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As related to the mission and vision of Pacific Mountain Regional Council, The United Church of Canada, and our denominational presence in the world. Find posts about staffing, governance, support, and ministries, as well as messages from Executive Minister and President, key United Church leadership, and important invitations for Pacific Mountain region people.

Pacific Mountain Region News

Re-Opening Information for Thrift Shops in the PMRC

June 16, 2020

This document offers information from Regional Ministers, to support PMRC-located Thrift Shops as they consider why and how they might re-open. Updated July 2020

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Townhall with Guest Murray Pruden ~ PMRC outgoing Indigenous Minister

June 16, 2020

This week Indigenous Minister Murray Pruden joins us, as the PMRC Townhall guest. Murray will be speaking to Indigenous Heritage Month, with insight, resources and conversation. As you know from previous newsletters, Murray is moving to our denomination’s national church office this July. We are thrilled for Murray and the wider church who will come to experience his leadership in Indigenous Ministries, and we will really miss him here in our Regional Council. Please join this special townhall, if you can! Zoom link details below.

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Celebration of Ministry Service

June 15, 2020

You are warmly invited to join with the wider Pacific Mountain Regional Council community of faithful friends and members, as the Ordinands and Commissionands are received into Ministry! Saturday, June 27th

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Our Commitment to Anti-Black Racism and Anti-Racism

June 12, 2020

The work of becoming an anti-racist church is hard work and it is work that belongs to us all. It will require trust, prayer, faith, courage and deep commitment. It will take time to do well. Your Executive is committed to turning its words into meaningful action for such a time as this. We offer this statement of recommitting this Regional Council to the work of becoming an anti-racist Church. 

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United Against Racism – An Online Worship Service

June 12, 2020

We have participated in demonstrations. Letters have been written and statements have been made. Now it is time to worship together as people of faith.

The Black Clergy Network of The United Church of Canada invites the whole church to join virtually for a time of worship, prayer, and reflection to face the issues of anti-Black racism across our country and in our church. In worship we will lament, we will hope, and we will be reminded of the need to act against racism.

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Recording of Town Hall Meeting with Adrian Dix

June 11, 2020

If you missed the Town Hall meeting on June 10 with BC Health Minister Adrian Dix, you can view the recording at the link below. Click here for the Meeting Recording.

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Pastoral Letter from President Jay Olson

June 9, 2020

BLACK  LIVES  MATTER!  YES, BLACK  LIVES  MATTER! Everyone who is “awake” knows that anti-black racism is real not just in the USA but all around the world. Anti-black racism is real in Canada and in the Church, in our Church. People of faith including us in the Pacific Mountain Regional Council sit in the garden of crisis and terror and we must no longer fall back asleep immobilized while the Christ calls us to stay awake and be alert to what is happening and what needs to happen.

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“Church Leaders Acknowledge Racism in Their Midst”

June 4, 2020

We as church leaders, acknowledge the pain, frustrations and anger of our Black communities, and recognize that systemic anti-Black racism is prevalent in our context in Canada as well; in the streets of our communities, in the justice and policing systems, and in our congregations and parishes. It is important for church members in our largely white churches to look at how we continue to perpetuate anti-Black racism, either inadvertently or intentionally.

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A Light of Peace

May 26, 2020

When we light candles for peace with our neighbours, we do so as signs of our openness to learn from one another and our commitment to advocate for this peace that is so long overdue. It is time for peace. It is time for families to be reunited and for those who struggle in poverty to be given access to the necessities to live full, peaceful lives. We have an opportunity to join with Communities of Faith around the world to pray for peace for the peoples of Korea through “A Light of Peace: Online Prayer Vigil for Korea”. 

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Vancouver Japanese United Church Archives Website is Live

May 26, 2020

“Because of the federal government’s policy of dispersal following the war, so many British Colombians of Japanese descent were scattered throughout the rest of Canada. One of the aims of the Vancouver Japanese United Church Archive website is to reach out to Canadians whose roots trace back to the Vancouver congregation; we want to encourage viewers to learn about their past, help identify people in the images and share stories.”

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The 2020-2021 Prayer Cycle for the Pacific Mountain Regional Council

May 22, 2020

This document empowers us to faithfully pray for the ministries, communities of faith, leadership and community members across the Pacific Mountain Regional Council and the wider church. The 2020-2021 Prayer Cycle (PDF) document is available for download here. Please share it with your people.

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A Reflection from the President

April 29, 2020

Counting the Days

I don’t know about you but for me it has been 42 days since the church doors where I work have been closed.  But who’s counting?  Each of us is experiencing this commitment uniquely and yet there are some themes emerging.  One of those themes I had been hearing about for a while, but had not hit me until recently, is the theme of tiredness.  How is it that I could be feeling so tired when I am staying home? 

I used to dream of having a whole week at home to read a novel, watch movies and not have to get in my car to get to another meeting or appointment.  So now I’m home, 42 days of being home.  And no, I am not reading novels, watching movie marathons or trying to learn new FUN things.  I am tired. 

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