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Welcome: July 28, 2022

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Hello ECORC Family,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and that you are enjoying your summer! I have recently received requests as to where to send cards to Rev. David Timpson. Here is the address for you:

College Hill United Church
16 North Park St
Belleville ON
Attn: Rev. Brenda Timpson

Also, a reminder that I am on vacation starting Monday, August 1st and will be back in office on Tuesday, August 16th. Newsletter for August will arrive in your inbox on Thursday, August 18th and 25th.

Have a happy and safe long holiday weekend!

Karen Wilson
Communications and Administrative Support
1-800-268-3781 Ext 6146

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General Council 44 (GC44): The latest General Council news 
Latest Job and Volunteer Opportunities from the United Church 

E-ssentials - July 26, 2022: New Moderator, GC44 decisions, and more!
60th Anniversary of UCW
Group photo of the delegates of Bay of Quinte East Central Ontario to the 60th Anniversary of UCW. Thank you for representing our Regional Council!
General Council Office (GCO) News and Information

The United Church of Canada has elected the Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Kwisa’lakw, 47, as its 44th Moderator. She will be the church’s spiritual leader for the next three years. In articulating her vision for The United Church of Canada, the Rev. Dr. Lansdowne speaks of a church committed: “To build new connections and rebuild old ones. To work towards social change that sees a world cared for, and human dignity honoured. To walk together every day in repentance and reconciliation. To march and fight and change unjust systems together. To pray together. To sing together. To discern together.” Get to know the 44th Moderator by reading her full biography and statement of vision, watching her message on YouTube, and following her on Facebook. You are invited to the installation of the new Moderator on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PDT/ 4:00 p.m. EDT/ 5:30 p.m. NDT. Attend in person, or watch online on YouTube Livestream.

The United Church of Canada has committed the whole church to the aspirational goal of an 80% decrease in carbon emissions by 2030. This bold new target was set at General Council 44, during Decision sessions. Read the full news release.

General Council 44 took significant steps toward Indigenous self-determination and right relations, passing a motion on the autonomy of the Indigenous Church that directs the General Secretary to identify and remove all the structural barriers to developing and sustaining an autonomous Indigenous Church within The United Church of Canada, consistent with the Calls to the Church and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. There is also a call to continue the conversation of restructuring, right relations, and reparations with the National Indigenous Council; and to report back to General Council 45 on the state of the dialogue and required next steps. A second proposal enables a “Category 3” remit to approve the new structure of the Indigenous Church and the relationship with the non-Indigenous Church, to be determined by the Indigenous Church in its own time and through its own processes, without the need for further remit approval, shortening the time for study from 24 months to 12 months. Resources will be made available to support this process. In response, Honoured Elder the Rev. Elenor Thompson said: “Today all of me, my whole heart, loves the United Church. So very proud of the church and the people.”
East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC)
News and Events
Please save the date!

The current plan is to have our Fall General Meeting in person on Saturday, October 29th at Emmanuel United Church in Peterborough. IF we are not able to host in person, the meeting will take place on Zoom on Friday, October 28th in the evening and Saturday, October 29th in the morning. 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone with the prayers that it will be in person. More information to follow at a later date. 

Online Worship: In case you missed the newsletter that went out earlier, it was recently brought to my attention that our Online Worship webpage is no longer available. For those Community's of Faith that are hosting Online Worship and/or recording and uploading to Social Media platforms, I have created a form for you to fill out with the information I need to create a new webpage. Should you wish for your information to be included, you can find the form at Online Worship Information Form - East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada ( - I will work on this page when I am back from vacation in August. Thank you for your help!
Formation, Nurture and Justice Team
Cathedral of the Trees- Algonquin Park Network - We are excited that we have been given the approval by Algonquin Park to provide Ministry this summer. Please help spread the word that we are back for 2022 and join in on a Sunday morning if you are near Algonquin Park. Cathedral of the Trees Algonquin Park is a ‘new shoot’ of a longstanding ministry of the former Bay of Quinte Conference, which saw ministry personnel providing an outdoor worship service at Algonquin Park on Sundays in the months of July and August. Cathedral of the Trees in Algonquin Park, is a Forest Church where we share our experiences of Holy Wonder in Creation. Our ancestors say that to know nature is to know something of God. It is an interdenominational worship service in the Outdoor Theatre - Hwy 60 (km 35.4) Sundays from July 17 to August 28 at 10 am. All are welcome- please add to your church newsletter and bulletins- so people are aware of this outdoor service if they are vacationing near Algonquin Park.

Living into Right Relations: July 27, 2022 - Get ready to make faithful witness for Orange Shirt Day. We’ll launch most of our plans, including webinars and church-based activities, after Labour Day. Stay tuned to the United Church website. We’ll also be hosting another Orange Shirt Day Giveaway, this time for 40 “Every Child Matters” flags, on August 30. Details will be forthcoming from the Indigenous Ministries Facebook and Twitter accounts in the next couple of weeks. So sign up and stay tuned to our social media channels! That’s Facebook Indigenous MinistriesFacebook Indigenous Justice; and Twitter

To read the full newsletter, please visit Living into Right Relations: July 2022 (

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!
There are still openings for the Women's Weekend Retreat in September at Kingfisher Bay Retreat Centre on Stony Lake north of Peterborough. For more information and to register, visit Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors! Women's Weekend Retreat (
Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWL)
Register HERE!
ECORC Network(s) News and Events

GLI Club: Episode 4: Talking Mincome with Ron Hikel

Ron Hikel, who was the Director of the Manitoba Basic Income Experiment (Mincome), joins us to explore the practicalities and promise of one of the world's most important basic income pilot projects. Click the link below to listen to the episode:

Bridges Peterborough: Wednesday, August 3rd from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m via Zoom - We will be hearing from our guest speaker, Camille DeMarsh who will be telling us about her experience on a Bridging Team. Camille was Bridge's Peterborough's most recent placement student and has went on from her placement to pursue a career in corrections! For more information and to register visit Next Neighbours Network is this coming Wednesday, August 3th from 5-6:30pm (
Events of Interest

Claremont United Church Music Theatre Camp
August 15 – 19, 9 am – 3 pm daily; Ages 7 and up; $150 per camper includes snacks and swimming! Performance of DON’T ROCK THE ARK at 7 pm on August 19. To register call 905-649-2433 or email

Medical Assistance in Dying and our Faithful Response
Wednesdays Sep 28th, Oct 5th, 12th @ 10:15 AM
Online AND In-Person at Trenton United Church, 85 Dundas St. East, Trenton, ON

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
    God is with us.
We are not alone.
    Thanks be to God.

In 2016 Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) became legal in Canada. Both before and after this legislation passed communities of faith from different traditions responded, some in strong opposition and others, including the United Church, with cautious support. Together we will explore what the bible and our tradition say about the end of life and death, and how we can navigate the reality of MAID faithfully and compassionately.  Please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church or by contacting the office. This will be a hybrid in-person and online study group. The in-person gathering will take place in the Middle Auditorium at the church, and online participants can connect on Zoom through the following link: 

Phone: +1-204-272-7920
Meeting ID: 869 1419 8434

Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College supports its alumni/ae and local religious communities by offering a variety of continuing education programs and initiatives to further interfaith dialogue and for ministry professionals to replenish their spiritual wells. Complete the subscription form to receive our monthly newsletter, EC Connects. Please visit Continuing Education Events and Courses » Emmanuel College ( to view upcoming workshops and save on registration with Early Bird Registrations!

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