Conference Calling 10

September 2006


Although I have tried and failed several times in the past, I recently decided to read through the whole of I Chronicles, this time —finally – successfully! I Chronicles is not the most inspiring book in the Bible. It is largely list after list of names. I was stopped short, however, when I arrived at the verse where it named "Chenaniah" as "leader in music…for he understood it." I thought of our own congregational music leader who also well understands music and how she, perhaps, also deserves to be in a book of chronicles to be read 2,500 years from now. What an amazing community of saints surround us, from times immemorial through to the present, from distant Israel to those beside us on the pew. It is an incredible gift to be caught up in a story so long, so wide, so deep, so confusing and complex, yet somehow life-giving.

I wonder whether Chenaniah, who understood music so well, would agree with my present choice of "Mates of State" in my CD player.



I have long thought General Council reveals the best – and the worse – of our church. This year's Council was no exception. It even adopted a new Statement of Faith! A word of gratitude is due to all the commissioners, youth, and many other leaders from BC Conference who participated in the meeting. A special word of thanks to Jim Angus who had been nominated for Moderator and who "did BC proud" each time he spoke to the Council. For information on the Council and its decisions, check out the United Church web site


Since the General Meeting of BC Conference work on the Camp Future Project has progressed. Derek Evans has been working with the congregations and presbyteries involved with the present camps to determine what further issues need to be sorted out in order to put together a proposal for the Conference Executive in November. As this time gets closer I recognize the excitement within me start to build; I am looking forward to the overdue work of building a far better financed camping ministry in BC Conference.


The Conference office is looking for a new Assistant to the Executive Secretary to replace Nan Koldewijn. This is an exciting and satisfying opportunity for a professional administrator to contribute in a significant way to the life of the United Church in BC. To view the job description, visit the BC Conference web site


Doris Kizinna has been working on several projects that come to fruition this fall. Check out opportunities for youth and young adults (and those who work with them) at:


Nellie Tang, Finance Minister, is still on sabbatical but will be returning to the Conference office the first week of October. Kim MacMillan finished his three month sabbatical in the middle of August. Among his highlights was a trip to Thailand. You can see some pictures from his trip by going to Kim's web site


The Emerging Spirit initiative received a resounding "go-ahead" at the recent General Council meeting. Over the next couple of months we shall be finding out how BC Conference might best participate in Emerging Spirit's goal of inviting and welcoming 30-45 year olds into the church. For more information, check out: emergingspirit


The 3rd Annual Archie Open fund raising golf tournament, in honour of Bob Stewart, arrives later this month. Proceeds will go to the construction of a new facility for the United Church, Anglican, and VST Archives. It is being held on Monday, September 25, with a 1:00 pm shotgun start at the UBC University Golf Club, Vancouver. For information and registration


A workshop for the Chairs of congregational boards in June was quickly filled so a second workshop was set-up for October 13-14. Led by myself and Derek Evans, this workshop helps Board Chairs understand their unique leadership role in the congregation and offers some perspectives and insights for their work. A few places are still available for the October event. To register, contact: reception [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca


One of the unsung, behind-the-scenes workers for BC Conference is Jim Ellis who has been working as a property manager to ensure properties owned by the Conference are well cared for and managed. Jim has been working with others to oversee the Kwomais and Fircom camp properties, Renfrew United Church, and Longhouse Ministry.


The stewardship committee is bringing Luther Snow to the Lower Mainland in October. Luther Snow is the author of The Power of Asset Mapping. "Uncorking the Possibilities" will be offered on October 26 - 28 at West Burnaby United, 6050 Sussex Avenue. This event will be of interest to ministers, M&S Enthusiasts, members of stewardship and finance committees. Find more information on the BC Conference web site.

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