Dynamic Dunsford United Church Newsletter – May 19, 2021
Update from the Chair
This is definitely a week of “thanks” giving!
I learned last Wednesday that Mary McKay has stepped up to cover the card sending duties formerly done by Doris Dames for the past 15 years. Thank you so much, ladies!
We now have a Pulpit Supply Assistant – Abigail Campbell – Thank you so much for providing this supportive role in our congregation.
A big thank you to Mary Lou for braving the untested waters of zoom and acting as our host last Sunday. We had an unexpected gift of music from Pat Henderson who played for us, eliminating the need for a pre-recorded video for our hymns. A big thank you to Pat as well and we hold out an open invitation for any others who would like to share their musical talents with us on Sunday mornings!
I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing financial support that we continue to receive from all of YOU! It has been a year now since we began operating on donations only, having no access to our normal fundraising activities. Our church would be in a much more difficult position financially, without your ongoing support.
Zoom Worship Schedule
May 23 – Lisa Norman – Bring a cupcake, cookie or whatever you like to our virtual service. We are celebrating the birthday of the Church this Sunday! – Lisa
May 30 – Lisa Norman
June 6 – Rev. Anne Hepburn
June 13 – Lisa Norman
Vacancies – Folks, we are going to be in quite a mess if we don’t fill up these vacancies. 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, only the Pulpit Supply Assistant position has been filled.
Mission Board Recording Secretary, Region Representative, Worship Team (several openings), Chair M&P committee, Vice Chair of the Mission Board remain open.
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PRAYER: Please keep 10-year-old Annabella in your prayers as she recovers from surgery in SickKids Hospital.
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A Call to Stop the Violence
The United Church of Canada joins with others to renew the call to the Canadian government to intervene with Israel and de-escalate the spiralling violence in East Jerusalem and Gaza and negotiate its end. Moderator Richard Bott says, “I invite United Church people to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and to put faith into action by writing to urge Minister Garneau to uphold international law.”
Read the full statement.
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Youth Summer Jobs
There are a number of new and exciting summer job positions with the General Council Office for youth between the ages of 15 to 30. We would love to work with you! Please take a look at these opportunities.
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Stories of Our Mission: Celebrate Deaf Culture This Pentecost
On Pentecost, diverse languages proclaimed the presence of God. So it’s the perfect day to celebrate the glorious variety of languages and cultures through which God blesses the world, including Deaf culture. Today, few churches welcome persons who are Deaf. That’s why your Mission & Service gifts support inclusion through the Quinte Deaf Fellowship.
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The United Church Bookstore is excited to be bringing this brand new book to our shelves, written by none other than Cheri DiNovo—United Church minister, lifelong social justice advocate, and former MPP. Pick up the book today, and for a limited time get free shipping if your order totals $50 or more with promo code DINOVO!
May 17, 2021
Here is the latest update about the United Church’s ongoing anti-racism work.
Asian Heritage Month
May is Asian Heritage Month! The month provides another opportunity to focus on challenging anti-Asian racism and dismantling racial injustice in church and society.
Several resources are available:
- New blog posts will be posted during this month
- A webinar on May 18 will focus on Lifting Up Asian Voices. In this webinar, we will hear five Asian-Canadian church leaders talk frankly about their personal experiences of racism, both within their churches and in society in general. 7:00 p.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. PDT.
- There will also be a special Asian Heritage Pentecost online worship service for Pentecost Sunday, May 23. This 50-minute, downloadable service will be available on May 18 from our YouTube channel. This worship service will be shared using six languages in hopes of embodying the spirit of the Pentecost experience.
There are several additional worship resources about Asian Heritage Month and anti-Asian racism which can be used at any time of year.
New Anti-Racism Video
A preview of a new United Church anti-racism video is now available! The video, which includes sub-titles in English and French, offers an overview of the United Church’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist denomination. A series of questions to accompany the video will be available soon on the church’s Anti-Racism web page.
40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism
This exciting new program will launch in the 2021 fall season, and is designed for a wide range of people across the United Church. The 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism will offer opportunities for daily engagement on anti-racism with activities that can be done individually or with groups. People across the church will have an opportunity to explore regular readings, reflections, education, arts engagement, and action and advocacy on anti-racism.
The 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism program will be ready after Thanksgiving in mid-October, 2021.
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 people who identify as Indigenous, Black, East/Southeast/South Asian, Latino/a/x, mixed-race, racialized, 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: Wednesday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. EDT / 1:00 p.m. PDT; or Thursday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. EDT / 5:00 p.m. PDT. Please choose a date when registering and note your time zone. Register here. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact General Council staff Network Coordinator Ren Ito.
Equity Support Team Description
Equity Monitors have played a role in many United Church meetings and gatherings. After a review of the role and responsibilities, we are proposing to change the name to Equity Support Team members, and have an updated position description (available as a download at the end of that web page).
While working towards equity is a collective responsibility of everyone, the members of the Equity Support Team have a particular role in helping name equity issues at gatherings. The Equity Support Team members have responsibilities before, during, and after an event. The members of the Equity Support Team are part of the leadership of a meeting or an event.
In addition to the position description linked above, there were suggestions to offer national training for anyone who wants to be part of an Equity Support Team, and to offer some best practices and guidelines for meetings, on equity. These will be posted as soon as they are available.
Over the past several months, there were a number of concerns raised about the use of “officer” in the title of the previously named “Anti-Racism and Equity Officer” position. Many were worried that the title had connotations related to enforcement and policing, and suggested that another name for the title might be more helpful. The staff title has now been changed to “Anti-Racism and Equity Lead.”
How have you been engaging with anti-racism work in your communities? Please share more by email email@example.com, or post what you are doing in the United Church’s Anti-Racism Facebook group.
Anti-Racism and Equity Lead
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EAST CENTRAL ONTARIO REGIONAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA
Registration for the East Central Ontario Regional Council Spring Meeting 2021 is open.
The accompanying photo is of a handcrafted gift from my daughter. It is one of the first things I see each morning and again at night. It is a present reminder to live day and night with gratitude and thanksgiving.
It features words from verse three of the Hymn “For the Fruit of All Creation”
For the wonders that astound us,
for the truths that still confound us,
most of all that love has found us,
thanks be to God.
One of the gifts of the past 14 months has been a chance to re-evaluate life, to consider what really matters, to know what we miss and to know what we have. It truly is astounding how communities of faith have responded – worship is different, community is far reaching, and outreach is from the heart instead of from a building. As we gather this spring – in a different fashion than we could have ever imagined two years ago, let us gather with gratitude and thanksgiving. We are blessed and are called to be a blessing.
We gather Friday June 4, 6:30 pm – 9 pm and again Saturday morning, June 5 from 9 am to noon. It is an abbreviated agenda, in part made possible by the preliminary sessions on the topics of Priority Setting, Affirming and Nominations. It was in those sessions that discussion occurred, and the input received has shaped the ongoing work. We will receive the reports, ideally affirm the recommendations, and begin the conversation of next steps. Our denomination has committed to Equity and Anti-racism and we will have before us an Anti-racism and diversity policy to consider. There are presentations to be shared. We will be the church together; thanks be to God.
Registration is open and may be completed here: Annual Spring Meeting – East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada (ecorcuccan.ca)
If you are unable to attend and wish your regrets noted, please e-mail Joel Miller.
Thank you for your commitment and dedication.
Rev. Paul Reed
Speaker, Assembly of Elders
East Central Ontario Regional Council
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