News

Updates and highlights from BC Conference. The three most recent stories are published to the homepage.

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.

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.

 

 

 

INSPIRE Conference 2017

Start Date: 
Apr 28 2017 - 9:00am - Apr 29 2017 - 9:00pm

Come and gather at our second annual Ecumenical INSPIRE Conference!

Registration is open! Full details on the INSPIRE website.

Conference takes place at St. Andrew's Wesley United Church, April 28-29, 2017

 

 

Two focus groups with workshops and keynote speakers for both:
Contemplative Justice Ministry and Ministry with Children, Youth and Young Adults

Education, community and ministry to Leaders of Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families!
Connection, education and community building for the Ministry of Contemplative Justice in Faith Communities!

Collaboration and Creativity

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

SAVE THE DATE! March 11, from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Join us for an afternoon with Moderator Jordan Cantwell and other inspiring speakers at Dunbar Ryerson United Church on the corner of 45th and Yew.

Worship, singing, speakers, connecting and a reception. More details to follow.

 

 

 

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.

2017 General Meeting

Start Date: 
May 24 2017 - 6:00pm - May 28 2017 - 12:00pm

The 2017 General meeting will be held in Vancouver, May 24-28 at the University of British Columbia. We will be meeting in the Great Hall of the AMS Nest on campus.  The Celebration of Ministry service will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, May 28.

Details will be posted on our website as soon as they are available. 

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.
 

M&P 101 Training workshop Vancouver

Start Date: 
Nov 19 2016 - 9:30am - 3:30pm

BC Conference is hosting 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 19, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Knox United Church, 5600 Balaclava Street, Vancouver.
With Marc Coulombe, Conference Minister for Vancouver-Burrard and Vancouver South Presbyteries
Click here to register.
 

UCW Celebrating Spirit - 55th National Anniversary Gathering of United Church Women

Hello BC UCW

We are now moving from "Save the Date" to "Book your Space" for our National conference taking place July 10 - 14, 2017 at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver.
*note - Each Conference has a limited number of spaces so to avoid being put on a waiting list register early.

BC Conference UCW President
Lynn Lancaster

Complete information is available in our brochure.

Registration is now open!  Registration form is available here.
 

Toronto Conference announcement regarding their decision on Greta Vosper

Toronto Conference has made an announcement regarding their decision on United Church minister, Greta Vosper. To read it, please go to the Toronto Conference website.

Please read the letter from Moderator Jordan Cantwell, Disagreeing in Love, which is now on the national United Church website, explaining how the church wants to be a “an open and inclusive community that believes in God.”

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