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- United Church of Canada. Toronto Conference
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Conferences in the United Church of Canada were courts of the Church organized as an administrative grouping of Presbyteries in a geographical area. The Conference was governed by a body consisting of ministers within its boundaries and an equal number of non-ministerial representatives of Pastoral Charges. Functions of a Conference included the following: determining boundaries and numbers of Presbyteries within its bounds; receiving and disposing of appeals, petitions subject to the usual right to appeal; sustaining pastorate in every Pastoral Charge; examining and ordaining candidates for the Order of Ministry; receiving ministers and deaconesses from other Churches; dealing with matters referred to it by the General Council and selecting equal numbers of members of the Order of Ministry and lay representatives to the General Council.
Toronto Conference held its inaugural service on 1925 September 22 in St. James Square Church, Toronto. In 1925 the Toronto Conference encompassed the following Presbyteries: Algoma, Dufferin and Peel, Grey, Muskoka, North Bay, Simcoe, Toronto Centre, Toronto East and Toronto West. In 1927, Sudbury and Temiskaming Presbyteries were added, followed by the addition of Cochrane Presbytery in 1929. In 1975, North Bay, Sudbury, and Temiskaming joined the newly founded Manitou Conference. In 2009, with the reorganization of Toronto Conference, the number of presbyteries were reduced to four: Living Waters, Northern Waters, South West, and Toronto Southeast. On January 1, 2019, Toronto Conference disbanded and the congregations within its boundaries became part of the following Regional Councils: Shining Waters Regional Council, Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council, Horseshoe Falls Regional Council and East Central Ontario Regional Council.
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Conferences in the United Church of Canada appoint standing committees relating to the Divisions, Departments and standing committees of General Council and may appoint as many additional such committees as are deemed necessary. These committees consist of members from each Presbytery and other members of Conference as are necessary. The Manual’s suggested standing committees have included Settlement, Archives, Division of Mission in Canada, Ministry, Personnel and Education (or Education and Students Committee), Inter-Church and Inter-Faith Relations, Extra Appeals, Finance, Stewardship, Pension and Insurance, Communications, World Outreach, and Internship.
Series consists of minutes, correspondence, and other records of Toronto Conference committees, including: 50th Anniversary Committee, 1974-1976; Aboriginal Solidarity Sharing Circle, 2003-2009; Advisory Committee on Corporations, 1991-2008; Advisory Committee on Property, 2006-2008; Agenda Planning Committee, 1980-2010; Archives and History Committee, 1937-2008; Board of Home Missions, 1926-1942; Boundaries Committee, 1972-1991; Cedar Glen Fund Committee, 2003-2008; Christian Development Committee, 1991-2000, (including subcommittees, Coordinating Committee for Inclusive Ministry, 1994-1997; Ecumenical Decade Task Group, 1990-1995; Ministry with Children, 1994-1997, Men’s Event Planning Group, 1987-1993;Women’s Event Planning Group, 1995-1996; Worship and Liturgy, 1994-1999, Youth and Young Adults Committee, 1974-2000); Christian Formation and Congregational Development Committee, 2001-2008; Church Development Committee, 1996-2006; Christian Education Committee, 1937-1939; Church in Society Committee, 1984-2009 (including subcommittees, Environmental Work Group, 1995-1996; Faith and Creation Working Group, 1997-2000; Refugee Subcommittee, 1993-1996; Rural Life, 1962-2000); Committee, for Racial Justice, 2005-2009; Committee of Fifteen, 1970; Committee on Homes for Seniors Citizens, 1954-1957; Communications Committee, 1985-2000; Concerns of Women Committee, 1983-1996; Ethnic Ministries Committee, 1976-2009; Finance and Extra Appeals Committee, 1970-2008; Inter-Church/Inter-Faith Relations Committee, 1988-2009; International Affairs Committee, 1975; Ministry, Personnel and Education Coordinating Group, 1982-2008 (including subcommittees Chaplaincy, 1977-2008; Education and Students, 1925-2009; Interim Ministry, 1996-2009; Internship, 1983-1998; Internship and Supervised Ministry, 1998-2009; Interview Board, 1970-2009; Lay Ministry, 2001-2007; Life Long Learning, 1992-2002; Pensions and Group Insurance, 1996-2006; Retirement and Pension, 196-1994; Settlement and Pastoral Relations, 1925-2009); Mission in Canada Committee, 1963-1991 (including subcommittees Evangelism, 1983-1989; Housing, 1972-1976); Mission Support Committee (includes Block Grant Committee), 1976-2007); New Church Development/Church Redevelopment Committee, 1980-1993; Nominations Committee, 1982-2009; Program Committee, 1983-1988; Resolutions and Petitions Committee, 1981-1996; Staff Committee, 1972-2009; Stewardship Committee, 1958-2001; World Affairs Committee, 1988-2009 (including subcommittees: Mission Education, 1988-1990; Mission Internship, 1984-1987; Mission Interpretation, 1988-1994; Mutuality in Mission, 1990-1991; Research and Action, 1988-1989; Working Group on the Environment, 1991-1994; Working Group on Peace and Justice, 1980-2009); and World Outreach Committee, 1965-1987.