An Newsletter to Everyone on the PMRC Newsletter List
Online, Together connects United Church people to United Church online events and offerings during COVID-19 physical distancing measures.
The Naramata Centre is delighted to offer virtual experiences and content. Now we will be able to join together in community as never before. Our virtual experiences support you in collaborating with others and discovering ways of being and living in the world. Develop your integrity, diversify your knowledge and surroundings, increase your resilience to challenge, and revere in the sacredness of life. Be sure to check back often as the events page will be updated as new offerings are added.
Upcoming programs: Sound Meditation, with Nicole St.Michel March 3 – 31, 2021 (Every Wed, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm PT)
Word Inspired Art, with Karin Huehold March 6 , 2021 (9:00 am – 11:30 am PT)
Creative Journaling from Home: Feelings, nothing more than feelings With Kathie MacDuff March 6 – 27, 2021 (Every Sat, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm PT)
Crafting your Heart Story: Springtime, with Kerr Mesner Daylong Retreat: March 20, 2021 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm PT)
Celtic Spirituality 4 Thursdays in March, starting March 4th, 9-11 am, online Learn how the Celts looked to nature as the first book of revelation. Be introduced to Celtic practices, wisdoms and traditions.WayPoint’s director, Sue Rodgers, will engage us in story, poetry, music, writing exercises, contemplative practices and discussion about how we might adapt insight from the Celts into our everyday life.Click here for more information about each session and registration.
WayPoint Centre for Spiritual Growth is an initiative of the Leadershift Church Planting Project (Pacific Mountain Region) and is an emerging ministry of Eagle Ridge United Church, Coquitlam, BC.
Friday, March 5, 7–8:30 pm EST / 4-5:30 pm PST Gandier Lecture, “Becoming the Beloved Community: A Call to Transformative Discipleship”The Rev. Michael Blair, General Secretary, General Council for The United Church of Canada, will be delivering the 2021 Gandier Lecture at Emmanuel College. In his talk, Blair will ask, “As the church seeks to address both the current reality of Anti-black racism and its historic complicity with practices of exclusion, how might it understand its response as part of its commitment to being disciples.”Named after the College’s first principal, this lectureship reflects the College’s partnership with the UCC from its founding until the present day, as well as our intent to bridge conversations between the College and the wider UCC context. In this spirit, this year’s lecture will be presented by Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its Contexts with the support of the UCC’s United in Learning. Click here to register.
Weekend Wellness Camp for Kids, presented online by Squamish United Church. Five Saturdays, starting March 6, 10:45-11:45 am. Details here.
The Gathering Place. Join us online at 10am on the 2nd Tuesday of the month for ninety minutes of being in community. Check-in, pray, laugh, share sacred stories and maybe even sing a little – together. The Gathering Place is FREE and open to all Ministry Personnel in the Pacific Mountain Region, and hosted by the PMRC’s Ministry Personal Support Team! March 9. Details here.
Knox United Church, Vancouver, presents: Instrumental Measures – Ben BrownA Free Virtual Performance, Tuesday, March 9 7:30PM – Video Release 8:00PM – Performer’s Talk-backDetails here
United Church Women Spring Meeting/AGM. Tuesday, March 16, 1-3 pm. Details here.
Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its Contexts, Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, the Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics of The Institute for Christian Studies and the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre are hosting the second Christian Left Conference (free and online) from July 23–24, 2021. This year’s theme is Rethinking the Christian Left from the Belly of Empire: Charting New Paths Beyond Colonization. Paper proposals are due March 19, 2021 and can be submitted online.
The Festival of Biblical Storytelling, presented by LeaderShift, April 9-11.Our soul knows why storytelling. A story told with commitment, passion and purpose resonates in our deepest being. Sometimes our brains need an explanatory nudge to articulate the power of biblical storytelling — this clip of Ken Quiring sparks joy for all the times and places that scripture has lived in the heart of God’s people. May Ken’s enthusiasm be an invitation to you to join this April’s Festival of Biblical Storytelling! The festival is ecumenical in nature, and designed to be supportive and encouraging of all. Brand new to story telling, Godly Play trained, experienced bards? – you are welcome just as you are. Details here.
Renewing Leadership, workshop presented by LeaderShift, starting April 13.
This multi-week program invites you to connect and reconnect with your core gifts and strengths, to reflect on God’s call as you experience it now, and align once again with the essential character you bring to your ministry leadership. Our communities of faith need us to be self-aware, healthy, and present as we respond to challenging realities of being faith leaders, and institutional church leaders. Details here.
Camp Spirit. Registration is now open for summer camps, 2021. Details here.