BC Conference General Meeting 2015

When: May 28-31, 2015

Where: Whistler Conference Centre in Whistler, BC

Theme: "Leading From the Heart" Read an invitation from BC Conference President Rev. Karen Medland to reflect on what it means to lead in these new and interesting times for the church.

Reports & Agenda Book: Download PDF. Note: One hard copy will be provided per table in the Plenary Hall. Additional hard copies can be requested from Katie Purych by 5:00 pm Thursday, May 21.

Financial Statements: Download PDF of the BC Conference Consolidated Financial Statements, and the PDF of the Property Development Council Statements.

About BC Conference

BC Conference is an administrative and service-delivery body of The United Church of Canada. We provide staff, finances, advice, advocacy and programming resources to 10 presbyteries, 200+ congregations, hundreds of ministry personnel and numerous ministries in British Columbia including camps, social service agencies, housing and care facilities, chaplaincies, hospitals and educational centres. Read our mission and vision here and see what's happening below.

Maverick Jack comes to Conference Archives

Blair Galston, May 11, 2015

Something really special happened at the Archives last month. I received an email from a family that is well-known in these parts—a family of one of the saints of our church: the Rev. Dr. Jack Shaver (1918–2001). They were wondering if the Archives would accept a donation of Jack’s records. Would we!

Inspired to Act

Start Date: 
May 27 2015 - 10:30am - May 28 2015 - 12:00pm

Is charity deterring us from taking political action?

Many passionate, giving people are feeling busy and overwhelmed these days. Time is tight. Activism seems exhausting. We want to give, so we lean on the most common way we know how: through our cheque book. 

But giving to charity doesn't inherently change the system that's causing the issue. What changes the system is our actions. So how can we leverage our other resources - like passion, relationships, empathy, and conversation - to make a difference? And how can we walk and talk the change we want to see in the world without exhausting ourselves? 

This event will help you find the balance.

20-year volunteer retires: David Martyn

David Martyn, volunteer manager and technical support of the BC Conference website, is retiring.

For 20 years, David has helped Conference staff keep its constituents informed by building and supervising the Conference website, bc.united-church.ca. David is now a retired United Church minister, a former volunteer of the BC Conference Finance Committee and Home Missions Committee, and an avid golfer. He continues to volunteer his time building and maintaining other church-affiliated websites.

Over the last year, David has worked with Communications Director, Jocelyn Wagner, and web developer, Andrew Tuline, to hand over knowledge and management of the website. All website inquires can now be directed to communication [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca (subject: BC%20Conference%20website) (Jocelyn Wagner)

David began his work on the website when such technology was in its infancy and knowing HTML was a necessity. Through the decades he not only kept his knowledge of the technology fresh but continued to push the Conference to wholly embrace the web and computer technology.

It is with deep gratitude that we thank David for his service all these years and wish him both a joyful retirement and continuing satisfaction with keeping abreast of the latest and most promising computer innovations.

Naramata Board and CUPE reach resolution

On April 7, 2015, the following message was posted to the Naramata Centre website:

The Board of Directors of the Naramata Centre Society and CUPE, Local 608 (Naramata Centre Unit) have reached a mutually acceptable resolution to the ongoing labour dispute between the Centre and the Union. This resolution brings an end to the Strike Action and resolves outstanding issues relating to the closure of the Centre at Naramata.

We are grateful for the many years of faithful work given to the Centre by all employees and for the way in which this mutual agreement has been able to be reached. 

Executive Director of First United Church retires

Stephen Gray, long-time staff member and current Executive Director of First United Church, is retiring.

In a short note posted to the First United Church website, Stephen says his "main concern in [retiring] is that the succession happens smoothly and that I am able to do whatever is required of me to ensure a successful transition." Read the full note here.

First United Church is now in the process of seeking a new Executive Director. View the job posting and share far and wide with your networks. 
Plans are being considered to celebrate Stephen's farewell. If you would like to be kept in the loop about any plans, please contact hforbes [at] firstunited [dot] ca (subject: Stephen%20Gray%20retirement%20celebration) (Heather Forbes), Communications and Resource Development Coordinator.

Pressure Point

The Bob Stewart Archives of BC Conference has launched a YouTube channel featuring select digitized episodes of the former television program, Pressure Point.

Rod Booth“They say God always opens a window when fate closes a door and in the mid-70s the window turned out to be Community Cable Television. Nobody thought it would go anywhere; but the indefatigable Lois Boyce [United Church of Canada BC Conference volunteer] was convinced otherwise. She started her (mainly anti-nuclear) cable show while the industry was in its absolute infancy – recruiting fellow students from a BCIT night school course to assist her with the modest production [including R. Wayne Carlow who continued on as the program’s production director throughout much of its duration]. It was to evolve into “Pressure Point,” one of the longest-running, volunteer-operated, community television shows in Canadian television history. It ran weekly for 26 years, ceasing production only in 2001, and some of those original volunteers stayed with it almost to the end.” 

-- Rod Booth, then United Church of Canada BC Conference Broadcasting Director, first host and producer of Pressure Point


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