Central to our mission and our identity is that we are affirming and welcoming of all faiths and spiritualities. Our ministry staff offer faith-based (multi-faith) guidance to those who seek it and are trained to provide trauma-informed and culturally-safe spiritual care informed by social justice, particularly for Indigenous community members.
Pastoral or Spiritual Care
Offered by appointment, our trained ministers listen and guide individuals or families from a spiritual lens, offering spiritual support, a listening ear, respect, and sometimes ceremony or ritual.
Offered by request, we help honour and respect the life and death of loved ones in our neighbourhood, while supporting survivors in their grief process. Memorial ceremony or ritual can include placement of loved ones’ belongings, smudge, or other ceremonial proceedings as requested.
We partner with local United Church congregations to teach and train around issues of importance and note in the Downtown Eastside and in communities across Canada. Topics include decolonization, truth and reconciliation, cultural safety, drug policy, housing and homelessness, power and oppression and more.
Whether it is a joy or concern, if you have a prayer request, you can submit it through our prayer request form. First United’s Spiritual Care Team receives your prayer requests. It is our honor to pray with you.