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Lay Leaders Gathering:  Governance and Good News Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7 p.m.  This gathering will be an opportunity for lay leaders to share their experience of governance during the pandemic - what has worked for you, and to ask questions. Also to hear from congregations how they are sharing good news in their congregation and community. It will be a conversation about governance best practices during the pandemic including the decision of the sub-Executive of General Council that...

Happy New Year! We’re done with Matthew. Now we get to hang out with Mark. What’s with all the talk of the end times? Mark 13:24-27. Thoughts from a Death Row prison cell. Hope as resistance. Music by Emorie, the Sun Harmonic and Bri-anne. Words by Ramiro Gonzales and UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima speaking about World AIDS Day.

As we follow our newsfeeds, and observe with horror what is happening in the capital of the United States of America, we call on you, Creator of All Love. We painfully remember peaceful protests of tangible and documented injustices, led by Black and Indigenous peoples who were sadly met with undue hostility and violence, and characterized as rioters, in contrast to how the violent clashes incited by Trump supporters on baseless claims is being responded to and reported on. We pray for those...

It’s Christmas Eve and we have a fun, lofi, campy retelling of Luke’s Nativity narrative with a brief time of reflection. Yes, perhaps the Christmas story isn’t historically accurate, but the meaning we bring to the story and how we tell it is the beginning of our call towards how we are to be in God’s world.

The Shining Waters Regional Council offices will be closed from December 24 to January 3, 2021. If there is an emergency over the Christmas break, please call 416-231-7680 or 1-800-268-3781 ext. 6773 and leave a message with Bri-anne Swan. This phone will be checked daily and urgent calls will be addressed. May the peace of Christ be with you this Christmas.

GS 81 Extension of Temporary Amendment of Bylaws re: Pastoral Relations; Temporary Amendment re: Congregational Annual Meeting At its meeting on November 26, 2020, the Sub-Executive of the General Council passed a motion to: temporarily suspend the requirement in section B.5.1 of The Manual for congregations or pastoral charges to hold an annual meeting; and temporarily amend the responsibility of the congregation or pastoral charge to make a decision on their annual draft budget by allowing...