Conference Weekly News - June 16, 2016

Conference Weekly News

June 16, 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 

Prayers of Concern
Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Lois Punton on the death of her mother, Margaret Punton.  Margaret was a long time, former member of Winnipeg Presbytery from North Kildonan United Church.  Lois was a candidate for ministry from Winnipeg Presbytery.  A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at North Kildonan United Church – 174 Pentland St., Winnipeg.

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 June & July

June 15 & 16 - Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice

June 15 - 18 - Pathways to Reconciliation - Pathways

June 18 - Urban Retreats Garden Tour - Garden

June 22 – Mandatory Boundary Issues for Church Leaders Webinar - Boundary

July 10 - 14 - CGIT Camp - CGIT

July 18 - 22 - Social Justice Camp - Camp

July 22 - 24 - Affirm United Annual Conference - Affirm


      New This Week                     Repeat News


The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell

Orlando Shooting


Moderator speaks about the Orlando shooting >> Orlando


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

Rainbow Weeps


 Revised Anniversaries List

Attached please find a revised list of those celebrating significant anniversaries of their admission to the Order of Ministry in the United Church, their commissioning to diaconal ministry, ordination or recognition.  Our apologies to those who were omitted in the previous announcement.  Read more . . .

Salt and Light
is on its way to you!
The new Called to Be the Church Congregational Giving Program, Salt and Light, is on its way to you!  Read more . . .



Affirm United

>> A Statement on the Orlando
hate crime

Repeat News


Urban Retreats Garden Tour
June 18 – rain or shine!
Everyone is invited on Saturday, June 18 from 10:00am-4:00pm (rain or shine), to the Urban Retreats Garden Tour.  This is a self-guided tour of beautiful Wolseley gardens in support of St. Matthew’s-Maryland Community Ministry.  Tickets $15, available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Jensen’s Nursery & Garden Centre, Lacoste Garden Centre or by calling the Community Ministry at 204-774-3957.
As well, a Manitoba Tea and Craft Sale will be held from 11:30am–2:00pm at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 160 Ethelbert St. on June 18.  Garden tour tickets will also be available on June 18 at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church.  For more information, please go to the website
>> St. Matthew's-Maryland 


Social Justice Camp for Ages 13 & 14
St. John’s College, University of Manitoba
July 18-22, 2016

St. John’s College is hosting a social justice camp for young teens (13 and 14 or entering grades eight and nine) this summer, July 18-22.  Each morning will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the College with games, hands-on exploration of the day’s topic, and creative learning. Lunch will be provided through the Daily Bread Café. Most afternoons will include a field trip to explore the day’s topic in an immersion context and the camp day will finish at 4:00 p.m. The week will finish with a trip to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.  Topics explored throughout the week will include indigenous-settler relations, water rights, refugees, housing, poverty, racism, religion, feminism, and LGBT experiences. Each topic will be presented in an engaging, age-appropriate way which encourages students to ask questions and engage their imaginations. In addition to a group of diverse camp staff, students will have the chance to work with several presenters specializing in their field, both at the College and during field trips.  For additional details and registration, please click the attached link or call 204-474-8531 >> Social Justice Camp


From Apology towards Reconciliation
30th Anniversary of the United Church’s Apology to First Nations Peoples

At its November 2015 meeting, General Council Executive endorsed a proposal from the Committee on Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools that the 30th Anniversary of the United Church’s Apology to First Nations people be recognized throughout the church.  In response to this request, the All Native Circle Conference and the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, invites you to attend an event marking the 30th Anniversary of the United Church’s Apology to First Nations Peoples.  Come and hear about the actions leading to an Apology and to once again hear the words of the Apology and response from the Indigenous Church.  Through storytelling and activities we will have an opportunity to reflect on our history.  In light of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we will have an opportunity to envision new possibilities for positive relationship and reconciliation.
When:  Sunday, August 14
            2:00 p.m. ending with Feast at 5:00 p.m.
Where:  Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre (click here for >> directions)

It will be helpful to know if you are planning to attend so we can confirm numbers for the Feast.  Please register on-line >> Registration Form.  If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the feast, there will be a basket available.
Registration Deadline:  Friday, August 5



Upcoming Dates

August 15 - 27 - Changing Leadership for Changing World - Leadership

September 16 – Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice

September 23 - 25 - UNJPPI National Gathering - Gathering

October 20 - 23 - Connections 2016 - Connections


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> May Verses


Augustine's Aboriginal Sunday Event
June 26, 2016
>> Poster
On June 26, Augustine United Church's Faith in the City programme is partnering with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba in a special Aboriginal Sunday worship service and follow-up workshop, featuring Kevin Lamoureux.  Please see the attached promotional poster for details.  This event will offer a great opportunity to learn about what it means to say:  "We are all Treaty People".  Please feel free to invite friends who would be interested.


30 Years after the Apology:
New Video & Worship Materials

To mark the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Apology to First Nations Peoples, the United Church has produced a brief video highlighting the apology and the response.  Read more . . .

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 Materials on the Apology &
the 30th Anniversary Commemoration


Some people have reported difficulties finding materials on the Apology and the 30th Anniversary Commemoration.   The following link includes all the information
>> Apology Materials

>> June 8, 2016 Edition


Connections 2016
The United Church of Canada’s Camping Conference

October 20-23, 2016
>> Poster
Come to rebuild and rethink a more relevant Christian camping presence.  Come be a part of the emerging change and possibilities for the future of United Church Camping!
When: Thursday, October 20 – Sunday, October 23, 2016
Where: Pearce Williams Christian Centre, Fingal, ON
Early Bird Registration – before September 15: $285; after September 15: $325. 

Registration Deadline: October 7
For more information, including presenters, schedule or to register, go to
>> Connections 2016

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Submit a Video From Your Camp!
>> Flyer
Videos will be shown at Connections 2016 and shared on the United Church’s Camping Playlist on YouTube.  Videos may include Campers, Staff, Board members, or Alumni.  For more information, please see the attached flyer.  Deadline for submissions: September 9, 2016. 


GC42 Record of Proceedings 2015 Now Online
The Record of Proceedings of the 42nd General Council 2015 is now available.  Please click here
>> GC42 Record of Proceedings


Important Transitional Matters
Connex Issue 47 May 2016 is now available. It contains important information for treasurers as we transition to the McAteer Group as the coordinator of the member and employer Benefits Centre for the United Church’s pension and benefits plan as of July 1, 2016.
This is especially important for those employers with outstanding premiumsor those employers or individualscurrently receiving invoices for benefits. 

>> Connex Issue 47


2017 Minimum Salaries for Ministry Personnel & Pulpit Supply Rate
The 2017 Minimum Salaries for Ministry Personnel is now available. It reflects a cost of living increase of 1.1% above 2016.  Please note: the reduction in travel rate from $.41/km to $.39/km.  Also note there is a significant change in the 2017 Minimum rate for Visiting Ministry Personnelproviding occasional Sunday worship, program or pastoral services.  The minimum rate for 2017 is $206.00 (based on an eight hour day for category F Cost of Living Group 1 minimum salary for Order of Ministry). This reimbursement rate is not considered an honorarium as it is not consistent with the Canada Revenue Agency’s definition of “voluntary payment”. This
Rate was approved in a meeting of the Sub-Executive of General Council on March 23, 2016. Future increases will be based on the cost of living. This minimum is applicable to ministry personnel (pastoral charges and/or presbyteries set rates for lay leadership). Please click here for the >>2017 Minimum Salary Schedule.
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