From Doug Goodwin


TO:  Presbytery Chairs and Secretaries
       BC Conference Executive members
       BC Conference Staff
       A few others

Attached is the summary of the recent Presbytery Consultation.

The Consultation came to a common mind around a number of possible significant changes in the relationship between BC Conference and its Presbyteries.

Please share the attached widely in your Presbytery. If you have the chance to discuss it in your Presbytery, that would be welcome.

In preparation for the Conference Executive meeting in March, I would like to hear back from as many people as individuals, and also from Presbyteries themselves, about your thoughts and reflections on the changes proposed from the Consultation.

What can you strongly affirm?
What can you welcome, even if you are not thrilled by it?
What ideas do you feel might not be good to implement?
What concerns do you have as you move toward change?

This report and the responses to it will be taken to the BC Conference Executive meeting in March 2017 for discussion. We are anticipating that significant changes might be able to happen soon, with more structural ones waiting for discussion at the General Meeting of BC Conference in May.

Thank you to your attention to this work. Your insights and responses to this work will be important to hear!

Shalom, Doug

Executive Secretary
BC Conference, The United Church of Canada

Click to read >>>  Presbytery Consultation Results 17-01

Come and See

April 18- April 28, 2017

Travel this beautiful land of Palestine/Israel experiencing the places where Jesus lived and taught. 

Visit the holy sites in Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the Galilee. Learn about the extraordinary resilience of the Palestinian people living under occupation.

Meet United Church of Canada partners-Jewish, Muslim, and Christian, who are working non-violently for peace, justice and human rights. Hear the stories of people who live in this land.

Ponder biblical passages in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Mount of the Beatitudes asking how they relate to us today.

Gaze down on Jerusalem as we consider those who have conquered this land over three millennia. Spiritual practices will be integrated into our daily schedule.

Led by Rev. Marianna Harris – co-chair of United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel (minister of the United Church of Canada).

Costs are estimated at $2800 to cover most expenses excluding airfare. Deposit is $500(part of the final costs.)
For more information or to receive a registration form contact:

Marianna Harris at: ac.wa1487694503hs@1m1487694503omylo1487694503h1487694503.
or Lisa Reinders at: moc.l1487694503iamto1487694503h@sre1487694503dnier1487694503cl1487694503

Sponsored by B.C. Conference, United Church of Canada

There’s a “Wide Spot” in New Denver

Wide Spot is a project of the Turner Zion Pastoral Charge of The United Church of Canada.  This program has been funded in part by the BC Conference ProVision Fund.  Wide Spot has been developed by collaboration between Turner Zion and Heart’s Rest Retreats, one of a number of projects during the last ten years on which we have worked together. Heart’s Rest Retreats is a ministry of the Rev. Dr. Therese DesCamp and the Rev. George Meier.

Check it out…

This new website includes interactive blogs and community activities:

WideSpot in the Road discussion and dinner is a collaborative project assisted by the Village Hearth restaurant, a project of the Healthy Community Society.  Our childcare site is provided by the Outlet Youth Centre.

Sweet Spot Slocan is a collaboration with  We use videos from these organizations that we find thought provoking—that doesn’t necessarily mean that we agree with everything presented!

Wide Spot is our attempt to love and serve this community by identifying—and sometimes providing—opportunities for deep connection.  This work is empowered by our belief that the practice of wildly inclusive love and justice is the centre of Christian faith.    ~ George and Therese


Churches seeking a minister

Cranbrook United Church, Cranbrook BC, recommended BC Conference declare a vacancy for a full time ordered minister at Cranbrook United Church effective July 1st, 2016.

Rev. Frank Lewis has retired and BC Conference has posted their Ministry Profile and Search Report (MPSR) on their website it can be found here >>>

Communities in Faith Pastoral Charge, Trail / Rossland, BC, requested that  BC Conference declare a vacancy for a part time (20 hours per week) Minister effective July 1, 2016.

Rev. Michael Hare concluded his interim ministry at the end of June. The Ministry Profile and Search Report (MPSR) can be found here >>> 

2016 Fall Presbytery

 Kootenay Presbytery Fall Gathering Knox United Church,  Fernie, BC October 14 – 16, 2016 We came, We sang, We Celebrated…  all those joys and celebrations of our congregations’ life and of our personal experiences.     … >> read more >>