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84th Conference Meeting, May 28-31, 2015
Multi-Rec Centre, Slave Lake, Alberta

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Church and Community Crisis Response Training available online

The Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry in Saskatoon has put together online resources to be prepared for local emergencies.  The purpose is to strengthen local emergency plans so that the gifts of local churches will be part of those plans and be put to good use during times of great need. Below is an introductory video for the nine training videos:   Click here for video links to each training session. For a written synopsis of the nine sessions. You’ll find a companion handbook with additional resources, presenters’ biographies, etc here From: Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry (CiRCLe M) 114-Seminary Crescent Saskatoon, Saskatchewan  S7N 0X3 306-966-7864 View...

Support available to attend Return to Spirit Workshops

 By Cecile Fausak The Returning to Spirit (RTS) program offers Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people (particularly those involved with churches who operated residential schools) an opportunity to transform the divisive stories of our shared history.  Workshops are offered separately for Aboriginal people, and for non-Aboriginal people, and then everyone comes together in a Reconciliation Workshop. To learn more, see  for video, schedule, newsletters, participant comments. More than 70 people have been supported by the United Church to attend in past years, and we are happy to be able to renew our funding policy again. The United Church through the Committee of Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools has allocated (1) up to $5000 for the remainder of 2015 to support individual applications to attend any of the RTS workshops and (2) up to $10,000 in 2016 for up to 6 Aboriginal and 6 non-Aboriginal people;  to cover any registration fee, accommodation, and/or meals for the workshop.  All applicants are responsible to cover their travel costs by other means. To apply for funding before you attend the event, simply send a copy of your completed RTS registration/application form, and a written request which clearly outlines the costs you wish to be covered, to Cecile Fausak View Email. Call 780-676-0562 with any questions.  Funds will be sent directly to the organization hosting the workshop, and not to the individual.  This is all on a first come, first serve basis.  This is meant for people who have limited access to personal development or healing funds from their employer, band, etc. For the workshop schedule: If any group in the United Church...

Historical Society to meet Saturday, November 7

    The Historical Society of ANW Conference will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 7, 10 am. It will be held at  Riverbend United Church 14907 – 45th Avenue Edmonton. Lunch will be provided for $5.00 . The Annual General Meeting is called to hear reports of the past year of operations of the Society, to approve a budget for the coming year,  to elect a Board of Directors which shall guide the society for the ensuing term, and to consider other matters pertinent to operating the Society. This meeting is open to the public and all interested people are welcome. Society memberships will be...

Degrees conferred at St. Stephen’s Convocation

The Convocation of St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton took place on Monday, November 2 at 7:30 pm. Those receiving degrees included: Louise Rogers of Sherwood Park United Church was conferred upon her the Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa) Also receiving degrees were: Doctor of Ministry: Donna Wilson Master of Theology: David Levangie, Gerrit Verstraete Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality: Margaret Claveau, Clare Fuller, Mary Anne Schleinich, Jennifer Stewart (MPS-Art Therapy Specialization), Janet Tink (MPS-Art Therapy Specialization), Michael Wallace (MPS-Art Therapy Specialization), Tracy Wideman MTS in Diaconal Ministry: Sharilynn Upsdell Youth and Young Adult Ministry Diploma: Shannon Huhtala Lay Worship Leader Certificate: Yvette Bancesco, Norma Bell, Douglas Currie, David Faber, Terri Foster, Lynne Fredine, Robert Gibennus, Neva Hanson, Sherrie Hughes, Orson Mothersole, Wendy Anne Mothersole, Robert Nicolson, Julie Reynolds, June...

Meet Naramata Board members

From the Naramata Centre Society Board People across BC and Alberta are getting together NOW to give their suggestions and ideas to the Board for Naramata Centre’s future. Join in a local conversation or organize your own. Email Pam Rinehart for the package. We need your data by Nov 12, in preparation for our November board meeting. If you haven’t done so already, stay connected by signing up on our website. LIST OF SCHEDULED SESSIONS: CALGARY, AB JOIN THE SESSION AT CALGARY READS When: Monday, 2 November 2015 at 5pm Street Address: Board Room, 105 – 105 12th Ave SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 1A1 Hosted by: Pam Rinehart & Mandy Robertson (board members) JOIN THE SESSION AT SCARBORO UNITED When: Sunday November 8, 2015 at 12:30pm Street Address: 134 Scarboro Ave SW Calgary, AB, T3C2H1 Hosted by: Kathleen Downing and Pam Rinehart (board members) DELTA, BC JOIN THE SESSION AT TSAWWASSEN UNITED CHURCH When: Sunday, 8 November 2015 at 2pm Street Address: 693 53rd Street, Delta BC, V4M 3B6 Hosted by: Yvonne de Troye and Doug Woollard (board member) KELOWNA, BC JOIN THE SESSION AT FIRST UNITED CHURCH KELOWNA When: Friday, 6 November 2015 at 2pm Street Address: 721 Bernard Ave, Kelowna BC, V1Y 6P6 Hosted by: Beryl Itani NANAIMO, BC JOIN THE SESSION AT BRECHIN UNITED CHURCH When: Sunday, 8 November 2015 at 1pm Street Address: 1998 Estevan Rd, Nanaimo BC, V9S 3Z2 Hosted by: Michael Moddle ST ALBERT, AB JOIN THE SESSION AT ST ALBERT UNITED CHURCH When: Sunday, 1 November 2015 at 7pm Street Address: 20 Green Grove Dr., St Albert AB, T8N 5H6 Hosted by:...

Catherine MacLean and John Young release new book

This Fall, the United Church Publishing House has published Preaching the Big Questions: Doctrine isn’t Dusty written by Catherine MacLean, Minister at Edmonton’s St. Paul’s United Church and John Young of Queen’s University.  The Edmonton Book Launch took place at St. Paul’s United Church on October 29. The Kingston book launch took place a week earlier where the above photo was taken of Catherine and John. You’ll find more on Preaching the Big Questions at the UCPH website along with several exuberant reviews from people in ANW...

Interested in being a Soul Guide?

Applications are due November 30th for those interested in applying to the Pacific Jubilee’s SoulGuiding Program. SoulGuiding is a two-year practical learning program in spiritual growth, soul development and the art of spiritual direction.  SoulGuiding follows a mentorship model with home-based practices, learning and practicum requirements.  The program uses a breadth of embodied spiritual practices, the enneagram (a dynamic symbol of transformation) and wisdom teachings as guides to the inner life including: ~ understanding oneself and others ~ being faithful to one’s inner soul life that sees no divide between heart, intellect and body ~ opening to the world of spirit while being grounded in the Christian tradition More information on Pacific Jubilee’s...

Conference Executive sets priorities

The Conference Executive for Alberta and Northwest Conference met October 15 to 16 and set several priorities for the next two years. Priorities: 1. During the period 2015 – 2017 in seeking to realize the goals of Healthy Congregations and Strong Public Witness the ANWC will seek to produce resources to help members understand the importance of Evangelism to the Mission of the Church. 2. During the period 2015 – 2017 in seeking to realize the goals of Healthy Congregations and Effective Ministry the ANWC will seek to develop programmes that will support the Youth Ministry of Pastoral Charges and Presbyteries. 3. During the period 2015 – 2017 in seeking to realize the goals of Effective Ministry and Open Connections and Communications the ANWC will develop strategies to help support ministers who come from outside of Canada to settle into life here. 4. During the period 2015 – 2017 in seeking to realize the goals of Healthy Congregations and Effective Ministry the ANWC will undertake a revision of its current policies relating to the licensing persons to administer the sacraments. 5. During the period 2015 – 2017 in seeking to realize the goals of Healthy Congregations and Effective Ministries the ANWC will seek to develop models of Pastoral Relations that will enable smaller congregations to have full time ministry personnel. 6. During the period 2015 – 2017 in seeking to realize the goal of Open Connections and Communication the ANWC will strengthen the relationship with the All Native Circle Conference (ANCC) congregations located within its geographic bounds. 7. During the period 2015- 2017, in seeking to realise the goals...
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