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.
We mourn and acknowledge….
With aching hearts we will continue to mourn and remember with our Indigenous friends, neighbours, and relatives touched by the 215 children’s remains found, and those not yet found.
It is common to want to rush to “do something”, to fix and make better. An Elder from the Indigenous Ministries and Justice in the United Church says, “We understand the desire to do ‘something’ that will make this right. But we ask you, right now, to come together as people of the United Church and take the first step of mourning and remembering. ”
So for now, let’s tie ribbons, light candles, sing and pray, make offerings…and keep our hearts open, be present to the pain, and let it change us. (Reflection and prayers on UCC website)
And when the time is right, check for actions you can take to support Indigenous communities and continue working to dismantle our inherent racism in our Regions.
Annual Meeting Registration
An email was circulated on Friday to all those who are registered for the annual meeting this weekend, June 4 and 5, with the Zoom link. If you did not receive the email this means that you are not registered. If you are supposed to be registered please contact the office at info4RC14@united-church.ca. You are reminded to not share the Zoom link as this is sent personally to everyone who has registered.
Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend.
Reports to the Regions
Annual Meeting Information Webinars
Planning is well underway for the 3rd Annual Meeting of Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters Regional Council, being held on June 4-5,and 14, 2021. In preparation for the Annual Meeting, the Executive is offering three webinars so that members are able to ask questions for clarification about the matters that we will be voting on at the meeting. You will also have the opportunity to hear from the nominees for commissioners to General Council and President-Elect, so you are familiar with those whose names will be presented for voting.
It will help all of us have a productive meeting in June to have as many people as possible take part in the webinars. Thank you for your commitment to this United Church of ours and to your Regional Council. As more information becomes available, it will be posted on the website. In preparation for the webinars and the Annual Meeting, please take the time to read the posted material, including the Agenda, accessed using the link: Annual Meeting 2021
Webinar #1: Intro to Zoom/Practice Voting/Orientation for New Members
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 12:00pm-1:00pm (ADT) – Lunch & Learn – Watch webinar here
Pastoral Charge Resource
The Pastoral Relations Committee has created this document to assist ministry personnel and communities of faith in navigating the process of disengaging from a pastoral relationship following the end of a call or appointment or as the result of a retirement.
Beyond Words: Anti-racism Film Series – June 20 –August 1, 2021
Join us for 6 weeks of great Canadian films and frank discussions about racism. We are offering multiple levels of engagement, covering a spectrum of learning needs and styles. Participants will receive a weekly email with the 2 suggested films for the week, questions for reflection, relevant links, and opportunities to join online discussions. All films can be found for free. (Organized by the Anti-Racism Network of the Eastern Regions of the United Church of Canada.) Register here
Visit Facebook Page: UCCan East Anti Racism Network: Beyond Words
Wilmot United Church, Fredericton, New Brunswick is seeking 2 new ministers (due to retirements), 1 full-time and 1 part-time, to continue God’s work with our downtown Affirming congregation. Fredericton is the capital of New Brunswick, located in the beautiful Saint John River Valley about an hour’s drive from the Bay of Fundy. We have two universities, a community college, an arts and craft school and excellent cultural, sports and health care facilities and the great outdoors is on our doorstep. This is a dynamic and affordable city in which to live!
Our ideal candidates will be excited to work in a team ministry comprising of a 1FTE and a 0.5 FTE. We are seeking ordained or diaconal ministers. We recently completed an extensive visioning process for our congregation. We are excited about embarking on expanding our understanding of being a downtown church that is faithful to God’s call to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with one another. It is our hope to find ministers who will share our enthusiasm. Read further details here.