Conference Weekly News - October 29, 2015

Conference Weekly News

October 29, 2015


The Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario website:

Please note: the vacancies in pastoral charges and community ministries are NO LONGER posted on the old website but are available on the new website under Ministry Personnel: Vacancies 
Calendar for October & November

October 29 - The Pope, The Planet, and Politics Lecture - Lecture

October 30 - Boundaries Online Webinar - Boundaries

October 31 - Courageous Conversations - Conversations

November 1 - Next Steps for Reconciliation - Steps

November 3-4 - Opening Ceremonies - National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation - Ceremonies

November 6 & 7 - Kairos National Gathering in Winnipeg - (see info below)

November 7 - Workshop on Human Trafficking - Trafficking

November 13-14 - Stewardship is a Way of Life Workshop - Stewardship

November 15 - Just Christmas - Just Sustainable Shopping - Shopping

November 18 - Fellowship of the Least Coin Ingathering - Ingathering

November 18 & 19 - Racial Justice Online Webinar - Racial

November 20 - Explorer Project Application Deadline - (see info below)

November 20-21 - Intercultural Worship Program - Intercultural

November 21 - Peace and Justice Gathering - Gathering

November 25 - Grands 'n' More Winnipeg Ask Her Talks - Talks


New This Week                Repeat News


The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell to Speak in Winnipeg November 1

>> Poster
Our Moderator, the Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell is coming to Winnipeg this weekend and you are invited to attend an ecumenical gathering with her this Sunday evening (November 1), 7:00-9:00 pm at Westworth United Church (1750 Grosvenor Ave., Winnipeg).  She will be speaking about the churches’ response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and we will brainstorm further responses following her speech.  She will also be preaching at Westworth United Church on Sunday morning at 11:00 am on the same topic, followed by a talk back after the service to which everyone is invited and asked to bring your own bag lunch. 

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard's Blog

>> Remembering

  Stewardship is a Way of Life Workshop

November 13-14

OCTOBER 30, 2015

Everyone is invited to attend a special Stewardship Workshop being held on November 13 and 14 at Westworth United Church (1750 Grosvenor Ave., Winnipeg).  
  • Learn to tell your story through narrative budgets
  • Adopt stewardship in worship, learning and serving
  • Complete the circle of stewardship with thanksgiving

Sessions will include: Church Treasurer 101; Year-Round Stewardship; The Narrative Budget; Giving as a Spiritual Practice.

Sessions will be led by:

  • Stan McKay, Cree Elder, Fisher River First Nation and past Moderator of the United Church
  • Kathryn Hofley, Financial Development Officer
  • Susan Graham Walker, Manager of Congregational Giving & Stewardship
  • Eleanor Geib, retired United Church Minister, Minister Emeritus at Westworth United Church
  • Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Minister at Westworth United Church, researcher on the history of United Church missions
  • Bill Gillis, former staff of Conference of MNWO, past-treasurer of his congregation
>> Brochure

The registration fee starts low and gets lower as your team gets larger!  So, bring a crowd!

The Brochure contains the Mail-in Registration Form or
Register online here
Registration Form


Mexico and Hurricane Patricia: Call for Prayers
We join in prayer for the people of Mexico affected by the passage of Hurricane Patricia (downgraded to a tropical storm as of October 24). People in coastal and mountain communities will continue to face the risk of floods and landslides in coming days.  Read more . . . 

January 8-10, 2016

The Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario is hosting a Young Adult Retreat for those ages 18-30. The event will take place January 8-10th at Selkirk United Church in Selkirk. Registration costs $50, and can be done online here >> Registration Form.

If there are any questions, please contact Joey Dearborn at
, or at 204-981-0310.  

Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Directory

The Directory Page on the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario website is now operational.  Please check your information and inform us of any errors at  Please keep in mind this is a work in progress.  Thank you.

>> Conference Website


Courageous Conversations
>> Poster
"Courageous Conversations" are ongoing events that seek to explore, celebrate and honour the fact that we are all Treaty People. But that requires understanding and understanding requires dialogue and an openness to learn. Everyone is invited to the next event on Saturday, October 31 from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. at St. Mary’s Road United Church (613 St. Mary’s Rd., Winnipeg) featuring Deb Anderson-Pratt.  Deb is a student with All Native Circle Conference, is a mother of five, a grandmother to twenty-one, a Cree/Saulteaux Woman and a Christian.  Like our other events there will be a time of sharing and feasting and will begin with a smudge for those who are interested.   For more information, please see the attached poster.


National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
University of Manitoba
Everyone is invited to the Official Opening Ceremonies and activities of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – November 3 & 4, 2015.  Read more . . .


Peace and Justice Gathering
November 21, 2015
>> Urgent Message from Board Chair, Dianne Cooper

>> Invitation to Event – November 21, 2015
Project Peacemakers would like to invite you to come and meet with members from local peace and justice organizations on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Westminster United Church (745 Westminster Ave., 2nd floor).  Please take the time to read the attached urgent message from Board Chair, Dianne Cooper, and then have a look at the invitation for your participation at an exciting event on November 21, 2015.  If you plan to attend the event please remember to RSVP before November 9, 2015.


United Church Signs Statement on Corporate Climate Lobbying

The United Church of Canada has signed a recently launched public statement setting out Investor Expectations on Corporate Climate Lobbying.  Read more . . .

A Call to Pray for Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine


The World Council of Churches (WCC), of which the United Church is a member, has expressed deep concern over the renewed wave of violence in Jerusalem in recent weeks.  Read more . . .


Advent Peace Box


For information about the Advent Peace Box and to place an order, please click here >> Advent Peace Box.

The United Church of Canada Archives
The United Church of Canada Archives includes the General Council Archives and the Central Ontario Conferences Archives serving Bay of Quinte, Hamilton, London, Manitou, and Toronto Conferences. 
Read more . . .


Celebrate Advent with Advent Unwrapped
Join us on the Advent Unwrapped website for engaging Advent tools and resources for people of all ages.  Read more . . .

Intercultural Ministries Events and Opportunities
The upcoming months are rich in events and opportunities involving intercultural ministries, and we thought we’d let you know about some upcoming opportunities to connect and share with others around your intercultural work.  Read more . . . 

Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry, Saskatoon
The Canadian Churches’ Forum is offering Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry, an interactive and engaging program with practical ideas for implementation.  Read more . . .

About Responsible Investment


For an overview of responsible investment and what it means for the United Church, please read more . . .



Project Peacemakers

>> October 23, 2015 Edition

 Centre for Christian Studies


>> October 26, 2015 Edition

University of Winnipeg

The United Centre for Theological Studies

>> October, 2015 Edition


Upcoming Dates

January 8-10, 2016 - Conf. of MNWO Young Adult Retreat in Selkirk - YAR

January 25-29, 2016 - Intercultural Program in Saskatoon - Intercultural

The Explorer Project 2016

What is the Explorer Project?  Sparked by conversations about recruitment for future ministry leadership, in 2015 the Toronto Conference created a new initiative to invite young adults into an adventure in another partnering Conference.  Host sites in the partnering Conference would offer an exciting experience of contemporary church identity, mission and ministry.
In 2015, three young women (ages 21, 19, 19) became Explorers: 
- Katie Van Koughnet from Carman United Church, MB, went to Trinity United Church, Mount Pearl in Newfoundland and Labrador Conference, from May-August.
- An Explorer from Grace United Church in Springdale, NL, went to Trinity Centennial in Rosemont, ON for the months of May, June and July.
- An Explorer from Wesley-Knox United Church, London Conference, went to the site provided by Knox United, Fort Frances and the Emo-Devlin Pastoral Charge (including involvement in Rainy River/Stratton). 
All Explorers report that the experience has deepened their sense of commitment to, and involvement within, the United Church of Canada. 
The Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, British Columbia Conference, London Conference and Newfoundland and Labrador Conferences have joined the Toronto Conference in the Project for the summer of 2016 and will share in providing the necessary financial resources.  The Project hopes to offer this opportunity to up to eight Explorers.
For more information, please see the attached information >> The Explorer Project

For the application form, please click here >> Explorer Project Application Form
Applications may be submitted to the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario office at  Application Deadline: November 20, 2015

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard's Blog

>> Camelot 


Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road Petition

Friends of Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road invite you to sign a Petition, respectfully asking His Worship Mayor Brian Bowman and all Winnipeg City Councillors
to commit to construction of Freedom Road.   An official announcement of federal funds for the construction of Freedom Road is expected soon and at the Provincial level, the Province of Manitoba is taking creative, proactive steps in concert with Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to ensure the project will go ahead upon completion of the road design.  This is your opportunity to make your support known.

>> Petition 

Next Steps for Reconciliation
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to attend ‘Next Steps for Reconciliation’ on Sunday, November 1st at 6:00 p.m. at Knox United Church (18th St. & Victoria Av., Brandon).  It will be a time to learn about the experiences of Susan McPherson-Derendy and Debby Dandy in Ottawa this past June as part of the powerful conversation on right relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  A soup and bannock feast will begin the evening.  Please see the poster for more information.  RSVP: Knox United Church at 204-727-6975.

KAIROS invites you to its National Gathering in Winnipeg, Nov 6 & 7!

On Friday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m., come be hosts of Indigenous youth at Meet Me @ The Bell Tower (470 Selkirk Ave).

On Saturday, Nov. 7th, you are invited to Reconciliation From The Heart at the Thunderbird House (715 Main St. at Higgins) 2:00-4:30 p.m. Manitoba Treaty Commissioner Jamie Wilson, Ko'ona Cochrane, founder of Moon Voices and K.C. Adams, artist and photographer will share their wisdom, passion, experience and stories along with what they think needs to happen on Canada's reconciliation journey with Indigenous Canadians. All are welcome!   Please click here for the poster >> Poster.

Syria Refugee Appeal
The United Church of Canada is deeply concerned for the more than 6 million people who are now internal or external refugees, displaced by the fighting in Syria. As the numbers of refugees increase, the United Church has been asked to help. On September 5, 2013, the church launched an emergency appeal for donations that will be directed to our partners on the ground. The appeal was reissued on September 11, 2015.  Read more . . .

Historic Full Communion Agreement Signed
Representatives of The United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ (USA) recently gathered in Niagara Falls, Ontario, to sign a Full Communion Agreement. 
Read more . . .

Worship by Theme
For worship resources for different themes and occasions, read more . . .

50 Minute Retreat

The next 50 Minute Retreat: "Listening Deeply" is Wednesday October 28th at noon Eastern Time.
  Read more . . .

ACT Palestine Forum on Violence in Palestine and Israel
The ACT Palestine Forum, of which the United Church is a member, condemns the violence and mourns the loss of life and human suffering in Palestine and Israel in October 2015.  Read more . . .

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Refugee Sponsorship
For answers to frequently asked questions regarding refugee sponsorship, please click here >> Sponsorship.

Ask Her Talks

>> Poster

Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg with the Stephen Lewis Foundation is pleased to announce the upcoming ASK HER TALKS taking place on Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00pm at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre (The Met, 281 Donald St., Winnipeg).  The 2015 Ask Her Talks with feature an all-new slate of expert, African women challenging our understanding of how philanthropy can truly improve the human condition.  Tickets are $20 and are available at McNally Robinson Bookstore as well as online at the Stephen Lewis Foundation website.


CCS Loose Threads
>> October 21, 2015 Edition


Infopac is a collaborative national office mailing forwarded three times per year. It is a primary means of communication in the United Church.  Read more . . .

Westminster Concert Organ Series

The Westminster Concert Organ Series presents Ben Sheen, one of the UK’s brightest young organists, performing on the magnificent four-manual Casavant Frères pipe organ with new copper horizontal trumpets. Ben began his musical career at 10 years of age, playing the organ at St. Paul’s Cathedral. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he completed his Masters of Music degree at Juilliard. See Ben Sheen on Sunday, November 1st at 2-30 p.m.  Tickets $25, Seniors $20, Students $10. 

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