Conference Weekly News - September 22, 2016

Conference Weekly News

September 22, 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
We extend our thoughts and prayers to the Rev. David Silliman and family on the death of his mother, Sylvia, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of "almost 101 years old".  A celebration of her life will be held October 15 at New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville, MN.  David is retired Ministry Personnel on the roll of Cambrian Presbytery.  Messages to the family may be posted here >> Messages

Staffing Changes

Please see the attached letter from Shannon McCarthy, Executive Secretary of the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario, regarding staffing changes that will be taking place effective September 1, 2016.  Read more . . .

Website Posting of Minutes and Decisions

Please see the attached memo from Shannon McCarthy, Executive Secretary of the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario, highlighting a change in The Manual 2016 regarding how church courts post and distribute minutes.  Read more . . .

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 September & October

September 23 - 25 - UNJPPI National Gathering - Gathering

September 26 - Music United Webinar - Webinar

September 28 - Remit 6 Webinar - Webinar

September 29 - Just Read Book Club - Book Club

September 30 - Oak Table Fall Luncheon - (see info below)

October 1 - Walk a Mile In My Shoes - Mile

October 1 - Walking Together - Reconciliation Journey - Journey

October 2 - Fred Douglas Gardens Open House - Open House

October 14-16 - Churches Responding to TRC Calls to Action - Action

October 15 - 2016 Seeds of Hope Grant Deadline - Seeds of Hope

October 17 - Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Online Training - Training

October 17 - 19 - Ministry of Church Office Workers Retreat

October 20 - 23 - Connections 2016 - Connections

October 21 - 23 - ALF 2016 (Carman, MB) - ALF 2016

October 24 - 28 - Treaties Learning Circle - (see info below)

October 25 - Pre-Retirement Seminar - Retirement


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Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> Poetry: In the Garden

EDGE presents a Free Music United Webinar Event
September 26
This webinar is for worship leaders and musicians.  Join panel volunteers involved in both music ministry and the ministry of word and sacrament as they explore issues, resolutions and healthy relationship pointers during this open discussion.  This is a space to bring questions and wonderings, as we explore what it means to be in co-leadership.  Read more . . .


Oak Table Fall Luncheon
Friday, September 30
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 11:30 a.m.)

You're invited to come and enjoy a scrumptious lunch, good fellowship and hear guests and volunteers describe the special community we enjoy at Oak Table Community Ministry on Friday, September 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Charleswood United Church (4820 Roblin Blvd, Winnipeg).  It will include: gift Card Auction, Soup & Cookie Jar Bar......and much more!  Tickets $30 - tax receipt $20.  For tickets, please contact Cindy at 204-885-8599 or

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Walk A Mile In My Shoes
Saturday, October 1
"Walk a Mile in My Shoes" will take place Saturday, October 1st from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and is an educational event as well as a fundraiser. It has been said that to understand someone, you must walk a mile in their shoes. This event is designed to give participants a snapshot of what it's like to live in poverty, particularly with some of the issues individuals and families face to make ends meet.  To read more and to register, please click here >> Walk

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A Just Read Book Club with Margerit Roger 

Wednesday mornings all February 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

This book group will be discussing Michael J. Sandel's book, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. We'll see from Sandel's examples where markets and morals bump into each other, and explore some provocative situations that reveal the kinds of things that have become commericalized around the globe.  
Did you know that in some countries you can purchase the services of someone to make an apology for you? Or, that in some places you can hire a homeless person to stand in line for you? But where do we draw the line?  Sandel poses these and other interesting questions that give us pause to consider the kind of society we want. All proceeds from this book club are donated to 1JustCity, you'll also get to relate what you read to the work you help us do! 
Register Here NOW!

ALF 2016

A Youth Event for Grades 7 to 12
October 21-23
At Crossroads United Church in
Carman, Manitoba
On-line Registration – Click here

Registration Deadline -
Friday, October 7

Questions?  Contact the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario office at   


Volunteer Opportunities
There are currently two very interesting opportunities for international travel with The United Church of Canada. One is seeking young adults (aged 18-30), the other Mission and Service Enthusiasts. Please spread the word through your networks and encourage those individuals that you think would be a good match for one of these.  Read more . . .

Treaties Learning Circle at the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre

October 24-28


Treaties are sacred covenants between sovereign nations and are the foundation for meaningful relationships that foster the well-being of all peoples. They are the basis of a familial relationship consisting of mutual and ongoing caring and sharing arrangements between family members and before Creator. Join us as we talk about treaties and cultural histories relating to missions and the fur trade, with Stan McKay and elder Andrew Wesley.


The Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre is an Aboriginal Theological and Ministry Training Program of the United Church of Canada located in Beausejour Manitoba. To find out more about taking part in a Learning Circle here, visit, or contact 204-268-3913 /


A Launch Pad for New Ideas in the United Church
Embracing the Spirit (formerly known as Chasing the Spirit) is a new learning network and innovation fund to help spur innovation across the entire United Church of Canada.  Want to learn about new ideas or start brainstorming? There are resources and events that spur innovation.  Have an idea but not sure if the idea is going to fly? Why not try it? Innovation Grants are all about experimenting. Embracing the Spirit understands not every idea will succeed but should still be given the chance. 
Read more . . .


Seeking Responses to Study on United Church–Hindu Relations
The United Church invites feedback on the Honouring the Divine in Each Other interfaith study, to contribute to a proposed General Council statement on United Church–Hindu relations. 
Read more . . .


Interim Ministry Refresher Course
November 16 & 17

Hamilton Conference is hosting a 2-day Interim Ministry Refresher Course on November 16 and 17.  If your Interim Ministry training talked about “Developmental Tasks”, this is the update you’ve been wanting.  Registration Deadline: November 4, 2016.
 Read more . . .


November 6
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to JUST Christmas on Sunday, November 6 from 1:30-4:00 p.m. at Immanuel United Church (755 Golspie St., Winnipeg).  JUST Christmas brings together fair trade and ethical vendors and organizations supporting a more just and equitable economic system. Just Christmas is a cooperative justice project of the United Churches of North-East Winnipeg. 


Ministry of Supervision Training 
Ministry of Supervision Training is being planned by the three prairie conferences for February, 2017. The training will take place from noon on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 ending at noon on Friday, February 10, 2017 at St. Michael’s Retreat and Conference Centre in Lumsden, Saskatchewan. Ministry of Supervision Training is open to both lay people and Ministry Personnel who are interested in being Educational Supervisors for those in the ordained stream or designated lay ministry stream programs in their Supervised Ministry Education/ Learning Sites. A brochure and registration form will be available later this month with registration due by mid-November, 2016.This course is a residential event. Individual Learning Grant from the Conference of MNWO and financial assistance through Conference Internship & Educational Supervision Committee (CIES) may be available to offset some of the costs. For further information contact the Conference Personnel Minister, Judy Hare at or 204-233-8911 ext.228.

Westminster Concert Organ Series

October 2


Westminster Concert Organ Series, Westminster at Maryland presents Sarah Svendsen performing on the four manual Casavant Organ on Sunday October 2 at 2:30 PM.  Tickets available at McNally or at the door.


Upcoming Dates

November 6 - Just Christmas - Christmas

November 16 & 17 - Interim Ministry Refresher Course - Refresher

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

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

February 1 - 10, 2017 - Ministry of Supervision Training - (see info above)

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

Retirement Process
If you are Ministry Personnel contemplating retirement in the current pastoral year (from now until June 30, 2017), attached is more information about the various steps required to do so.  Read more . . .

Remit 6: One Order of Ministry Webinar
September 28

A free online interactive webinar discussing matters related to Remit 6: One Order of Ministry is being offered by United-In-Learning on September 28, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The webinar will discuss the suggestion that the current streams of ministry be combined into one. It will discuss what might be lost or gained with that move and highlight the key points that presbyteries and pastoral charges should consider when voting on this Remit # 6.  There are opportunities for questions. Technology required to participate includes a computer with highspeed internet and a telephone line.
Pre-Registration is necessary and available online, please click here >> Pre-Registration
A copy of the remit document is available online >> Remit #6
A five page study guide is available online >> Remit #6 Study Guide

Putting Some Salt and Light Into Your Congregational Giving Program
Whether you’re just starting out with a congregational giving program, interested in trying some new ideas, or ready to take it to the next level, Called to Be the Church: Salt and Light is your set of resources! 
Read more . . .

Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Online Training
October 17 

Do you feel called to assist with or help provide worship leadership within your congregation and perhaps beyond? Are you open to being equipped for this ministry? Perhaps you should explore becoming a Licensed Lay Worship Leader. Licensed Lay Worship leader is a lay member of the United Church of Canada, in good standing, who has been recommended by the governing body of their pastoral charge, duly educated, and licensed by their presbytery to offer occasional worship leadership and preaching within the bounds of presbytery. Each presbytery determines the training that it will recognize and in the past that training in the prairie Conferences has been held at or through Calling Lakes Center. Cambrian Presbytery has developed an online training option for Licensed Lay Worship Leaders and has made it available to the wider church through United-In-Learning. The introductory webinar is to be held on October 11, 2016 with the first module taking place on October 17, 2016.  For further details about the program, the registration requirements and costs, read more . . .

Education Opportunity for Young Clergy
A Courage to Lead Renewal and Retreat opportunity based on the work of Parker J. Palmer is being offered for clergy under the age of forty over a six month period from January – June, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Registration deadline is October 01, 2016.
Read more . . .

Student Debt Survey
Extended Deadline
During the summer Bronwyn Corlett, Program Coordinator, Ministry Recruitment with the Ministry & Employment Unit posted a survey on Student Debt doing research mandated by General Council 42.  An invitation to complete this survey was included in the MNWO Conference Weekly News on several occasions.  Nationally there was what they considered an excellent response - a total of 328 responses. Twenty percent of those responses came from people currently in the process. There were also a high percentage of people in their first 10 years of ministry. Our Conference, however, was among six Conferences where the response was low.  For that reason the survey has been reposted >> Student Debt Survey.
Thank you for taking some time to share your experience and information on this matter so that challenges can be identified and appropriately addressed in the future.


Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc.'s
Host Matching Program

>> Poster
The Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc.’s new Host Matching Program matches newly arrived refugees with Canadians who volunteer as hosts to provide friendship in form of emotional and social support to refugees during the time they are adjusted and adapting to life in Canada.  If you would like to become involved or have any questions, please feel free to contact the Maysoun Darweesh, Host Matching Specialist, Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. at 204-977-1000 or


Mauro Centre for Peace & Justice
at St. Paul’s College
>> September 2016 Edition

Affirm United
>> September, 2016 Edition

>> September 15, 2016 Edition


United in Learning Opportunities
>> United in Learning Newsletter
This newsletter contains information about two new "live" events. Scroll down for information about a program with Rafeef Ziadah, an acclaimed Palestinian refugee poet and human rights activist on Sept 20, and a program about Physician assisted death with Rob Oliphant MP on Oct 13.

2016 Seeds of Hope
Deadline Approaching
The 2016 Seeds of Hope granting cycle is open for applications.  Applications are due by 8 PM Eastern on October 15, 2016. Please note that our fall granting cycle will only provide grants for innovative seniors ministry and lectureships or learning events inside Ontario. Submissions by email is preferredRead more . . .


Living Out the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Moderator Jordan Cantwell has written to all members of and communities of faith in The United Church of Canada encouraging their thoughts, prayer, and action in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Read more . . .

Churches Responding to TRC Calls to Action
October 14-16
Saskatoon, SK

This October 14-16 an amazing group is coming together in Saskatoon to explore how Canadian churches can and need to respond to the TRC Calls to Action (specifically #48 and #49). Mark MacDonald, Leah ProudLakota Gazan and Adrian Jacobs are three of the fantastic resource people for this event. Registration deadline is Sept 23. Spaces are limited, so sign up!  Read more . . .


Cambrian Agassiz Kairos 2016 Gathering & AGM
‘Walking Together – the Reconciliation Journey’
October 1

Everyone is invited to attend ‘Walking Together – the Reconciliation Journey’ on October 1, 2016 at St. Stephen’s & St. Bede’s Church, 99 Turner Ave., Winnipeg.  Read more . . . 



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