GC43 Proposal Information

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Attached please find the new format for proposals that will be used at GC43.  Any proposal that is being written to be sent to GC43 needs to follow this set-up.  The goal is to allow the GC explore options not force it into debating a single solution.

 

This process was tried on an experimental basis at the last meeting of the General Council Executive.  Even allowing for some learning curves, it enabled informed discussion and worked well.

 

Do not hesitate to be in touch if you have questions.

 

C-A

Ministry in Motion – Save the Date – November 5-7, 2018

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Nov. 5-7, 2018
Wellington Square United Church, Burlington, Ontario

Creating dynamic opportunities for worship, prayer, learning, and growth.

Over the years, we've invited Lauren Winner, John Pentland, Rt. Rev. Gary Paterson, Paul Scott Wilson, Rodger Nishioka, Leonard Sweet, Robin Mark, David Fitch...and many more speakers and workshop leaders to help us explore this exciting work of ministry together...and in 2018 we are planning for even more exciting and engaging speakers on relevant topics!

 

So save the date November 5-7, 2018, in Burlington, Ontario, for this important gathering. Early bird price of $225 incl. lunch, etc will be honoured until October 9th, 2018. Watch your email box for upcoming announcements of our speakers, and when registration is open!

 

What others are saying:

 

"Fantastic, wonderful, accessible, encouraging!" (from a first-time attendee.)

 

"MIM is well put together with wonderful talent and commitment."

 

 

Ministry in Motion is "Life-giving."
 
See you in November!

 

 

Jan 15, 2018 YouTube Live Broadcast – The Boundaries Commission Reports

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The Boundaries Commission Reports

YouTube Live Broadcast
January 15, 2018  1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific

click here for the start times in each of Canada's time zones

 

Join us on January 15 for a live broadcast on YouTube with Andrew Richardson, Chair of the Boundaries Commission.

 

Description

As we prepare to move from four courts of the church to three councils, people across the church have been wondering where the regional boundaries will be, and which Regional Council they'll be in. General Council Executive appointed a Commission to make those decisions. The Commission's preliminary report will be issued on January 10, 2018. 

The broadcast on January 15 is an opportunity to hear directly from Andrew Richardson, the Chair of the Commission. Host Lauren Hodson will ask him questions such as:

  • What factors did you use in deciding the new boundaries?
  • How did you try to take into account competing interests?

We'll introduce an interactive web-based map, so that you can see exactly where the boundaries fall in your part of the country.

We'll also take time for questions, using the "chat" feature on YouTube.

Church members are invited to review the report  and send in responses and concerns before the end of January through their church boards, Presbytery or Conference Executives. 

Le pasteur Andrew Richardson, président de la Commission concernant les limites géographiques, animera un événement en direct sur YouTube portant sur les processus de la Commission. L’événement aura lieu le 15 janvier 2018, à 10 h HNP, 11 h HNR, 12 h HNC, 13 h HNE, 14 h HNA, 14 h 30 HNT, et sera enregistré et diffusé à l’adresse www.youtube.com/unitedchurchofcanada. Bien que la présentation se fera en anglais, vous pourrez poser des questions en français en utilisant la fonction de clavardage en direct dans YouTube.

 

 

How To Tune In

Click the button below to view the program. Join us "live" at 1:00 pm Eastern Time on January 15; or use the same link to view the recording at any time after that.

Click HERE to view the program

How to Ask a Question

There will be a running chat beside the viewing screen at YouTube. To add a comment you'll require a (free) Google account. We'll have a member of the General Council staff monitoring the conversation and summarizing the questions that emerge, so that Lauren can direct them to our guest.

If you don't already have a free Google account, please click here   for instructions on how to create one.

 

 

Interim Report on Regional Council Boundaries

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The United Church of Canada | L'Église Unie du Canada
January 10, 2018

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Interim Report on Regional Council Boundaries 

After extensive consultations across the church, the interim report from the Boundaries Commission is proposing 17 regional councils be established on January 1, 2019, if Remit 1 (Three Council Model) is passed at the 43rd General Council in July 2018.

Please see the full report and related maps on united-church.ca

One significant early decision of the Commission was to honour a request from the Caretakers of Our Indigenous Circle. They had prepared the “Calls to the Church” document regarding the future place of the Indigenous Church within The United Church of Canada (pages 56‒67 of the complete GCE Workbook November 18-20 2017. Consistent with these Calls, the Caretakers asked the Commission to honour the intent of the Indigenous Church to engage in a distinct process to decide their relationships within the new church structure. 

Feedback and suggestions on this interim decision will be accepted until January 31, 2018, at remits@united-church.ca. If any church court (pastoral charge, presbytery, Conference) has a suggestion for a specific change, that court’s governing body must pass a motion naming the requested change. The motion can then be e-mailed to regchange@united-church.ca by January 31, 2018. The Commission will receive and study all feedback and make decisions on all the requested changes. It will release its final report no later than March 15, 2018, outlining the final boundaries of the new regional councils.

Boundaries Commission Chairperson, the Rev. Andrew Richardson, will host a YouTube Live event on the Commission’s processes on January 15, 2018: 10:00 a.m. PST; 11:00 a.m. MST; 12:00 noon CST; 1:00 p.m. EST; 2:00 p.m. AST; 2:30 p.m. NST. It will be recorded and available on www.youtube.com/unitedchurchofcanada

God’s Mission Our Gifts

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Make Gifts with Vision Part of Your Holiday Giving!

Are you looking for meaningful gifts to give this Christmas? The brand new Gifts with Vision catalogue is a great way to make a difference and show someone that you care. This year’s catalogue is filled with gifts that don’t need wrapping or tags, just your love.
 
To request a catalogue or make a gift by phone, call us at 1-844-715-7969, or e-mail us for more information. Make your gift online anytime at www.giftswithvision.ca. 

 

2018 Summer Employment Opportunities

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CAMP MCDOUGALL a United Church of

 Canada children’s residential summer camp in THESSALON, Ontario

2018 Summer Employment Opportunities

Camp McDougall is seeking to fill the following paid positions. 

 

The following would live on-site during camp sessions:

Camp Director

Program Manager –  18 years or older

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Note: Camp Director and Program Manager must be able to start employment mid-May, to ensure the Camp is ready for pre-season activities for the first week of June.

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Waterfront Co-Ordinator (2) – 18 years or older

-      NLS Certification and lifeguarding experience req.

-      Canoe experience an asset (Cert. preferred)

Recreation Co-ordinator – 18 years or older

-      Canoe certification an asset

Arts & Crafts Co-ordinator – 18 years or older

Senior Counsellors (4) – 17 years or older

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The following positions could live on-site during camp sessions, or would be expected to have their own transportation to camp on a daily basis:

P/T Caretaker

Cook and Assistant Cook

-   Experience with menu planning and cooking for large groups

-   Safe Food Handling certificate is required

Note for ALL positions:

Current police records check must be obtained and submitted prior to beginning employment if hired.  (Letter for Vulnerable Sector will be provided with job offer). All applicants should have current Standard First  Aid and Basic Rescuer CPR. 

Full job descriptions and qualifications available on our website: 

 www.campmcdougall.com

Interested applicants are asked to submit a typed résumé by

Friday, January 19, 2018 by e-mail to  s_dewar@shaw.ca

or by post to

S. Dewar
405 Morin Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6C 3E7. 

Bill 148 Flyer

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You need to know:

…the impact of Ontario Bill 148 on the relationship as employer you have with those who work for your congregation

…who is responsible for being informed and up to date on the new requirements of Bill 148

There will opportunities at presbytery meetings, and in communiques to Ministry and Personnel Committees, in early 2018 to hear more about the implications of Bill 148 BUT there are some things you need to budget for NOW

1. The general minimum wage for anyone employed by the congregation increases effective January 1, 2018, in most cases to $14.00 per hour

2. There is already in effect as of November 24, 2017 tighter definitions regarding “employee classification”. There is a requirement for clearer definition of those who are truly “independent contractors” and those who ought more correctly be defined as employees.

This shift can also have budget implications as those previously paid as contractors, are more correctly redefined as employees with the right to employee programs, such as: Employment Insurance contributions, Canada Pension Plan contributions, income tax at source, and if they have enough hours access to the United Church of Canada employee programs such as pension and group benefits. The Bill provides for fines to the employer for misclassification.

There are numerous other changes that are part of Bill 148 – holidays, vacation pay percentage, leaves for family medical or personal emergency leave. For full information you can visit https://hicksmorley.com/tag/bill-148-fair-workplaces-better-jobs-act-2017/

Five Oaks ~ Living Into The Light

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Greetings!

 

As this season finds the daylight hours lessening, Five Oaks is a haven of illumination. The light of life is beaming, as we explore many new ventures. On the program side, we are pleased to announce that we are becoming the only Canadian location for the School of Celtic Consciousness (SCC). Founded and led by John Philip Newell, SCC's Purpose is to:

  • To expand the consciousness of Celtic wisdom through study and reflection
  • To deepen spiritual practice in the context of Earth’s sacredness
  • To nurture community and a commitment to compassionate action

The school will run a 3-day session annually at Five Oaks in the early summer. For more information or to register, click on the link below:

School of Celtic Consciousness

(You might wish to consider giving this spectacular event as a Christmas Gift!)

 

In partnership with Emmanuel College, Five Oaks' Oaten Institute is offering The Ministry of Supervision Program (application closes Jan 7, 2018). A few other upcoming programs are Men's Spirituality, Confirmation, and NEOS Youth Ministry training. Click on, Oaten Institute Programs for details.

 

 

Other sparks of light at Five Oaks two new partnerships. Ageless Arts Yoga has opened a studio onsite called Grand River Yoga ~ offering yoga classes in gentle, flow, chair, family and more. Click on Grand River Yoga for details.

GROWE (Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education) is a "natural" fit at Five Oaks, offering interpretive hikes and exciting nature themed programs to schools, families, corporate groups and individuals. GROWE offers many varied adventures throughout our beautiful 116 acres. Check out their programs at GROWE .

 

 

Supporting Five Oaks' new vision and mission is easy & deeply appreciated at Five Oaks Donations   (immediately receive an e-receipt)

 

 

Thank-You for continued interest in Five Oaks!

Your Communications Working Team

 

 

 

 

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Remit Implementation Update: Input to Boundaries Commission

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December 14, 2017

Input to Boundaries Commission

On January 10, 2018, the Boundaries Commission will release its interim report. The report will show the boundaries of the proposed regional councils, including where all pastoral charges will fit into the proposed regional councils. One significant early decision of the Commission was to honour a request from the Caretakers of the Indigenous Church. They had prepared the “Calls to the Church” document regarding the future place of the Indigenous Church within The United Church of Canada; see pages 56‒67 of the complete GCE Workbook November 18-20 2017. Consistent with these Calls, the Caretakers asked the Commission to honour the intent of the Indigenous Church to engage in a distinct process to decide their relationships within the new church structure.

Suggestions for changes

As the next step of the process, the Commission will be receiving feedback on its interim report from the governing bodies of pastoral charges, presbyteries, and Conferences. All current church courts are encouraged to read the report carefully. If any church court has a suggestion for a specific change, that court’s governing body must pass a motion naming the requested change. The motion can then be e-mailed to regchange@united-church.ca from January 10, 2018 to January 31, 2018. Please use this address for change requests only; comments and other questions can be sent to remits@united-church.ca.

Governing bodies of church courts may want to consider scheduling a meeting between January 10 and 31 to review the report and determine whether they wish to request any changes.

The Commission will receive and study all feedback received and will make decisions on all the requested changes. It will release its final report no later than March 15, 2018, outlining the boundaries of the new regional councils. If the 43rd General Council approves Remit 1: Three Council Model in July 2018, the new boundaries will take effect on January 1, 2019.

Information about all the changes underway in the church can be found on the Remit Implementation page, along with documents answering frequently asked questions about the remits. Questions, comments, suggestions, and concerns can be sent to remits@united-church.ca. Sign up to receive the Remit Implementation newsletter here.

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