Conference Weekly News - September 8, 2016

Conference Weekly News

September 8, 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 family and friends of Marion Galloway who died August 27, 2016.  A Memorial Service was held at McKenzie United Church, Portage la Prairie on August 31, 2016.  Marion was a past member of Agassiz Presbytery representing McKenzie United Church for several years.

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


      New This Week                     New This Week


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 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 . . .


Upcoming Dates

October 2 - Fred Douglas Gardens Open House - Open House

October 17 - 19 - Ministry of Church Office Workers Retreat - (see info above)

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

Pre-Retirement Seminars
A reminder to those contemplating retirement in the coming year that there are pre-retirement seminars offered online by the Pensions Department through United In Learning. The next scheduled webinar is October 25, 2016. To register, click here >> Seminars


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

>> Poster
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 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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