Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta



Rundle Memorial  is located at the corner of Banff Avenue and Buffalo Street in Banff, AB; a map is here and a parking map of Banff is here.

Early in 2021, Rundle Memorial United Church in Banff approached Ralph Connor Memorial United Church in Canmore, to consider what a shared journey might look like.  A “Ralph Connor and Rundle” (“R&R”) working group was set up, and met regularly for several months.

The R&R meetings have produced the following motion, which has now been adopted in November/December 2021 by both the Ralph Connor Council and Rundle’s governance group; this motion also has the support of Chinook Winds Region of the United Church of Canada.   The “whereas” clauses describe the progress made to date, and the “be it resolved” motion sets the course for our next work together:

WHEREAS Rundle Memorial United Church, Banff, has voted in favour of pursuing amalgamation with Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore, at a duly-called congregational meeting in December 2020;

AND WHEREAS subsequent to the amalgamation vote by the Rundle Memorial congregation, leaseholds and business arrangements for the Preschool, Manse residences, Thrift Shop and other operations at Rundle Memorial United Church have been reviewed and updated to the satisfaction of Chinook Winds Region;

AND WHEREAS revenue analysis at Rundle Memorial has indicated that revenue stabilization and net positive cash flow will be achieved by end 2021;

AND WHEREAS the Rundle Memorial United Church Board has authorized an initial cash transfer to Ralph Connor Memorial United Church to assist with Ralph Connor’s 2021 operating costs;

AND WHEREAS a facility study conducted by Pinchin of Calgary has yielded a thorough understanding of predicted facility maintenance expenditures at Rundle Memorial, which can be supported with appropriate revenue planning from Rundle’s own operations without burdening Ralph Connor Memorial finances;

AND WHEREAS Rundle Memorial United Church, Banff, and Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore, have the opportunity to deepen their ministry and mission engagement throughout the Bow Valley by continuing to work together;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Ralph Connor Memorial United Church and Rundle Memorial United Church establish a joint financial management group, comprised of equal representation from each community of faith under the oversight of Chinook Winds Region Community of Faith Strategy Group effective 1 January 2022.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the joint financial management group consider financial operations at both locations, making recommendations as appropriate to each congregational governing body, with the goal to develop a business plan including projected revenues and anticipated major expenditures for shared congregational operations beginning in late 2022. A review of overall financial operations will be undertaken under the auspices of Chinook Winds Region not later than 30 April 2022;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that should joint financial planning yield a suitable business plan for both communities of faith in light of the aforementioned evaluation, the congregations be invited to pursue next steps in amalgamation by 30 June 2022, subject to approval by Chinook Winds Region.

We look forward to these ongoing deliberations in 2022!


more about our shared journey…

The Ralph Connor and Rundle congregations have worshipped together since February 2021 – mostly virtually, except for three outdoor services in Canmore in the summer – and on Sunday, November 28th, 2021 and December 19, 2021 the two communities joined for in-person worship at Rundle Memorial!  Due to the rapid rise of the omicron variant of COVID-19, we have discontinued in-person Worship for the time being, but look forward to worshiping together in the near future.

On Friday, June 25, 2021 a Zoom session for “information and accountability” was held, for the “Rundle & Ralph Connor” (“R&R”) group to present its progress and thoughts to date, and for questions and concerns to be fielded.  The recording of the meeting is here and a PDF of the PowerPoint presented is here..

Both of our communities of faith celebrate that they are both Affirming Ministries.   The Ralph Connor and Rundle congregations have together form a Wedding Ministry that is affirming and equitable, a place where ALL couples coming to be married will have their wedding and their marriage truly celebrated.

Rundle Memorial  is located at the corner of Banff Avenue and Buffalo Street in Banff, AB; a map is here and a parking map of Banff is here.

To learn more about Rundle Memorial, click here and to learn more about the Rundle United Thrift Store, which could use additional volunteers, click here!  The entrance to the Thrift Shop is on Banff Avenue.  At present it is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00-5:00 PM, and on Wednesday and Friday from 5:00-8:00 PM.

A helpful pamphlet listing resources related to affordability in the Bow Valley may be downloaded here.