October 12, 2017
Remit Implementation Update
Members of the Boundaries Commission (short biographies given below) are already meeting with Conferences, to gather input about the number and boundaries of the regional councils that are set to replace Conferences and presbyteries / districts / consistoires (if the final approval for remit 1, Three Council Model, is given at GC43 in 2018).
Meetings have been arranged with every Conference executive in the coming weeks, with at least one member of the Boundaries Commission attending. They will use the opportunity to learn about the work done in each Conference towards moving into a new structure, and hear any recommendations that part of our Church can offer to this work.
The Commission plans to write to each presbytery/district/
consistoire, to invite their wisdom into the process by November 20. The Commission will also engage with Bermuda Synod to discuss their ongoing and unique relationship with The United Church of Canada.
The following dates have been arranged for engagement with Conference executive members:
- Alberta and Northwest: October 11 in Edmonton
- Hamilton: October 26 at the Hamilton Conference Office
- Maritimes: October 27 in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
- Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario: November 3, a joint evening meeting with the ANCC
- British Columbia: November 3 in Burnaby
- All Native Circle: November 3 and 4, in Winnipeg/Beausejour
- Saskatchewan: November 7 in Regina.
- Toronto: November 8 in Toronto
- Montreal and Ottawa: November 9 in Montreal.
- Newfoundland/Labrador: November 15
- London: November 15 in London
- Manitou: November 24 in Sudbury.
- Bay of Quinte: November 30 in Belleville
Members are to issue an interim report on boundaries not later than January 10, 2018. After receiving and considering the responses, they will then issue a final report by March 15, 2018.
Here are the members of the Boundaries Commission:
- Andrew Richardson, Chair is an ordained minister from Summerside, P.E.I., known for his ability to lead groups to consensus and to consider the theological questions of any issue.
- Lorraine Stewart is an educator, a psychologist and a lay member of Stony Plain United Church in Alberta. She brings expertise in listening, communicating, and establishing effective guidelines and policies.
- Mark Laird serves Drayton United Church in Hamilton. Mark notes that his training for diaconal ministry helps him think about who isn’t being represented in different situations.
- Janet Sigurdson is an Ordained Minister with All Native Circle Conference, a member of the Aboriginal Ministries Council and a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation in Saskatchewan.
- Ryan McNally served as the chair of the Presbytery Boundaries Review Commission for the Bay of Quinte Conference and is a minister in the Bay of Quinte Conference.
- Nicole Beaudry co-chairs the regional Table de concertation for Ministries in French in Synode M&O Conference. She wants to bridge the divide between anglophones and francophones in our church.
- Gord Waldie has served on the Executives of two Conferences and is on the team that is finding ways to share Executive Secretary services across the three prairie provinces. He is an ordained minister living in Grand Prairie, Alberta.
- Sarah JaneWetelainen, who identifies as Métis, is an active lay member Burton Avenue United Church in Barrie, Ontario, known for her work on local, national, and international projects. “I like displaying radical kindness, Jesus-style, in my everyday life.”
- Marion Pardy, our church’s 37th Moderator, is committed to effective ministry of administration and leadership through the theology and values of the church. She is rooted in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Anyone in the church who has questions or comments about the Boundaries Commission is invited to send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org