Conference Weekly News - September 29, 2016

Conference Weekly News

September 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 

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 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

October 29 - Remit Educational Workshop - Workshop


      New This Week                     New This Week


Moderator:  Disagreeing in Love

Please click here for The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell’s letter regarding the decision made by the Toronto Conference sub-Executive to request that the General Council Judicial Committee conduct a formal hearing to consider whether to place the name of the Rev. Gretta Vosper on the Discontinued Service List (Disciplinary).

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> Vulnerability

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   


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 . . .


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.

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 . . .


Remit Educational Workshop
October 29
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to attend an educational workshop regarding Remits on October 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stonewall United Church (369 – 1st Ave. N., Stonewall, MB).  It will be facilitated by Shannon McCarthy, Executive Secretary, Conference of MNWO and Judy Hare, Conference Personnel Minister, Conference of MNWO.  It is an opportunity to learn about the remits prior to your Pastoral Charge Board exercising their votes.  Please bring a bag lunch (coffee, tea and cold beverages will be provided).  Please RSVP to Teresa Melnychuk (204-467-9752 or by October 21.


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 . . .



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

Items for Sale
>> Poster
Rock Lake Pastoral Charge are having a surplus sale of a number of items such as: an Allan Electric organ, padded seat pews and two Baptismal fonts.  Please see the attached poster.  If you are interested or need additional information, please contact Bill McKitrick, Chair of Rock Lake Pastoral Charge Board of Trustees at 204-873-2091 or


New Name for UCRD Distributor
In March 2016 United Church Resource Distribution (UCRD) announced its distribution arrangement with David C. Cook (Canada), which warehouses and distributes UCRD inventory. David C. Cook has just announced its new company name effective September 23, 2016: Parasource Marketing and Distribution Ltd. A new website will launch later this fall. 
Read more . . .





Mauro Centre for Peace & Justice

At St. Paul’s College


>> October, 2016 Edition

Centre for Christian Studies


>> September 26, 2016 Edition


Repeat News

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog


>> Poetry: In the Garden

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 . . .


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.


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