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Our Words Matter

Dear Friends,

It is that time of year again….Spring Regional Council Meeting time yay!!!

Now that we have moved to two regional council meetings a year it allows us to have more of a focus at each meeting that fits the time of year better.

The fall meeting is a time to look at financials, and do things like honouring retirees, while the spring meeting lets us elect members to our different Commissions and Executive, and this year a President Elect as well.

Because we can spread out the decision-making business throughout the year, it means we can use each meeting to have some time to work with our focus statement of Connecting, Supporting and Transforming. The work of WOWRC is not just decision-making, the work is also learning and growing together to better be able to support one another and the communities we serve. This meeting we will be looking at how our words matter, we will have some time to reflect in different ways about the language we use.

The planning team decided that an online meeting was still the best option for us for this spring, but we are planning an in person gathering sometime soon at one of our camps, so please keep looking out for more info about that.

Please register for the spring meeting and start to think about how the words we use connect us with others, help us to support each other, and how language changes and transforms over time, and how we need to create space to see how the words we use impact those around us.

Thank you for your participation in the life and work of WOWRC.


Mark Laird

President, Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council


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Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council

Spring 2022 ONLINE Meeting

Friday, May 6 – Saturday, May 7, 2022

Theme: “Our Words Matter”


Session Dates and Times:

Friday Evening, May 6th: 6 – 8:30 PM

Saturday Morning, May 7th: 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Saturday Afternoon, May 7th: 1 – 3:00 PM


Celebration of Ministry Service:

Jennifer Brown

Saturday, May 7th at 7 PM, Knox United Church, Clifford. Technical details to be determined.

Preacher: Adele Halliday, Anti-Racism and Equity Lead, General Council Office, The United Church of Canada

Celebration of Ministry Livestream link:



Registration Opens: Monday, April 4th

Registration Closes: Sunday, May 1st, 6 PM

A link to the Meeting Workbook will be sent to registrants by Tuesday, May 3rd.

Deadline for receipt of nominations/expressions of interest to serve on Executive/Commissions: Friday, May 1st, 6 PM

Deadline for new business: Saturday, May 7th, 10 AM


ucw 60 logoHappy 60th Anniversary UCW

We honour the UCW as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary.  Following are services of hope, celebration and thanksgiving prepared by the UCW that can be used for Sunday worship.

2022 60th anniversary UCW service E. Burrows (Word)
2022 60th anniversary UCW service E. Burrows (PDF)



UCW Service JD (Word)
UCW Service JD (PDF)



Upcoming: Join us for CAMP DAY, an IN PERSON summer event! Details to be announced.


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How are you Called to Be the Church as a member of the Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council?

Fill out the Expression of Interest Form.

Connecting, Supporting, Transforming is Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council’s (WOWRC) purpose statement. WOWRC fulfills this goal in part by connecting communities of faith with one another and with the United Church as a whole.

Election of Members to the Executive and Commissions. The regional council fulfills its responsibilities through the decision-making work of the:

  • Executive-oversight and management of the life of the regional council
  • Covenant Commission—congregational health and change
  • Human Resources Commission—forming and supporting pastoral relationships
  • Mission and Discipleship Commission—equipping for ministry and mission

Details are provided on each in the Governance Handbook where the preferred positions to bring the wisdom of diversity to decision-making are outlined and the required balance of lay/ministry personnel is stated.

Current positions available:

President Elect



Executive (term ending)

Covenant Commission

Human Resources Commission

Mission & Discipleship Commission

If you would be willing to let your name stand as a nominee for one of these positions, please complete the Expression of Interest Form link below. This information (minus your personal contact details) will be available to regional council members for consideration before voting.

Fill out the Expression of Interest Form.

If you have questions about the work of the Commissions and/or Executive, feel free to contact President Mark Laird, or the Commission Chair for more details.

Thank you for your prayerful discernment of how you might serve.

Regional Council Representatives

Many thanks to the members of the regional council who are serving as members of the Executive and Commissions.  The members of the Commissions and the Executive are elected in the spring meeting.

Thanks also to the many members of the regional council acting as Pastoral Charge Supervisors, Pastoral Relations Liaisons, United Fresh Start Facilitators, Licensed Lay Worship Leader Committee members, regional council United Church Women and members of networks supporting faith formation and justice work such as right relations networks and UNJPPI among others.

For regional council representatives who are not yet connected to the work of the regional council, please consider joining the resource pool for one of the Commissions.  These are time-limited, specific task roles.  Some of the assistance Commissions could use is outlined below:

Covenant Commission
Pastoral Charge Supervisors
Supporting a Community of Faith with its Living Faith Story
Assisting a Community of Faith with property transactions
Accompanying and supporting Communities of Faith during amalgamations and disbanding

Human Resources Commission
Pastoral Relations Liaison (training required)
United Fresh Start Facilitators (training required)
Licensed Lay Worship Leader Committee

Mission and Discipleship Commission
Faith Formation networks and events
Justice networks and events
Right relations networks and events
Stewardship events

We are developing plans for the training and support of volunteers in these roles.

Thank you for considering how you might be involved.