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 March 26, 2021
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In today's newsletter...

  • Let us know any changes to your Regional Representatives
  • Join in Initiatives for Guaranteed Liveable Income
  • Job Postings: Camp leaders & Congregational Music Director
  • Ministry Personnel: Send us COVID-19 Vaccination selfies!
  • Pastoral Conversations support Vaccination Participation
  • Youth Standing Up Against Racism on March 21 video
  • Chinook Winds Hospital Visitation course starts April 13
  • General Council 44 meeting to be online in 2022
  • Indigenous Lent wraps up on March 31
  • David Ferguson Music Fund Launched
  • Soul Refresh, Soul Resilient Clergy Retreat Registration open
  • Seeking Nominations...
  • "What the Hell?" Video includes Discussion Guide

  • Online Worship Listings
Let us know your Community of Faith’s
Regional Representatives
     If your Community of Faith has appointed new Regional Representatives and others have retired, please let us know.  You can fill in the Regional Representative Update Form HERE. If your Representatives remain the same as 2020, you do not need to fill out the form.
    Regional Representatives have key roles in participating in Regional activities, keeping up on Regional news and information and will attend the Chinook Winds General Meeting from May 7-9, 2021 (please note change in dates). 
An invitation to join St. Thomas, Calgary,
& others to support Guaranteed Liveable Income
By Karen Kavanagh, Regional Representative
     I am thrilled to inform you about Guaranteed Liveable Income (AKA Basic Income or Universal Basic Income etc.). This is something
people at St. Thomas have been involved with for many years. The support for Guaranteed Liveable Income (GLI) has grown exponentially. There has been a group of 50 Senators, the Moderator of the United Church, the Anglican Church, a group of Business People and thousands of citizens that have written letters of support to the Liberal Government.  The pandemic and the creation of CERB has shown us how the government can support people who need it.  Unfortunately, CERB did not reach all of the people that need it and many people are in desperate situations trying to survive.
      I do not know how much you already know about GLI so I will refer you to some excellent places to learn more. The United Church website is HERE, there is also Basic Income Canada NetworkBasic Income Alberta, and business groups called
      The United Church of Canada GLI group is planning a vigil on Thursday, April 8th at 12:30 in front of as many MP's offices as possible.  A group of us are planning to go to Pat Kelly's office in Calgary as he is the MP for the area where St. Thomas is located.  The date was chosen as it is the day before both the Liberal and NDP National Conventions.
     We are also asking anyone who thinks that GLI is important for Canada to write and ask their MP, Finance Minister, and Prime Minister to support the program.  If you would like help with a template to send out to people in the CWR, please ask, as we have many different letters and information about how to easily get addresses  for all of these people. 
      Our ministers have done 3 Sunday service messages about Basic Income and they are on Youtube.  If you are having difficulty accessing them, I can easily get you the information. Email Karen:
Community of Faith Stories Welcomed!
Are you're excited about a particular ministry that you're offering?
Please tell us about it! Send your stories and photos to Shelley Den Haan, Communications and Cluster Support.
The UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was marked last Sunday, March 21 with ecumenical messages, reflections and prayers to bring our communities together.  From the Urban Indigenous Circle, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) Ministry Circle and Chinook Winds Region.
Selfies Encouraged!
Public Health Officials are encouraging faith leaders to take selfies as they are able to get the COVID-19 Vaccination.
     Chinook Winds Ministry Personnel, when you are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please send your vaccination selfies to Shelley @ Chinook Winds Office so we can share your photo!
   It's a way to encourage others to be vaccinated. Let's celebrate as we work together to protect each other from COVID-19!
   In recent days, Rev. Lee Spice, Chinook Winds Pastoral Relations Minister and Rev. Karen Holmes, Calgary, were able to get their vaccinations. Hurrah! Karen is looking forward to the day she gets to hold her recently-arrived twin grandchildren!
Pastoral Conversations Support Vaccination Participation
Sarah Dalby reports on how pastoral conversations can support people in making decisions about COVID-19 vaccinations and address misconceptions. Sarah is Senior Pastoral Care and Community Connection Coordinator, McKillop United, Lethbridge. Read MORE HERE

Hospital Ministry in Chinook Winds Region 

Live out your faith by helping others  

in their time of need. 

Online Visitation Course begins April 13 

Approximately 12 people across the Region have already signed up for the Online Course being offerd by Geoffrey Simmons, Hospital Ministry Coordinator and the volunteer Hospital Ministries Team. Check out details and registration HERE
As part of the recent winding down of St. Matthew’s United Church in Calgary, a decision was made to create the David Ferguson Music Fund as a legacy to the faithful service of David Ferguson. For decades David directed choral programs in Alberta, including at Western Canada High School, Mount Royal University and as Minister of Music at St. Matthew’s.
       This music fund will provide financial assistance for a variety of music-related activities for children, youth and young adults, including lessons, education, and music ministry, within Chinook Winds Region. Music students, educators, and ministry personnel are welcome to apply.
    A Committee has been established to review grant applications, but we’re looking to add up to three more people from across the Region to help in their work.  Those individuals should have a keen love of music and it’s importance for young people.  If you’d like to join the Committee, forward your name and contact information to Tammy Allan, by April 30th, 2021.
    Please stay tuned for more information as decisions on the Fund’s operation are finalized.  We’re excited to get things started!
Tammy Allan, Nominations Chair for Chinook Winds Regional Council,  is looking to hear you! Volunteers are being sought for the following:
  • Financial Advisory Council
  • St. Andrew’s Regional Ministries
  • David Ferguson Music Fund
  • Ministry Support Working Group
If you feel called or would like to nominate someone for one or more of these committees, please fill out the online nominations form. Or, contact Tammy Allan.
The General Council (GC) 44 meeting, originally scheduled to take place in Calgary in 2022, will now take place online. GC43 Commissioners met online on Saturday, March 20 and made this decision during a two and a half hour meeting .
  Commissions for the 2022 meeting will be elected at the online meeting of the Chinook Winds Regional Council on May 7-9. 
The first sessions of the seven session Indigenous Lent study are available on the Chinook Winds website. Find them HERE including an introduction to the study.
   You can still participate in the next, live, on-line sessions by emailing Tony Snow to register.
     Next Wednesday, March 31, the series wraps up with a focus on
Haram Wîchoharge Womâkegya – Wisdom.
    Tony is Indigenous Lead for Chinook Winds Region and the Urban Indigenous Circle.
 Check out 'What the Hell?'
Video & Discussion Guide
With support from Chinook Winds Region and St. Andrew's Regional Ministries, Affirming Connections has produced and launched the video, What the Hell. It addresses the fear of hell that is still prevalent in some religious communities, and interrogates the roots of this fear.
       Affirming Connections interviewed clergy and community leaders across Canada to ask - what the hell?! And we find some life-giving and unique answers! Interviewees included Chris Mah Poy, Murray Pruden, Julia Kimmett, Nick Coates, Harry Maier, Spirit River Striped Wolf, Trevor Potter and many others.
     Please head over to Affirming Connections website to watch the video and make use of the study guide provided.
      Looking forward to some interesting conversations to come!
Click on artwork above or HERE for more information and registration.
New Resource, Just in time for right now!
Trauma Informed Ministry,
A Primer for Ministers and Ministries

Order material via email HERE
By Diane J. Strickland.
Long before the pandemic landed, I started an article that made the case ministry was “marinating in trauma” and it was time to consider using a trauma-informed model in our ministries. I made it more than an article once we were up to our necks in pandemic challenges of every size and kind. Then I promised myself it would cost my colleagues under $20 and include both a PDF and an ePub version.
       Learn more about the context and content in the 7-minute YouTube video ABOVE. My goal is to provide trauma information, theological exploration and ministry principles you can use every day to be more effective in caring for others as well as yourself. For ordering information, group licence options, and other questions, email  (this is NOW the correct email address)
Retired Clergy and Partners Easter Zoom Gathering

Scheduled for
Monday, April 12, 2:00 pm.
Mark this date on your calendar and watch for more information.
Provincial Government Grant available to Communities of Faith

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. The criteria includes non-profit organizations “that were ordered to close or curtail operations and that experienced a revenue deduction of at least 30% as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Application intake is open until March 31, 2021.
Details HERE   Questions? Email Joel Den Haan, Chinook Winds Community of Faith Strategy Consultant.
Online Worship Offerings
in Chinook Winds Region

You'll find a listing of Online Sunday Worship Services and Mid-Week Offerings on the Chinook Winds Website.

   If you would like to add your Church to this list, please email Shelley with a link to where people can access your online worship
  Other News

Orange Shirt Day 2021 Shirts. Orange Shirt Day will be September 30, 2021 but you can purchase your own Orange Shirt that supports the Orange Shirt Day Society. Check out options HERE

Balzac (AB) United Church Seeks Music Director. Download Document on position description and how to apply.

You’re invited to St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon, second #NoGalaGala online event. April 9th at 4:00 PM (SK). You can choose to watch on your own, organize an evening with family, friends and/or congregants. Please join Greg Torwalt, St. Andrew’s College Registrar; Richard Manley-Tannis, Principal; and Shawn Sanford-Beck, Recruitment Officer, as they engage in a conversation with Greg’s music. To view the preview, please click here.
To be part of this event, please register   You will receive a tax-receipt for a portion of the registration fee.
For more information, please contact the College at 306-966-8970 or
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