WELCOME TO NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA
and Labrador Conference is one of 13 United Church
conferences across Canada, our conference being the most
The oversight of the life and work of our approximately 200 congregations is exercised by our East and West Districts, while Conference co-ordinates and oversees matters that effect the combined interests of the two Districts.
We invite you to browse our site and take a look at our stories and our life and work.
We are in the process of reviewing our current website and looking to refresh and revitalize. We are looking for suggestions on what you love about the website, what can be improved, what’s missing and what is no longer necessary/out of date. E-mail the webmaster and let us know! We are looking at implementing the changes over the coming year.
As part of its Outreach Program, The Bay Roberts U.C. Pastoral Charge is pleased to announce the launching of Soup's On during the Wednesdays of Lent. This is a complimentary luncheon for all, and takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the U.C. Christian Education Center, Water Street, Bay Roberts. If you know of someone who would benefit from such a meal, but are unable to attend, just give Church Office a call, and we will endeavor to have a meal dropped off to them. For more information, please call Rev. Sellars at 786-3178.
Posted: 03/10/2014 - 04/17/2014
I write to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Florence Dewling, beloved grandmother of Rev. Amanda Barnes, on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Trinity. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at St. Paul’s on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 2:00pm.
Please keep Rev. Amanda and the entire family of Mrs. Dewling in your thoughts and prayers.
Rev. Heather Sandford
Conference Personnel Minister
Newfoundland & Labrador Conference
Posted: 03/06/2014 - 03/13/2014
|GOD & HUMAN RIGHTS - THIS YEAR'S JEWISH-CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM DIALOGUE MARCH 11|
Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue – The Ninth Annual
The ninth annual Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue is next Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial University's Bruneau Centre. Free Parking in Lots 17 and 15 B.
Speakers are: Dr. Barry Levy, Professor of Jewish Studies at McGill University;
Dr. Michelle Rebidoux, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Memorial University (Christian perspective);
Dr. Ayse Sule Akinturk, a member of the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Executive Committee.
The topic is God, Dignity, and Human Rights.
Posted: 03/05/2014 - 03/12/2014
|STEWARDSHIP CPR WEBINAR: RECORDED AND AVAILABLE FOR YOU|
Good Morning Delegates,
Some time ago I told you about a Stewardship Webinar that looked like it would be very interesting. It was being led by Rev. Chris Levan and included some good Biblical analysis by Theologian John Dominic Crossan. The webinar was produced for Congregational leaders who are looking to revitalize their financial stewardship. It was called "Stewardship CPR."
Many people from across the Country attended the event, but for us in NL, it was on rather late. I ended up missing it as well. Well, all is not lost. As it turns out the webinar was recorded ... and we can now go and take it in, when we want, and for free. The site also offers resources we can share with our congregations. I have watched it ... and it is good.
If you are interested, or if you know others that may be interested, here is the link:
Check it out!
Program & Leadership Development
Posted: 03/05/2014 - 04/05/2014
|FAITH IN ACTION, MARCH 2014 ISSUE|
Faith in Action highlights the work of United Church ministries that function outside of congregations: Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble & Affirming Ministries; Camping Ministries; Campus Ministries; Chaplaincies; Community & Social Justice Ministries; Education Centres; Seniors’ Facilities; Theological Schools.
The spring issue shares news on how a local congregation will be welcoming WorldPride to Toronto in June, and links to a variety of ways that congregations are transforming themselves and their communities. Read how one camp is helping young people experience what poverty looks like around the world. Learn about how our Community and Social Justice Ministries are working to support and empower people. From Affirming Ministries, and Campus Ministries, to Chaplains in Correctional Services, United Church folks across Canada are putting their faith into action.
Faith in Action, March 2014
Posted: 03/05/2014 - 04/05/2014
|UNITED CHURCH TOUR INFORMATION|
My name is Bob Jackson and I am a retired United Church Minister and was a Conference Minister with Manitou Conference. My wife, Fay, and I host tours primarily for United Church folks and we try to advertise our tour information through United Church Pastoral Charges.
To this end we would deeply appreciate it if you would forward the attached information about our tour to Indonesia and Indochina to each of your Presbyteries and through your email networks with the request that they forward the information on to their Pastoral Charges/Congregations to be shared with their members through their Sunday Church Bulletins and/or Announcement Boards/Newsletters etc. with the hope that this announcement could be posted for at least a month.
his tour is rather unique in that it consists of two parts: first a 15 day ocean cruise of Thailand, the Malaysia peninsula and the Indonesian islands with the Princess Cruise Line; and second a 17 day land tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Participants may chose one part or both parts according to their interests and means. The dates of these tours are January 8 – 23, 2015 and January 23 – February 8, 2015. Early bird discounts are available until the end of May 2014 with a small deposit fully refundable until October 2014. For all the details and costs please see the attachments.
Thank you for helping make this inclusive tour opportunity known to your members and adherents.
Rev. Dr. Bob Jackson
Posted: 02/28/2014 - 03/28/2014
A new vacancy has been added. Visit the Vacancies area of the website for more information.
Posted: 02/27/2014 - 03/12/2014
|EAST DISTRICT UCW - WINTER 2014 NEWS TO USE|
The Winter 2014 edition is now available in the publications area of the website.
Posted: 02/24/2014 - 03/24/2014
|GENERAL COUNCIL NEWS RELEASE|
For Immediate Release
Friday, February 7, 2014
Canada Must Continue to Oppose Russia’s Anti-LGBTQ Laws
Toronto: The United Church of Canada sent a letter today congratulating Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird on the stance he has taken in support of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people in Russia.
”Your leadership in advocating for the protection of the human rights of all people, especially those who are most marginalized, such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and queer people in Russia, underscores Canada’s commitment to protecting and promoting human rights globally,” says the letter.
The letter notes that the United Church, Canada’s largest Protestant denomination, has long supported acceptance and inclusion of all human beings as persons made in the image of God regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“As Christians, we reject the assertion that homosexuality is an offence against God and threatens the ‘spiritual values’ of a culture,” says the letter.
The letter continues, “Cultures that last and are life-giving build in correctives to myths and rumours not based in fact. Much of the work in the struggle against the HIV/AIDS pandemic has focused on dispelling myths and ending marginalization on the basis of sexual orientation.”
The complete text of the letter to John Baird is available on The United Church of Canada’s website ( www.united-church.ca
For more information
The United Church of Canada
416-231-7680 ext. 2016 (office)
Posted: 02/10/2014 - 03/30/2014
|NEW EXPENSE FORM|
There is a new Expense Form for use in submitting claims related to meetings of District and Conference groups.
The new forms are green in colour, and have been updated to include the option of donating fund due to be reimbursed back to the Conference. Individuals choosing to make a donation, in whole or in part, will recieve a tax receipt for this gift.
For your convienience, these forms will be available online; through the forms section of the Conference website, as well as through the Conference office.
For ease of processing, please ensure that your forms are signed and all original recipts are included with your claim.
Blessings to you for your work you do in support of our United Church.
Rev. Faith March-MacCuish
Posted: 02/10/2014 - 03/30/2014
|UNITED CHURCH STUDIES ONLINE|
Please see the notice below about courses open to Lay people and DLM students from Huron College.
If you are a lay person, please note the courses would be for interest only.
If you are a DLM Student and are wanting to take some of these courses, it is permitted, however, you would have to follow the process which is laid out for you in your course of study. DLM Students need to submit applications to Jennifer for any course that they want to take. The complementary courses are supposed to help address particular learning goals they would have so it would be good for the student to talk to their educational supervisor as well. Another interesting thing for DLM students to note is that it only counts as a ½ credit towards the DLM Program at Calling Lakes.
United Church Studies for Lay Leaders Faculty of Theology, Huron University College
The following non-credit, online, short courses were developed for students training as Designated Lay Ministers in the United Church. Each course is also suitable for other lay leaders interested in continuing education. Courses are designed and facilitated by a United Church faculty member. Students complete readings and assignments independently with online instructor support using Western Universities OWL-Sakai learning tool.
Theological Studies (Feb 24 – Apr 5, 2014)
2013-14 Course Outline: Theo Studies for DLM
United Church Polity Studies (Feb 24 – Apr 5, 2014)
2013-14 Course Outline: UCCan Polity Studies for DLM
United Church History Studies (Mar 3 – Apr 12, 2014)
2013-14 Course Outline: UCCan History Studies for DLM
2013-14 DLM Registration Form
Program & Leadership Development,
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Posted: 01/14/2014 - 03/30/2014
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