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Distinguished Canadians: Rev. James Mutchmor

Distinguished Canadians was a weekly series featuring an interview with an outstanding Canadian. The guests were from a variety of disciplines: science, the arts and humanities, education, politics and religion. Ain Soodor produced the program.

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Throughout the 1960s, Canada's most recognizable crusader against immorality in society was Rev. James Mutchmor. Moderator of the United Church of Canada, Mutchmor was a member of many delegations to the Canadian government, tackling moral and social concerns such as drinking and gambling. Noted for both his wit and capabilities, Mutchmor was frequently seen on Front Page Challenge and Fighting Words as well as CBC News programs. In this 1971 clip from Distinguished Canadians, James Mutchmor talks about his life's work in the church and outside it.

• James Mutchmor was Moderator of the United Church of Canada from 1962 to 1964. He was born in Providence Bay, Ont. in 1892. He died in Toronto in 1980.

• In 1965, he published a memoir, simply entitled, Mutchmor.

• Founded in 1925, The United Church of Canada is Canada's largest Protestant denomination. It's a decentralized organization with the Moderator as its chairperson.

• The United Church is widely considered one of the most socially progressive Canadian churches, advocating for women's rights, promoting peace, supporting same-sex marriage and speaking out for social justice at home and abroad.

Medium: Television
Program: Distinguished Canadians
Broadcast Date: Aug. 21, 1971
Guest(s): James Mutchmor
Interviewer: Vincent Tovell
Duration: 26:43

Last updated: February 2, 2012

Page consulted on November 5, 2014

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