NEWS AND UPDATES FROM REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)
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Making Hope Visible – Podcast
Regional Council 15 (RC15) Committee Volunteer form.
Condolences: Walter Hayward
Condolences are extended to the family of Walter Hayward who passed away on August 2, 2021. Walter was a long time lay member of Halifax Presbytery, chair person of the National Nominations Committee and a member of Maritime Conference Executive. In recent years he served on the Board of the Brunswick Street Mission. His obituary can be viewed here.
Mission Grant Applications for 2022 Deadline Friday
2022 Mission Grant applications are now available on the Regional website.
Returning from Exile
Plan to join us for a 24 hour in person gathering for aUCC members from 3pm – Sunday Sept 26th to 3pm – Monday Sept 27th at Berwick Camp in Berwick NS. Registration will be limited to 50 people. aUCC members will be given priority.
Cost – aUCC members $50
Theme – Returning from Exile
Reflecting with the Prophet Jeremiah as we reflect with others on our pandemic experience in a safe, collegial space.
Our time together will include aspects of each of our aUCC pillars – Community, Advocacy, Renewal and Education.
Register at Eventbrite: https://auccretreat.eventbrite.ca
NOTE: registration will open up to non-members in September if there is space. If you join the aUCC right now, your membership fees will essentially pay for themselves with this one retreat. There are so many other advantages. Check out yoursanctuary.ca. Membership fees are calculated on the basis of 10% of your educational allowance.
A New Program: AUTUMN RAMBLES, Starts Soon
Autumn Rambles is a new program beginning September 25. Each day for 14 days you’ll receive a curated digital scrapbook page to inspire your ramble and set you off on your own autumn discoveries.
Here is a sample page for you: “Tastes of Autumn” see https://autumnrambles.com/freepb
Join us as we walk the streets, beaches, woods, and bush and collect our favourite autumn signs and sightings and share our memories of Autumn. Look in on the wisdom this season lends us in our journey of faith.
Rambles is available for Individuals or Groups. Learn more here. https://prayerbench.ca/shop/
Contemplative Pathways-In the Stillness: Dance: A Silent Retreat
Contemplative Pathways is offering, In the Stillness, Dance, a time of silent retreat and reflection. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 3:00 pm – Saturday, October 2, 2021, 1:00 pm, in the beautiful natural setting of the Tatamagouche Centre,
“In order to understand the dance, one must be still.
And in order to truly understand stillness one must dance. ” ~ Rumi ~
- Are you longing to reconnect with the movement and colour of your interior life?
- To rest and reflect on and re-engage with the wonder of life?
- To spend a few days in a beautiful setting, cared for and supported, while letting silence restore your rhythm and perspective?
This retreat offers stillness, and silence, punctuated with small invitations to limber your inner life. It opens a great spacious quiet in which you may rest and simply BE. For more information and to register, go to:
The Case for Basic Income – Book Launch
The Spire is proud to host the book launch of The Case for Basic Income.
You are invited to join us as local authors Jamie Swift and Elaine Power introduce their important anti-poverty strategy, featuring stories from Canada’s Basic Income pilot participants.
Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Carefully and sympathetically researched, Swift and Power’s new book explores the links between class structure and poverty, labour concepts and integrity. It guides us through the impact of growing wage gaps, insufficient social programs, and the effects of a pandemic on an already precarious job market.
“The Case for Basic Income presents an alternative vision for post-pandemic existence… Like all good journalism, it uses the personal to shed light on the political and public.” – The Tyee
Our event will also feature several guest speakers addressing this pivotal topic:
Chloe Halpenny, Vice-Chair, Basic Income Canada Youth Network
Toni Pickard, Co-founder, Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee
The Hon. Hugh Segal, former Senator and Chief of Staff to two Prime Ministers
The Very Rev. Lois M. Wilson, former Senator and United Church of Canada Moderator
This event will be live-streamed @ https://www.youtube.com/user/SydenhamStreet
Publishers: BETWEEN THE LINES www.btlbooks.com
Guaranteed Liveable Income
An Election has been called. Whatever you might think about the timing, it is an opportunity to highlight and advocate for a Guaranteed Liveable Income. Make guaranteed livable income an election issue. Ask: “Will your candidate and their party implement a guaranteed livable income for all?” Join with others across civil society through Basicincomenow.ca. See United Church election resources.
It is important to ask candidates during the campaign where they or their party stand in relation to GLI. If there is no all candidates meeting in your area, it is important to call or write the candidate office with the question posed by the United Church. The following link is a very good article on Basic Income (GLI) which may help you in understanding the importance of raising it during the upcoming election campaign: https://www.tvo.org/article/will-basic-income-get-its-due-on-the-campaign-trail
Also please watch for Worship Resources for October 17, a Sunday we have designated for special emphasis on Guaranteed Livable Income. The resources will be made available to all United Church congregations in the next couple of weeks. It is important to access the United Church website for the latest information on GLI resources.
We know that time for this election is limited, but we need to do as much as we can to keep the focus sharp and alive. Clearly we need to be in this struggle for the long haul.
Strength and peace to you
Hal and Karen Llewellyn
Regional Co-ordinators for Guaranteed Livable Income Network
Vacancy St. John’s United Church, Fall River, Nova Scotia
St. John’s United Church, Fall River, Nova Scotia are looking for a Part-time Congregational Designated Minister – Children and Youth Program Leader, view further details here and visit the ucceast.ca website to read the Community of Faith Profile 2021.
To apply, please forward your cover letter and resume to email@example.com . You will receive confirmation of receipt of your application package within 24 hours.
PLEASE NOTE: The successful candidate will be required to provide a current vulnerable sector (level 2) police records check (dated within the last six months) prior to a successful hire.
Appeal for Haiti
The United Church of Canada is in contact with Mission & Service partners in Haiti to find out how we can support their communities. Today, people in Haiti need emergency shelter, clean water, and food. The United Church has launched an appeal. To view further details and donate, click here.
Vital Church Maritimes 2021 Conference
Wilderness Calling: Trusting in Jesus
October 14 – 16, 2021
Inn on Prince, Truro, N.S. (+ limited Zoom option)
Engaging in ministry these days is like trekking into unknown territory. One popular author describes congregational engagement with our neighbours, saying it is like ‘canoeing the mountains’ – what traditionally and typically worked in years past is no longer effective. We are CALLED TO THIS WILD using new approaches, including humble listening and courageous experimentation.
Join with congregational leaders from a variety of backgrounds to share experiences and ideas in exploring outward-oriented ministry in this wilderness time. Step out into an unmapped missional journey, discover the signs of the Spirit’s leading, and share best practices for this holy hinterland. Christ beckons and we venture together!
This 3-day conference features plenty of inspiring discussion, Bible studies, a special outdoor worship, meals and much more! Two-thirds of VCM participants are lay leaders, including some from Lutheran, United and Presbyterian churches. There are also several limited Zoom sessions for those who are unable to attend in person. Click here to view the poster for the event. The Conference schedule can be found here.
HURRY TO REGISTER! Special Early Bird rates until Sept. 20.
(Registration closes midnight Oct. 6)