In case you are wondering, yes this used to be my music web site. It will be again… but for now, it is my privilege to be president of Bay of Quinte conference until the end of April, 2018… so I’m using the resources I have to do the best job I can.
My theme this year is “This much we know.” This is a time of unprecedented change in the United Church of Canada, and it can feel like we really don’t know much at all, with so much uncertainty! But I’m planning to travel across the conference and visit you, whether at a presbytery meeting, a UCW meeting, church anniversary… when I can, I want to hear about the things you DO know. The things that will never change about God’s work in your life and community… never change, no matter how the church structures change around us.
One of my personal goals over the next few months is to visit each presbytery and gather stories about church in your part of the world. What you love, what has defined mission for you, what you look forward to. At next year’s annual meeting in Napanee (April 27, 28 and 29) local musicians will debut a new song dedicated to each body within our conference – so make sure you attend presbytery when I visit, and you can have a hand in shaping the music that describes your area!
This is the fun work of being president. Working with all the incredibly talented poets, musicians in our area… While we gather our stories together and celebrate all God has called us to be, we are also planning into a future that may or may not include regions and clusters (read about the remit results here). All this planning is contingent on a supportive vote at next year’s General Council in Oshawa. Did I mention uncertain times? Read about the work of the boundaries commission here.
Confused? It’s OK – so are many of us. We are going to work together, support each other, figure out how to stay connected as Christ’s church in our time and place. As ideas come forward I will share them in my blog, in my visits, and hopefully in a more formal way when appropriate.
Here is my schedule so far – hope to see you at one of these events! In the meantime the blogs will hopefully keep you up to date on conference business, what people are saying as we visit and wonder about the possible new direction of our church.
Yours in Christ,
September 19 – Upper Valley Presbytery, Chalk River
October 22 – St Paul’s United 120th Anniversary service, Bancroft
November 1 – Shining Waters Presbytery, Harmony U.C., Springville
November 3,4,5 – Youth Fall Retreat, Grace U.C., Napanee
November 15 – Four Winds Presbytery, location tba
November 21 – Four Rivers Presbytery, Toledo
January 16 – Bay of Quinte UCW, Madoc
– Lakeridge Presbytery, location tba
March 3 – Hills and Shores Presbytery, location tba
March 6 – Shining Waters UCW, Lakefield U.C., tentative booking
April 27, 28 & 29 – Conference Annual Meeting, various churches in Napanee