NEWS AND UPDATES FROM REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)

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Emergency Response Memos for Regional Council 15 (RC15)       

Making Hope Visible – Podcast

It’s Your Call – Podcast

News from the Pews Newsletter


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Regional Council 15 (RC15) Committee Volunteer form.


Condolences: Karen Ohrt

Condolences are extended to the family of Rev. Karen Ohrt (RC15) who passed away on April 8, 2022.  The obituary can be viewed here.


Condolences: Clifford Moase

Condolences are extended to the family of Rev. Clifford Moase (RC15) who passed away on April 10, 2022.  The obituary can be viewed here.


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.


Elected Members to Regional Council 2022

A reminder to please use the below link to complete the elected members form to Regional Council for 2022, if you haven’t already done so.

RC15 Elected Members Form

RC15 Elected Members Memo


Call for Nominations

Region 15 needs your help!

As a region, we can only do the important work and ministry within Nova Scotia and Bermuda with the help of dedicated volunteers like you. As we approach the annual meeting, some terms are ending. The Nominations Committee is seeking interested individuals who may be willing to participate in the region by serving on a committee.

Currently, we are in need of individuals who are willing to serve:
-Nominations Committee
-Financial Accountability and Investments Committee
-Incorporated Ministries Committee
-Annual Meeting Planning Committee
-Faith Story and Community Covenants Committee
-Retiree Support Committee

If you interested in any of these positions, please contact Nominations chair, Rev. Alicia Cox at aliciadawncox@msn.com.

If you are interested in a position not listed above, or you are not sure where your gifts or interests might fit, please fill out the Nominations form found here: https://ucceast.ca/56874-regional-council-15-committee-volunteer-form/

Please share this information with your congregations. Committee membership is open to all community of faith members within the bounds of Region 15, and is not limited to elected representatives to the region.


To church treasurers and all who are involved in church finances:

The pandemic and church restructuring have changed the way we do church in many ways, not the least of which is how we do the work of managing our finances. The Financial Accountability and Investments Committee of Region 15 has been wrestling with how we can reach out to our Communities of Faith to help them keep up with these changes.

Erik Mathiesen, Chief Financial Officer of The United Church and Clyde Harris, an expert in United Church finances began doing online webinars at the beginning of the pandemic. These “Webinars for Church Treasurers” have become so popular that they have continued to hold them on a regular basis.

The next one, scheduled for April 20th at 8:00 p.m. Atlantic will focus on “new treasurers”.  All of these webinars can be viewed in whole or in a power point presentation at anytime after the live event. They cover a wide range of topics of interest to treasures and church administrators. We urge all who are involved in the finances of their Communities of Faith to take a look and to please share this link with anyone in your pastoral charge involved in church finances. https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/316-congregational-finances

Your Financial Accountability and Investments Committee is here to help our COF’s with any questions or problems related to church finances. Co-chairs: Allan Davis and Malcolm (Mac) Macleod


Worship 101 for Occasional Lay Worship Leaders

Have you ever been asked to offer partial leadership in worship–or take on an entire worship service–and had the sinking feeling that you didn’t know where to begin? Or, that you just can’t see yourself ‘up front’ in that leading role?  Then we have a series of workshops for you!

The RC 15 Faith Formation and Leadership Development committee  is offering a five part series– Worship 101 for Occasional Lay Worship Leaders.  These workshops are meant to help the occasional lay worship leader untangle how to get started, where to find resources, and how to prepare to lead worship with confidence.  These workshops are designed to respond to Regional Council 15’s Strategic Plan Pillars of Discipleship: to “Promote the importance of discipleship as core to the strengthening, vitality and sustainability of Christian community”; and Leadership: to “develop curious, faithful, brave leaders”.

The series will be held on Zoom in late April to mid-May. Click here for more details.


It’s Your Call

A new episode of the Pod Cast It’s Your Call is now available.  You can catch this and previous episodes as an podcast on Apply and Google as well https://open.spotify.com/episode/0vECnCOfVolEEDeohXdr44


Climate Stories From Your Church Wanted

The climate crisis is in the news every day. What has your Community of Faith been doing this past year to raise awareness, learn about, and take action towards climate justice? Last year at our region’s AGM we were called to work towards climate justice in whatever ways we could – through prayer, preaching, learning, making our building more energy efficient, forming a Green Team or Climate Justice Committee, and working with others to advocate for climate justice. Here is the video that gave us ideas about what we can do: https://youtu.be/8ylrgqJ4UYw

The Ecological Justice Working Group asked us to share our stories and actions so they can be communicated at this year’s Annual Meeting to inspire and encourage us to do more. Here is a link to the proposal we supported. https://ucceast.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1-Climate-Crisis-A-Call-to-the-Faithful-to-Work-Towards-Climate-Justice-RC15.pdf

Please send your story, photos, video or whatever you have about what your Community of Faith has done for the earth and for environmental justice to: drsusanalex@yahoo.com   Subject line: “Regional Climate Justice”  by: April 29th. We will share at our next Annual Meeting.


The Postcard Project

The Postcard Project  Rural Neighbours, the fourth 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 so message the team or drop us a line at ruralroutesatlantic@gmail.com.   Who is your neighbour?  And how is your faith community being neighbourly


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  Rural Routes 2022 for this gathering that nurtures community among rural congregations and places.    You can read more about the gathering online at the link above or on our FB page  Please register as early as possible; accomodations in the area are filling up.   If you’re concerned about Covid, remember most places have a good cancellation range.  You can check that when you book.  If you’re having trouble finding accommodation please email ruralroutesatlantic@gmail.com


Eco Justice Working Group for Regions 14 and 15 submits a response to government’s Draft Radioactive Waste Policy for Canada

The submission critiques the Draft Policy’s introductory assumptions that ‘we need nuclear’, referencing a summary of expert articles “Countering the Nuclear Industry Narrative.  It supports the “Alternative policy” issued by citizen experts of Nuclear Waste Watch, adding that there is a need for funding for: indigenous and citizen groups seeking education to facilitate transparent, informed engagement and independent research on health impacts and technologies for waste management. It critiques the apparent ‘deregulation’ approach by government, relying on industry initiatives.


Lepreau Nuclear Power Application for 25 year licence renewal Interventions

New Brunswickers and others have submitted “Interventions” either in support of, or against, the approval of a licence to operate the Lepreau station until 2047.  The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulator (CNSC) will hold hearings on these interventions in Saint John NB on May 11 and 12, 2022, which will be live streamed.  A comprehensive intervention against the 25 year application was submitted jointly by the Coalition for Responsible Energy Development – NB and the Canadian Environmental Law Association.  It can be accessed through links from the CRED-NB website https://crednb.ca/2022/03/29/a-25-year-nuclear-licence-for-nb-power-cred-nb-and-cela-intervene/.  The 40 recommendations include procedural as well as safety concerns, including the much wider ‘Ingestion Zone’ required in the event of a serious radioactive event.  All interventions will be posted by CNSC.


Come to a national gathering for peace, justice & human rights in Palestine/Israel! 

The United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel (UNJPPI) is a country-wide network of people, many connected with the United Church of Canada, who are concerned about justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. We focus on advocacy, education to uphold human rights and justice in the region.

Every year, UNJPPI organizes a national gathering. Now that pandemic restrictions have eased we’re grateful for the opportunity to gather again and invite you to join! We’ll meet May 5-8, 2022 in London, Ontario. The theme is “Responding to a Cry for Hope.”

UNJPPI’s May gathering is an opportunity to learn regardless of your previous knowledge or engagement with peace and justice in Israel and PalestineIt’s a chance to hear from dynamic and diverse speakers, connect with like minded advocates from across the country, form community over meals and music, engage in meaningful learning sessions and envision how we carry the work for peace and justice forward.

More information is on the event website: www.unjppi.ca
Learn more about UNJPPI at: https://www.unjppi.org/index.html
You can also contact Anne or Linda (annehoganson@gmail.com or lindakseven@gmail.com) for info.