I’ve been in-and-out of the office this week, although from Sunday-to-Sunday it may simply appear that by June 7th, I will have been “off” for two. The reality is that while I was off from Victoria Day until May 24th, this weekend is the 2015 meeting of the Alberta and Northwest Conference of the United Church of Canada. It’s a gathering of our larger regional body, one step above Presbytery. This year it is Slave Lake.
Conference handles concerns that cover a larger geographic area than Presbyteries, as well as discussing national issues from a regional perspective. This is especially important this year, as many of the issues are anticipation of the upcoming General Council this August, which is the body that makes decisions that affect the church at the national level. One major issue is the Comprehensive Review, which could mean a significant change in the way the United Church of Canada is structured.
In my case, this meeting represents my official reception as a minister of the UCC, rather than being ordained supply. I’m excited, but at the same time, I will fully admit my lack of knowledge on a lot of the issues coming before Conference. My task, at least as I see it, is to pay attention to as much of it as I can, watching and learning as I go.
I’ll give an update when I get back!