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Camp Day 2022CAMP DAY Rain or shine! Saturday, June 25th 10:00 am to 3:00 pm At Camp Bimini (6 km south of Stratford)Camp BiminiIn-PersonAll activities are planned for the outdoors where masks will be optional, as determined by your individual comfort-level. Please BE SURE to bring a mask in case inclement weather brings us inside.In the event of extreme weather (thunder storm, torrential rain, tornado warning) the event will be cancelled. Registrants will be notified by email not later than...

ISARC’s Ontario Election Backgrounders We are pleased to provide four backgrounders for use in the upcoming provincial election. Please use them to encourage civic discussion with neighbours and friends, raise questions with candidates, and inform your participation in community all-candidate events. View Backgrounder PDF During the past two years of pandemic response, many issues of equality, adequacy and human dignity were sidelined. Yet, the dire effects of the pandemic served to further...

The Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations is now accepting applications for 2022-23. Organizations that applied for the grant in 2021-22 can apply again for 2022-23. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST. As with the previous round of the program, the grant can go towards expenses such as security equipment or training to respond to hate-motivated incidents. Funds must be spent on eligible expenses by March 31,...

COVID POLICIES from the National Office of The United Church of Canada With restrictions easing across the country, the United Church sought the advice of outside legal counsel for communities of faith. Excerpts from the legal opinion are provided below. Please note it is based on policies currently in place and the assessment of them as reasonable. Assuming that the original rule issued by the Church or congregation concerning masking or proof of vaccination status was reasonable, there is...

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, this 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 to do things like honour 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...

Registration for the Skylight Festival is now open.  Join us at Skylight the weekend of July 15-17, where you can connect with diverse communities, collectively explore faith through the lens of the arts, nature, peace and justice. Find out more on our website: www.skylightfestival.ca Thrift Store Bingo fundraising initiative a fun activity for all ages.  It's affordable and lots of fun!  Check it out. [pdf-embedder...

In the summer of 2018, Diane Blanchard accepted the invitation to serve as Minister, Pastoral Relations, for Antler River Watershed, Western Ontario Waterways and Horseshoe Falls Regional Councils starting on January 1, 2019. As if the structural change was not enough to manage, the church also chose that date to implement a new search and selection system called ChurchHub. Diane shepherded congregations through the ChurchHub process in the early days and still resources them now. She trained...