August 8, 2018

1. UCC Office of Vocation Minister Job Posting

2. Do You Have the Skills Required to be a Reviewer or an Investigator?

3. Creating Connections: Celebrating Religious Diversity in the Arts


4. REMINDER to all SK Ministry Personnel (active, retained, retired)

5. Region 4 Facebook group

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1. UCC Office of Vocation Minister Job Posting
The Office of Vocation of the General Council Office Ministry and Employment Unit is looking for Office of Vocation Ministers to be part of a team of regionally deployed and General Council Office-based staff.  The application deadline is August 21, 2018, and anyone interested in applying can access further details/job posting at:  https://www.united-church.ca/opportunities/office-vocation-minister.  Alternatively, you can find this information by going to The United Church of Canada website (www.united-church.ca) and scroll to the bottom of the home page to Job and Volunteer Opportunities.  Clicking on this link will bring you to the Office of Vocation Minister Job Posting.
For further information regarding this job posting, please contact Susan Legault, Manager – Human Resources, at slegault@nullunited-church.ca or 1-800-268-3781, ext 3112.

2. Do You Have the Skills Required to be a Reviewer or an Investigator for the Office of Vocations?
The Office of Vocations is currently recruiting for the positions of Investigators and Reviewers.  The postings for each position can be found on the Saskatchewan Conference website at Job Postings under the Who We Are heading. 
If you have the skills necessary for either position or if you know of someone you would recommend, please pass this information along to them. 
Please note that the deadline for the application has been changed to Wednesday, September 12th and that if you are approved, the training is being offered this fall in Toronto on Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Susan Legault, Manager, Human Resources
The United Church of Canada
416-231-7680, ext. 3112 / 800-268-3781, ext 3112

3. Creating Connections: Celebrating Religious Diversity in the Arts  (Sept. 27-28, 2018)
This is the first event in the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism’s fall schedule.  We kick off the event at the Remai Modern on Thursday, Sept. 27 with “An Evening with Yann Martel”.
Friday, September 28, we will spend the day at Queen’s House learning from our plenary speakers, local artist, Kevin Peeace and Dr. Justin Jaron Lewis of Winnipeg.
Kevin is a member of the Yellowquill and Peter Chapman First Nations. He has used his talent and education not only to create his beautiful, colourful works but also to work collaboratively within the school system.
Dr. Lewis is a spiritual Jewish storyteller (Maggid) and will share some traditional tales with us.  His interests are varied, ranging from 16th century Yiddish texts to modern Judaism.
There will also be shorter sessions throughout the day providing a wide variety of learning opportunities.
This is a new event for us and one that we hope you will be as excited about as we are!

There will be an Old Fashioned Pie Social on Friday the 28th at 7:00pm, during which you can enjoy a slice of pie while being enjoying music by Saskatoon Serenade and other cultural entertainment.  Please save the date as we finalize the location. 
Suggested donation of $10/person or $25/family.   Please feel free to share!

In March, all ministry personnel (active, retained, retired) were sent a letter via email from Liz Mackenzie, SK Conference Personnel Minister, outlining new requirements passed by the General Conference Executive regarding police records checks and mandatory training for ministry personnel.  If you plan on continuing any of the functions of ministry (which includes pulpit supply, nursing home services, weddings, etc.), you MUST be in the possession of a current police records check (dated no earlier than July 1, 2011) and filed your Annual Declaration in Respect to Criminal Charges and/or Criminal Convictions by June 30, 2018.  You can access the on-line declaration here: https://unitedchurch.formstack.com/forms/annual_declaration
If you require help accessing the form, please contact Bev Diebert, bdiebert@nullskconf.ca or 306-721-3311.
As well, you MUST also have completed both mandatory trainings for ministry personnel – Racial Justice training and Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response (Boundaries) training.  The Racial Justice training is only taken once, but the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response training must be “refreshed” every 5 years.  Information on the mandatory training webinars offered by United In Learning can be found in the Continuing Education section of E-notes.

In August, all ministry personnel files will be reviewed to ensure compliance with these General Council requirements. If there are ministry personnel who are not in compliance with both the police records check and the “Boundary” training requirements, it is likely that SK Conference will cancel wedding licences and contact the appropriate presbyteries to begin disciplinary actions for active or retained ministry personnel.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Liz Mackenzie, emackenzie@nullskconf.ca or 306-721-3311.

5. Region 4 Facebook Group
A Facebook group for Region 4 is up and running, and it needs new members. This will be one way of strengthening connections and communications as the church moves through a transition to Regions. You will need to ask to join in order to see the group, and, unlike the Hotel California, you can leave at any time.

Check out upcoming events
Please remember to check the excellent events outlined in the attached Con-Ed Events listings.  Also remember to check out the communication sites on the website and the Conference events calendar.


Annual Meeting registration is now closed.


If you are interested in volunteering for the work of Saskatchewan Conference, please fill out our skills & abilities survey link. Further instructions can be found within this document.

For any questions contact Bev Kostichuk at 306-647-2679.

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