February 21, 2018

1. Youth Rally 2018 – March 9-11

2. Remit 6 voting deadline coming soon – February 28, 2018

3. The Bully in the Building – Bullying Workshop

4. Opportunity to Serve

5. Women’s Gathering 2018

6. Updates on Right Relations work: Stanley trial; national reconciliation event in Moose Jaw

7. Church Office Administrators Retreat 2018 – Save the Date


8. Canada Wide Grants Available! Don’t Miss Out Apply Now!

9. New Format for Proposals to Saskatchewan Conference Annual Meeting

10. Charities Education Program – CRA


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1. Youth Rally 2018
Information is now available for the 2018 Youth Rally being held at Westminister United Church in Humboldt from March 9 – 11.  The theme for this rally is Finding Jesus: The Search Continues! and is for all youth in grades 7 – 12.  Cost is $30 up to March 3 (early bird deadline) and $40 after that.  Click to get the poster and the registration form.

2. Remit 6 voting deadline coming soon – February 28 
February 28 is the last day for One Order of Ministry votes.  Has your pastoral charge’s governing body or your presbytery sent in its voting ballot for Remit 6: One Order of Ministry?  If charges and presbyteries fail to cast a vote, that lack of response counts as a “no.”

Church-wide participation in the remit process is vital. Please make your voice heard and help shape the future of The United Church of Canada.
To refresh your memory on Remit 6, see gc42.ca/remits.

Watch for voting results in early March.  We’ll be announcing the results of the Remit 6 voting in early March through  gc42.ca, eguliseunie.ca and Enotes.

3. The Bully in the Building – Bullying Workshop 
A workshop for M&P Committee members, Pastoral Charge Governance Leaders, and Ministry Personnel.  Workshop Description: Most people would believe that in the Church we must love all people, regardless of their personality type.  In reality, our strength is quickly drained when we encounter relationships that are tough and involve a bullying dynamic.  Is there a way to manage these relationships well?  What does love for our neighbour look like when we encounter actions that constitute bullying?  What example has Jesus set for us in this regard?  This workshop will address these themes with candour and grace.  Included: an overview of the new UCC Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy, July 2017.

Workshop Facilitator:  Betty Pries is a highly regarded Conflict, Change, and Leadership Specialist with more than 20 years’ experience coaching, mediating, training, and consulting.  She is co-founder and CEO of Credence & Co., a Chartered Mediator with the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Institute of Canada, a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario, and a regular instructor at the University of Waterloo.
Betty focuses on enhancing the health and vitality of organizations and their leaders, working with complex challenges, transforming workplaces and organizations.  She has experience working with a wide variety of organizations, including those that are faith-based.  Over the years, Betty has facilitated many workshops for UCC clients at the General Council Office, conference, and presbytery levels. 

Date and Time:  Thursday, March 8, 2018, 10 am to 3 pm  (Registration at 9:30 am)
Location:  Westminster United Church, 3025 13th Ave. Regina   
Cost: $25 (includes lunch, refreshments, and all handouts) 
This workshop is limited to 60 participants.  Please reserve your spot by contacting Bev Diebert at the SK Conference Office:  306-721-3311 or bdiebert@nullskconf.caRegistration deadline: February 28, 2018.
This workshop is sponsored by the SK Conference Pastoral Relations/Settlement Committee.

4. Opportunity to Serve
Are you interested in serving on the new smaller General Council Executive? 
If remit #1 passes at GC43, the new GC executive will be made up of 18 members including the Moderator, past Moderator, General Secretary and 15 other members with one of those being named by the Aboriginal Ministries Council.  The remaining 14 positions will be filled by a recommendation to GC43 from the GC Nominations committee.  Conferences are each being asked to name 3 to 5 people; the Nominations committee will then discern the 14 nominees from the names submitted. 

Nominees must be full members of The United Church of Canada.

It is hoped that within the new Executive the following areas of knowledge and expertise will be present: finance, pension, human resources, governance, global or ecumenical experience, different forms of ministry, francophone church experience, and theological leadership.

The United Church is committed to becoming an intercultural church.  Some groups of people are still underrepresented in the governance structure of the church.  There will be an emphasis on ensuring diversity in the new executive membership.  Some of these historically underrepresented and marginalized communities include people who are racialized, linguistic minorities, and people with disabilities (to name a few).

If you are interested in putting your name forward, please contact Bev Kostichuk, Convenor SK Conference Nominations committee at 306-782-1001 or skconferencenominations@nullgmail.com or other members of the committee: Linda Tomlinson-Seebach, Linda Gunningham, and John Haas.

If you know someone who might be interested in this position, please encourage them to contact a member of the nominations committee for more information.  Remember we are much more likely to put our names forward if others encourage us.  As you consider this, please think of those in your congregation who may not have served the wide church but have some of the skills listed above.

5. Women’s Gathering 2018
Plans are finalized for our “Women’s Gathering” that will take place at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon on April 6, 7 and 8. ALL women of The United Church are welcome!  The event will begin at 6:45 p.m. at St. Andrew’s on Friday and conclude on Sunday at noon after a special morning worship.  Our featured entertainers will be Jorgina Sunn, singer, songwriter, story-teller and speaker from Saskatoon and Bernadette Greuel, cowboy poet from Bruno.  We are honored to have the national president of UCW, Nancy Sutherland, come for all three days.  We also look forward to a presentation by Rev. Brenda Curtis from Humboldt who was part of the United Church pilgrimage to Palestine/Israel last year.  Rev. Lorne Calvert, principal of St. Andrew’s College, will welcome all those in attendance on Friday evening.  There will be a choice of workshops (drumming, chair yoga, ukulele, or line dancing) on Saturday morning and others (prayer bracelets, dream catchers, or mosaics) on Saturday afternoon. Meals on Saturday will be prepared and served by award-winning chef Jenni Schrenk.  Deadline to register is March 30, 2018.  Cost is $50 plus $10 for workshop supplies.   Cheques to be made payable to Mount Royal Emmanuel UCW and mailed to Box 561, Birch Hills, Sask. S0J 0G0.  If anyone would like to offer their assistance for the event (greeting, setting up and/or taking down chairs and tables, setting up coffee, juices and nibblies for Friday evening, Saturday coffee breaks and Saturday evening) it would be greatly appreciated.  Registrations are available on the Women’s Communication site of Sask. Conference or by contacting Mary at  d.mohn@nullsasktel.net or phone 306-749-3446.

6. Updates on Right Relations work: Stanley trial; national reconciliation event
The All My Relations Network continues its work on decolonizing the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous neighbours. Please take a moment to check its blog .

Reflection on the Stanley trial: Stanley trial verdict: voices and perspectives to share
The not guilty verdict in Gerald Stanley’s trial for the death of Colten Boushie has sparked continued intense and often divided conversation.  Our Moderator offers these words, and you’re asked to share these as you are able. 

Prior to the verdict, the All My Relations Network also offered this reflection

And Indigenous people have offered many deeply thoughtful perspectives on the verdict, the trial, the jury selection, racism, and the need to heal relations and communities.  Please seek out these voices wherever and whenever you can, as individuals and faith communities.  As one beginning, here is a reflection from Senator and Justice Murray Sinclair, former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Please share.

Atamiskākēwak National Gathering 2018: “Shaking hands in greeting with each other” national event in Moose Jaw/ Treaty Four: This event is good news and an important opportunity for us all. It will be a week of education, cultural understanding and training and addressing the present complexities that exist in this country with regards to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.  Please see the Con-Ed listings or their website for details.

7. Church Office Administrators Retreat 2018 – Save the Date   
The Church Office Administrators retreat for 2018 will be held from October 22 – 24, 2018 at Queen’s House of Retreat in Saskatoon.  Save the date!!

8. Canada Wide Grants Available!  Don’t Miss Out Apply Now!
We are excited to announce that the spring 2018 Seeds of Hope granting cycle is now open and accepting applications! Applications are due by 8pm EST on April 15th, 2018. Submission by email is preferred.  
Seeds of Hope grants will be available Canada-wide for all projects types!  
This year we are also offering a variety of scholarships including: The McGeachy Senior Scholarship, The Roy M. Davidson Trust Award, and the W. Norman McLeod Scholarship.  Scholarship Applications are due March 15th.  
Don`t miss out, visit  www.unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grantinfo for more information and to download the application today.

9. New Format for Proposals to Saskatchewan Conference Annual Meeting
A decision has been made to use a new format for all proposals which are submitted for consideration at the 2018 annual meeting of Saskatchewan Conference. This same format will be used for proposals to be sent to the 2018 meeting of General Council as determined by the General Council (GC) 43 Agenda and Planning Committee.  Their reason for making the change was to encourage, where possible, the naming of an issue rather than a specific outline and thereby work to change the focus of proposals in general.
The Proposal Template as well as How to Prepare a Proposal and a couple of example proposals are now on the Conference website under Guidelines and Policies.
All of the proposals that come to our annual meeting are to be in this new format.
If you have any questions about this feel free to contact Bill Doyle at the Saskatchewan Conference Office or if you have questions about how to draft a specific Proposal please contact Andrew Hecker (andrew.hecker@nullgmail.com)  or Daryl Woods (daryl.gracewest@nullsasktel.net) of the Proposals Task Group.

10. Charities Education Program – CRA
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is initiating what they are calling an “Education Program”.  Generally the CRA will select charities (at an expected rate of about 500 a year) and visit them to review their books, identify issues, and write up a “Findings and Recommendations” which the charity then signs off on.
While the Education Program is seen to be complementary to an audit, the CRA will decide which charities are recipients of their education program and it is not clear whether the “offer” of a visit can be declined or the possible results of not following the “Summary and Recommendations” which may be offered. 
Of course, any United Church congregation or incorporated or other ministry which are charities might be contacted by the CRA for such a visit.   More information about the education program can be obtained at:  https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/charities-giving/charities/compliance-audits/charities-education-program.html

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.



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