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Condolences – Rev. Theo Crozier

Our condolences are extended to the family of Rev. Theo Crozier who passed away on November 3, 2022. The obituary can be viewed here.


Executive Minutes

The draft minutes of the October 18, 2022 meeting of the Executive are now available on the website.


FSLDW Affirm Committee Zoom Webinar “Economic Justice” Thursday, Nov 17, 7 pm

Guest Resource Person: We welcome Rev. Shepherd Munikwa, Minister for Justice and Mission for the three eastern regions.
Shepherd writes “I’m a Zimbabwean Canadian. I consider myself as a Colonial Firebrand. I was born and raised in a war of liberation situation. I’m a victim of economic injustice from a tender age. My theological conviction is in creating a beloved community in which each person can fully be themselves, have voice, and shape the community, feel safe, respected, expressing all aspects of their identities and dignity. Transforming people, build relationships, friendship and reconciliation. Diversity, equality, equity, inclusion and liberation is key in my ministry. In this vision, each person shares a sense of belonging with other members.”

Webinar Theme: Economic Justice

Economic justice is a component of social justice and welfare economics. It is a set of theological, moral and ethical principles for building economic institutions, where the ultimate goal is to create an opportunity for each person to establish a sufficient material foundation upon which to have a dignified, productive, and creative life. We all have a part to play in levelling the ground for all the creation.

Genesis 1:28,31 “God blessed them and said to them….”, “God saw all that God had made, and it was very good……” The account of Genesis 1 and 2 makes it clear that God planned for humanity to enjoy the beauty, abundance and fruitfulness of creation. The setting of the Garden of Eden, the first humans found a rich, fertile place, and humanity was intended to prosper in every sense. God provides an abundance of resources and means for humans to flourish. If so, where went wrong? Greediness, selfishness resulted to colonialism, capitalism which leads to exploitation of resources and human power. Wendell Berry and Norman Wirzba ed., in their book, The Art of the Commonplace talks of a “Big Bad Idea”, “Commercialization” which brought competition among humanity.

Click here to register to receive the Zoom link.


Pastoral Relations Online Liaison Training: Supporting the Church of Today into the Future

The important work of supporting Communities of Faith in times of transition is managed by your Regional Pastoral Relations Committee, the Regional Minister and dedicated volunteers.

We are looking to add to the team of trained liaisons. If you have interest in shaping the church of the future, assisting with interviews of potential leaders and helping celebrate new models of ministry and relationships, we would love to speak with you. To express interest or ask questions, reach out to the regional minister, Kendall Harrison at kharrison@united-church.ca

Online Training will happen Saturday, December 10th, 9:00 am to Noon


United Fresh Start Free Training, January 24, 25, 26

We are excited to announce that training in the United Fresh Start Program is coming to the Regional Office in Sackville. We have 12 spaces available for free training in this exciting program that is designed to support the mutual ministry of clergy and lay leaders.

We are looking for people who want to learn about the program, practice your facilitation skills and then share that knowledge with others. To express interest please email jwhittemore@united-church.ca

If you have questions about the training after reviewing the information, contact the Regional Minister. kharrison@united-church.ca

https://unitedfreshstart.ca


Advent Resources & Special Offer

Here is an overview of Advent resources — and an offer that might interest some of you.

Advent is coming soon. You can check out several Prayer Bench Advent resources here: Visit the Advent Resources page.

Here is the offer. If you are not a 2022 Prayer Bench subscriber you can sign up for one of the 2023 packages and receive the 2022 Wake Sleep Advent Prayers and Practice.

Review the information for the 2023 subscription packages here.

New subscribers signing up this week receive the Advent resource for this year: Wake Sleep Advent Prayers and Practice.

[Please note: the resource Wake Sleep prayers and practice is included in the 2022 packages and will be emailed to all paid subscribers soon.]

Visit the Prayer Bench Shop at https://prayerbench.ca/shop/ for more information about the packages and Advent resources.


Worship 101 for Occasional Lay Worship Leaders (2023)

If you’ve ever been asked to offer partial leadership in worship–or take on an entire worship service—you may have experienced the sinking feeling of not knowing where to begin, or that you just can’t see yourself ‘up front’ in that leading role. Do we have a set of workshops for you!

The RC 15 Faith Formation and Leadership Development team presents a five part series– Worship 101 for Occasional Lay Worship Leaders. These workshops are designed 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. The series will be held on Zoom in January-February 2023.

For more info and to register please visit: https://ucceast.ca/67357-worship-101-for-occasional-lay-worship-leaders


Gifts with Vision in the Maritimes

Looking for a Christmas gift for someone special in your family or congregation? Give a gift that touch many lives in the Maritime provinces.

Here are the Gifts with Vision available for ministries in FSLDW and Region 15:
* Bursaries to Support Human Rights (GWV 22-44) Breaking the Silence Network
* Outreach Program: Pandemic Recovery (GWV 22-19) Brunswick Street Mission, Halifax, NS
* Send a Kid to Camp (GWV 22-49) Camp Kidston, NS
* Sponsor Student’s Multifaith Meal (GWV 22-02) UCC Chaplaincy at Dalhousie University
* Whatever They need Most (GWV 22-37) Coverdale Centre for Women, Sain John, NB
* Help Young People Live out Their Faith (GWV 22-48) The Go Project
* General gift to Mission & Service (GWV MS5)
* The Environment Fund (GWV ENV)

https://giftswithvision.ca/


Invest in People for the Common Good

From a recent article by Marion Pardy printed in The Telegram, St. John’s, NL, Nov. 1st.:
“…A guaranteed livable basic income, administered through our tax system, without excessive taxes, is an efficient and effective way to lift substantial numbers of people out of poverty. Think, for example, of the savings in excessive health care and administration if burdensome monitoring requirements are eliminated. It ensures that single parents, individuals, seniors and others with unpredictable incomes have sufficient means to meet their daily needs (instead of being forced to choose between food for their family and paying the light bill, or food and medication). It ensures that children can develop their minds and bodies to the best of their potential by participating more in school and community activities, that the poverty cycle is broken. In short, it would allow people to live with greater dignity.”

To read the full article please click here. The article is also posted on the Justice Mission and Outreach section of the UCC East website.


Phone Conference Services Ending

As of November 15, 2022, our service provider, Arkadin Phone Services, will no longer be available to us for conference calls. This platform is terminating their services. Congregations or committees who have used Arkadin may want to consider using the Zoom teleconferencing platform. This can be done in a variety of ways:

1.  Avail of the free Zoom account that allows for 40 minutes of free teleconferencing: https://zoom.us/signup#/signup

This free service allows you to manage your own meeting bookings and maintain control over scheduling and hosting your meetings. For meetings longer than 40 minutes, you can schedule a meeting break and sign in again, or consider using option 2 or 3.

2. Consider purchasing a paid Zoom account at $20 per month or $200 annually: https://zoom.us/pricing

This option will provide your committee or congregation with the full flexibility of hosting and managing your own meetings for minimal cost.

3. If option 1 or 2 do not work for your committee or congregation, the region will share its accounts with you. You will not be provided with hosting options, but will be able to run your meetings by requesting time in advance with one of the shared accounts. You will need to arrange your Zoom meeting through Jennifer Taylor, Executive Assistant to Executive Minister: jtaylor@united-church.ca


 

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