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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Search for Resources

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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Anyone and Everyone

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ANYONE AND EVERYONE – An intimate portrait of families who have a child who is gay.  The families are from diverse backgrounds and various religious denominations.  Parents talk about their struggles and their pain, but above all, their love for their child and how that has shaped their response.  Scene selection (22 scenes) allows for flexible use.   (2007) (57 mins)

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Battle of the Bag

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BATTLE OF THE BAG (THE) (DVD) – Plastic bags – handy throwaway items that take hundreds of years to biodegrade. Canadians alone use about six billion of them every year. From the oil company employees to the Nobel laureate fighting for a bag ban, this documentary looks at the issues from many perspectives. (2008) (44 mins)

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Paintings by William Kurelek of THE PASSION OF CHRIST (THE)

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PAINTINGS BY WILLIAM KURELEK OF THE PASSION OF CHRIST (THE) 27 min DVDThe Passion of Christ according to the Gospel of St. Matthew is read and illustrated through the paintings of Canadian artist William Kurelek. (27 mins

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Finding Dawn

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FINDING DAWN 73 mins DVD 2006Dawn Crey is just one of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past thirty years. This is a compelling documentary that puts a human face to this national tragedy. This is an epic journey into the dark heart of Native women’s experience in Canada. From Vancouver’s skid row, where more than 60 women are missing, we travel to the ‘Highway of Tears’ in northern British Columbia, and onward to Saskatoon, where the murders of Native women remain unresolved. Along the road to honour those...

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Big Thirst: The Coming Drought

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BIG THIRST: THE COMING DROUGHT (DVD) – Many climate change experts say a serious drought is on its way – unlike anything Canadians have ever seen. BIG THIRST examines the very clear warning signs of drought already appearing. (2006) (22 mins)

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Mothers Courage, Thriving Survivors

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MOTHERS COURAGE, THRIVING SURVIVORS (DVD) – A documentary about women of Rwanda following the genocide of 1994. A story of determination, resilience and generosity. (2005) (52 mins)

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Fight for True Farming

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FIGHT FOR TRUE FARMING (THE) – Crop and animal farmers in Quebec, the Canadian West, the US Northeast, and France offer solutions to the social and environmental scourges of factory farming. Driven by the forces of globalization, rampant agribusiness is harming the environment and threatening the survival of farms. (English subtitles) (2005) (NFB) (90 mins)

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Bicycle (The): Fighting Aids with Community Medicine

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BICYCLE (THE): FIGHTING AIDS WITH COMMUNITY MEDICINE  -(17 mins) Pax Chingawale pedals his bicycle over 20 km a day visiting his neighbors from house to house. His travels take him to twenty villages, in Zomba District, southern Malawi, Africa. In The Bicycle, director Katerina Cizek chronicles Pax’s journeys as he battles AIDS at the grassroots. Pax is not a doctor or a nurse. He’s a retired government auditor who volunteers with Canada’s Dignitas International, helping create a model for making ARV drugs accessible to the world’s most vulnerable people: those who...

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