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January 29, 2020
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In this Newsletter...

•  Check out the UCW Banner
•  Introducing volunteer chaplains for ministry personnel
•  Meet Regional Council Executive Member Francis Liu
•  How to support efforts to ban conversion therapy in Calgary

•  Video introduction to March Event's Keynote Speaker Matt Miofsky
• Where to send your Annual Reports
• Climate crisis as a spiritual issue
                                                 ...and more news
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.
The photo at the right comes from the Brooks UCW Fall Tea at Brooks (AB) United with Minister Esther Crews, flanked by Paige Falkenberg and Blessing Ajak, who were helpers at the Tea.
Meet the Chinook Winds Region Executive
Today we wrap up our weekly offerings of biographies of the Region's Executive by introducing Francis Liu. The Chinook Winds Executive was elected at the Regional Gathering in Lethbridge in June 2019. Francis is pictured with his spouse, Wendy, and the couple volunteer together in local seniors' care homes.
My name is Francis Liu with the Chinese United Church in Calgary. Under the former presbytery structure, I was a member of the Local and Global Outreach Commission. Since my retirement from employment two years ago, I have spread my time between multi-cultural, seniors and church work.
     I believe that God created humanity, with a vision and a plan.
God is all knowing so we must believe that there is a purpose to God creating the humankind. Regardless of all the theological arguments throughout the church’s history, as a church, we believe in the guiding hand of God through which we were led to where we are today with the Chinook Winds Regional Council.  
     It took me a long time to discern what is my role in the Chinook Winds Region. Theological and doctrinal elements are well covered by the ordained members of the council. I can offer only my experience as a longtime volunteer working with seniors. As more and more of the church members age into the assisted living and long-term care situation, we should be able to provide them access to a United Church pastoral team.  
     As a church, we are engaged in working with the First Nations, the youths, the LGBTQ etc. We can also be a comfort to our long-term supporters. Most congregations let their long-term supporters down. Maybe, some feel that the responsibility should rest with the community of faith but so often, time and people change, and faithful supporters are forgotten.  
      We do have Rev. Arnold Chamberlain as a chaplain with the Carewest Homes in Calgary but what about the private facilities?  Other denominations do provide this service. Whether it be weekly or monthly, we should have a presence for our faithful supporters. Other than the intercultural work, I hope that I can help implement this senior care work during my term of office.
From Affirming Connections and Affirming Communities of Faith
Come to support this historic moment, in favour of drafting bylaws against Conversion Therapy in Calgary! This motion is critical, because without strict and enforceable bylaws, there will not be avenues for recourse for those who are subjected to conversion therapy. It also means that there would be no financial or business consequences for organizations who perpetuate these practices.
      To show our solidarity and support, you are invited to attend the City Council Meeting on Monday, February 3, at 9:30am. We know that many anti-LGBTQ2S+ churches have invited their congregants to attend and we hope to show our overwhelming support, not just for the ban and bylaws, but for the LGBTQ2S+ folks who need to know that they are not alone. We are committed to being a non-violent, peaceful presence. Please bring your water bottle and any snacks you may desire if the day is longer than expected.
Acadia School Lunch Program ensures
healthy food for children
Last fall, Chinook Winds Region approved funding for approximately 27 mission projects throughout our area. Grant recipients were asked to submit an article about their program to the Chinook Winds newsletter.
    Congratulations to McDougall United Church's Acadia School Lunch Program for being the first grant recipient to submit an article and photos!
By Dianne Mather
The Acadia School Lunch Program of McDougall United Church, Calgary, is very grateful to Chinook Winds Region for providing funding assistance for our program which is now in its fifth year of operation. Our mission is to provide healthy food -- 50% of a child's daily nutritional requirements -- when a full snack and lunch is consumed. The food is provided to children at three local schools who often arrive with little or no food for the day.  READ MORE
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.
 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.
Save the Date! Leadership Event on March 17-19
Leaning into the Future without Fear
We're excited to welcome Matt Miofsky to the Chinook Winds Region from March 17 to 19 as part of a Leadership event offered for  Ministry Personnel and Lay People in conjunction with Pacific Mountain Region's LeaderShift. Above, Matt Miofsky talks about his latest book, Let Go: Leaning into the Future without Fear. He is Lead Pastor of The Gathering United Methodist Church in Saint Louis, Missouri and co-authored 8 Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches with Jason Byassee.
      More details and registration will be available shortly. In the meantime, mark March 17-19 (Tuesday - Thursday) on your calendars!
 Other News

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.

February Women in Ministry Luncheon.   February's gathering will take place Thursday, February 6th 1 PM at White Spot (3322 23rd Street NE - near Barlow at 32nd Ave). Join colleagues in paid accountable ministry (active, retained, retired, student) to connect and be together in community. Please RSVP to Nancy Nourse if you can attend!

Bursaries available: The Student Bursary Fund of Chinook Winds and Northern Spirt Regions offers yearly bursaries for students enrolled in approved theological programs for ordained, diaconal and designated lay ministry in The United Church of Canada. To request application information, please email Phyllis Greenslade or call 780-475-6943. The Student Bursary Fund also welcomes donations:  Please email Treasurer Pamela Milton or call 403-874-2684. A receipt will be given for any donation over $10.

Diploma in Missional Leadership at the Atlantic School of Theology. Are you a leader of a faith community committed to nurturing your own faith, growing in your understanding of the missional context around you, and networking with other ministry leaders? Are you passionate about mission in the Canadian context? If so, you are invited to apply to be part of the first cohort of participants in this exciting new Diploma program that focuses on developing practical leadership skills and attributes, while learning about the Canadian context as well as the nature and practices of mission-oriented leadership. Admissions Requirements• You must currently be serving in a recognized form of ministry in Canada and commit to attending all four modules with the first component of the Diploma taking place on the AST campus in Halifax, June 8-12, 2020. Access to an up-to-date computer and Internet access (preferably high speed) is required. Priority for admission will be given to racialized or minoritized ministry leaders.
 If you have questions please email Rev. Dr. Stephen Harper, Convener of the Diploma in Missional Leadership OR go to for more information or to apply now.
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