Conferences to be aware of, and to seek appropriate commemoration of, United Church historic sites within their jurisdiction
  • being the denomination’s agent in the relation to possible United Church related national monuments.

The Archives and History Committee formed the Historic Sites Sub-Committee to create a commemorative program for the United Church. The members of this sub-committee come from across the country and have a background and/or interest in the history and heritage of The United Church of Canada.

The Archives and History Committee is pleased to introduce the “Honouring Our Heritage – Celebrating The United Church of Canada Historic Commemorations Program” to encourage the commemoration of aspects of the history and culture of The United Church of Canada.

The Historic Commemorations Program allows us to better recognize, honour and interpret our cultural and historic treasures. A unique aspect of the Program is the recognition of the intangible aspects of United Church history and heritage: the customs, cultural practices, traditional knowledge that defines the Church.

The program recognizes persons, places, events and cultural traditions that have all formed the present day United Church of Canada. The intent is to remain flexible and open with this process to allow nominations to recognize many kinds of historic accomplishments.

Nominations originate within United Church congregations or come from individuals within the Church. The role of the Archives and History Committee is to provide encouragement and guidelines in their pursuit of heritage and historic commemoration.

“United Church of Canada” includes its antecedent denominations: The Methodist Church of Canada, the Presbyterian Church of Canada (where these congregations and communities joined The United Church of Canada in 1925), the Congregational Churches and the Evangelical United Brethren.