5th Annual General Meeting
from June 1st to 4th
The fire that blazed throughout the meeting.
The Band – Musicians and singers from Canadian Memorial United Church led the music throughout the weekend.
The Rev. Bruce Chalmers, Leslie Ross (Trinity Shared Ministry), and Leslie Stirling (Church of St Paul) represented our Parish at the meeting.
Lauren Kirkey preaching during Friday morning worship. The Rev. Bruce Chalmers is sitting at the table near the drum set.
Leslie Ross and Leslie Stirling are sitting at the table to the right.
Much more information about the Annual General Meeting will be found on this webpage on the Pacific Mountain Region’s website. The Agenda and Reports book can be downloaded here.
The keynote presenter was the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis. She spoke each day with the addresses being titled: “Forged in the Fire: Tools for Living in these Days”, “Unfinished Business?”, and “A Bold New Thing on Earth: Can you See it?”. More information about her will be found in this post.
Worship and opportunities for singing occurred throughout the meeting. Reports were received. Discussion on six proposals and the Remit “Establishing an Autonomous National Indigenous Organization” were held on Friday. The proposals were titled:
- 23-01 Supporting Leadership of Adolescents & Youth
- 23-02 Get Rid of Greenhouse Gases
- 23-03 A Regional Staff Position for Senior’s Ministry
- 23-04 Sabbatical Fund Relief
- 23-05 UnSettling Hewlett Packard
- 23-06 Advocacy & Action for Guaranteed Livable Income
On Saturday, time was taken to make decisions. The Remit was supported. A decision was made that at least 5 percent of registered representatives to the Regional Council’s Annual General Meeting needed to be 30 years of age or younger. 23-02 and 23-03 were referred to the Executive because they had budget implications. The decision for 23-04 was to take no action. Time ran out so 23-05 and 23-06 were referred to the Executive.
The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, keynote presenter
Lauren Kirkey preaching during Friday morning worship
The Rev. Beth Hayward, Chair, Theme and Worship
The Rev. Graham Brownmiller speaking with Megan Loyer and the Rev. Darren Bell of St Andrews and St. Mary’s Shared Ministry in Lillooet and Leslie Stirling of the Church of St Paul in Barriere.
The Rev. Dr. Simon LeSieur, President-Elect – Click on the picture to read about him.
Megan Loyer and the Rev. Darren Bell, representatives from St. Andrews and St. Mary’s Shared Ministry in Lillooet.
Participants on zoom shown on the screen during the Remit discussion
The Rev. Michelle Slater at the LeaderSHIFT display in the foyer. Click on the picture to see other displays.
The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, keynote presenter, during Saturday afternoon session
Teddy bears, stuffies, and children’s shoes and boots gathered during Friday evening’s Service of Lament
Elder Jim Angus speaking during the Indigenous Ministry report.
Executive Minister Treena Duncan and President Deborah Richards presiding during a business session
Overview of the meeting space during the Rev. Michelle Slater’s LeaderSHIFT report
The Rev. Bob Fillier reading a proposal as the Rev. Graham Brownmiller holds his tablet.
Celebration of Ministry – Sunday, June 4th
This service can be watched on the Pacific Mountain Region’s YouTube channel here. The order of service can be downloaded here.
The Rev. Matthew Emery and the Rev. Rhian Walker welcoming everyone to the Celebration of Ministry Service
Lindsay Veenstra leading the land acknowledgment
Blessing the waters of baptism
Rev. Tim Bowman reading the scripture, 1 Peter 2: 4-10.
Music leadership during the Celebration of Ministry service
The Rev. Beth Hayward preaching
Introduction to A New Creed
Laying on of hands during the commissioning of John Helps
Laying on of hands during the ordination of Derry Bott
Laying on of hands during the ordination of Francis Kitson
Breaking the bread
Pouring the fruit of the vine
Executive Minister Treena Duncan and President Deborah Richards with Vocational Minister the Rev. Brenda Fawkes blessing the elements
Derry Bott serving communion.
Derry Bott, John Helps, and Francis Kitson in the congregation following their commissioning and ordination.
President Deborah Richards giving the benediction.
Pictures were taken by Leslie Ross, downloaded from the Pacific Mountain Region’s Facebook page and website or the Whova platform used through the Annual General Meeting by the Pacific Mountain Regional Council, or were screenshots taken from the Celebration of Ministry broadcast.