Conference Weekly News - September 15, 2016

Conference Weekly News

September 15, 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 

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

September 16 – Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice

September 18 - Art from the Attic - Art Sale

September 20 - Advent Peace Box Worship & Study Webinar - Webinar

September 23 - 25 - UNJPPI National Gathering - Gathering

September 28 - Remit 6 Webinar - Webinar

      New This Week                     New This Week


Art from the Attic Sale
In support of Grands ‘N’ More Winnipeg
Sunday, September 18

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Are you looking for the perfect pictures for your new home, or apartment or office?  The place to be is at the Art From The Attic sale being held Sunday, September 18, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Corydon Community Centre (Crescentwood location), 1170 Corydon Ave.  This sale of 1500 pieces of previously owned art is a fundraiser of Grands ‘N’ More Winnipeg in support of grandmothers in sub Saharan Africa caring for the millions of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.  Free admission.


The Advent Peace Box in Worship and Study
United in Learning Webinar
September 20

The familiar Advent lectionary texts, and themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love are given new life and relevance when explored from the perspective of the struggle for a just peace in the birth place of Jesus. Find out how you can bring this into your faith community's life through the Advent Peace Box, an entry level resource of the United Church’s Unsettling Good’s Campaign.  Read more . . .


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

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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 . . .


Upcoming Dates

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 25 - Pre-Retirement Seminar - Retirement

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

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

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 . . . 


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.


Repeat News

Moderator:  Concern for Saskatchewan Indigenous Peoples
On August 23, Moderator Jordan Cantwell wrote to Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (formerly the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations) regarding events affecting Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan. The Moderator expressed her and The United Church’s prayerful concern for Colten Boushie’s family and community, and all those affected by the recent oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River.  Read more . . .

United Church Archives
The United Church Archives, located at the University of Winnipeg, is looking for a part-time Archives Assistant to: help researchers; conduct archival research; and process archival collections related to the United Church of Canada.  Deadline for Applications:  September 16, 2016.  For the job posting, please click here
>> Job Posting


Circles for Reconciliation
You are invited to consider joining “Circles for Reconciliation”.  The aim of Circles for Reconciliation is to establish trusting, meaningful relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples as part of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The means to achieve this will be the establishment of small grassroots gatherings of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples in discussion circles. Each group will meet weekly or biweekly for ten gatherings. The participants will sit in circle, providing greater opportunities for consensus and respectful of traditional Indigenous values and customs. Themes are being developed for the gatherings.  There is no cost to participate, only a common interest in working toward truth and reconciliation and equality of opportunity for Indigenous people.  Individuals as well as schools, colleges and universities, faith groups, corporations, service clubs and others are invited to participate.

For further information, please click here >> Circles for Reconciliation.  For a list of community endorsements for this project, please click here >> Endorsements.


Refuge, Setbacks, Hope: Ecuador Five Months after the Quake
United Church people have demonstrated their faithfulness and compassion by contributing donations totalling over $27,000 to support recovery and rehabilitation programs on the ground in Ecuador. On behalf of the ACT Alliance and its implementing partners—thank you!  Read more . . .

Hunger Free Manitoba
Please join the Multifaith Initiative for a “Hunger Free Manitoba”.  Over the summer, nine faith groups have gathered to discern how they might work together to address hunger in Manitoba.  The month of October has been chosen to increase public awareness and to advocate around specific policy issues.  Hunger Free Manitoba is working collaboratively with Make Poverty History Manitoba and Winnipeg Harvest.  Further information is available on their website >> Hunger Free MB Website, and also in the Hunger Free Manitoba Letter >> Letter and Activities >> Activities documents.  There are various ways in which churches and faith communities can respond.  Please consider this as your opportunity to become engaged in this important initiative.

The Fred Douglas Gardens
Open House

Sunday, October 2
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

You are invited to an Open House on Sunday, October 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., to hear about the Fred Douglas Gardens, which is an affordable, non-profit life lease seniors’ rental housing project that is coming soon.  The Open House will be held in the Fred Douglas Lodge, 1275 Burrows Ave., Winnipeg.  There will be a brief presentation as well as a time to answer your questions on any aspect of this developing project. 
Read more . . .


Centre for Christian Studies
>> August 26, 2016 Edition

World Communion of Reformed Churches
>> August, 2016 Edition


The Journey Toward an Undivided Life:
Open-Hearted on the Broken Head River

November 17-19
Everyone is invited to a Courage & Renewal® retreat which will be a spacious and generous time to renew heart, mind and spirit.  In large group, small group, and solitary activities, we will explore our inner journeys through listening and speaking, journaling, reflection and storytelling.  This cross-professional retreat will be of particular interest to those in health care, social service, ministry, education, and non-profit work, but is open to everyone.  Registration deadline: November 5.  Read more . . .


Epiphany Explorations 2017
January 26-29, 2017
Victoria, BC
Registration is now open for Epiphany Explorations 2017.  Four days of learning, laughter and music characterize Epiphany Explorations.  Lay and clergy participants in the conference describe it as a highlight of their faith journey each year.  The lineup of speakers include: Dr. William P. Brown, Dr. Janet Storch, The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell, Melanie Mark, Guy Dauncey, Tom Attig, Lois Wilson, Megan Rohrer and Tom Axworthy. 
Read more . . .


Online Marriage Preparation Program
MarriageWorks is a new self-paced, fully online marriage preparation program.  Using video, audio, downloadable worksheets, individual and couple exercises and guest interviews with experts in the areas of parenting and finances, couples can work at this workshop together from wherever they are, whenever they like and for as long as they want to once they register.  (Certificates will be available upon completion of entire course if needed).  Click here for the direct link to see the curriculum outline, a promotional video and to register >> MarriageWorks.   For more information, please contact


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