Hello, Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council, this is just a little note with a request from your friendly neighbourhood President.
As we are all aware a few years ago The United Church of Canada underwent some serious reorganizing, which created us as WOW. Part of the reason for the reorganizing was to streamline the decision making processes (not requiring the same decision to be approved by multiple bodies at multiple meetings), and to help lift the burden of needing so many volunteers, and using up so much time of the representatives of the Regional Councils.
The challenge (and this is where the request comes in) is that a Regional Council does have a minimum critical mass of volunteers that is needed in order to do the work of the Regional Council. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Human Resources Commission of WOW has reached this minimum critical mass. The Commission is currently running with only 4 members (3 clergy and 1 lay). The second unfortunate aspect is that those who are no longer able to be a part of the HR commission were also serving as liaisons for congregations undergoing the search process for new ministers, so that role now too does not have the support that it needs.
I thank you for your continued prayerful thought on this subject, and may the spirit lead us all it be the church the world needs in these coming years.