To reach out with love and justice to the wider local community and to the world is a core value at Brechin United Church. The Mission & Outreach Leadership Team meets regularly to assess social justice issues and how we, as a community of faith can best respond. Three areas of opportunity are facilitated: information, education, and action. The M&O team is bringing to life the Affirming Ministry Action Plan. The team continues to support and encourage the "Reaching Out" group (LGBTQ+ & Allies), and Brechin's participation in the annual Pride Parade. Goal #2 of the Action Plan provides the primary focus for 2017-18 of "connecting with First Nations in Nanaimo and district to explore together recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and our living them out as a community of faith." The M&O team generates awareness of the ministries supported by the United Church's Mission & Service Fund with the weekly Minute for Mission read out at the church service each Sunday. The team also coordinates awareness and opportunity to support local outreach initiatives such as the Island Crisis Centre, Haven House, Loaves & Fishes, and other community service groups as need is identified. Globally, the team provides information on the United Church's Emergency Relief Fund and other appeals for support and/or active response by offering information and invitations to participate in social justice campaigns or petitions. For more information contact the church office (250-754-9212) and you will be directed to the chair of the M&O Leadership Team.