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BC Conference of United Church of Canada

Region 1 -- New name needed by December 31, 2018
A new region has been created, this new region will replace BC Conference and all Presbyteries within BC (this includes Cariboo Presbytery)after December 31, 2018. The new region is going to need a new name, a naming contest is being run by BC Conference. For more info see the conference website.

BC Conference 2020 Annual General Meeting
BC Conference AGM will be TBA.
for more info see the conference website.

About BC Conference
BC Conference is an administrative and service-delivery body of The United Church of Canada. We provide staff, finances, advice, advocacy and programming resources to 10 presbyteries, 200+ congregations, hundreds of ministry personnel and numerous ministries in British Columbia including camps, social service agencies, housing and care facilities, chaplaincies, hospitals and educational centres.


President - Rev. Jay Olson
                   
President elect - Rev. Blair Odney

Short biographies follows:
Rev. Blair Odney, recently elected to the role of President-elect of BC Conference of the United Church of Canada at the 2017 AGM at Penticton, is lead minister at Lynn Valley United Church in North Vancouver where he has served for the past 8 years. Over those past 8 years, Blair has worked with the people of that congregation in the precarious work of property AND congregational redevelopment. Who are we as the people of the way, and how will we show up in this community, have been living questions. The number one priority for all of us at LVUC was to figure out how to be kingdom people even as we lived as itinerant church.

Blair has served the wider church in a number of capacities: he has served on the General Council Worship and Music Committee, he has chaired Music United - the United Church association of musicians. He has chaired Vancouver Burrard Presbytery, he has provided music leadership at many United Church events and last year, he chaired the Theme and Worship Committee of the general meeting of BC Conference.

One of the treasures that Blair brings forward from the clay jar, as an ambassador for Christ is the resounding gospel message that each of us is God's beloved, called into the fullness of who we are, to bring healing and hope to a world that seems to pit one against the other. Echoing the sixth day in the story of creation, the church's job is to help people to remember their goodness, and that of all creation; loving the world as God's loves the world.

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BC Conference Presidents

Years Name
2020-2021 Rev. Blair Odney
2018-2020 Rev. Jay Olson
2017-2018 Rev. Cari Copeman-Haynes
2015-2017 Rev. Keith Simmonds
2014-2015 Rev. Karen Medland
2012-2014 Rev. Jenny Carter
2011-2012 Rev. Deb Bowman

 

 

Remits of General Council
At GC42 remits were passed and sent to CG 43 for enacting. The structure of the United Church of Canada will change as of January 1, 2019.
Final Report on Regional Council Boundaries. The Boundaries Commission is proposing 16 regional councils to replace Conferences and presbyteries. Map of Regional Council Boundaries. These 16 regional council will come into existence on January 1, 2019.
Interim Regional Executive Secretaries announced.

 

BC Conference website

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www.NaramataCentreSociety.org

Naramata Centre 2018 registration now open
Spring 2018 Newsletter of Naramata Centre

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