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.

Reaction from BC Conference to shooting incident in Ottawa

From BC Conference Executive President, Karen Medland
October 22, 2014
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 
 
The shootings on Parliament Hill on October 22 have left many of us fearful and in shock. It does not seem possible that such things could happen here in Canada, a place where we have predominantly experienced peace and safety.
 
We pray for all those who are grieving for the loss of a loved one, friend, colleague, and give thanks for those who are willing to put themselves in places of danger so that we may be safe.
 
This week's text from Matthew 22: 34-46 will be hard for many of us to preach on as we gather with our communities of faith on Sunday since it stands in stark contrast to the violence we witnessed in these events.
 
God of all mercy and compassion, help us to find the strength to be peacemakers and peacekeepers, to remember those who grieve and suffer because of the violence of others, and give us courage to seek love. Lead us not into the temptation of retribution and deliver us from evil. Through the love of Christ let your kingdom of peace reign now and forever. Amen. 
 
Blessings from
Rev. Karen Medland
 
karenmedland [at] telus [dot] net
www.firstunitedkelowna.com
tel: 250 762 3311 ext. 104

Rising Hope: Turning the World Just Side Up

Start Date: 
Oct 31 2014 - 6:00pm - Nov 2 2014 - 12:00pm

Rising Hope October 31-November 2, 2014In these difficult and trying times for our world, it is tempting to lose hope, to turn the TV off, to despair. As people who try to live Christ's vision, giving up is not an option!

This event is an invitation to share our perspectives, reclaim our hope, support individual efforts and strengthen our commitment to peace and justice. Expect stories, fun and celebration!

 

LeaderShift

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LeaderShift is a 3-4 year initiative of the British Columbia Conference of The United Church of Canada to provide opportunities for Presbyteries, collections of congregations and leaders to develop customized solutions for rapid societal change. Visit leadershiftbcc.ca for more information or to register for upcoming LeaderShift events.

Evolve 2014

Start Date: 
Nov 8 2014 - 12:00pm - Nov 11 2014 - 12:00pm

Evolve 2014

Trees are a common motif of power and beauty. Think: The tree of life, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the Jesse tree, the family tree! At Evolve 2014, come learn about your place and purpose in our family tree of believers.

Evolve is an annual gathering of United Church youth, young adults, leaders and elders. Join us November 8-11, 2014 at Stillwood Conference Centre to form community, explore faith and have fun! For more information or to register, visit evolve2014.org.

The Centre at Naramata

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The Centre at Naramata, a United Church conference and retreat centre, has cancelled Summer and Fall Programs for 2014. For more information about the situation, visit The Centre at Naramata website.

BC Conference General Meeting

Conference logoThe 2014 BC Conference General Meeting was at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, BC.

If you couldn't attend but want to know what happened check out the following YouTube feeds.You can read Ed Searcy's sermon on his blog. Minutes of the meeting are now available.

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