humanitarian partnerships, seeks justice, and has created
relationships with disempowered people in Canada around
the world. This is an ongoing grassroots movement of pooling resources with a strong history in congregational life. I
am so grateful to the model of Christ’s love that Mission &
Service demonstrates in the world.
The financial support I received through my bursary
helped pay for books, and meant I didn’t have to take on an
extra job while studying. Even more, the gift affirmed my
call to ministry and to the kind of ministry that sees strength
where the world sees weakness; that seeks hospitality and
partnership where there is isolation and rejection.
Every act of service begins with a mission; with a dream
to be God’s goodness in the world. Thank you so much for
helping me, and theology students across The United Church
of Canada, to say, “In my life, God wants me to do good in
Aaron Miechkota is a theology student at The United
Theological College Le Séminaire Uni in Montreal. She
hopes to be ordained in 2019. She is also working with the
United Church to lead The Living Apology Project.
It all began with a dream. This dream came to me as an echoing phrase, “With my life, God wants me to do good in the world!” It was like an act of resistance
against the thoughtlessness around me.
I was working in fashion at the time. I had a good and
stable job in an ethical Canadian company. But as I moved
up, my Christian values were clashing with the business
values I saw at work, particularly attitudes and practices that
valued the pockets of the executives over the well-being of
people living in poverty. When a series of deadly factory fires
occurred in Bangladesh in 2012, killing hundreds of garment
workers, something in me changed. The company I worked
for wasn’t implicated, but the fashion industry as a whole
was guilty. On the nightly news, the industry’s crimes of
dangerous working conditions, exploitative pay, and violating human rights were on full display. This wasn’t who I was,
I thought. God wants me to do good in the world with my life.
It was a kind of awakening or awareness to a call that
had been in me for so long, but that I had never listened to.
Suddenly, I was filled with a sense of mission and purpose.
God was the goodness that I had been seeking; Christ was
the embodiment of that goodness in service, in justice, and
in relationships. The Spirit of ministry had found me. I knew
then that my life’s work going forward was to be about better
aligning my life to my values.
When I started seminary in 2015, I was surprised to receive
a bursary from Mission & Service. The people who support
Mission & Service seek to live the same way I want to. They
want to serve the common good and partner with those
who are often most ignored. Mission & Service has many
Called to do good in the
“Every act of service begins with a
mission; with a dream to be God’s
goodness in the world.”