NEWS AND UPDATES FROM FUNDY ST. LAWRENCE DAWNING WATERS (FSLDW)
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Making Hope Visible – Podcast
Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters (FSLDW) Committee Interest form.
Pastoral Relations Committee – Survey
The Pastoral Relations Committee of the Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council is seeking suggestions, thoughts, prayers and ideas around how we might go about addressing the portion of our mandate which reads: “supporting and encouraging ministry personnel”.
We are asking for you to reflect upon what the pastoral relations committee could consider which would offer such encouragement and support. You are encouraged to reflect as individuals, cluster groups, informal conversational groups. The survey is on the pastoral relations web-page here. Please make your suggestions on the survey on-line. The committee will review them regularly. Blessings on the ministry you are providing during these pandemic times.
Ministry Personnel Available for Pulpit Supply
The Pastoral Relations Committee of FSLDW is developing a list of ministry personnel (Diaconal, Ordained, Designated Lay Ministers) who are available for Sunday supply – this would include retired, left without call/ appointment, retained on the roll, nd who are in good standing.* If you are interested in having your name on an approved list on the region’s website, please send your name, address, email, and phone number to Jenn Whittemore Jwhittemore@united-church.ca. Please indicate the geographic areas to which you would travel.
*All ministry personnel need to have the mandatory Racial Justice and Boundaries training, plus a current Police Records declaration.
Communities of Faith Annual Reports
Thanks for the Annual Reports received so far, just a reminder for those still to do so that they can be emailed when available (electronic files are preferred) to your Regional Council using the following email:
FSLDW Regional Council: info4RC14@united-church.ca
If you are unable to submit by email please mail one copy of your report to:
Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council
21 Wright Street
Sackville, NB E4L 4P8
Affirm Committee Event – What is Ableism?
A series of educational events are being offered by the Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council Affirm Standing Committee.
The first two events took place on February 17, 2021 (Gender Diversity and Becoming an Ally), and March 10, 2021 (Becoming an Anti-Racist Church) Resources and materials from these education events are now available on the regional website. https://ucceast.ca/affirm-committee/
The next event is now open for registration:
April 15, 2021: What is Ableism?
Register Now! Using this link: Click Here to Register
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. The webinar will take place from 2:00pm – 3:15pm (Atlantic) using zoom video conferencing. Please share this information with your committees/networks and save the dates in your calendars!
Future Dates (Registration and details to follow closer to the event date):
May 13, 2021: Creating Safe Spaces
Regions East Support for Soul of the Preacher
Our three Eastern Regions have joined together to offer a 25% discount to all participants in The Soul of the Preacher Zoom program beginning April 15. Use this coupon code to claim a 25% discount for this program. Soul25 Spaces are limited and filling for this Continuing Education opportunity! You can find the program description here: https://prayerbench.ca/product/soul-of-the-preacher-zoom/
Spring Book Study: Rachel Held Evans’ Inspired
The Region 15 Faith Formation and Leadership Development Committee will be leading an online book study at 10am on Wednesdays, April 21st – May 12th. Our title is Rachel Held Evans’ Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, selected for its youthful voice, accessible approach to the interpretation of scripture, and imaginative retellings of well-known stories. Participants are asked to obtain their own copy in advance, but no reading is required for the first session. Lay people and ministry personnel across the Regions are invited to join us, please register by April 13th for what is sure to be a lively and inspiring group: https://ucceast.ca/61453-rc15-inspired-book-club/
Rural Routes Atlantic
The United Church Rural Ministry Network (UCRMN) is a grassroots initiative for Rural Ministry in the United Church. The goal is to connect the many Rural Ministry Initiatives across Canada by sharing the successes, the opportunities and the culture of Rural Ministry.
UCRMN provides workshops, the most recent two, How Covid is Preparing Us for Newness. and Technology for Rural Churches.
Even in these heavy days new life is growing and we can nurture it together. This is a time when we have much to offer one another from our rural places. I would love to invite people to visit this website and sign up for the newsletter. I would be especially glad to have people from the Atlantic regions visit our Atlantic tab, click on Resources and then Atlantic. There will be further podcasts posted there around the delights and concerns of rural faith communities and connections to resources developed for and growing out of the Atlantic Rural experience. Table Church is one such resource. Once the pandemic ebbs away, we will plan another in person Rural Routes gathering.. We would love to hear from those in Regions 14,15 and 16 with feedback, stories or suggestions. You can contact the Rural Routes Cohort through Catherine Smith at email@example.com