Conference Weekly News - March 3, 2016

Conference Weekly News

March 3, 2016



The Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario website:

Please note: the vacancies in pastoral charges and community ministries are available on the new website under Ministry Personnel: Vacancies 

Help Shape the United Church’s Future
The 42nd General Council made major decisions to transform the structure of The United Church of Canada.  These decisions do not take effect unless the broader church approves through the “remit” process.  The eight remits, with background information about them, are now available at  
Read more . . .


Annual Meeting
There will be no full gathering of the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario in 2016, however, there will be a Retirees Dinner and Celebration of Ministries in Kenora, Ontario, May 28 & 29.  The Retirees Dinner and Speeches will begin at 5:30pm at Knox United Church (116 - 5th Ave. S.), Kenora on Saturday, May 28.  Tickets are available for $20/person from the Conference Office -   The Celebration of Ministries Service will be Sunday morning, May 29, at 10:00am at Knox United Church and all are welcome to attend.
Personnel Minister Sabbatical

Judy Hare, the Conference Personnel Minister, is on sabbatical/extended study leave until March 31, 2016.  For those requiring assistance with various aspects of work relating to students and pastoral relations matters, please click here
>> Contact Information



Calendar for March

February - March 22 - Muslim-Christian Dialogue Lenten Study - Dialogue

March 4 - World Day of Prayer - Prayer

March 6 - 13- Freeze Frame Film Festival - Freeze

March 11 - Going Barefoot Conference at CMU - Barefoot

March 12 - Going Out into the Wild & Letting the Wild in too! - Wild

March 18 - 1JustCity Card Making Workshop - (see info below)

March 18 & 19 - Building Bridges - Bridges


New This Week                New This Week


The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell
Moderator: On Physician-Assisted Dying

The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell offers a Parliamentary Special Joint Committee her reflections on physician-assisted dying. 
Read more . . .


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog


>> Lent/Generations


World Day of Prayer

The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year.  The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, which now includes representatives from 11 church partners, coordinates the World Day of Prayer in Canada.

Attached is the list of the Host Churches for the World Day of Prayer services in Winnipeg and the surrounding area.  All services are on March 4, 2016 except for the downtown service which will be on March 5, 2016.  All are invited to attend these services.
>> World Day of Prayer Services


A Lenten Journey: Going out into the Wild and letting the Wild in too!
Saturday, March 12, 9:15 am – 3 pm, with lunch & coffee provided

>> Poster
St. Mary’s Road United Church, Winnipeg is excited to have Bob Haverluck join us for a special event, where he will share his creative gifts and wisdom. Accompanied by St. Mary's Road's own Chuck Kroeker with music, we will be offering two illustrated dramatic readings from Bob's newest publication, "When God was Flesh and Wild: stories in defense of the Earth."   Please see the attached poster for more information.  Please RSVP if planning to attend – Phil Read or 204-257-0678.


It's Our Birthday!

1JustCity turned one this week, and we're hoping you'd like to celebrate with us. As you know, we are an organization dedicated to the ongoing support of Winnipeg's most under-loved through our outreach ministries, 
-  Oak Table Community Ministry 
-  Northend Stella Community Ministry 
-  St Matthews Maryland Community Ministry 
-  West Broadway Community Ministry
-  Rainbow Ministry. 

Please take a moment to wish us a Happy Birthday with a small donation 
here; or come and make cards with us:


A fabulous card making workshop on Friday March 18th. Come and make handmade cards for the special occasions in your life. $35 gets you pizza, beverage and all your supplies, as well as a helpful facilitator to help you go home with some great cards.


Sign up by email at or call 204-416-2240 to register!

Chasing the Spirit Renaming Contest
Chasing the Spirit, the church’s new initiative which will support new ministries, ministry renewal and new forms of ministry, needs a new name.  The name Chasing the Spirit was first introduced in the report of the Comprehensive Review Task Group.  It was meant to be temporary.  What name would you use for a program that is designed to be innovative, Spirit-filled, broad-reaching, renewing, exciting, and so much more?  Read more . . .

Israel and Palestine Workshops

The United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel is sponsoring a traveling 2 hour workshop to help your congregation understand the conflict in Israel and Palestine and learn how to take action towards a just peace for both peoples.  A great opportunity to engage your congregation in meaningful justice work!  Sign up now for Manitoba workshop dates the week of April 1-7. 
Read more . . .


Building Bridges
March 18 & 19
>> Poster
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called all Canadian churches to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  But what does that mean?  And how might it gift and challenge our relationships?  Join us for 1 or 2 days of conversation as guest teachers Stan McKay and Jennifer Preston share what the Declaration is and why it is “good news.”  Everyone is Welcome!  Please see the poster for more information.




Project Peacemakers


>> February 25, 2016 Edition

Centre for Christian Studies

>> February 26, 2016 Edition

World Communion of Reformed Churches


>> February, 2016 Edition



Upcoming Dates

April 15 - Seeds of Hope Grant Application Deadline - Seeds

April 29 - Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry Workshop - Workshop

May 9 - 13 - Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry - DUIM

May 13 - 15 - Weekend Events with Barbara McAfee - Barbara

July 10 - 14 - CGIT Camp - CGIT

Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Workshop
Friday, April 29  4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Road United Church, Winnipeg

>> Poster
>> Brochure
In this time of transformation how shall we respond?  You are invited to explore this moment through a lens of gratitude and abundance, a lens called Appreciative Inquiry.  Attend a Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Workshop, brought to you by Winnipeg Presbytery and the E-Ministries Team, open to all ministries in the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.  Enrollment is limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  Registration includes dinner as well as the core text.   Cost: Individual-$65; Team of 2-$110; Team of 3+-$45/person.  To register online, please click here
>> AI Workshop Registration


Changes to UCRD’s Distribution Agreement
UCRDstore will continue to operate as usual, with no changes directly affecting the customer. But there is an administrative change behind the scenes.  Read more . . .

Know Your Neighbour Campaign
Make Poverty History is asking churches across Manitoba to participate in our Provincial election Campaign. It is a non-partisan campaign that is seeking to make poverty a key issue in the upcoming election.  Read more . . .


Repeat News

The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell
Moderator: Upholding Democratic Rights

Moderator urges Prime Minister Trudeau to protect non-violent actions for just peace.  Read more . . .


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> Lenten Collection


Freeze Frame International Film Festival
For Kids of all Ages

>> Poster
Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year! The Festival takes place March 6 – 13 with the presentation of feature films, documentaries and short films from eleven countries as well as workshops, contests, hands-on events and the participation of special guests.
 In recognition of the on-going plight of refugees worldwide, Freeze Frame this year presents three films that shine a spotlight on refugees and immigrants. Bekas, the Festival’s opening night film, is a dramatic account of events from Kurdish director Karzan Kader’s own childhood in Iraq. Audience members will be invited to make a donation that will benefit non-profit Manitoba organizations assisting refugees and immigrants in the Province. The Opening Night celebration is a free event which begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 6 at CCFM, 340 Provencher. Please visit us online for a full calendar of events
>> Website


Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report
 A number of St. James-Assiniboia churches are hosting the following sessions for the community “to learn and engage the TRC report and participate in the reconciliation and healing process with the nations and individuals harmed by the residential school system”.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Read more . . .


Invitation from the General Council Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools

Attached is an invitation to consider from the General Council Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools.  Even though the poster invites Keewatin and Winnipeg Presbyteries, it is open to anyone who is interested.  Registration is first come, first served as space is limited. 
Read more . . .


The United Centre for Theological Studies
>> February, 2016 Edition

Mauro Centre for Peace & Justice at St. Paul's College

>> February, 2016 Edition

>> February 25, 2016 Edition


Important Message from Project Peacemakers
After 33 years of work for peace, and after many hours of deliberation, the previous and interim boards of Project Peacemakers have determined that the project cannot continue.  The reasons are many. 
Read more . . .
Project Peacemakers asks that you consider directing your passion for supporting peace-making to another group, such as Peace Alliance Winnipeg.  Project Peacemakers has worked with Peace Alliance for many years, and they are good workers for peace, as you will see from the attached letter.
>> Peace Alliance Letter
Also, please mark Saturday, May 7 on your calendar as Project Peacemakers will be having a party, perhaps a grand pot-luck, where we can tell stories, share memories and celebrate 33 years of working for peace and justice!

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