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June 14, 2000 - Bill Phipps believes we have a "moral crisis" in the country. And he is talking about the economy.

"The economy is the way we love one another collectively."

Halton residents will have the opportunity to hear the United Church Moderator on the evening of Monday, June 26th at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre in Oakville. His presentation is entitled - "A Moral Crisis: False Gods in the Marketplace."

For two years Phipps has led a Moderator's Consultation on Faith and the Economy. The process culminated in a session held this past April on Parliament Hill and televised nationally.

Phipps' presentation will be particularly relevant in the context of the recent increase in child poverty, poverty among adults, homelessness, and economic disparity that are evident in Halton and across Canada. It is his belief that the church has a "prophetic and pastoral" mission to speak out on these issues and publicly challenge the morality of the marketplace.

The evening is sponsored by the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre, the Halton Social Justice Coalition, Interfaith Development Education Association (IDEA) and the InterChurch Council of Burlington.

Phipps will speak at 7:30 p.m. St. Volodymyr is located at 1280 Dundas Street West (Highway 5 at 4th Line). Refreshments will be provided at 7:00 p.m. Further information is available from the Halton Social Planning Council at 632-1975

Contact Joey Edwardh (905-632-1975) at the Halton Social Planning and Volunteer Centre for more information.


BACKGROUNDER

About Bill Phipps:

Bill Phipps is Moderator of the United Church of Canada. Born in Toronto in 1942, the 57-year Phipps was training as a lawyer before he entered theological school. He was ordained in 1969 and one year later was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Phipps has worked as a poverty lawyer, a pastor, community organizer, hospital chaplain and as an adult educator. From 1974-83 Phipps was Minister at Trinity - St. Paul's United in downtown Toronto. He then served 10 years in an administrative position as Executive Secretary with the United Church's Alberta and Northwest Conference. Phipps has been a minister at Scarboro United Church in Calgary since 1993.

Married to writer Carolyn Pogue, the Phipps have three adult children.

About the sponsors:

Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre is a non-profit organization dedicated to social planning within the communities of the Regional Municipality of Halton (Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills). HSPC & VC also operates a volunteer centre which promotes volunteerism within Halton. HSPC & VC will hold its annual meeting on June 26th prior to Rev. Phipps' address.

Contact: Dr. Joey Edwardh 905-632-1975

The Halton Social Justice Coalition is a coalition of individuals and organizations devoted to raising awareness and responding to social justice issues within Halton. It has sponsored similar events in the past.

Contact: Ms. Brenda Dolling 905-332-2272

Interfaith Development Education Association (IDEA) is an interfaith organization that promotes peace and justice locally and globally.

Contact: Ms. Glynis Maxwell 905-637-3110

Interchurch Council of Burlington is an ecumenical church organization devoted to cooperation among various churches and denominations within Burlington.

Contact: Rev. Peter Hoyle 905-637-2942