NEWS AND UPDATES FROM REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)

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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.


Region 15 Pastoral Relations News – October 2021

  • Approved a revised position description for Woodlawn Congregational Designated Ministry Youth Coordinator.
  • Approved the Appointment of Angela Clifton, Candidate, with Shelburne Pastoral Charge, 20 hours/week, October 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
  • Approved the pilot project in collaborative ministry between LaHave New Dublin Pastoral Charge and Bridgewater Pastoral Charge, October 1 to December 31, 2021. A Change in the Terms of Call for Rev. Neil McEwen of LaHave New Dublin is approved whereby 80% of his time will continue with LaHave New Dublin while 20% of his time is committed to Bridgewater.
  • Approved the Profile and Position Description from Parrsborough Shore Pastoral Charge and authorized search for full-time ministry personnel to begin.

Deadline for Annual Self-Assessments is October 31, 2021

We want to thank the 85 Communities of Faith in our Region who responded to our request last May to submit your Annual Self-Assessment.  And we also want to give the other CoFs a chance to contribute.  We are still able to accept your answers to the forms until 31 October 2021.  Please send us your community’s response if you haven’t already.  Here is the link to the form:  https://ucceast.ca/62012-2021-rc15-self-assessment-form-for-communities-of-faith-2/

And as a sneak peak to what kind of answers we are getting, have a look at the Word Cloud we have constructed from the answer to question 1 on the Form, list five words that describe your community: Five Words Wordcloud 2021

From your Faith Stories and Community Covenants Committee


Message to Our Faith Communities from Kairos Halifax

The Halifax Kairos group is sharing a ‘message to our faith communities’ as we prepare for COP 26 in the midst of a climate emergency that requires our whole attention and support for faithful, bold action and support for a just transition for the common good of all.  Please click here to read this important message.


Center for Christian Studies: CCS Friday-Unanswered Questions About 9/11:

 The next CCS Friday on November 5 at noon (Winnipeg time), will be an online discussion of Ray McGinnis’ recent book, Unanswered Question about 9/11 (with a study guide for churches). Join in as Ray, guest, author, and CCS grad, shares what he learned about the families of those killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre on Sept. 11, 2001, and their attempts to get answers from their government.

CCS Fridays are Online conversations once a month to help us all to respond faithfully to emerging issues in local contexts. These workshops are open to anyone who might be interested. Each session will be on a Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 CT in the form of a Zoom workshop. There will be a presentation that will be recorded for future viewing, plus opportunities to engage with the ideas in small groups.

These sessions are free, but you must register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0scOyvqzMtHdDn9rFw92whQ4Z2NqonzKg2

 The last CCS Friday of the year will be on December 10 with Natalie Wiggs-Stevenson discussing her book Transgressive Devotion: Theology as Performance Art and theological methodologies.


Artifacts Workshop

Have questions about artifacts that your community of faith owns?  Join us for a workshop by Zoom.  Participants from FSLDW and Region 15 both welcome!

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 this is a similar workshops to the one offered in January of 2021. 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


YOU ARE INVITED!

Join your colleagues/friends/neighbours in the three Atlantic Regions in an on-line book study through 4 weeks in November. We’ll read together Canadian Senator (Retired) Hugh Segal’s recent book : Bootstraps Need Boots; One Tory’s Lonely Fight To End Poverty in Canada (UBC Press, Vancouver, 2019.

The four Zoom sessions are to be held on Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17 and 24th at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Atlantic Time; 7:30 to 9 NL time. Each session will be  1 ½ hours duration. Meetings will be hosted by Marion Pardy (NL), Karen & Hal Llewlellyn (NS) and Rose-Hannah Gaskin (NB).

We ask those who register to make a commitment to read through the book and to participate as fully as possible in the sessions. The plan is to go through 5 chapters each evening of the 3rd, 10th, and 17th. We have Senator Hugh Segal himself confirmed for November 24th discussion and final session.

The registration form can be accessed here. Registration deadline is October 31.

There is no charge for the course. We invite participants, however,  to consider making a free-will offering to the Mission and Service Fund of The United Church of Canada.

The books can be purchased through the United Church Resource Centre, St. John’s, NL at a subsidized cost of $25 (plus shipping, if necessary). United Church Resource Centre, 320 Elizabeth Avenue, St. John’s, NL A1B 1T9, 1-800-268-3781, extension 6141, Leona Laundry, LLaundry@united-church.ca.