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2017 BC Conference General Meeting

Start Date: 
May 25 2017 - 6:00pm - May 28 2017 - 12:00pm

 

The 2017 BC Conference General Meeting will be held May 25-28, 2017 at The Nest at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. The theme for the General Meeting is "How Big is Our Tent?"

The Celebration of Ministry service will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Church Amalgamation for New Life

Start Date: 
Apr 8 2017 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

Workshop at Crossroads United Church, Delta.

$50 per person or $175 for 4 or more.  Includes lunch.

Register here!

If your congregation is considering partnerships with other congregations or denominations, there are no shortage of questions. What is the best model for our context? What financial information should we be aware of? How do we co-create a new vision together?

This workshop is for congregation members and their leadership teams to come together and learn from real-life examples of partnership. You will leave with a good understanding of the various models for partnership, processes and issues to work through, and inspiration on how to thrive in your new form.

Read about the workshop and the workshop leader David Raymond on the Leadershift website.

Registration also available by calling Brenda Wolff, at the BC Conference office - 604-431-0434, ext. 308.
 

BC Conference United Church Women Annual General Meeting

Start Date: 
Apr 27 2017 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Golden Ears United Church
22165 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Contact lynn [at] kluane [dot] net (Lynn Lancaster) for more information.

 

 

External Organizational Audit completed in 2016

Every three years the BC Conference Executive hires an independent “auditor” to look at the whole work of BC Conference (not just its finances). The goal is to make sure the work being done is following the purposes and goals of the Conference and is being done in an effective and efficient manner.

In 2016 the well-known church governance “guru”, Dan Hotchkiss, carried out the review. Since receiving his report in November the Conference Executive has been discussing it and exploring ways of following up on its recommendations.

His findings and recommendations can be read here.
 

Saskatchewan Conference Refugee Action

Saskatchewan Conference takes action for refugees: increase sponsorships and end the Safe Third Country Agreement

On Friday, January 27th US President Trump signed an Executive Order that temporarily halts all resettlement of refugees to the US, halves the number of refugees to be resettled in the current year, and bars Syrian refugees and discriminates against refugees of Muslim faith or background. The Order also imposes a temporary ban on the admission of nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Over the past year, United Church people have welcomed thousands of refugees into their communities.  As people of faith, the church continues to ask and respond in this time and place to Jesus’ question: “And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you?” (Matthew 25).

Take action
There are positive, immediate steps Canada can take to respond to this crisis, but our government will need to hear that message from us.  Read the full call to action.

A Prayer for Love

January 30, 2017

Dear Friends,

Events in the world in general, in the country to the south of us in particular, and at a mosque in Quebec City in awful detail, prompt me to write as the President of BC Conference to confirm the steps I am sure you are already taking. To confirm your instinct to reach out, to offer assurance, to stand with, to take your place alongside our friends and neighbours who count themselves, as we do, as sons and daughters of Abram and Sarai.

Candidacy and Admission Board interviews

Start Date: 
May 4 2017 (All day)

Next Candidacy and Admission Board interviews are May 4, 2017.

DEADLINE for interview request is March 26, 2017.  Please complete this form to request an interview.

 

 

 

Creative Collaboration; A Way Forward

Start Date: 
Mar 11 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LeaderShift changes leadership

The LeaderShift program which has been led by Keith Howard and Treena Duncan has now shifted its own leadership.

Treena is now the Director for LeaderShift. Keith, as he gently enters retirement, lets go of many of his responsibilities but continues to do some part-time contract work on research and social media related to LeaderShift.

Starting January 1 Rhian Walker has been hired half-time to work alongside Treena planning LeaderShift events. She and Treena will also spend the next six months preparing a longer range plan for the future of LeaderShift.

It is widely recognized that the training and support of good leadership is central to helping our church move into the future. BC Conference remains committed to this work even as it, too, changes.

M&P 101 Training workshop Abbotsford

Start Date: 
Nov 26 2016 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

BC Conference is hosting 2 separate M&P 101 training workshops in November. These workshops are for M&P Committee Members, Board or Council members or anyone who is interested! You may attend either workshop, the same material will be covered.

The workshop is free, with an option to purchase lunch. Please register so we make enough copies of the information packages, and set up enough chairs!

 

 

Saturday, November 26, 9:30 – 3:30 pm
Where: Gladwin Heights United Church, 3474 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford
With Kathy Davies, Conference Minister for Fraser and Westminster Presbyteries
Click here to register.
 

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