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

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A Conversation with the Moderator on Scripture’s Authority and Interpretation

You are invited to join Moderator Jordan Cantwell in an open-ended conversation about the authority and interpretation of Scripture in The United Church of Canada. How do we read Scripture? What is its place in the life of the United Church? When: 7:00 pm, Saturday Oct. 24, 2015 Where: Avonmore United Church, 7909 82 Ave NW, Edmonton. This event is part of An Intercultural Adventure Part II: The Bible in The United Church of Canada, which is sponsored by a grant from The United Church of Canada and led by St. Andrew’s College faculty Rev. Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg and Don Schweitzer. The Moderator will also be preaching on Sunday Oct. 25 at the 10:00 am worship of Pleasantview United Church (10672 – 62 Avenue NW,...

Reaching out to our four-legged brothers and sisters

    Following in the steps of St. Francis, High River United Church moved its annual animal blessing to the town’s animal shelter, Heaven Can Wait last Sunday, October 4.  High River United Church folks also helped out by cuddling some of the cats that are up for adoption. We enjoy posting congregational stories and photos in the Conference e-newsletter and on the website. Send us your photos and...

Learning to Appreciate Intercultural Ministry

Workshop for Church Leaders Wednesday, October 28 Workshop Leader: Adele Halliday, General Council Staff Member for Intercultural Engagement Pick your choice of one of the two sessions offered on Wednesday, October 28: Afternoon Session 1 pm –4 pm or Evening Session 6 –9 pm A light lunch starts at 12 noon with the afternoon session and a light supper starts at 5:00 pm with the evening session. No Charge. Location: Avonmore United Church (7909 –82 Ave. Edmonton) Registration Deadline: October 23, 2015 More information & a registration form is available on the Edmonton Presbytery website Questions? Contact Yoon Ok Shin, IM Facilitator at 780-438-6619 or email . Hosted by Intercultural Ministry Committee of M&CS Team. Supported by ANWC IM Standing...

Consider Serving on a Conference Committee

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much –Helen Keller We invite YOU to consider joining one of our Conference Committee Circles: • Internship & Educational Supervision ** • Leadership Resource Development • Living into Right Relations • Planning and Administration • Stewardship and Mission Education • Youth and Young Adults Ministry ** • Abuse Prevention & Education • Conference Meeting Planning • Corporations • Heritage Resources • Intercultural Ministry ** • In Contact Editorial Board ** ** Committees where we could use your light right here. right now! For further information on any particular committee, please contact the Chairperson for that committee; or Martha Dawson, Leadership Resource Development Committee Chairperson. You are invited to complete the downloadable Committee Member Form and send it to Kathy Jackson, Staff Resource to the Leadership Resource Development Committee 9911 48 Street Edmonton AB T6E...

Companions on the Way: Oct. 29-31

An Event for Everyone interested in learning about Intercultural Ministry in the Church! Annual Meeting and Educational Event for ANW Conference’s Intercultural Ministry Committee Presenter: Adele Halliday, Program Coordinator: Intercultural Engagement, The United Church of Canada. Begins 4pm on October 29 and closes with lunch on October 31, 2015 Location: Star of the North Retreat Centre 3A St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert, Alberta For more information, please contact the Conference Office, 780-435-3995, View...

Welcoming our Neighbours

By Rev. Paul Walfall, Conference President Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2: 15-17, NIV) My dear friends, Grace and Peace to you all!       Anyone who makes the decision to leave their home country relocate to another never makes that decision lightly. Even if cognitively it is understood to be a good decision, the act of leaving is emotionally not easy. Those who says goodbye to family, spouse and/or children at an airport will tell you that it is more than a heart wrenching experience. But to leave home abruptly, fleeing because of fear or desperately seeking freedom and not knowing if you will ever see the familiar again, then that is completely a different “kettle of fish.” The picture of young Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body on the beach will haunt the world for many days to come as will the reasons which led his parents to leave their home country. In light of the serious refugee crisis in Europe I wonder what then is the response of faith in light of the above reading from James which ironically, but not coincidentally, was the Sunday Lectionary reading following the appearance of Aylan’s photo in the media. Praying The fall back position that we are accustomed to is to offer prayers.  But prayers, while very important, by itself would seem...
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