What is AVEL?

AVEL is The United Church of Canada’s video and DVD lending library. Maritime Conference United Church constituents are automatically members of AVEL and can borrow resources without paying a membership fee.

Are you a member of United Church Women, United Church Men, Youth Group, Sunday School or other key organization in your congregation, responsible for providing programming?  If so consider using our services at AVEL for timely resources on spirituality, environmental concerns, social action, stewardship, Bible Study and many, many additional topics.

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Use the search box on this page and click for more search options. You can also visit the Resource Page.

You can order your AVEL resource on-line once you have selected a resource. Watch for “Avel – Click here to order this resource.”

 

AVEL Contact Information

Sarah Wallace is offering assistance in filling your AVEL requests.

 

1-800-268-3781 ext. 6159
swallace@united-church.ca

 

Most Recent Resources

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Hidden Face of Globalization

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HIDDEN FACE OF GLOBALIZATION (THE) (dvd, 2003, 34 mins) In the global economy, corporations demand enforceable laws  intellectual property and copyright laws  backed up by sanctions to protect their products. However, when we ask those same companies if we can’t also protect the rights of the 16 year-old who made the product, the companies respond that it would be an impediment to free trade. So we live in a society where the label, the trademark, the logo and the product are all protected, but not the human rights of those who make them.

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Preaching as Storytelling: Part 1: The Why of Narrative

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Preaching as Storytelling: Part 1. The Why of Narrative (DVD) – Jesus was a master storyteller, and during the past decade narrative-style preaching has experienced a rebirth in North America. Dr. Eugene Lowry, one of the foremost exponents and practitioners of narrative preaching offers an entire continuing education experience.

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Breaking Ranks: The Documentary

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BREAKING RANKS: THE DOCUMENTARY (DVD)  –  ‘Breaking Ranks is a moving documentary about four U.S. soldiers seeking sanctuary in Canada as part of their resistance to the war in Iraq. With intimate access to four American military deserters, including Jeremy Hinzman, Joshua Key, Brandon Hughey and Kyle Snyder, their lawyer and families, this film documents their experiences as they try to exercise their consciences amidst profound emotional, ethical and international consequences.’ (2006) (55 mins) Closed captions.

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Nooma Sunday

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NOOMA SUNDAY – Rob Bell (Running time 12 minutes; DVD) – Includes 32 page discussion booklet. From the dvd jacket: “We can get anything we want, from anywhere in the world, whenever we want it. That’s how it is and that’s how we want it to be. Still, our lives aren’t any different than other generations before us. Our time is. We want spiritual direction, but it has to be real for us and available when we need it. We want a new format for getting Christian perspectives.” Nooma is the new format. It’s short films with communicators that really...

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Family Process and Process Theology

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FAMILY PROCESS AND PROCESS THEOLOGY – Friedman connects family process theory to process theology in a groundbreaking examination of three theological questions: How can evil exist when God is good and all-powerful? How can one strive for self-identity yet teach the limits of self? Does all idolatry stem from the quest for certainty? He suggests a powerful new concept of our relationship to God: a God who contracts with people rather than coercing them, thus giving them freedom to make mistakes. The implications for personal relationships are profound.

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Christmas Story Keepers (The)

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Christmas Story Keepers (The) (DVD) – The Storykeepers, Ben, Helena and their ‘family’ of orphans are fleeing the wrath of Nero, taking with them their most precious possession – the stories of Jesus. Even as Nero’s war against the Christians escalates, the Storykeepers celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. In this Christmas adventure, the Storykeepers take the stories of Jesus’ birth and life to the whole world. (70 mins)

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King Corn: You are What you Eat

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KING CORN: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT – KING CORN is a documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbours, genetically modified seeds, nitrogen fertilizers, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most productive, most subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food...

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Escape from Suburbia: Beyond the American Dream

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ESCAPE FROM SUBURBIA: BEYOND THE AMERICAN DREAM (DVD) – Escape from Suburbia follows the stories of three characters who are reinventing the American Dream in their own lives. Expert opinion of officials is balanced by the skepticism felt by emerging movement of citizens groups which are confronting our dependence on oil in extraordinary ways. (2007) (95 mins)

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