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What is Flourish?

Flourish is a program designed to encourage and support the health, joy and excellence of ministry personnel in Shining Waters Regional Council.

Ministry is a challenging profession and calling:

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Flourish connects

Flourish provides opportunities for clergy to be with one another, to share experiences of ministry, to share challenges and opportunities, and to talk about what it means to be a minister in the United Church of Canada.

Flourish nourishes

Sometimes what we need is time away from our responsibilities as church leaders. Flourish provides time and space to retreat, to engage in personal reflection, to be ministered to as ministers, and to have fun with colleagues.

Flourish enhances

Flourish provides programs and events to help ministers continue their life-long learning. Through conferences, webinars, special courses and other learning opportunities, Flourish connects ministers with people and resources who help build the skills and knowledge that ministers need to inspire and lead in their ministry, and to respond to the constantly emerging needs of their congregations, communities and the wider world.

Highlight: Becoming a Post Covid Church

A Time Away for Shining Waters Ministry Personnel

Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Online from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon each day
Event Cost: $25

How have we been impacted by COVID-19 as a church?

What have we learned about who we are and who we want to be?

Where is God calling us as we anticipate emerging from the pandemic in 2021?

Through an integration of presentation, facilitated dialogue and worship, this online gathering will explore how we have been impacted by COVID-19 as a church, what we have learned so far from this time of pandemic, and how God is calling us as ministers and communities of faith to new expressions and formations of being the church.

Guest Speaker

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Betty Pries, CEO, Credence and Co.

Betty specializes in working with complex challenges, transforming congregations and workplaces through custom-designed support and engagement. Betty has worked with the United Church of Canada at the national, regional, and congregational levels. With her extensive knowledge of the church, commitment to leadership development, and innovative facilitation skills, Betty is a highly sought leader by those who want to be on the leading edge of change, growth, and transformation.

Bruce Harding

Bruce Harding is a singer, songwriter and intercultural song leader from BC whose ministry with congregations and church gatherings across Canada and beyond inspires people to sing with spirit and conviction. He has a PhD in the development of hymn tune repertoire in The United Church of Canada, and he served as Managing Editor for More Voices, the supplement to the current United Church of Canada hymn book, Voices United. In the Vancouver area, Bruce leads music with the communities of Crossroads United Church and Living Interfaith Sanctuary, he teaches at the Naad Intercultural Centre for the Arts, and he is a member of the North Indian fusion ensemble, Indian Standard Time. His worship music, available for download at www.evensong.ca, is sung in congregations around the world.

REGISTRATION

Pre-registration for this event is required. The fee of $25 is non-refundable, no prorations if only able to attend one session, and continuing education allowance eligible. More info and to register.

Staff Support

DALE HILDEBRAND

DALE HILDEBRAND

Pastoral Relations Minister, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6261
Email: dhildebrand@united-church.ca
Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office. Please call ahead to ensure office is open.

Fosters healthy pastoral relationships by assisting the Regional Council to serve, support and provide oversight to the Communities of Faith, and by encouraging and supporting ministry personnel toward health, joy and excellence in ministry practice. Responsible for all the Communities of Faith and ministry personnel in the region that are located south of highway 407.

Read Dale's background...

 TODD MCDONALD

TODD MCDONALD

Pastoral Relations Minister, Shining Waters Regional Council

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6235
Email: tmcdonald@united-church.ca
Teleworks and works in the Guthrie Office.

Todd fosters healthy pastoral relationships by assisting the Regional Council to serve, support and provide oversight to the Communities of Faith, and by encouraging and supporting ministry personnel toward health, joy and excellence in ministry practice. Responsible for all the Communities of Faith and ministry personnel in the region that are located north of highway 407.

Read Todd's background...