NEWS AND UPDATES FROM REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)

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www.ucceast.ca 

Staff Directory

Emergency Response Memos for Regional Council 15 (RC15)       

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.

Regional Council 15 (RC15) Committee Volunteer form.


Obituary – Rev. S. Elroy McKillop 

View the obituary for Rev. S. Elroy McKillop here


Rev. Tony Ware – Memorial Service

A memorial service to celebrate the life of the Rev. Anthony Ware (FSLDW) will be held Saturday, October 9, 10:30 a.m. at Spring Park United Church in Charlottetown. Tony’s life was a blessing to so many of us and we would be honoured if you could join us in person or virtually. A life lived so beautifully deserves to be beautifully remembered. COVID measures restrict the numbers of attendees. Please sign up for the service here. For those unable to attend, the service will be live-streamed at: https://www.youtube.com/SpringParkUnited


Position Available – Minister for Justice, Mission and Outreach

The Regional Councils of Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters, Region 15 and First Dawn Eastern Edge are seeking an individual to fill the role of Minister for Justice, Mission and Outreach. Are you feeling called to work with the members in the three eastern Regions? Maybe you know of someone who might need a little nudge?

This is a permanent full-time position (35 hours/week) shared equally among the three regions. Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume to careers@united-church.ca quoting the job number 21-41. Closing date is October 19, 2021.

For full position description, qualifications and other details, please go to the General Council link: https://united-church.ca/opportunities/minister-justice-mission-and-outreach


Archives and Artifacts Workshops

Have questions about archives and records in the United Church?  Have questions about artifacts that your community of faith owns?  Join us for some workshops by Zoom.  Participants from FSLDW and Region 15 both welcome!

Workshop # 1
Title: To Archive or Not To Archive?
Presented by: Sarah Wallace, Archivist, FSLDW and Region 15
Date: October 20, 2021
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Format: Zoom
R.S.V.P.: jmandrs@mta.ca by October 18, 2021

Workshop # 2
Title: Artifacts Unlocked!
Presented by: Julielynne Anderson, Chair, Archives and Records FSLDW and member of the Denominational Working Group on Artifacts
Date: October 28, 2021
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Format: Zoom
R.S.V.P.: jmandrs@mta.ca by October 26, 2021

Please note that these are similar workshops to the ones that were offered in January of 2021.  Please also note that these are two different workshops.  In addition, if you took part in the previous workshop on artefacts and have a small group who would like a more in depth workshop on cataloguing artefacts please contact Julielynne Anderson at jmandrs@mta.ca


International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – October 17, 2021

October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The United Church of Canada has many resources to support a special Sunday worship for this day. View resources.
Please give serious consideration to marking this important opportunity to put social justice at the forefront of our worship together.
For further information please contact Rose-Hannah Gaskin at rosehannah.gaskin@gmail.com


Arrest, detention and interrogation of Palestinian teenagers living in the West Bank

A special webinar organized by Stand Up for Palestinian Children’s Rights, a broad based cross-Canada planning committee, in collaboration with the Ottawa Forum on Israel/Palestine (OFIP). Oct 13, 2021 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Time (US and Canada).  Register or read more here.


Emmanuel College – Fall Events

Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its Contexts (CRIC) is offering a rich and varied roster of events over the fall, including a panel discussion on Transgender Theologies and Activism, two book launches, a conversation on the history of Home Missions, and a series of seminars (continuing into winter 2022), Things They Didn’t Teach Me in Seminary. Attached is a listing of our fall 2021 lineup. Please feel free to share this with your communities, colleagues, friends and family via email, websites and social media. Full event details and registration links are available on the CRIC events page.


NEW MEMOIR Called! A Longshot’s Story by the Rev. Dr. Gordon Postill

This delayed coming-of-age story intimately recounts Gordon Postill’s life from 1970-1980, a decade that pivotally shapes how the rest of his life will unfold. Initially a story of failure, self-loathing, addiction, and deceit, it’s ultimately a story of grace, faith, hope, and transformation.  Gordon graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Emmanuel College, Toronto in May 1980 and later that month was ordained by the Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada. He served congregations in Nova Scotia and Ontario before spending the last twenty-four years of his ministry providing spiritual care to hospice patients and their families in Florida and Massachusetts. He retired in November 2015 to care for his beloved wife, Robin, diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Please visit www.gordonpostill.com to learn more and to buy the book.


Colouring Outside the Lines: The Ministry Leader as Artist  

Have you ever felt like a square peg in a round hole? Chances are, you’re an artist! Ministry is an art and God, the Artist. God makes us artists and calls on us to weave together the gifts we have been given. How do you understand your role as artist within your ministry practice? How can we embrace creativity in the church?  Read more about this event here.


Chisholm Services for Children – Looking for land to purchase

Chisholm Services for Children ( https://chisholm4children.ca/ ) has been sheltering youth and troubled teens in Nova Scotia for 130 years.  They are currently looking to move to a new home. The scarcity of land has been a stumbling block and so John Apfeld is reaching out to see if there is any land available to purchase from the United Church. John is also the project manager for the new women’s shelter in the HRM “Bryony House ” which was recently completed on the subdivided land from St. Luke’s Anglican Church on Veterans way in Dartmouth. They are looking at areas in the HRM but out as far as Herring Cove and Sackville. Please contact John at your convenience if you think you might be able to help.  John Apfeld – 902 300 5410


ReVITALIZE 2022 – Open for (early bird) Registration October 1st 2021

ReVITALize is an awesome gathering for ministry leaders and lay people to get together, refresh, learn some new things, be supported, and get inspired. Previously held in London and Edmonton, now it’s Halifax’s turn. People from all denominations and traditions are warmly welcome to attend. Registration is open!

June 2-4, 2022  Location: St. Andrew’s United Church and other locations in downtown Halifax
Early bird rate, before March 1st, 2022: $200   After March 1st, 2022: $225
More info: Jane Bolivar, Continuing Education Convener [jbolivar@astheology.ns.ca]  Hotel room discount information will be available soon.  Register here.


Vital Church Maritimes 2021 Conference – Registration closing Midnight Oct 6, 2021

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. (Registration closes midnight Oct. 6)  VISIT: www.nspeidiocese.ca