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The United Church of Canada E-ssentials - August 25, 2020
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Resources and tips for congregations and church members are available on our COVID-19 page, including information on reopening churches, congregational finances, online worship and more.

August 25, 2020


Re-entry to Gathered Worship in Buildings


 

As many of us consider re-entering our church buildings for in-person worship, Rev. Diane J. Strickland offers a two-part video on "Making Faithful Decisions on Re-entry." How are we going to make decisions about re-entering that are faithful in every respect? These decisions need to be pastoral, conform to regulations, and be trauma informed.

Part 1 of this video addresses the questions: How do we change our assumptions and why? And how do we deepen individual and collective awareness that will allow us to move forward faithfully with grace? In Part 2, Rev. Diane J. Strickland discusses the role of leaders in carrying forward a trauma-informed approach to the re-entry decision-making and implementation process in order to bring along as many people as possible. How can we work together with individuals and the collective community of faith to find the right angle of approach for re-entering in-person worship together?

For more information, also see Reopening Churches during COVID-19.
 


Report from Rendez-vous


 

Rendez-vous 2020, the United Church's national youth and young adult gathering, was an event like no other―just as 2020 has been a year like no other. Rendez-vous 2020 Reimagined, held August 11‒14, was much like a face-to-face event in some ways; there were engaging keynote speakers, lively worship sessions, home groups, a service project, as well as workshops and spiritual practice sessions too numerous to list. Together, the participants shared bold faith, created brave space, and offered one another brazen grace―all from a safe distance. Read the full report.

[Photo: Dr. James Makokis, a physician and proud Cree from the Saddle Lake First Nation in northern Alberta. He was a keynote speaker at Rendez-vous 2020. Credit: Speakers Bureau of Canada]


Be Aware: Email Scams and Security




Several churches and churchgoers continue to be targeted by phishing email, often seemingly from people they know. So how do you identify emails that are potentially scams or “phishing” attempts? Check out this short video.

More great info, including what to do if you think your email has been hacked is also available in this blog post.

When it doubt, it’s always best to call the sender on the phone and ask, if possible!
 
[Image by Werner Moser from Pixabay]
 

 

YAYA Video Project: Deadline Extended


Attention all United Church youth and young adults—the deadline for submitting your "Quaranteen" videos has been extended! You now have until September 3 to send your submissions in.

Try to answer the following questions in your video:
  • What is one thing you've learned during this time?
  • How have you stayed connected with friends and family?
  • What do you miss the most?
  • How are you participating in church?
  • What does a typical day look like?
Send questions and submissions to Jessica (jstevenson@united-church.ca). Happy filming!
 


Summer Reading




Alf Dumont's new memoir, The Other Side of the River, is a poignant and reflective offering, telling tales of building bridges between the two worlds of Indigenous and settler, traditional spirituality and Christianity. Available in softcover and as an e-book.

Curious to learn more about the author? You can check out this interview with Dumont, which took place earlier this summer.
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