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Hello ECORC Family,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. We have a lot of events happening as well as job postings, learning opportunities and more! I also want to note that for July/August, the newsletter will switch to bi-weekly as we enjoy the warm summer days. So grab yourself a cup of tea/coffee and find a nice place to relax and enjoy this weeks newsletter.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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

Quick Links
ECORC Website
ECORC Staff Contact Page
Upcoming Events
Past issues of ECORC News  
General Council 44 (GC44): The latest General Council news 
E-ssentials - May 31 Edition: Moderator's Pentecost Message and Statement on Unmarked Burial Sites
United Church Rural Ministry: E-News #19
United Church Bookstore: New Books and Birthdays!
Latest Job and Volunteer Opportunities from the United Church (
Worship Resources and Special Days in June
Month of June: Indigenous History Month 
  • June 5: Day of Pentecost; Pride Sunday; Union Sunday; Environment Sunday 
  • June 10: 97th Anniversary of Church Union 
  • June 12: Trinity Sunday 
  • June 19: 2nd after Pentecost; Indigenous Day of Prayer; Father’s Day 
  • June 20: World Refugee Day 
  • June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day 
  • June 26: 3rd after Pentecost 
General Council Office News

Moderator’s Pentecost Message 2022: In his Pentecost video message, his last message as Moderator, the Right Rev. Dr. Richard Bott reminds us that The United Church of Canada is part of the 2000-year community of Christ’s disciples―a worldwide communion that is not bound by geography, space, or time. We are people who change the world—with deep spirituality, with bold discipleship, with daring justice.

Video License Applications: Video license applications now open again. Applications due June 8th for licenses running from July 1, 2022 
to June 30, 2023. Learn more:

REMINDER - Temporary Increase to Minimum Mileage Reimbursement Rate: Considering the recent spike in gasoline prices and the prediction that they may remain at these levels for some time, the Executive of the General Council meeting April 30, 2022, temporarily increased the minimum mileage reimbursement rate to $0.46/km. This is 75% of the CRA 2022 “reasonable allowance rate … for the first 5,000 kilometers driven”. This is effective May 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022. The General Secretary was authorized to extend this temporary increase to December 31, 2022 if fuel prices remain high. This applies to ministry personnel in pastoral relationships, volunteers, elected and appointment positions with the General Council, and staff of the General Council Office.

ECORC Regional Council News and Information
2022-23 Voluntary Associate Minister (VAM) Forms 
Download form: Voluntary Associate Minister Appointment Form ( Deadline for submission is July 1st, 2022

As your Communications Staff person, I want to invite you to share your events! I discovered today that I need to update the "submit your own event" on our webpage,  so in the meantime, if you do have an event coming up, please send it to me at and if you have a poster, please send that as well. Let's share the word about your events!

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Pastoral Relations News and Information

Staff Announcement: It is a pleasure to announce that Rev. Darren Liepold has accepted a term position of Pastoral Relations Minister in East Central Ontario Regional Council, full-time effective July 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022 with the possibility of an extension. Please visit ECORC Staff Announcement ( to get to know Rev. Darren Liepold!

Pastoral Relationships Thriving with Equity Research Project
If you are Ministry Personnel who identifies as:

  • Indigenous
  • racialized
  • Deaf,
  • speak English as an additional language
  • Francophone
  • disabled
  • Two-Spirit
  • non-binary or
  • female

In other words Equity-seeking or If you are a member of M&P, Board or Elders of a Community of Faith which is in a Pastoral Relationship with someone who identifies as Equity-seeking (see above) The Pastoral Relationships Thriving with Equity Research Project wants to hear from you. For more information, please visit this LINK

Formation, Nurture and Justice Team

There is still time to register! Join us tonight at 7:00 pm for an evening with Stephen Dorsey, Author of Black and White. This is both an in person event and it is being hosted on Zoom. Click here for more information and a link to register:

You are invited to join the celebration! All are welcome! Join us online on Saturday June 4th at 9:30 am EST on zoom - FLAMES OF JOY AND JUSTICE: A Celebration of the United Church’s Commitment to be an Anti-Racist Church and Community. Enjoy Worship, Guest Speaker: Dr. Brian Carwana (Director Encounter World Religions Centre Guelph), honouring Chancellor Murray Sinclair, and Elder Murray Whetung, a Theological reflection and music from The Singapore Choir. Please click this link for a poster with more information and a link to register:

Youth-Led Climate Action: An Interfaith Conversation: Join us on Wednesday, June 8 for Youth-Led Climate Action: An Interfaith Conversation. Young Canadians of diverse faith-backgrounds are addressing climate change and taking action to protect the environment. Hear from speakers concerning how climate change impacts young people today and learn about their efforts to find solutions. Youth-Led Climate Action is the third webinar in our Climate Narratives webinar series to raise awareness around faith-based responses to environmental issues and inspire urgent action. The Climate Narratives Project is generously funded by the Clean Economy Fund. Please RSVP today to receive Zoom information! For more information: Youth-Led Climate Action: An Interfaith Conversation - Faith & the Common Good (

Events of Interest
Fundraiser Event for Trinity United Church, Uxbridge on June 10th at 7:30pm. Please view the poster on our website: Fundraiser Event for Trinity United Church, Uxbridge - East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada ( Please note the venue is St. Paul's Anglican Church in Uxbridge.

It’s BBQ Time!  The Moscow United Church is hosting a Take-Out BBQ Fundraiser where you order upon arrival, Take & Go or bring a lawn chair and sit under a shade tree.   The Meal Deal will include a  fresh, deliciously grilled hamburger or hotdog (your choice), bag of chips, drink and a cookie. ALL proceeds go to the Moscow United Church.  This event will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 11 am - 2 pm.  Bring your family & friends out for lunch! We look forward to serving you! Location: 25 Huffman Rd in Yarker.

Sidney Westminster United Church, Belleville: Drive-Thru Take-Out Cold Plate Dinner that will be hosting on Friday, June 17th, 2022, from 4:00-5:30 pm at 1199 Wallbridge-Loyalist Rd. Please view the poster on our website: Drive-Thru Take-Out Cold Plate Dinner - East Central Ontario Regional Council of the United Church of Canada ( 10% of the proceeds will go to the Ukraine Campaign through the United Church.

On June 23, join the United Church Publishing House for the exciting launch of a brand-new book! Building God’s Beloved Community draws on the expertise of United Church theologians and ministers to outline the church’s approach to some of the “big questions.” It also offers insight into United Church worship and history, and will introduce you to a legacy of social justice as a lived expression of faith, drawing you closer to God as you move out into the world to love and serve. will offer all webinar attendees a discount code for the book—register nowWhen: Thursday June 23, at 7:00 p.m. EDT

Mark the Date: Old Hay Bay Church will host a Sunset Service on Wednesday July 13 @ 7 PM.  Worship leaders are Rev. Phil Hobbs and Rev. Phil Wilson. 2365 South Shore Road, Napanee

Mark the Date: Old Hay Bay Church once again will hold its Annual Pilgrimage Service outdoors on the east side of the church on Sunday August 28 starting at 3 PM.  This year's guest will be Rev. Dr. William Smith - past Executive Minister of the Bay of Quinte Conference. Be sure to bring your own chairs for this outdoor 'revival' event.
Job and Volunteer Opportunities in ECORC
St. Andrew’s By-The-Lake United Church is looking for a Volunteer Treasurer. For more information, please click HERE.

Eastminster United Church, Belleville, is seeking an Administrator. For more information, please click HERE.

Grace United Church, Peterborough - Organist Wanted September 1, 2022: We are seeking a permanent part-time organist (10 hours/week) who is enthusiastic about working as part of a worship team to present inspiring traditional choral music. For more information, please click HERE.
Learning News and Opportunities
Learning on Purpose (Centre for Christian Studies) Learning on Purpose is a 2-week leadership development course and introduction to learning in community offered by the Centre for Christian Studies. It will be offered this year from June 13 to 24, 2022 in London, ON at Metropolitan United Church. There is still time to register! Learn more: or Learning on Purpose – Centre for Christian Studies (

Christian Left Conference 2022 (Emmanuel College, Toronto) August 5-6, 2022 Visit Christian Left Conference 2022 » Emmanuel College (

United In Learning See the entire line-up of learning opportunities for 2022 at: Home (
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