Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – May 12, 2021

Update from the Chair

This is week 2 for the “stewardship best practices” course. Please keep Anne, John, Carolle, and Abigail in your prayers as they attend this program for the benefit of our church. The board will receive a report in June from the group which will be studied for action.

Zoom Worship Schedule

May 16 – Rev. Anne Hepburn

May 23 – Lisa Norman

May 30 – Lisa Norman

June 6 – Rev. Anne Hepburn

Great job Gloria! We appreciate the time and effort you put into our Mother’s Day Worship.

Hosting – Training is under way for a couple of my volunteers with more sessions to follow. Hopefully, there will soon be some more hosts that will be able to be scheduled in or help out in an unscheduled way when the unexpected happens!

Vacancies – We are quickly approaching critical problems due to lack of human resources. Please prayerfully consider how you might help!

A brief description of all positions can be found in the March 31 and April 4 newsletters. To date, none of these positions have been filled.

Pulpit Supply Assistant, Mission Board Recording Secretary, Region Representative,

Worship Team (several openings), Chair M&P committee, Vice Chair of the Mission Board.

Sincerely,

Carol

Cheer Ministry: Mary has volunteered to take over this important ministry.  Please call her when a church member/family needs to be remembered.

Do you have announcements, celebrations, good news, photos, etc. to share? Send them to dunsfordunitedchurch@bellnet.ca and it will be included in the newsletter. Thank you!

UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

Graphic art piece showing a night sky, clouds, doves, a rainbow, a Mother and child by the water, green grass, mountains, leaves, and the sun.
Special Asian Heritage Pentecost Service

Looking for something unique for Pentecost? We are delighted to share a special 50-minute downloadable worship service with churches for Pentecost, May 23, created by United Church ministers of Asian heritage. This worship service will be shared using six languages in the hopes of embodying the spirit of the Pentecost experience, and subtitled in English and French. Watch for it to be released on The United Church of Canada YouTube channel on May 18.

[Image credit: Joyce Crosby/The United Church of Canada]
 
Support Circles for People of Colour

Join with people of colour in The United Church of Canada for a time of sharing and support around experiences of racism in the church. This is a confidential, non-judgmental space for Indigenous, Black, East/Southeast/South Asian, Latino/a/x, mixed-race, and racialized people and all people of colour, to build supportive community in light of church-related racial trauma and grief.  There are two options for gathering times; please choose one when registering (and take note of your time zone). If you have any questions, contact Ren Ito (Network Coordinator, General Council Office: rito@united-church.ca). Wednesday, May 19: 1:00 p.m. PST / 2:00 p.m. MST / 3:00 p.m. CST / 4:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. AST Thursday, May 20: 5:00 p.m. PST / 6:00 p.m. MST / 7:00 p.m. CST / 8:00 p.m. EST / 9:00 p.m. AST Register here.

[Image credit: Neil Thomas on Unsplash]  

LifeSpeak’s May Featured Training: PTSD

According to The Canadian Mental Health Association, PTSD is a mental illness. It involves exposure to trauma involving death or the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence. This month, as we acknowledge the importance of mental health, LifeSpeak wants to shine a light on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), through their training sessions and learning resources. Check out this month’s featured training: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Dr. Simon Rego. Watch helpful videos on the important issues surrounding PTSD, including how it is assessed and diagnosed, as well as some prevalent treatment options. Enjoy a great read of LifeSpeak’s expert blog post, Your Brain on Change by Cindy Smith, organizational and individual change management expert. Join the Ask the Expert chat on May 26 at 12:00 p.m. ET, as Dara Roth Edney speaks on the topic “Supporting Yourself and Others through Anxiety and Depression.” Learn more here. The French version with Dr Nadia Gagnier will be on May 27 at 12:00 p.m. ET. LifeSpeak is an extension of the Employee and Family Assistance Program, to help keep you and your family mentally and physically healthy. You can access the service from any computer or mobile device—visit United-Church.lifespeak.com, choose option “Access Through Group Account,” and enter password “wellness”.
 
Seeking Justice Together Conference



Citizens for Public Justice’s Seeking Justice Together Conference will take an intersectional, interpersonal, and interconnected approach to issues of racism, Indigenous/settler reconciliation, 2SLGBTQQIA+ rights, disability rights, poverty in Canada, climate justice, and refugee rights.

The United Church has two complimentary registrations to offer. Let us know your involvement with the United Church and the name of a session that really appeals to you on this form, and you’ll be entered in a draw to be held on Wednesday May 12, at noon.

Or, if you like having full control of your destiny, you can register directly.  

Stories of Our Mission: COVID-19 Impacts Vulnerable Sex Workers



Everyone has felt the impacts of COVID-19, but vulnerable residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have been hit especially hard, including people like Mikayla, a 47-year-old transgender woman. Your Mission & Service gifts support WISH, an organization that works to improve the health, safety, and well-being of women who are involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade.  

EAST CENTRAL ONTARIO REGIONAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

Regional Council News & Events
Re: Bill C-6 Conversion Therapy
I write to declare my support of Bill C-6, a Bill to amend the Criminal Code to prohibit certain activities that relate to Conversion Therapy. I have included a summary of the Bill below. 

Last night our family dinner conversation strategized response and support of a youth isolated by his parents and told that he can not be gay. Online and by phone, my son counsels young boys in crisis. He has known more than one youth who chooses suicide when denied safe place to be themselves.

Our Affirming Forum has prepared a video featuring an interview with two young people that highlights the importance of safe spaces. A place for spiritual journeying. A place where an individual can express themselves, be themselves and be honest before God who has created them.

When the Regional Council Affirming Information Session was completed, it was evident that there is a strong commitment to see the East Central Ontario Regional Council be both recognized as a fully Affirming Regional Council but also to initiate an action plan that is public, intentional, and explicit.

We have a responsibility to provide those safe places, to give individuals the freedom to explore their identity and to make decisions about themselves. Bill C-6 if enacted provides that protection.

Being Affirming, encouraging Equity, welcoming Diversity, many in the Regional Council have already spoken aloud support for the Bill. I encourage you to be Public, Intentional, and Explicit. When you have the opportunity, declare support of Bill C-6.

Together we may save the life of a youth.
 
Rev. Paul Reed
Speaker, East Central Regional Council


For information see Bill C-6: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy) (justice.gc.ca) from which this exert is taken.
Bill C-6 would amend the Criminal Code to prohibit certain activities that relate to “conversion therapy”, which is defined as practices, treatment or services designed to change an individual’s sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender or to reduce non-heterosexual sexual attraction or sexual behaviour. Specifically, the Bill would enact new offences to prohibit: causing an individual to undergo conversion therapy against their will; causing a child to undergo conversion therapy; removing a child from Canada to undergo conversion therapy abroad; receiving a financial or other material benefit from the provision of conversion therapy; and advertising an offer to provide conversion therapy. The Bill would also authorize courts to order the seizure and forfeiture of advertisements for conversion therapy or order their removal from computer systems (“take-down provisions”).

Overall, the Bill would promote the human dignity and equality of all Canadians, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) people and the LGBTQ2 community. Arising from fundamental social and ethical considerations, the Bill would discourage and denounce practices and treatments that cause psychological harm to LGBTQ2 people.
“Meet the GC Commissioner Candidates”
Watch your email for a separate newsletter to follow later today with more information and biographies!
Children, Youth and Young Adult Leaders
Sharon Hull, the Regional Council staff person for All Ages invites you to sign up for this new and improved mailing list to stay in touch and stay informed.
First Third’s Ministry Forum (Children, Youth and Young Adults) We would like your input on Regional Council Children, Youth and Young Adult events. If you are a Child, Youth, Young Adult or a leader in Ministry for this group please consider joining our forum. We will meet online 2 to 4 times a year to discuss Regional Council events for First Third’s Ministry (Child to Age 30). Please email Sharon Hull @ shull@united-church.ca if you are interested in being a part of the Forum or if you have any questions.
The Go Project- The Holy Spirit curriculum is LIVE!
If you’re following the stories of the early church and Pentecost, this is the resource for you! Four weeks of themes:
*God’s love is for all through the Holy Spirit
*God fills out hearts with love through the Holy Spirit
*The Spirit makes you stronger
*The Spirit brings us together

Stories based on the book of Acts and the Spirit moving in the early church
Purchase yours now https://ucrdstore.ca/…/the-go-project-how-the-spirit…
Affirming Forum
Becoming a Fully Affirming Region
Why is it vitally important that East Central Ontario become a fully Affirming Region? Check out how Wilde Ferris and Michiko Bown-Kai have to say about this as they talk with ECORC Affirming Forum Co-Chair, Elizabeth Macdonald.

Here’s the YouTube link: ECORC Affirming Forum – YouTube

Share with your community of Faith. Let’s keep this conversation going! The vote to make ECORC fully affirming is on the agenda of ECORC’s 2021 Annual Meeting in early June. 
Indigenous Justice and Right Relations Forum
National Indigenous Council Art Contest

Indigenous young people between the ages of 15 and 25 are invited to enter an art contest for Messenger, the newsletter for the National Indigenous Council. The contest closes June 14, 2021, and members of the Elders Council will choose the winning artwork. Please click HERE for more information and how to enter!
The Sacred Water Circle invites you to join us in hearing water teachings from Hopi traditional teacher Ronald Wadsworth. The Hopi have lived and successfully grown crops in desert areas for thousands of years. This experience as well as their original instructions from the Creator, has been a catalyst for a sacred connection to water. Their knowledge and connection to nature is world renowed.

Please click HERE for more information and to register for this event. 
Trekking Across Canada Together

Trinity St Andrew’s United Church in Brighton is inviting you on a special pilgrimage. From now until Indigenous day of prayer, June 21, we are trekking across Canada together, and learning about the people through whose traditional territory we will be walking. If you would like to take part, please click HERE for more information and how to register.  

May 5 – Update & an Invitation
Congratulations walkers, we made it to Winnipeg! Thirty eight of us are traveling together now. To get to Winnipeg we traveled from just east of Chapleau Ontario, in Anishnabawaki, the territory of the Cree, and Michif Piyii (Metis), through the territory of the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux). We passed through Treaty 9 area, and entered into Treaty 5 territory in Manitoba.
 
This week we are taking a break from our live interactions, but please see below the personal stories and links to the First Nations Communities near Winnipeg. 
 
Please mark your calendars next Friday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. as we are graciously joined by Charlene Burns, who will speak to us about Treaty 6 territories and the Plains Cree. Zoom link to come.
 
But for today, please grab a cup of coffee, click HERE to be taken to our website 
and let’s learn about the Sagkeeng First Nation and Shoal Lake 40. Helmut and Janet Enns have provided this week’s learning.
 
You can also find past updates on our website as well. 
 
Respectfully, on behalf of a growing team of organizers,
Wanda

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