NEWS AND UPDATES FROM FUNDY ST. LAWRENCE DAWNING WATERS AND
REGIONAL COUNCIL 15

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Staff Directory

Emergency Response Memo’s Regional Council 15       

Emergency Response Memo’s Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters

Making Hope Visible – Podcast


To view upcoming programs at the Tatamagouche Centre please click here.
To view upcoming events at the Atlantic School of Theology please click here.
To view upcoming programs at the United Theological College please click here.


Condolences: William Donald Bardwell 

Our sympathy is extended to the family of William Donald Bardwell B.A, B.D., D. Min, who passed away on March 12, 2020.  A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.


Intermediates at Conference Meeting a New Way – Stay Tuned for Details

As a community we recognize the responsibility to care for each other. Our participants well being is our main priority and with that, we are adhering to the Department of Health’s mandate of social distancing to reduce any potential spread. This sadly means the cancellation of our face-to-face I@C gathering but we will meet in a new way! Our theme this year is “Building Communities” though we may be limited to the boundaries of our homes, we encourage all of you to ask yourself what community means and how you can help your community within these unprecedented boundaries that we are all facing. Information regarding how we will gather will be shared with everyone soon… stay tuned!


Youth Forum Meeting a New Way – VIRTUAL YF

Because we are not sure how the world will look in May, this year we are offering Youth Forum online for the FIRST TIME EVER!! Our theme is Believing is Seeing. We will explore the subjects of social media and faith. We will look at our perception of ourselves and the difference between what we show online and who we really are. As well we will look at social justice in isolation, and hanging on tight to faith in a changing world. Our format is still in development but will include large and small group meeting through an online meeting platform. If you need help getting to a computer, contact your local United Church Minister. Your from all over Canada are invited to join us in this celebration of faith! Participation in our online youth forum will cost $20. If you have already paid for the full weekend Jenn Whittemore will be in touch with you to process your refund. See You Soon! Nathan And Alex

Watch our introduction video to Virtual YF!

To register for Virtual YF click here. Please note that you will need to register for Virtual YF even if you had previously registered to attend YF.


COVID-19 Regional Update – March 27 2020

Please see the March 27, 2020 update from Executive Minister Rev. Faith March-MacCuish here.


Update from our Philanthropy Team at General Council Office

Please review this information updated on how to submit PAR forms. As they have determined that emailing banking information is not secure we are now being recommended not to do so.  Instead please use the mail or fax.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to be in contact with Roger Janes rjanes@united-church.ca


Open Out, a new podcast series

Helping faith communities develop the practical skills to welcome greater diversity – folk who are culturally or racially different than the majority – is now live at openout.ca.  This research project was funded by the United Church Foundation. The first series called ‘Curious’ are now downloadable – and new episodes are published each Monday.


Canadian Council of Churches

View an announcement from the Canadian Council of Churches.


Region 15 Pastoral Relations News March 2020

Approved the Call of Natalie Buchanan-Rutherford to Kennetcook St. Paul’s Pastoral Charge, 6 hours per week, effective July 1, 2020. This Call is in addition to the existing 20 hour/week Call with Noel Pastoral Charge.

Approved the Renewal of Appointment of Roger Moore with First United Church, Truro, 10 hours per week, July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Approved the Appointment of Carol Smith in a collaborative ministry between Liverpool Pastoral Charge and Caledonia Pastoral Charge, 20 hours per week, April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Approved the Appointment of Bill Gibson with Hantsport Pastoral Charge, 13.33 hours per week, May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.

Approved the Interim Ministry consultancy contract of Ross Bartlett with Hantsport Pastoral Charge.


AST – Convocation Update

The Senate has decided to cancel this year’s Convocation in keeping with current public safety directives and to ensure the safety of the AST community and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, we are not alone in having to reach this conclusion. Many other universities in Nova Scotia and across Canada have had to make similar difficult decisions.  While we are resolute in following the advice of our public health authorities and doing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we appreciate that the cancellation of Convocation will be disappointing to our graduating students and their families. Those students will be invited to be celebrated alongside next year’s graduating class at the convocation on May 8, 2021.  It is also important for me to share with you that, for the same reasons, the Board of Governors has decided to postpone our annual Gala Dinner indefinitely.


You are invited to a Zoom Workshop for Church Meetings.

Join staff from the Centre for Christian Studies Tuesday April 7th at 11am Central as they share their tips and tricks for working on Zoom. With its distance education model and a dispersed staff team, CCS uses Zoom for staff meetings, student check-ins, field orientations, governance meetings and learning circles. We’ve learned lots over the last few years about how to effectively worship, work and learn together. Please register in advance (no fee, donations gratefully accepted), and join us to imagine church differently. Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJUqcemupzkjY27Zxkr-JGf7hHQ_WQcXPA
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.