Conference Weekly News - April 14, 2016

Conference Weekly News

April 14, 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 . . .


Annual Meeting
There will be no full gathering of the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario in 2016, however, there will be a Retirees Dinner and Celebration of Ministries in Kenora, Ontario, May 28 & 29.  The Retirees Dinner and Speeches will begin at 5:30pm at Knox United Church (116 - 5th Ave. S.), Kenora on Saturday, May 28.  Tickets are available for $20/person from the Conference Office -   The Celebration of Ministries Service will be Sunday morning, May 29, at 10:00am at Knox United Church and all are welcome to attend.
Calendar for April

April 15 - Seeds of Hope Grant Application Deadline - Seeds

April 18 - Canadian Multifaith Federation Conference - Multifaith

April 20 - From Anguish to Reconciliation - Reconciliation

April 22 - Quiz Night in Support of Refugee Settlement - Refugee

April 23 - West Broadway High Tea - High Tea

April 23 - Oak Table Goes Italian-Two - Oak Table

April 29 - Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry Workshop - Workshop

April 30 - Journeying Toward Reconciliation - Journeying

April 30 - D.I.Y. Tools for Caring Conversations - Conversations

April 30 - KAIROS Winds of Change - Change


      New This Week                Repeat News


The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell
Moderator: From Apology towards Reconciliation

Thirty years ago this August, at the 31st General Council in Sudbury, Moderator Bob Smith responded to the request of First Nations people in the United Church for an apology for the church’s role in colonization and the destruction of their cultures and spiritual practices. 
Read more . . .


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

>> Pen & Mirror


United Church Responding to Severe Drought in Africa
People across Africa are facing extreme drought. A principal cause is one of the most powerful El Nino events in recent history. Almost 24 million people in Africa could need food assistance soon.  Read more . . .

Conference Bursary Fund and UCW Bursary

Application forms for the Conference Bursary and for the UCW Bursary are available. 
The Conference Bursary Fund is to financially assist promising candidates for Order of Ministry (ordained or diaconal) from our Conference who are registered in theological studies as well as applicants for the Designated Lay Minister program, to qualify for leadership in the church.  Deadline: May 31, 2016. 
>> Conference Bursary Fund Application Form
The UCW Bursary is available to any person, at least 18 years of age (who is not in, or studying towards, paid accountable ministry).  The applicant must be actively involved in a United Church congregation and taking a course that would benefit a local United Church congregation.  Deadline: May 31, 2016.
>> UCW Bursary Application Form


United Church Appeal Reaches $1 Million Mark!
The extraordinarily generous people of the United Church have donated $1 million to the Emergency Appeal in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.  Read more . . . 




Canadian Rural Church Network


>> April, 2016 Edition

Canadian Multifaith Federation
Educational Conference 2016
April 18, 2016

Please join us on April 18 for “The Right to Believe: Understanding Creed, Religion and Accommodation”.  This conference, being held in Mississauga, Ontario, is aimed at providing education and raising awareness about the role of religious accommodation based on recent changes to provincial policies in Ontario.  Delegates will receive a deeper understanding of new concepts applied to creed and religion in public, private, not for profit and academic institutions. 
Read more . . .


Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry
May 9 - 13

>> Poster

Last Chance to Register!!
The Canadian Churches Forum would like to invite you to Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM), happening at the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre in Beausejour, Manitoba, May 9th through 13th.
Engage Difference! DUIM is a 5 day interactive and engaging program with practical ideas for implementation in your own context. It is for Christian ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding and awareness in their communities. 


KAIROS Winds of Change:
Education for Reconciliation

April 30  9:00am – 12:30pm
>> Poster
You are cordially invited to KAIROS Winds of Change: Education for Reconciliation workshop that will be at the Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Centre (119 Sutherland Ave.)on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00am to 12:30pm.  Please see the attached poster for more information.


Project Peacemakers Farewell Potluck Dinner
May 7  5:00 - 9:00 pm
Everyone is invited to ‘A Time to Celebrate, A Time to Remember’, Project Peacemaker’s Farewell Potluck Dinner on Saturday, May 7 at 5:00pm at St. Paul’s Fort Garry Anglican Church (830 North Drive).  The doors open at 5pm for a chance to visit and share any photos or memorabilia you’d like to bring.  Dinner will be at 5:45pm.  There will be a few speeches, a little entertainment and a chance to share memories.  For the potluck: please bring either: a salad, a main dish or a side dish.  Please RSVP by April 25 here >> Project Peacemakers  or call 204-775-8178 and let us know which category of food you are bringing.  Please label dishes vegetarian, gluten free or if the recipe includes nuts.


Be Aware: Harassment of Affirming Ministries
It has come to our Council’s attention that an individual in Ontario may have been charged with criminal harassment in connection to his alleged e-mail harassing of United Church congregations, perhaps specifically Affirming congregations or congregations going through the Affirming process.  Read more . . .


Upcoming Dates

May 6 & 7 - The Vicar of Dibley - Vicar

May 7 - Spirit & Soul - Spirit

May 7 - Project Peacemakers Farewell Potluck Dinner - (see info above)

May 9 - 13 - Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry - DUIM

May 11 - Caring Hearts Luncheon - Luncheon

May 13 - 15 - Weekend Events with Barbara McAfee - Barbara

May 16 - Narrative Budget Workshop - Narrative

June 3 - 5 - The Way of the Wind with Rev. Bruce Sanguin - Sanguin

June 15 - 18 - Pathways to Reconciliation - Pathways

July 10 - 14 - CGIT Camp - CGIT

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

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog

Easter Mercy


Rock Lake United Church Camp Urgently Requires Key People
The Camp Board of Rock Lake United Church Camp has a huge concern right now, bigger than money.
There have been no applications for Cook or Coordinator for the camp this year.  Without these key positions being filled, there can be no camp.  The job descriptions and application information may be found on their website
>> Rock Lake

If you know of anyone that would be suitable for either of these positions, please pass this information along to them.


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Remits
Since their release in February, we have been fielding some recurring questions about the eight remits before the church. Visit the GC42 website to download the FAQs from the Resources section at the bottom of the page. The responses might surprise you. 
Read more . . .


Easter Celebration from Rock Lake Pastoral Charge
>> Photo
The attached photo comes to us from the newest pastoral charge, Rock Lake Pastoral Charge, as they celebrated Easter Sunday.  The President of the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario, Joey Dearborn, was in attendance and brought greetings.


From Anguish to Reconciliation
An Evening at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

April 20

>> Poster
Everyone is invited to An Evening at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00pm, to listen to Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish who is known as the “Gaza Doctor”.  Despite personal tragedy, or because of it, he promotes peace across borders.  Included with general admission; seating is limited.


High Tea
April 23  2-4pm
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to High Tea in support of West Broadway Community Ministry on Saturday, April 23 from 2:00-4:00pm at 222 Furby St.  There will be a free will offering at the door, hat contest (wear your best or most outrageous hat!), tea and cakes, silent auction.  Eleanor Geib, Margaret Morse and Bill Block will be honoured.  For more information, please contact Terry Reilly at or 204-261-8516.


D.I.Y. Tools
For Caring Conversations

April 30
>> Poster
You and your faith community are invited to take advantage of a Communications Workshop with Eveline Milliken, MSW, PHD, at the United Church in Meadowood (1111 Dakota Street) on April 30, 2016.  (Light refreshments are served at 9:30; Workshop 10 a.m. – noon).  Sponsored by the UCiM Pastoral Care group, this workshop will help you improve communication tools for touchy topics, such as conversations after a death or divorce, a terminal diagnosis, planning one’s own funeral, or some conflict situation.   While there is no fee attached to the workshop, in service of our various communities, registration is requested.  RSVP at indicating your intentions to attend.


Journeying Toward Reconciliation
April 30
>> Poster
Winnipeg Churches invite you to ‘Journeying Toward Reconciliation’ …an opportunity to engage meaningfully with the TRC’s Calls to Action.  During the day of learning and reflection, we will participate in ceremony led by elders from Long Plains First Nation, hear from residential school survivors, visit the school and tour the grounds (including the cemetery for children who didn’t survive), and conclude our visit with a sharing circle.  Please RSVP by Monday, April 25 at


Summer Student Position
in the United Church Archives

The United Church Archives - Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario requires an Archives Assistant to process, arrange and describe archival collections related to the United Church, Winnipeg’s inner-city, and Canada’s First Nations peoples; and create a dynamic and engaging exhibit using records from our collections.  For the position description and how to apply, please click here
>> Summer Student Position

Application Deadline: May 6, 2016


Spirit & Soul
Not Determined by Anatomy

May 7  9am – 3pm
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to ‘Spirit & Soul – not determined by Anatomy’, an Affirming Event taking place on Saturday, May 7 from 9am to 3pm at Churchill Park United Church (525 Beresford Ave).  This event hopes to educate through the hearing of transgender life stories.  Cost $10 (includes lunch), payable at the time of event.  Preregistration deadline: May 4 – 204-452-8651 or church website >> Churchill Park United


The Way of the Wind
June 3 – 5
>> Brochure
Everyone is invited to “The Way of the Wind – The Path and Practice of Evolutionary Christian Mysticism” with guest speaker Rev. Bruce Sanguin, June 3, 4 and 5 at Knox United Church, Brandon and Central United Church, Brandon.  The Saturday workshop cost is $75 and the registration deadline is May 25.  For more information, please see the attached brochure or contact Knox United Church, Brandon at 204-727-6975.


Centre for Christian Studies
>> April 4, 2016 Edition

Affirm United
>> April 4, 2016 Edition

United Action for Justice
>> April 4, 2016 Edition

Canadian Bible Society Appoints Pastor and Biblical Scholar as National Director

The Board of Governors of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent as National Director, effective April 4, 2016. 
Read more . . .


Westminster Concert Organ Series
Duo Majoya

April 24  2:30pm
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to attend Duo Majoya with Marnie Giesbrect and Joachim Segger, who will be performing duos on organ and piano on Sunday, April 24 at 2:30pm at Westminster United Church.  Tickets available at the door and McNally Robinson Booksellers.


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