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Regional Council Gathering-June 2021

June 12, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Roll the Stone Away / Sewanienhia’karateniat Eh’ren Sewanenhnienha;wit / À nous de rouler la pierre

This is our theme for 2021: As the stone is rolled away from the tomb, beams of sunlight stream inward and a new life—a life beyond death—emerges. As we live through these strange times of struggle and change, can we emerge from the shadows with a fresh understanding about how to live and share that new life as members of the United Church in the wider world?

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Agenda (draft)

8:30-8:45 am

Coffee & Conversation

8:45-9:00 am

Learning how to vote on Zoom

9:00-9:20 am

Acknowledgement/Welcome of the land
Welcoming and Opening Prayer
(including celebration of Candidates)

9:20-9:35 am

Call to Order, Enabling Motions (omnibus motion), ‘Officers’
Purpose of the outlined day
Duty of Care and Equity
Message from the Moderator

9:35-9:40 am

Breakout Rooms (introductions)

9:40-10:00 am

Becoming an Anti-Racist United Church: with Adele Halliday

10:00-10:20 am 

Breakout Rooms

10:20-10:40 am

Becoming an Anti-Racist United Church: with Adele Halliday

10:40-10:45 am


10:45-11:05 am

Prayer & Worship
(celebrating the ministries of communities and ministers) 

11:05-11:15 am

COVID Task Group Update

11:15-11:30 am

Nominations Leadership Team
(next executive and commissioners)

11:30-11:40 am

Annual Report Booklet
& changes to the handbook

11:40-11:55 am

(Room for any changes in the agenda)

11:55-12:25 pm

Celebration of Ministry (Retirees & Milestones)
(covenanting with commissioners and executive and Leadership Teams)

12:25-12:30 pm

Closing (with reminders and enabling motions)

12:30 pm

Optional online lunch


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*We will be voting for ten (10) GC44 Commissioners:

  • Ordered ministry – 4
  • Lay – 4
  • Youth – 1
  • President -1
Presentations, table group notes and decisions (follow-up from meeting)

Presentation by COVID Task Group (Peter Bisset): 2021-05-26-CrNRC-COVID-E2

Anti-Racism presentation (Adele Halliday)


1) What initial reflections would you offer about the principles for becoming an anti-racist denomination?
2) How might some of these principles—and the work of becoming anti-racist—be lived out in your community of faith?
3) How might markers of White supremacist culture be manifested in your community of faith or other areas of church life? How might some of the antidotes become part of community life?
4) Are there any additional reflections?

Background information:

In the first 20 minutes of the workshop, we’ll explore some of the principles for becoming an anti-racist denomination. The principles are named in the attached document, starting on page 3. 

After that, we’ll explore some of the characteristics of White supremacist culture within our churches, and by looking at some of the markers and the antidotes. All of the markers are noted here: http://www.cwsworkshop.org/PARC_site_B/dr-culture.html 

Small group discussion notes: 2021-06-12-Notes-AntiRacism-TableGroups

Word cloud based on notes from small group discussions:

speech bubble highlighting words like community, church, welcome, people, culture...

Decisions: 2021-06-12_General Annual Meeting_Decisions_EN


June 12, 2021
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Rev. Tami Spires