NEWS AND UPDATES FROM REGIONAL COUNCIL 15 (RC15)

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Making Hope Visible – Podcast

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Regional Council 15 (RC15) Committee Volunteer form.


Covenanting Service between Rev. Heather Ferrier, Mahone Bay and Blue Rocks Pastoral Charges and Regional Council 15 

A covenanting service will be held 2pm Sunday June 12 at Trinity United Church, Mahone Bay, to celebrate the calling of the Rev. Heather Ferrier to serve the Pastoral Charges of Mahone Bay and Blue Rocks. Our guest preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Rob Fennell. We invite our neighbours to join us for this special service and the refreshments that will follow.


Annual Meeting Resources

Dear members of Regional Council,

It was wonderful to see you this weekend. As promised we have added some of the links that were shared at the Annual Meeting under the “Resources” header on the Regional Annual Meeting web page. We have also added the link to the Celebration of Ministries service under the header “Sunday Worship Service”.

Thank you once again for giving your gift of time and discipleship for the work of the church. For those who were not able to be at the meeting please know you were missed. The information in the link I am sure will still be of interest to you in your ministry.

Link for words “Annual Meeting” https://ucceast.ca/regional-council-15/rc15-annual-meeting-2022


Orchard Valley United Church:  An Affirming Celebration

Orchard Valley United celebrates our official designation as an Affirming Ministry on Pride Sunday, June 5, 2022, at 3:00pm.  Please join us at our temporary location in the former Sears space at the County Fair Mall, New Minas.

Along with a program of special music and song, our celebration includes guest speaker Caitlin Smithers, currently a student at the Atlantic School of Theology and the Centre for Christian Studies.  Rev. Kim Curlett, Coordinator of Affirming Ministry Programs for Atlantic Canada and Quebec, will present the official Affirming Ministry Certificate to Orchard Valley United.  Join Rev. Don Sellsted, Pastor Katie Logan, the Orchard Valley Affirming Team, family and friends (and cake!) as we joyfully and publicly celebrate this very special occasion.  All are welcome!

Note that mask-wearing is required for in-person attendance. The service will be live-streamed and also recorded for later viewing on our YouTube channel. Please check our website, www.OrchardValleyUnited.ca to learn more about us.


A Climate of Hope Conference: Postponed until Fall, Online Webinar June 4th

Due to concerns about in person gatherings and ongoing Covid infections, The Ecology Action Centre will be moving our Climate of Hope: Faith Communities Confront the Climate Emergency conference to early autumn. The day-long conference will host workshops, speakers and resource sharing with a focus on initiatives and strategies that tackle different climate change issues.

On June 4 from 10am to 12pm we will host a Zoom Webinar to begin looking at ways that faith communities are addressing the climate crisis as well as lessons, tools and resources that can help us to transition to a post carbon caring society.  We will feature some of the speakers who will give workshops at the Fall conference.  Register Here

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and hope you will join us for a shorter webinar on June 4 and an in-person conference in the Fall.


Participants Needed for DMin Research on Clergy Mental Health

We are not alone.  But sometimes ministry can feel awfully lonely.
For the past two years, I (Rev. Kathleen Anderson) have been working toward a DMin, with a focus on clergy mental health.  I am interested in how clergy think, talk, and act around their own experiences of mental health and illness, how mental health affects ministry, and how ministry affects mental health.  While I have my own story, one story is not enough to generate meaningful recommendations, nor is it enough to shape policies and practices.

Ethics approval for this study was granted at the end of May by the DMin Committee of the Saskatoon Theological Union.  This means that I can now start what I consider the most important part of my research – actually hearing from clergy.  The first part of that most important research comes in the form of an anonymous online survey.  For those so inclined, interest in a follow-up conversation can be indicated at the end of the survey.
To participate in the survey (available until July 15), go to: https://bit.ly/39EpqRr
If you have any questions, please reach out to me via e-mail: kanderson.home@gmail.com.


Pastoral Relationships Thriving with Equity Research Project

If you are Ministry Personnel who identifies as

  • Indigenous
  • racialized
  • Deaf,
  • speak English as an additional language
  • Francophone
  • disabled
  • Two-Spirit
  • LGBTQIA+
  • non-binary or
  • female

In other words Equity-seeking or If you are a member of M&P, Board or Elders of a Community of Faith which is in a Pastoral Relationship with someone who identifies as Equity-seeking The Pastoral Relationships Thriving with Equity Research Project wants to hear from you.  See full details here.

Participate and find information by following this link: https://uccequity22.wixsite.com/equity22


Need for Head Chef – Berwick Camp 2022

The United Church Camp Meeting Association, (Berwick Camp ) is looking for a head chef, from July 27 -August 7.  Meals begin on Friday July 27 with the supper meal, then three meals per day-breakfast, dinner, supper, from July 28 to August 6, two meals on Sunday, August 7 – breakfast and dinner.  Each day will begin by 7 a.m. and conclude with the evening meal by 6-6:30 p.m.

The head chef will work in cooperation with and direct four paid staff—a baker (already arranged) a support chef and two other workers to prepare, cook and have meals ready to serve, plus cleanup each day.  There is also a need to fill the three positions, not including the baker.  The head chef will work with the Food Services managers to prepare a menu by the end of June for these meals.  Volunteers will assist with some food preparation and serving of meals to the dining hall staff who will serve the tables.  Other youth volunteers will do clean up of dishes and cutlery after each meal.

Compensation will be offered through consultation with the Food Services Managers and the Camp Treasurer.  For further information, please contact Brian Delong, 1- 506-363-2360, email-rev.brian.delong@gmail.com by June 8.


Guaranteed Liveable Income

A petition is circulating re: the GLI programme of PEI.  The GLi network of the UCC would like you to sign and distribute as widely as possible. Please see the link below.

Call for the Federal Government to grant the all-party request from Prince Edward Island for a Guaranteed Livable Income Demonstration Project.  Please go to this link to sign the petition and share with others via email or congregation communications.