Conference Weekly News - November 24, 2016

Conference Weekly News

November 24, 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 . . .

Calendar for November & December

November 16 & 17 - Interim Ministry Refresher Course - Refresher

November 16 & 17 - Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice

November 17 - 19 - Journey Toward an Undivided Life Retreat - Retreat

November 20 - French Language Worship Service - (see info below)

November 25 - LITE's Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast - Breakfast

November 26 - Gaza Calls - Gaza

November 27 - Peter Denton's Book Launch - Launch

December 5 - Taizé Prayer - (see info below)

December 5 - 7 - Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies - Oxford

December 7 - Rev. Karen Toole's Book Launch - (see info below)

December 13 - Returning to Spirit Open House - (see info below)

December 18 - Traditional Lessons & Carols - (see info below)


      New This Week                     New This Week

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog


>> White Privilege: 
The Elephant in the Room


United Church of Canada Pension Fund Divestment from Goldcorp
You may recall that the 2015 Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario Annual Meeting supported a proposal to GC42 that the UCC pension fund divest from Goldcorp.  The following is an update.  Please click here >> Update

Hateful Graffiti Attacks Denounced
The Executive of the General Council strongly denounces the recent incidents of racist graffiti in Ottawa. 
Read more . . .


Gaza Calls
November 26
>> Poster
You are cordially invited to a video conference with several Christian Palestinians in Gaza on Saturday, November 26 at 11:00 a.m. at Sam’s Place (159 Henderson Hwy., Winnipeg).  The United Church of Canada is a co-presenter of this videoconference.  This is a free event; food may be purchased at Sam’s.  Please see the attached poster for more information.  For more information, please contact Joanna Hiebert Bergen at


Taizé Prayer
December 5 - 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend a quiet, candlelit service of chants and silent meditation, with opportunity for the lighting of prayer candles and anointing at Westworth United Church (1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg) on Monday, December 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m.


Open House
December 13 – 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Returning to Spirit has settled into our new office at 1039 Main Street, Winnipeg and are excited by all the new possibilities!  We invite you to join us on December 13, 2016 from 12 pm till 3 pm for our Open House!  Come meet the RTS team of Keepers and Trainers, eat some yummy food, or possibly even win a fantastic door prize.  All are welcome! 


Traditional Lessons & Carols
December 18 - 6:45 p.m.
All are welcome to Lessons and Carols with the Senior and Cherub Choirs and Westworth Winds at Westworth United Church (1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg) on Sunday, December 18 at 6:45 p.m.


Refugee Sponsorship
In 2014, the Conference Justice Global Relations & Public Witness Committee (JGRPW) was tasked with administering a Refugee Fund, gifted to the Conference by Trinity United Church Brandon following the closure of their Refugee Account.   Trinity United generously provided money from their fund to be available to other congregations for their refugee sponsorships.  The JGRPW Committee is pleased to report that ten congregations from this Conference received grants of $1,000.00 each to help in their sponsorship initiatives thanks the generosity of Trinity United Church, Brandon.  (Note: the fund is now depleted)
The JGRPW Committee invited the recipients of these grants to write an article highlighting their experience of sponsorship.  Over the next few weeks, one of these articles will be featured in our Weekly News.
It is the Committee’s hope that these stories will inspire your congregation to consider sponsoring a refugee family.  Or, perhaps you’d like to help replenish the Conference Refugee Fund with a financial donation so other congregations might benefit from a grant.   Cheques are to be made payable to the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario, (1622B St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, MB R2M 3W7) Please mark “Refugee Fund” on your cheque.  Tax deductible receipts will be issued to individuals who make a donation.

>> Article from Dauphin First United Church
>> Article from Knox United Church, Kenora
>> Article from Swan Valley Refugee Committee
>> Article from Pembina Parish Pastoral Charge


Upcoming Dates

January 26 - 29, 2017 - Epiphany Explorations 2017 - Epiphany

February 1 - 10, 2017 - Ministry of Supervision Training - Training

The Month of February, 2017 - Just Read Book Club - Book

April 18-28, 2017 - Come & See Palestine/Israel - Trip

Rev. Karen E. Toole – Launch of Reflections
December 7 – 7:00 p.m.
McNally Robinson

This is a collection of columns (1994-2001) which first appeared on the faith page of the Winnipeg Free Press.  They were meant to be invitations to look again, to pause, to dig deeper, and reflect on the small moments and memories, and big questions; the personal and public events that might be missed.  Thus the invitation to reflect and see in our lives the spirit of meanings and matterings.  In what we name to be ordinary, there is the extraordinary, in the natural the miracle, and in the secular the sacred.


Come and See, 2017
April 18-28, 2017

>> Poster
Come and See, 2017 is an opportunity to travel the beautiful land of Palestine/Israel….experiencing the places where Jesus lived and taught.  Visit the holy sites in Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the Galilee.  Learn about the extraordinary resilience of the Palestinian people living under occupation.  Meet United Church of Canada partners – Jewish, Muslim and Christian, who are working non-violently for peace, justice and human rights.  (Sponsored by British Columbia Conference)  See the poster for further details and how to register.


Affirm United
>> Advent 2016


Four Important Remit Updates Aim to Provide Clarity on the Proposals before the Church
Some new (and some revised) material is available on for pastoral charge boards/councils and presbyteries as they deliberate on the eight remits now before the church.  Read more . . .


Repeat News

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> October Verses

Explorer Project 2017

Looking for young adults seeking to explore their faith and get a hands-on taste of the church elsewhere in Canada! The Explorer Project is a 3-month exchange where young adults, active in the church, can “test their ministry wings.” Participants may be considering but are not required to have intentions of pursuing ministry. For more information, see info poster attached, or contact Shannon McCarthy at and/or Katie VanKoughnet at  Application deadline: November 27th.
>> Explorer Project Information Poster
>> Explorer Project Application Form
Our Conference is also seeking Host Sites for Explorers from other conferences. If you think your church and minister would make a great host for an Explorer, or if you have any questions about what it entails, please contact Shannon McCarthy.



>> November 14, 2016 Edition

 Mauro Centre for Peace & Justice
At St. Paul’s College

>> November, 2016 Edition


Yours, Mine, Ours: Unravelling the Doctrine of Discovery

>> Poster

As many of you know, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called all churches to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery (Call to Action #49). In response, Mennonite Church Canada brought together over 40 Indigenous and Settler authors, artists, and activists to ponder what the Doctrine is, why the Church needs to repudiate such, and how we can ‘put flesh’ on that repudiation. The result is Yours, Mine, Ours: Unravelling the Doctrine of Discovery, a 164 page magazine that will stir conversation and action (study guide included).  If you, your circle, or church community are interested in picking up a copy, please see the attached poster for more information or go click here
>> Yours, Mine, Ours


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