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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Between Midnight and the Rooster’s Crow

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BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND THE ROOSTER’S CROW (DVD; 2005; 66 mins)    Filmmaker: Nadja Drost – Canadian oil giant EnCana is under fire for the construction of an oil pipeline that is generating controversy and conflict in the Amazon. Faced with the contamination of their lands and coercion by military forces, Ecuadorian peasants tap into reserves of remarkable strength and courage as they resist.  ‘Between Midnight and the Rooster’s Crow’ explores the experiences of the people whose lives are being drastically altered by the race for black gold – a race fueled by oil...

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Dead in the Water

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DEAD IN THE WATER (DVD) – There’s a problem with the world’s water supply. One person in four doesn’t have access to clean drinking water. Many governments lack either the resources or the will to provide this essential commodity to their citizens. In recent years, a number of powerful companies have spotted this crisis and seen a business opportunity. From the deserts of California to the streets of Sweto, and in several thousand other cities and towns throughout the world, often with the involvement of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, these...

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Affectionately Yours, Screwtape: The Devil and C.S. Lewis

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Affectionately Yours, Screwtape: The Devil and C. S. Lewis (DVD) – Did God give each person free will? Who is Satan? Can good truly overcome evil? These are questions to consider as you watch the video which is an introductory review of one of the great Christian literary works of the 20th century. The Screwtape Letters, a thin volume of imaginary letters between two devils, has given readers insight into conquering everyday spiritual struggles. DVD can be viewed as a documentary or as a five-part study for small groups. (52 mins) (2007)

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Banana Split

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BANANA SPLIT (DVD) – Companion book included. Despite the fact that the nearest banana plantation is 5000 kilometres away, the banana is the cheapest fruit in the produce stand. This film explores the North/South split between consumers and the people who work to grow the fruit that Canadians like to eat at any time of year. More information is available at http://shebafilms.com/ . Curriculum guide for World Issues in pdf format is available at http://www.global-ed.org/bananas-unpeeled.pdf (2002) (46 mins)

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Baptism: A life-long celebration

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BAPTISM: A life-long celebration (DVD) – Baptism celebrates the start of a life-long relationship with God, our spiritual community, and the world in which we live. This is a comprehensive look at the spiritual journey called baptism within the context of the Anglican tradition and practice. It provides an excellent introduction to baptism for individuals, families and pastoral charges. (2004) (25 mins)

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Bible Jesus Read (The)

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BIBLE JESUS READ (THE) (DVD) – Includes a 96-minute video (eight 12-minute clips), a leader’s guide, participant’s guide and the book by Philip Yancey. The sessions are: 1. Is the Old Testament Worth the Effort?; 2. Understanding the Old Testament; 3. Job: Seeing in the Dark; 4. Deuteronomy: A Taste of Bittersweet; 5. Psalms: Spirituality in Every Key; 6. Ecclesiastes: The End of Wisdom; 7. The Prophets: God Talks Back; 8. Advance Echoes of a Final Answer

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Clear View of the Birth of Jesus (A)

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Clear View of the Birth of Jesus (A) (DVD) – In these four half-hour lectures, Dr. Kenneth Bailey brings fresh answers to these and other questions regarding the Christmas story. The lectures are: 1. Where was the Manger and What was the Inn?; 2. Three Surprises: His Ancestors, Joseph and Herod; 3. Salvation and the Wise Men; 4. Herod’s Atrocities and Simeon’s Welcome.

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Crapshoot: The gamble with our wastes

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CRAPSHOOT: THE GAMBLE WITH OUR WASTES (DVD;  (53 mins)  A hazardous mix of waste is flushed into the sewer every day. The billions of litres of water  combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food where does it all go? And what does it do to us? From ancient times, countries have chosen the sewer to get rid of household and industrial waste, yet the contaminants we flush resurface in our food chain. Fish swim through waste water dumped into rivers, while sewage sludge is spread on farmland as...

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