Richard will lead workshops with the youth, as well as be our Sunday morning Speaker.
“The United Church of Canada has a wideness of its theologies and its practices of faith that’s enriched, not only as we learn our own stories, but as we listen carefully and celebrate and learn from each other’s understanding of Creator,” says the United Church’s 43rd Moderator, the Right Rev. Dr. Richard Bott.
Born in Marathon, ON, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, and ordained in 1994, the Rev. Bott has lived his life “as a beloved child of God” within the United Church. He has served communities of faith in Ontario and British Columbia, most recently Pacific Spirit United Church in Vancouver, and is well known for his skills as a leader, writer, and educator, and an active user of social media.
Elected at the 43rd General Council in Oshawa, ON, in July 2018, Bott spoke about the need for the church to build trust, and to not be afraid to talk about our collective purpose. He offered this as a starting point: “To help people to enter into and deepen their relationship with God … through the stories and person of Jesus of Nazareth. How do we do that? With the most radical love that we know: a true love of Holy Mystery, a true love of ourselves, and a true love of all other parts and people in God’s creation.”
Moderator Bott is passionate about the possibilities that we have in front of us as a church, and encourages all of us to ask and attend to both the pain and the joy that is being expressed, and then to take action on what we’re told. Entering the role of Moderator at a time when significant changes to church structures are underway, he believes that the purpose of those structures is to help the wide diversity of communities of faith across the church live into their ministries.
Kim will lead workshops with the youth, as well as be our Friday evening Speaker.
Rev. Kim Kendrick enjoys sharing her gifts as Chaplain of Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdoerf, PA “Pastor Kim” prides herself on offering unique opportunities for youth to engage in a deep dive at the intersection of faith and the world. F.U.E.L (Faith Used in Everyday Life) is one of the signature programs that help youth examine and set their faith into action daily.
Pastor Kim is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and a Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry. She has served as a committee co-chair for the UCC's Mid-Atlantic Regional Youth Event and is currently a member of the PSEC Committee on Ministry. Nationally, Pastor Kim is a certified Trainer in the Our Whole Lives curriculum conducting workshops on Human Sexuality and Spirituality for Youth and Young Adults. In 2016 Pastor Kim was called upon to be the Chaplain for the National Youth Event in Orlando Florida and was the closing preacher during General Synod 2017.
In her spare time and joy time, Pastor Kim is chauffeur, tickler, and karaoke partner of three brilliant nuggets, one 8 year old and twins 2 years old.