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February 5, 2020
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In this Newsletter...

•  Strong local church support as Calgary City Council votes to ban
    LGTBQ+ conversion therapy
•  Register for March 17-19th's Leaning into the Future without Fear
•  Check out the UCW Banner
•  Introducing volunteer chaplains for ministry personnel
•  Local United Church Camps getting ready for summer!
•  Where to send your Annual Reports
                                                 ...and more news
Strong, visible support from local Affirming Churches

Calgary council unanimously passes
LGBTQ+ conversion therapy ban

It was an amazing turn out of approximately 150 people at Calgary City Hall to support banning conversion therapy on Monday, February 3!

    Many people from Affirming Churches took time off work and school to be present today. Great work! The motion passed unanimously!  
Read more of CBC's coverage of Monday's vote and its local support!
Spiritual Care for Ministry Personnel
From Lee Spice, Pastoral Relations Minister
     If you are a ministry personnel -- active, retired or student -- and need someone to talk to, these four persons have voluntarily stepped forward to act as chaplains. Please make note of these chaplains and contact information for future reference. Unfortunately, Jan Richardson's email address had a typo in last week's newsletter that has now been corrected.

Barbara Lieurance     403-318-4000
Jan Richardson   403-740-9199
David Robertson    403-652-3168
Eva Stanley             403-892-8322
Leaning into the future without fear!

Matt Miofsky, author of Let Go: Leaning into the Future without Fear, will be the keynote speaker at March 2020 Leadership Events in Calgary and Vancouver for ministry personnel and laypeople. Chinook Winds Region’s Ministry Support Working Group and Pacific Mountain Region’s LeaderShift are

pleased to present Matt Miofsky, Lead Pastor of The Gathering United Methodist Church in Saint Louis, Missouri. He also co-authored 8 Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches with Jason Byassee.

Calgary Event: Tuesday, March 17 to Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Calgary two-day leadership event begins Tuesday, March 17, 7 pm and wraps up at noon on Thursday, March 19.
Location: Executive Residency Best Western
9665 Aurora Park Link NE, Calgary.

Music resource: Linnea Good & David Jonsson
Worship lead: Susan Lukey

Registration includes meals and refreshments.
Early Incentive $110 (until February 21, 2020)
Full Registration $150 (starting February 22, 2020)

We’re pleased to have established a discount rate with the Executive Residency Best Western. Please book your accommodation directly with them. The discount code will be in the confirmation email sent to participants after submitting their registration.      For more information & to Register

It's Annual Meeting time! Pastoral Relations Minister Lee Spice was able to drop by St. Andrew's United Church, Bow Island, for the annual meeting of Burdett/Bow Island Pastoral Charge. Here, Chair Stewart Poole (right) and secretary Cindy Kunz are about to address a motion to modify the motion the that is on the screen. According to B.3.7.1 of The Manual, adherents may vote on all matters, once the full members have voted to allow adherents to vote. Thank you, Lee, for an update on The Manual of The United Church of Canada!
Check out the UCW newsletter!
Barbara Davison of Strathmore produces the UCW newsletter for Chinook Winds and Northern Spirit Regions. You'll want to check out the January 2020 Banner newsletter that includes registration for a UCW gathering in Nanton, AB on April 16, 2020 and the annual retreat from April 30 to May 2, 2020 in Calgary.
Within Chinook Region, we have six summer camps run by dedicated volunteers and staff. Several of the camps have registration open now and are hiring summer staff or will soon be doing both. See the Chinook Winds website for a full listing of our camps
 Climate change is a spiritual and ethical matter. It prompts compelling questions about our interdependence with all life, particularly our relationship with our planetary home. Climate change has a dramatic influence on all dimensions of our lives, challenging our fundamental values, including hyper-consumption, relationships with each other and the Earth, the design of our cities and neighbourhoods, and how we understand the gift of Creation. Join Rev. Nick Coates and former United Church Moderator Rev. Dr. Bill Phipps for an evening of inspired conversations on why the climate crisis is a spiritual issue we must address.
 Other News
Canyon Church Camp Annual General Meeting. Canyon Church Camp, Waterton Lakes National Park, are having our Annual General Meeting on March 3rd. The meeting will be held at Southminster United Church in Lethbridge starting at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Susan Rabchak, Secretary. 

Saskia and Darrel of The Great Plains at Crossfield United Church on Friday, March 6. 7 pm at Crossfield (AB) United Church.  Tickets are $20 each. Call Crossfield Church at 403-946-5514. Tickets also available at the door.  See poster HERE

Niagara Falls Women’s Retreat and Educational Event, April 20 to 25, 2020. Information and Registration HERE

Community of Faith Annual Reports.  A reminder that communities of faith are to submit their annual reports to the Chinook Winds Regional Office each year. You can either email your annual report to Program Support and Administration Support staff person Chris Mah Poy or send via regular mail to Chris' attention: Chinook Winds Regional Office P.O. Box 98, Okotoks AB T1S 1A4

Celtic Christian Pilgrimage with Rev. David Robertson, High River United Church. "Our United Church roots reach deeply into the Celtic lands," writes Rev. David Robertson who invites you to explore first-hand the beauty and significance of ancient pre-Christian and Christian Celtic sites as well as the land and culture of today from June 24-July 10, 2020. "We will learn, be moved, explore and have fun all along the way," says Rev. David. Space is limited. Pricing is per person and covers almost everything, excepting lunches and personal expenses. This pilgrimage will include walking, steps and at times uneven surfaces. Brochure HERE. Rev. David welcomes your inquiries and questions. You can email Rev. David or call him at 403-652-3168.
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