NEWS AND UPDATES FROM FUNDY ST. LAWRENCE DAWNING WATERS AND
REGIONAL COUNCIL 15
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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: John Anthony ‘Tony’ Gazzard
Our sympathy is extended to the family of Rev. John Anthony ‘Tony’ Gazzard, who passed away on February 14, 2020. A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.
Condolences: George MacKinnon
Our sympathy is extended to the Rev. Darin MacKinnon and family whose father, George MacKinnon, passed away on June 3, 2020. A copy of the obituary can be viewed here.
Region 15 Annual Meeting Evaluation
We would ask everyone who attended the Regional Council 15 annual meeting to take a few minutes to fill out the online evaluation form by the end of June.
Region 15 COVID Town Hall
A Zoom Town Hall was held for Region 15 on Monday, June 8, 2020, with approximately 160 participants. It was an excellent time of sharing of information, and exploring of questions relating to the possible re-entry and offering of services in our church buildings. As more information is shared by the province, further advice and direction will be provided by the Region to our churches. Please email any questions to FMacCuish@united-church.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org. The video recording of the Town Hall is available on the Regions East YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/BUDmzTNRKbE
The presentation slides used by Executive Minister Faith March-MacCuish during the Town Hall are being updated to include information that was shared by participants during the Town Hall. When it is available, it will be posted to the Region 15 COVID information page: https://ucceast.ca/58644-covid-19-updates-links-and-notices-r15/ The most recent written communication from the Executive Minister on COVID re-entry is available here
Making Hope Visable Podcast – David Coon – COVID Learnings and Community Yearnings
In this episode David and I talk about lessons learned through this pandemic, the uncertainties ahead, and what roles communities of faith and justice seekers might play. David is a super supporter of the justice work of the United Church of Canada and I am delighted to have had the privilege to work with him and his wonderful partner, Janice Harvey, on a variety of social justice issues long before David decided to try to affect change by stepping into the political arena. Listen as David challenges us to think about our history and our present engagement in building a just and caring society. Find this and past episodes here: Making Hope Visible. Send comments, suggestions, or questions to email@example.com
Church in Mission Prayer Rooms
Church in Mission Unit is offering an opportunity to Pray for each other across the Country from East to West. Given these uncertain and overwhelming times for our congregation and leaders, we invite you to join a facilitated half hour online time of prayer (modeled after the Prayer Room at GC43), to pray for every pastoral charge by name. Prayer rooms will happen throughout the summer beginning with the East and working our way to the West hosting one prayer session per region once a week. Nothing is required except your presence.
View the full Prayer Room across the Regions Schedule here.
Black Lives Matter Prayer Vigil
Join the Black Lives Matter prayer vigil Sunday June 14, 7:00 pm (1 hour approximately)
Denominational Service of Prayer and Reflection, United Again Racism: Black Lives Matter to The United Church of Canada
The Black Clergy of The United Church of Canada invites the whole church to join for a time of worship, prayer and reflection in the face of the issues of anti-Black racism in our country and in the church. In worship we will lament, we will hope and we will be reminded of the need to act against racism. Our worship will seek to shine light in and on the darkness of racism.
Justice, Mission and Outreach Committees (JMOC) Announcement
The JMOC Committees support a United Church of Canada and United for Mining Justice Network request, inviting individuals to sign the following E-Petition thatis supported by a cross-party group of Liberal Party, Green Party, NDP and Bloc Quebecois MPs. https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2564. It calls on Canada to: (a) EMPOWER the Office of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise with independence and the power to investigate human rights abuse allegations; and (b) ENACT a human rights due diligence law that compels businesses to respect the most current international human rights standards.
Background In January 2018, the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) was appointed in response to more than a decade of cooperation among churches, with the strong encouragement of UCC gloibal partners, non-governmental organizations, unions and community groups. Maritime Conference supported this effort. However, mining sector lobbying led to the CORE being given no investigative powers, a major purpose of an Ombudsperson. Link www.united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/empower-ombudsperson-and-enact-corporate-accountability
Funding Ministry in a COVID 19 World
A reminder there will be a Webinar and Brainstorming event on June 11th, 2020 @ 1.30 -3.00 pm. The facilitator will be Roger Janes, Stewardship and Gifts Officer. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the zoom link.
See Fundraising in a Covid 19 World poster.
Summer Online Book Study – White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism
This book by Robin Diangelo will help you uncover biases and build stamina for conversations about racism and white privilege. If you are looking for ways to prepare to hold space for challenging conversations and work toward anti-racism and anti-oppression, join this 6-week summer book study. Discussions will be held on Zoom, Thursday mornings at 10 am, July 2nd – August 6th.
REGISTER HERE Deadline for Book orders through UCC is June 15th.
Deadline for Registration is June 24th.