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We hope you can join us for our spring regional meeting! Our theme this year is “For the Common Good” as we work toward the common good for all, not only in our churches but in society as a whole. Our annual meeting will once again be held online on Zoom, over two afternoons, on Friday May 27 and Saturday May 29, 2022

The Celebration of Ministry service on Sunday, May 29, 2022 will be held in person (currently with limited capacity due to Covid protocols) and livestreamed to YouTube for all to watch along online. And now, here are a few words from our president, Rev. Betty Lou McNabb.


Betty Lou McNabb


Letter from the President

As I sit down this evening, with my cup of tea, to write to you all, I’m aware of the news headlines that fill our television and communication devices and it saddens me.

Still the Covid-19 protocols prior to this evening have only allowed us to meet virtually again for the two days of business brought before the Regional Council. We’ll gather together on both afternoons of May 27 and 28 for worship, education and business.

Our theme this annual meeting is “For the Common Good,” from 1 Corinthians 12:7.
          “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
We must align our gifts from Creator God then we can work at the common good for all.
Our gifts, our attitudes, our hearts and our efforts are steadfast when it comes to this work.
I think of these words, “for the good of all.” What do they mean to you?
All of creation?
All of Earth? Her animals, people, plants, trees, air, soil, water?
I think it’s a good theme as we think about “all my relations” which appears on our United Church of Canada crest in Mohawk.
For the good of all!

Getting back to taking care of the earth, sky, atmosphere, trees, water, winged ones, four-legged ones, two-legged ones preparing for the common good for the next seven generations to come. The land, people, vegetation, animals and even finances have all had an impact from the war zones in our world. For some Covid-19 has tested us beyond the breaking point. But we are a resilient people searching and seeking the common good.

One of our keynote speakers this annual meeting is award-winning writer, scholar and author, Heather Menzies. From her book, Reclaiming the Commons, for the Common Good, she says on page 129;
“It doesn’t matter how we begin our journey, or whether you think of it as more personal (healing) or political. The important thing is to embrace the process of moving from being outside the changes that are needed to inside, from being an angry or indifferent bystander to an implicated participant.”

As we gather in May to sing, pray, work, and praise our Creator God together may we ponder the question that Jeremy Lent proposes to us from his book, The Web of Meaning, again on the theme of the common good, “What is the sacred and precious strand that you will weave?”

We’ll be together for the celebration of ministries service face-to-face with candidates and admittands and their family and friends on May 29, I hope you will continue to join us virtually that Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

I look forward to seeing you next month, stay well, and may God keep you.

Rev. Betty Lou McNabb
President, Shining Waters Regional Council

PDF Download of President’s Letter


Meeting Resources and Materials

  • Resource Book – [pdf | ? pages] – pending
  • Draft Meeting Agenda [pdf | 2 pages] – PDF
  • Consent and Procedural Motions [pdf | 2 pages] – PDF
  • Holy Manners [pdf | 1 page] – PDF
  • Draft Minutes of Regional Meeting – November 13, 2021 [pdf | 6 pages] – PDF
  • Zoom Tip Sheet – includes how to vote during the meeting – [ pdf |  3 pages ] – PDF
  • Proposals – [pdf | 5 pages ] – PDF
  • Business: Budget – [ pdf | 4 pages ]  – PDF  
  • Reports: Digest of Actions – [ pdf |  2 pages ] – PDF
  • Reports: Regional Council Executive Accountability – [ pdf | 3 pages ]  – PDF
  • Reports: Communities of Faith Commission –  [ pdf | 2  pages ] – PDF
  • Reports: Intercultural Diversity Commission – [pdf | 1 page] – PDF
  • Reports: Pastoral Relations Commission – [ pdf | 2 pages ] – PDF
  • Reports: Social and Ecological Justice Commission – [ pdf | 2 pages ] – PDF
  • Reports:  Nominations Committee – [pdf | ? pages] – pending
  • Reports: Emmanuel College – [ pdf | 2 pages ] – PDF
  • Reports: Canada Summer Jobs Student Working Experience – [pdf | 1 page] – PDF
  • Jubilands  [pdf | 2 pages] – PDF
  • Retirees – [pdf | 3 pages ] – PDF
  • In Memoriam – [ pdf | 2 pages ] – PDF


Proposal Process

A portion of the 2022 Regional Meeting’s agenda will be considering and voting on proposals intended for action by either the Regional Council, or by the General Council this summer. As the deadline for proposals to be considered by the 44th General Council was last fall, any proposals received at this regional meeting that are intended for the General Council will be considered by the GC Executive. A video was prepared for our 2021 Fall meeting, however it contains helpful process information that is still relevant and so we have included it here for that purpose. The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2022 Regional Meeting is April 29, 2022.

FOR A COMPREHENSIVE DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSAL PROCESS, PLEASE REFER TO SECTION F.1 of THE MANUAL (2022): https://united-church.ca/sites/default/files/2021-12/the-manual-2022.pdf

The template for proposals can be found on the General Council 44 website. If you have questions or need assistance with the proposal process please contact Jody Maltby at jmaltby@united-church.ca


The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2022 Regional Meeting is April 29, 2022.



Meeting Registration

Please register to attend this meeting if you are Ministry Personnel or an Elected Lay Representative. All others will be able to watch a recording of the meeting on our YouTube channel. Elected Lay Representatives are elected by their community of faith or by the region.

Not sure if you are an elected lay representative or have other registration questions? Contact us at swrc@united-church.ca.

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