Newsletter – January 12, 2022

Update from the Chair

*** ALERT *** With the rapidly advancing Omicron variant, the Mission Board has voted to proceed into 2022 with virtual Sunday services until further notice. Links to the Sunday worship services will be provided on our website and through our newsletter.

DUC Worship Services by zoom

January 16 – Anne Hepburn

January 23 – Lisa Norman

January 30 – Lisa Norman

February 6 – Anne Hepburn

We will attempt to record the Sunday zoom services and post them on our YouTube channel.



Sunday Worship Service – Join Zoom Meeting

Reports for the 2021 Annual Meeting are due by Sun. Jan. 30thPlease send reports by email to  Thank you. 

Please keep in your prayers: Emma as she continues on her cancer journey; Tracie as she continues to recover from a car accident; Kristen as she recovers from surgery; Claude, in hospital; Mary Lou; the family of Grant T.

Cheer Ministry: Please call Mary when a church member/family needs to be remembered with a card: thinking of you; get well; or special birthday/anniversary wishes.

Dunsford Community Food Bank: Contact Fay Carslake 705-341-3699 or

Indigenous Justice and Respectful Relationships
Reverend Rodney Smith-Merkley is the Regional Council’s Minister for Indigenous Justice and Respectful Relationships and can be contacted by:Phone: 1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6164
Webpage: Indigenous Justice & Respectful Relationships – East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada (

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An invitation and resources from the Joint Truth and Reconciliation Action Group — a joint initiative of Faith, Sydenham Street and Chalmers United Churches in Kingston. As we approach the winter solstice and a coming new year, we offer these resources to help you honour this season and reflect on where we are at in our journey as learners and allies.Read the attached article entitled “Acknowledging the Winter Solstice is a Decolonial Act for Indigenous People”.Register for the new on-line reading group we are organizing entitled Reclaiming Power and Place. It starts on Monday January 24 at 7:30 PM (EST). Visit the website of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society at the negotiations currently in progress re: compensation to Indigenous children: a copy of Unsettling Canada from Between The Lines at the articles below about the Algonquin land claim. As you read, keep in mind the following advice from an experienced ally who has deep knowledge of these issues. He explains that governments are reluctant to release any info after the joint release of the AIP. It may be that the government feels the AIP in this case is too generous. Best to contact a leader in one of the Algonquin communities and ask if they are willing to share any info with you. Ask what kind of support they would like. Ask for someone from the community to come and speak to your group. Interesting info on Bob Lovelace and the history of the Ardoch community; one of the 10 Algonquin communities negotiating. from the principal negotiator for the AOO to the Bancroft Times refuting claims of deception in the negotiations up to the point of the vote on the AIP release from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada celebrating the signing of the AIP. TVO piece explaining the divisions both within the AOO and between the AOO and Quebec First Nations. Further issues arise over Indigenous status esp who had the right to vote on the agreement and subsequently who will share in the potential payout. hope these resources will help you join with Indigenous people in marking the winter solstice and in acknowledging the natural world as a source of teachings about natural and universal laws. In understanding the interconnectedness of all things, we recognize that the cosmos– the sun, moon, stars, and other planets– affect us and connect us in undeniable ways. 
We look forward to connecting with you early in 2022 as a participant in our on-line reading group or through this email sharing or …..
Warmly on behalf of our group,

MISSION & SERVICE: “We want to help communities of faith re-focus on core principles of church health.”

Credit: Vancouver School of Theology

Published On: December 1, 2021

Vancouver School of Theology just celebrated its 50th anniversary. The school, which receives support through Mission & Service, has thrived for over half a century thanks to your generosity.

“We are committed to serve and support the church,” says VST’s President and Vice-Chancellor Richard Topping. To that end, the school has big plans for the coming year: to expand facilities in order to create more teaching space for its growing student body, to begin new partnerships, and to invest in helping congregations flourish.

“Many congregations struggle with issues of viability: for example, managing and maintaining buildings, paying for staff, and other related expenses. Through our Congregational Vitality through Community Engagement project, we want to help communities of faith re-focus on core principles of church health and begin to explore new ways of becoming a thriving church,” says Topping.

Right now, through the Congregational Vitality Initiative, VST is working hard to identify the challenges that congregations are facing and help them see what the future might look like. As the research unfolds, VST will gather the best resources and practices that lead to congregational vitality and make them available to the whole church. With proven resources in hand, congregations will be equipped to become more healthy and vital. For communities of faith that are struggling or need extra support, the school plans to offer hands-on support.

“Your gifts are crucial to the work of our school. It is a source of encouragement to our work during these days when the whole of our operations is online because of COVID-19 restrictions. Through the hard work and dedication of a staff, faculty, and student body, who not only work hard but also care deeply, we have been able to continue keep our calling: to educate and form thoughtful, engaged, and generous Christian leaders for the church and the world in the 21st century,” says Topping.

Thank you for your gifts through Mission & Service. By supporting theological education, you ensure not only that the church has strong leaders but also equip them and the whole of the church with a roadmap to vitality, too. Thank you.


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