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.


Covenanting Service – Rev. Dr. Sharon Ballantyne

A covenanting service will take place at Fort Massey United Church Halifax between Region 15, Fort Massey United Church and their intentional interim minister, the rev. Dr. Sharon Ballantyne on Sunday March 27, 2022 at 1:30 P.M.  The Rev. Angela MacLean, who serves at neighbouring Fairview United, who is our liaison and member of the transition team will represent our region.  Join us at 5303 Tobin Street, Halifax. We are hoping it will be safe for light refreshments to be offered following the service. Current protocols are proof of vaccine, masks and social distancing.


How will we meet as a Region going forward? – Closes Tomorrow

Read the memo from the Annual Meeting Planning Committee here. The questionnaire closes March 10, 2022.


Nominations are open for President-Elect

Regional Council 15 is seeking nominations for President-Elect of Regional Council 15. The president serves for a total of 3 years: as president-elect, president, and past president. The President Elect will serve as a member of the regional executive, leading our region in the work and ministry of Regional Council 15, within the bounds of Nova Scotia and Bermuda. Serving as president of the region offers many unique and exciting opportunities to engage in the work and life of Region 15.

More information on the role of president can be found here.

As this election will take place through the Annual meeting held online, no nominations will be accepted from the floor, due to the nature of the online voting process. All nominations must be received by May 13, 2022 at midnight. Nominations are open to all members of the regional council of Region 15, including ministry personnel and lay representatives. To submit your nomination, please fill out the form here.

Each nomination must include the names of two people who will move the nomination. These people must be members of regional council. The nomination does need to come from the governing body of  your local community of faith, it just needs to be 2 people from the region who support the nomination.

If you have any questions, please contact Nominations Chair, Rev. Alicia Cox.


Region 15 Pastoral Relations News – March 2022

  • Approved the Appointment of Vivian Moores with Lunenburg Pastoral Charge, 20 hours/week, February 1 to May 31, 2022.
  • Approved the Call of Susan Gamblin to Trinity St. Stephen United Church, Amherst, full time, effective March 1, 2022.
  • Approved the Appointment of Carol Smith to St. Paul’s United Church, Spryfield, 20 hours/week, March 1 to May 29, 2022.
  • Approved the Request for Change in Pastoral Relations for the purposes of Retirement of Elisabeth Bachem Jennings from Annapolis Granville Pastoral Charge, effective June 5, 2022.
  • Approved the Request for Change in Pastoral Relations for the purposes of Retirement for Grace Caines Corkum, effective February 4, 2022.
  • Approved one month of unpaid leave for Catherine MacDonald from Stairs Memorial United Church, and for reduced pay to be redistributed over the year.
  • Approved the revised plan for Interim Ministry at United Heritage Church, Sydney. Interim consultation will be provided by Ross Bartlett.
  • Approved the revised Profile and position description for Noel Pastoral Charge and authorized Search for a 20 hours/week position to begin. If no Call or Appointment occurs within 6 months, the situation will be revisited.
  • The next scheduled meeting of the Region 15 Pastoral Relations Committee will be Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

Executive Minutes

The following Executive Minutes are available on ucceast.ca under the About Tab, minutes.   To view you can also use the link/s below:

  1. RC15 Executive Minutes – December 8, 2021 (RC33-RC47)
  2. RC15 Executive Minutes – February 1, 2022 (RC48-RC49)

Show Your Support for Justice and Life

The climate emergency is here. We need parliament to pass bold legislation that accelerates the transition to 100% renewable energy while creating millions of good, green jobs and respecting Indigenous sovereignty. The Council of Canadians and 350.org have joined forces to organize a nation-wide Day of Action calling attention to the federal government’s three-year-old, as yet unfulfilled promise to pass a Just Transition Act. This day of action is meant to send a strong message to legislators, highlighting what could be attained with bold federal leadership. On February 28th, the most worrying Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate report was released reminding us that the window to take critical action is closing rapidly.   Read more and see event locations here.


Rural Routes Through the Holy:  Thrive Where You Are   

Rural Routes Through the Holy:  Thrive Where You Are    June 16 – 18, 2022, CampTa Wa Si, Johnston Point, NB.   Registration is now open at hemofthelight.com/ruralroutes  for this gathering to nurture community among rural congregations and places.  Dr. Marvin Lee Anderson will be our main presenter and rural café facilitator.  We’ll also have a good group of Tasters, 30 minute presentations on a variety of things so good we may want to go home and cook them up in our own communities.  Spiritual Memoir, Messy Church, Labyrinth, Healing Pathways, Coffee in the Church Woods and Sustainability Projects at the local high school are a few of the offerings, each given by someone who loves them well.   You can read more about the gathering online at hemofthelight.com/ruralroutes or on our FB page Please register as early as possible; accommodations in the area are filling up fast. 


The Postcard Project

The Postcard Project  Rural Stories, the third postcard in the series has gone out to those whose faith communities fall within the parameters of size and geographic range the price of stamps has suggested we set.  But anyone can read about and participate in The Postcard Project by clicking on the links offered here or by visiting our Rural Routes Facebook page.  Don’t forget to like or follow the page to stay in touch with resources and goings on.  We’d love to hear from you too so message the team or drop us a line at ruralroutesatlantic@gmail.com.

ces and goings on.  We’d love to hear from you too so message the team or drop us a line at ruralroutesatlantic@gmail.com.


St. John’s PIE Weekend – There’s a slice for Everyone!

St. John’s United Church (Halifax) is hosting some PIE weekend events (in person and via zoom). See the poster here or visit their website for more information  www.stjohnsunited.com/gsa.