BC Conference: How BIG is our tent?

BC Conference General Meeting met on the sunny days of May 25 to 28 at UBC… The theme of the gathering was “How BIG is our tent?” referring to the inclusion of various faith streams within The United Church of … >> read more >>

Welcome to Kootenay Presbytery and Cranbrook United Church

Rev. Ming Yung (Ibi) Chuan:

Ibi (as he prefers) began his journey with The United Church of Canada about five years ago.

He is an aboriginal from Bunun tribe in Taiwan.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Christian education and a Master of Divinity from Yu-Shan Theological School in Tiawan. After arriving in British Columbia he completed a Master of Theology in Homiletics from Vancouver School of Theology in 2011 and is currently completing a doctoral degree with Carey Theological School at UBC.

He is passionate in theological conversation and the bridging between biblical text and the intercultural setting. A lifelong learner and seeker, he likes to share the spiritual life and Christian faith that is in the Bible.

Ibi has been supported in ministry by his beloved wife and children, his many friends and the United Church in Canada.

Ibi is committed to working with all ages to discover their Christina identity in the United Church and their own sense of ministry in the word. He is committed to work with affirming and is inclusive of faithcommunities and is called to engage in conversation of how to be Church in our intercultural context.

Ibi was ordained Sunday, May 28, 2017 by BC Conference, with BC Conference President, Rev. Keith Simmonds, presiding. He looks forward to serve at Cranbrook United Church in his new role as Ordained Minister, commencing July 1, 2017.

Ibi introduces himself to the court of BC Conference, May 27, 2017

Kootenay Presbytery members met during BC Conference AGM

At the meeting of Kootenay Presbytery, a motion of AF&S Team giving consent to St Columba Trustees to conclude the sale of their building and property passed. This enables the congregation of St Columba to sell their church and move forward to explore new ways to present ministry worship in the western area of Boundary Pastoral Charge.

Another motion from AF&S approving the Arrow Lake Pastoral Charge to withdraw $40,000 from their trust (from the sale of their manse) passed. This enables the congregation to continue in its ministry less anxious about funds. 

A discussion about Kootenay Presbytery becoming a “affirming presbytery” resulted in a decision to not proceed with but to encourage our Pastoral Charges to have this discussions within their congregations about becoming affirming congregations. It was suggested that Support to Congregation Team develop resources to assist enquiring congregations.

A discussion about developing a “presbytery covenant” was postponed to the Fall Gathering.

Kootenay Presbytery will next meet in Kimberley October 13–15.
Following, on Sunday afternoon in Fernie at Knox United Church, there will be a covenanting service with Tif McNaughton.


Spring Presbytery Gathering

Kootenay Presbytery Spring Gathering hosted by the Communities of Faith Pastoral Charge at Trail United Church March 31 to April 2, 2017 HIGHLIGHTS ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] READ MORE >>> … >> read more >>