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40th General Council Coverage

By Observer Staff

Welcome to The United Church Observer's coverage of the 40th General Council, taking place in Kelowna, B.C. between Aug. 9 to 15, 2009. Here, we provide daily stories and photos from the host site at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus.


Index of Stories


•  Mardi Tindal elected new United Church moderator (Friday, Aug. 14, 2009)
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•  Church backs away from Israel boycott (Thursday, Aug.13, 2009)  Click here to read more >

•  Substitute anti-discrimination proposal preserves congregations’ authority to decide on same-sex marriage (Thursday, Aug.13, 2009) Click here to read more >

• Commissioners asked to spread word of B.C. Conference apology over post-war sale of Japanese church (Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009) Click here to read more >

•  Moderator candidates share their visions for the church (Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009)
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• Debate begins on controversial Middle East peace proposals (Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009)
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• Truth and reconciliation take centre-stage on day two of General Council (Monday, Aug.10, 2009)  Click here to read more >

•  General Council hits a bump as business gets under way in Kelowna, B.C. (Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009) Click here to read more >

•  And then there were eight: two more moderator nominees (Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009)
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•  Smoke from B.C. fires and controversy over boycott proposal loom over start of General Council (Friday, Aug. 7, 2009)  Click here to read more >


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