Members of our congregation are involved in many activities and organizations dedicated to social justice.
The Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada is the single biggest outreach commitment that Bathurst United makes every year. Many Bathurst members see their involvement in the congregation and our contribution to the Mission and Service Fund as their way to take part in activities that include global partnerships, disaster relief, ecumenical and multi-faith relationships, and many other forms of ministry and service.
Bathurst United is an active supporter of the KAIROS, the Canadian ecumenical justice organization. Bathurst members participate in the Central Toronto KAIROS group and the Great Lakes KAIROS region. Bathurst members frequently attend demonstrations and workshops organized or endorsed by KAIROS and hold special services related to the themes of KAIROS campaigns.
Bathurst United Church seeks to reflect an earth-centered spirituality in its worship and committments. Our purchase of two shares in Windshare's windpower turbine is a concrete sign of our concern for the environment. Windshare
The congregation owns a share in this international ecumenical microcredit organization. It's one of the many ways we express our vision of economic justice for all. Oikocredit
Bathurst United has a long tradition of supporting Amnesty International through letter writing on behalf of prisoners of conscience. The Bathurst Peace, Justice and Environment Group organizes a monthly letter writing activity with the Mission and Service Committee of Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church. This takes place immediately after the Sunday service in the gymnasium at TSP, usually on the second Sunday of the month.
The Bloor-Bathurst Gathering spot
The Bloor-Bathurst Gathering Spo t is a weekly social/recreational drop-in offering a ministry of hospitality to adults who are low-income, socially isolated, or living with mental health issues in the Annex and surrounding neigbourhoods.
Gathering Spot takes place Tuesday evenings at Walmer Road Baptist Church, 188 Lowther Avenue. A home-cooked low-cost meal ($2.00) is served at 6:30 and programmed activities follow.
Members of Bathurst United were instrumental in the founding of Gathering Spot and continue to be involved on the volunteer board of directors. The Bloor-Bathurst Gathering Spot is also supported by the City of Toronto, the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada, and other congregations of INTCH, an ecumenical organization of congregations in the Annex. Gathering Spot celebrated its 30 th Anniversary in October, 2004. For more information call 416 924 5883 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 416 924 5883 end_of_the_skype_highlighting ext. 5.