Conference Weekly News - June 29, 2016

Conference Weekly News

June 29, 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 

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 July

July 9 - Steinbach Pride Parade - Steinbach

July 10 - 14 - CGIT Camp - CGIT

July 18 - 22 - Social Justice Camp - Camp

July 23 - Torch of Dignity Relay - Relay

July 22 - 24 - Affirm United Annual Conference - Affirm


      New This Week                     New This Week


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> Steinbach

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


More Answers about Remits
Three important updates have been made to the resource material for the eight remits now being voted on by pastoral charge boards and presbyteries. 
Read more . . .



Centre for Christian Studies


>> June 26, 2016 Edition


Inspire, Ask, and Thank with Salt & Light!

Get ready—our new 2016/17 congregational giving resource, Called to Be the Church: Salt and Light, should have arrived! (A copy was sent to ministry personnel in every congregation.)
We listened to what people told us about Called to Be the Church and used it to develop a new and improved program for 2016-2017 that will take it to the next level. This new Congregational Giving Program gives you everything you need to enliven generosity and giving. 
Read more . . .


Upcoming Dates

August 14 - From Apology Towards Reconciliation - (see info above)

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

September 16 – Mandatory Racial Justice Webinar - Justice

September 23 - 25 - UNJPPI National Gathering - Gathering

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

October 20 - 23 - Connections 2016 - Connections


48 New Grants and Awards!
It is with immense gratitude to all our donors that we announce 48 grants, scholarships and academic awards totalling $704,225.  These grants and awards represent the dedication, innovation, and spirit-filled work of so many people across our church.

Congratulations to all grant and award recipients.  We look forward to hearing about your work as it progresses. 
Read more . . .


Addressing Global Hunger

The Government of Canada is reviewing its international assistance programs. The purpose of the review is to look at Canada's international assistance, and determine how and if it needs to change in response to all the challenges in the world today—and where to spend its funds. It is asking for the input from Canadians. 
Read more . . .


Repeat News

Steinbach Pride Parade
July 9
>> Poster
You’re invited!!  Steinbach will host its first organized Pride event on Saturday, July 9 at 11:00 a.m.  We will gather at Steinbach United Church (541 Main Street, Steinbach) at 10:30 a.m., with the march commencing at 11:00 a.m., going down three blocks of Main Street to City Hall for a rally where community leaders will speak.  The procession will then head back to the church.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  For more information and to register go to >>


Affirm United Annual Conference
July 22-24
Registration is now available for our July 22-24, 2016: Affirm United Annual Conference in Ottawa at Glebe-St. James United Church!  Read more . . . 


Canadian Bible Society Announces New Regional Structure and New National Positions

The Canadian Bible Society, celebrating its 110th year of ministry in Canada, will embark on its next era of impact by introducing an efficient new model of regional representation.  Read more . . .

2016 Rio Olympic Torch of Dignity Relay
July 23
>> Poster
On July 23rd, 2016, Manitobans for Human Rights will be hosting the Torch of Dignity Relay, from Thunderbird House at 9:00 a.m. and will finish at Assiniboine Park at 4:00 p.m.  In conjunction with the summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, cities around the world are holding relays to spread the message of human rights and human dignity. Winnipeg is the exclusive city in Canada hosting a Torch of Dignity Relay, and we invite you to join us and participate in this historic event. Email us at to participate.


Ministry of Church Office Workers Retreat

October 17 – 19
Whether you work as an office administrator at a church full time, volunteer to prepare bulletins or find yourself somewhere in between – this program is for you!  October 17 at 2 p.m. to October 19 at 1 p.m. at Queen’s House in Saskatoon, SK.  Registration is $350 (includes all meals, lodging and program).  More details are coming soon but mark this on your calendar! 
For more information, please contact Jenn Wagner at or call 306-463-6508.

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