Moderator Carmen Lansdowne receives gifts from the Indigenous church
Moderator Carmen receives gifts from the Indigenous Church, inlcuding Cathie Cunnigham (left), Honoured Elder Ray Jones, John Thompson, and Honoured Elder Elenor Thompson.

Photos from the Installation of the Moderator

On Sunday, August 7, 2022, the Right Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Kwisa’lakw was installed as the 44th Moderator of The United Church of Canada. Held on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, the service was attended in person at Canadian Memorial United Church in Vancouver, and live streamed across the country.

In person attendees are welcomed to the service.
The Rev. Beth Hayward (centre), minister at Canadian Memorial United Church, and the Rev. Graham Brownmiller, chair of the GC44 Worship Team (seated at right), welcomed the in-person attendees, along with those who joined the gathering online. Throughout the service, musicians coordinated by Curt Allison offered joyful contemporary and traditional worship music. The worship moved between languages, with prayer, song, and scripture offered, including in English, French, Heiltsuk, Gitxan, and Cree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanessa Richards shares a commemoration
Vanessa Richards (right) shared a stirring commemoration, acknowledging the first official marking of Emancipation Sunday by The United Church of Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments are made by and to the new Moderator
Woven in this tapestry, and led by the 43rd Moderator Richard Bott (left) and General Secretary Michael Blair (right), were commitments made by and to the new Moderator. Attended by hereditary chiefs, including from Moderator Lansdowne’s own Heiltsuk Nation, as well as by national, regional, ecumenical, and interfaith guests, the worship marked a series of historic firsts. Moderator Lansdowne is the first Indigenous women to lead The United Church of Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The laying on of hands by representative leaders and Elders
The service included the laying on of hands by representative leaders and Elders and the presentation of gifts from Moderator Lansdowne’s nation and the Indigenous Church, as well as the traditional stole, Bible, and talking stick. (From left to right, Honoured Elder Ray Jones; Regional Executive Minister Treena Duncan; General Secretary Michael Blair; Bruce and Dolly Lansdowne, parents; Honorary Elder Elenor Thompson; Deborah Richards, president of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator Lansdowne receives the traditional talking stick
Moderator Lansdowne receives the traditional talking stick from Mitch Broom (centre), witnessed by outgoing Moderator, the Very Rev. Dr. Richard Bott, Allan Buckingham, General Council 44 Business Coordinator, and former Moderator, the Very. Rev. Dr. Gary Paterson (left).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator Carmen Lansdowne receives gifts from the Heiltsuk community.
Moderator Lansdowne receives gifts from the Heiltsuk community, presented by Jackie Nadarsky, Chief Harvey Humchitt, and Brenda Humchitt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People are gifted blankets from Dolly Lansdowne, Brenda Humchitt, and Elenor Thompson
Close to the end of the service, persons important in the life of Moderator Lansdowne and her family were gifted blankets by her mother, Dolly Lansdowne, aunt Brenda Humchitt, and Honoured Elder Elenor Thompson. Chief Dr. Robert Joseph began a tender chorus of “How Great Thou Art” which brought the congregation to its feet, joining him in song. Moderator Lansdowne led the procession from the church accompanied in Heiltsuk song and drum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moderator Carmen Lansdowne is the 44th Moderator of The United Church of Canada, and the first Indigenous women to lead the denomination. The Moderator is the elected, presiding officer of the meetings of the General Council, its executive, and its sub-executive. The Moderator may be a lay person or a member of the Order of Ministry and is expected to give spiritual leadership and public representation for the church. Find out more about the Right Rev. Carmen Lansdowne in her biographical statement.

All photos by Maxine Bulloch, www.maxinebulloch.com Instagram / @maxinebullochphotography.