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Read what’s been going on at Rowntree over the summer and what’s coming up this fall. Click here  fall2016newsletter

re Rev. Gretta Vosper

Dear Friends,
No doubt by now many of you will be aware of the controversy surrounding the continued ministry of Rev. Gretta Vosper in the United Church of Canada. On September 7th, 2016 the Toronto Conference Interview Committee released their report

https://torontoconference.ca/2016/09/review-rev-gretta-vosper/

of interviews with Ms. Vosper and several others. This Interview Committee recommended placing Vosper on the “discontinued service” list as being unsuitable for continued ministry in the United Church. Their view was that Vosper would not be seen as fit for ordination today and that she could not say that she was in “essential agreement” with her ordination vows. Additionally they determined that remediation actions would not alter Vosper’s views. There is a recommendation for a formal hearing.
Please take the time to read through the report for accurate information. There has already been media reports that often miss or leave out information and terminology. You will find a very clear description of United Church process, theology and actual examination of this case in the article. Continued prayers for those who have been tasked with this responsibility would be most appreciated.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Wendy

 

We invite all United Church members to listen….

….So we (Rev. Kenji Marui President of and Rev. Cheryl-Ann Stadelbauer-Sampa Executive Secretary of London Conference) write to you, at the direction of the Conference Executive, to invite all United Church members to listen—

Listen to the cries from Orlando and hold them in prayer…
Listen to the fear this event understandably sparks in the LGBTQ community and in all who love them…
Listen for the invitation to attend/participate in Pride events…
Listen for the Spirit.
Link to full letter  of Affirming Ministry and Letter of Support

One of our main missions; The United Church ‘Mission and Service Fund’, looking back at 2015

Mission & Service Annual Givings 2015 – A review of the latest full year of Mission & Service givings. In 2015 UCW, congregations, and individual givings totaled $24.99M, a decline of $0.67M from the prior year, and the second lowest decline in five years. But keep in mind this decline was in spite of congregational givings of more than $8 million to support Syrian refugees. So all in all an amazing story of our people’s compassion and generosity.

For full report click here Link to United Chuch web site

Syrian Refugee Crisis; an update and our moderator’s views

Update March 20

Thanks to the generosity of respondents to the United Church’s Emergency Appeal for Syrian Refugees, as of Feb. 2016, the United Church has received nearly $900,000 to support partners responding to this crisis.

Locally there are many United Church’s sponsoring Syrian families or fundraising to support other church’s. ie Calvary United, Byron United to name a few. If you want to help Calvary, the contact there is Steve Hebden at 519-636-8814.

For More Information – For more information about this humanitarian crisis and for details about how to make a donation, please visit The United Church of Canada’s webpage on the Syria Refugee Appeal.

See the thoughts of our new Moderator, the Right Rev Jordan Cantwell on this issue and 3 steps you can take to help. Moderator’s thoughts and plans re Refugee crisisportrait_cantwell