Greg Powell and Jody Dudley are attending General Council 43 as two of  25 BC Conference Commissioners in Oshawa, ON, July 21–27, 2018. They were nominated by Kootenay Presbytery when we gathered in Cranbrook this Spring and elected by the court of BC Conference in June. They will be involved in the ratifying of the Remits presented by the last General Council and in the consideration of many proposals submitted for discussion and decision by the various courts of the United Church of Canada.

Although nominated by Kootenay Presbytery to represent the BC region on the new Denominational Council (should the Three Court Model Remit be ratified by General Council) David Boyd is one of several not being recommended by BC Conference for the Denominational Executive.  David appreciated the support and encouragement of the presbytery and BC Conference and wish the Executive well. Those nominated can be reviewed in this proposal to GC43

Laural Hermakin, minister at Windermere Valley Shared Ministry will replace Cheryl Swedberg on the current BC Conference Executive Board and what it will morph into, should the Three Court Model Remit be ratified by General Council.

To keep up to date with the business and activities of the General Council click on their website: https://generalcouncil43.ca

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Kootenay Presbytery at BC Conference


Respectfully Submitted: Greg Powell, Chair

Kootenay Presbytery has enjoyed a fruitful year since BC Conference last sat. We have continued to meet for two weekends each year, giving us an opportunity to explore important faith issues and to worship and sing together. We don’t know what form we’ll take in the post-transition era, but we do want to continue getting together in some capacity. We devoted our April Gathering to exploring the range of possibilities and, with help from LeaderShift, we explored what resources we would need. We called this “A Kootenay Kairos: Reimagining and Rising Together”. And at our fall gathering, we hope all this ‘blue sky-ing’ will turn to something tangible. We’ve even struck a team to imagine and consider the range of possibilities, and another team to investigate what technologies might help us. With some notable lament, our spirits remain high as we approach the end of what we have known and the beginning of something yet unknown. >> read more >>

Remit 1: Three Council Model

At the 42nd General Council, August 2015, six remits that would change the structure and administration of The United Church of Canada were introduced. Presbyteries and Pastoral Charges have had opportunities to study and vote on these remits, This summer, at the 43rd General Council in Oshawa, ON, the attending commissioners will have the opportunity to ratify the Remits. 

Anticipating the ratification of Remit 1: Three Council Model, we have had many discussions in small groups and Presbytery Gatherings trying to get our heads around what this will mean for our congregations and the presbytery life we have come to know.

At our Spring Kootenay Presbytery Gathering, our theme was KOOTENAY KAIROS: Reimagining and Rising Together. In May, at Trail United Church we will have another opportunity to “explore the changing spiritual landscape that gives rise to new ways the Spirit of God is working in the world.” 
                    Reframing Ministry in a Changing Spiritual Landscape.

Of all the remits, Remit 1 presents a new paradigm of how we will relate and respond to each other.

The total outcome of the vote:
         Presbyteries:         Yes    74            No   7
         Pastoral Charge:    Yes   1672         No   222

Here is a quick review: 

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Kootenay Presbytery Gathering 2018

Kootenay Presbytery Spring Gathering Cranbrook United Church Cranbrook, BC April 13–15, 2018   Theme: KOOTENAY KAIROS Reimagining and Rising Together     Theme Presenters: George Meier and David Boyd  Guest Presenter: Rev Rhian Walker- Conference Minister, LeaderShift ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” … >> read more >>

Reframing Ministry

We explored the changing spiritual landscape that gives rise to new ways the Spirit of God is working in the world. We discussed how Churches can take God into the world instead of expecting the world to come to the … >> read more >>