CAW & Clergy United Hold Solidarity Prayer Vigil for Fired Reverend



    HAMILTON, ON, June 3 /CNW/ - An outdoor solidarity prayer vigil will be
held this evening in support of Rev. Dr. Robert Matton, who faces termination
by the United Church of Canada. CAW President Buzz Hargrove will also be in
attendance joining members of the CAW & United Church Clergy Union organizing
drive.
    Supporters will then move inside the church to show support during the
meeting of the Hamilton Presbytery, which will vote on ratifying Matton's
congregation's decision to terminate his job.
    Supporters (clergy, family, lay people and CAW members) of Matton will be
in attendance, limited to approximately 20 people so as not to disrupt the
proceedings.
    Supporters will be easy to spot in blue t-shirts reading CAW & Clergy
United.
    Matton has been publicly criticized and censured by members of his
pastoral charge for his open support of a union for United Church clergy.

    
    WHERE: Delta United Church, 47 Ottawa Street South, Hamilton, Ontario

    WHEN:  Today at 4:45 p.m. Presbyters will start arriving at 5 p.m. for a
           5:30 p.m. dinner held inside the church.

    WHY:   To stand in solidarity with Matton against clergy abuse and the
           injustices committed by the church against clergy.
    

    At approximately 6:20 p.m., Matton's supporters will move inside the
church to be with Matton for the Presbytery meeting. Matton and his partner,
Lois, will both address the Presbytery court and speak about clergy abuse,
injustice, the impact on the minister and his family, and the need for a
clergy union.
    Matton is not asking Presbyters to overturn his congregations' decision
to terminate his job, but requesting that the Presbyters abstain from voting
as a show of support. Presbytery is an open meeting.





For further information:

For further information: Karen Paton-Evans, (office) (519) 425-4546; or
Jim Evans, (cell) (519) 860-1161

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