Who We Are
London Conference is one of the thirteen Conferences of The United Church of Canada. The United Church has four levels of decision-making, each with different responsibilities but connected to the others: the Pastoral Charge, the Presbytery, the Conference and the General Council.
The Conference is the glue that links these levels together. London Conference touches the shores of three Great Lakes (Superior, Huron, and Erie) reaching from the District of Algoma in the north to the eight counties of south-western Ontario (Essex, Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Huron, Perth and Oxford). With the exception of Huron and Perth which together form one Presbytery, each of these political boundaries represents one Presbytery.
Geography shapes the church. The United Church was formed out of the desire of the founding denominations to ensure there was a Christian presence in every community as the Canadian west was opened. At one point in Canadian history, the uniting factor across rural Canada was the presence of United Church congregations. This is changing as we realize that the people and financial resources needed to sustain this many congregations may not be the best use of God’s gifts and the most life-giving way to organize Christ’s people.
What is unchanging in London Conference is our commitment to help congregations embrace change in faith and hope so they can continue to celebrate, to educate, to encourage and to care in Christ’s name.