Rally to Raise EIA Rates
Manitoba Legislature Steps
Did you know that social assistance leaves single adults 47% below the poverty line and people with disabilities 32% below the poverty line? For Manitobans living on EIA, even basic needs are out of reach. Come to the Legislature to demand the provincial government raise EIA to bring all Manitobans up to 75% of the poverty line in 2017 and to develop a plant to lift everyone out of poverty. For more information, please go to their website >> makepovertyhistorymb.com
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2017
From January 18 – 25, 2017 in Winnipeg, we will celebrate the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for 2017 is “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us” (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20). A City-wide Ecumenical Worship Celebration will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberly Avenue, Winnipeg. All are cordially invited to this celebration and to participate in the other various gatherings that will be held throughout the Week of Prayer, i.e. both prior and following the larger city-wide
service. For the list of the weeks services, please click here >> Services
Ecumenical Choir - An ecumenical choir is being formed to lead music at the forthcoming celebration on January 22nd during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. No audition is required. Anyone who can carry a tune and wishes to sing in the choir is welcome! For more information about the Choir and the rehearsals please click here >> Choir
Remuneration Matters re: Ministry Personnel 2017
As we begin 2017, a reminder to Ministry Personnel and Pastoral Charges/Outreach Ministries to consult the “Salary for Ministry Personnel” to ensure that any adjustments in remuneration for 2017 are incorporated appropriately in the January pay. Both the treasurers and Ministry Personnel have responsibility to ensure accuracy in pay.
For 2017, the cost of living adjustment incorporated into the minimum salary schedule is approximately 1.1 %; continuing education and learning resource allowance is $1374.00 for fulltime positions; and the travel rate minimum reimbursement was reduced from 41 cents/kilometre to 39 cents/kilometre.
The ‘Minimum Salaries for Ministry Personnel (2017)’ is available online
>> Minimum Salaries
It contains both the salaries for the old salary system and those provided with manses (page 5) and those on the new compensation model with comprehensive salary (page 4). A reminder for those transitioning to the new compensation model in 2017 that the Transition Work Sheet must be completed to ensure appropriate remuneration in existing Calls/Appointments when the shift is made. A motion with the new figures must be passed by the governing body of the Pastoral Charge and a copy of the Transition Work Sheet must be sent to the Presbytery and to the Conference Personnel Minister for personnel files. All local ministry units must transition to the new compensation model by July 01, 2018.
The 2017 Minimum Salary Schedule also contains the new rate for visiting ministers (pulpit supply rate) of $206.00 per day plus travel and incidental expenses. This rate is mandated for Ministry Personnel only. Check with your Presbytery to determine whether they have a suggested rate for lay persons including Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWL).
If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Conference Personnel Minister, Judy Hare at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-233-8911 ext.228.
Police Records Check Task Group Request
A request has been received from the Task Group at General Council in the Ministry Employment Unit working on updating policy and protocols related to Police Records Checks. They have sent along specific links to Survey Monkeys which they are asking be completed by various parties by January 15, 2017. In December Presbytery Secretaries were asked to forward the survey links to various parties. This is a reminder now that the Christmas Season is almost over about this request.
Survey to be completed by Ministry Personnel
Survey to be completed by Ministry & Personnel Committees
New Research Chair Enhances Theological Study at The University of Winnipeg
The United Church of Canada is pleased to announce a new position created at The University of Winnipeg designed to explore theological understandings of some the most challenging issues facing the world today. A formal announcement was made on December 20th at UWinnipeg’s Annual Yuletide Reception, appointing Dr. Arthur Walker-Jones to the position of The United Church of Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Theology.
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Summary of the Fall 2016 General Council Executive Meetings
To view the summary of the Fall 2016 General Council Executive Meetings, please click here >> Summary.