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.

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Boundaries Commission Update, President Cari Copeman-Haynes

Dear Friends in Christ,

I now have another opportunity to provide you with information about the conversations in BC Conference following the release of the Interim Report of the Boundaries Commission on January 10.

Last weekend, two members of every Presbytery, one representative from the BC Native Ministries Council, with President-Elect Jay Olson, GCE Rep Graham Brownmiller, myself and our Executive Secretary Doug Goodwin of the BC Conference Executive, gathered for our third annual Presbytery Consultation, facilitated by Allison Rennie.

Top of mind and heart for all present, of course, was the Boundaries Commission report that had just recently been released, so we spent significant time on Friday airing all perspectives. Though building consensus was not the goal of the consultation (and that group has no governance authority), there was a strong and clear consensus opposing the proposed division of BC Conference into two Regions.

The unified negative response to the proposal was based on its disruption of established relationships, its disregard of geographical divisions (such as mountains), and the complications that would arise for access to resources (both financial and people) if we are divided. Those present also worked to see the proposal from the angle of opportunities – what might we learn by considering having two Regions? Throughout the conversations, those present maintained an attitude of concern for the support of congregations and the mission of the church.

Then, on Wednesday afternoon, the Conference Executive gathered by electronic means to consider our response to the report as the governors of the Conference. Again, there was a strong consensus that dividing the Conference into two Regions is not our desired outcome, though we noted some positive observations by some in our congregations in the Interior of the province that a distinct interior region might serve the rural church in supporting mission in that context.

In order for our church to stay focussed on its mission and ministry, it is the clear position of the Conference Executive that we not enter into a time of reorganization into two Regions, which will distract our church from mission at a time when we are deeply challenged by decline and secularization.

Currently, members of the Executive are drafting a motion that will be considered at our second electronic meeting, scheduled for Thursday, January 25. As soon as the motion is passed, we will publish it on the Conference website. Our staff are working to create a webpage devoted to the sharing of motions by Presbytery Executives and Congregational Boards and Councils, so please send your motions to Doug Goodwin or me so that they can be posted and shared. Check back as the “mind” of our church in BC on this question continues to emerge. Please remember that the deadline for submissions to the Commission is January 31.

Finally, a word on “purpose.” All ministry is about relationships. A situation such as we find ourselves in now tests our capacity to trust one another, especially when we are at a distance from one another. I invite us into an intentional attitude of humility, prayer for one another (especially those with whom we disagree), and curiosity.  This could be a time of acrimony and dissent… or it could be a time when we recognize our deep bonds and care for one another.

May the grace of Christ attend us in this kairos time.


President Cari Copeman-Haynes

BC Conference

Uncommon Transformation with Peter Rollins

Start Date: 
Mar 2 2018 - 7:00pm - Mar 4 2018 - 12:00pm

Want to get your spiritual fire fed and fearlessly explore your faith? Join us for a weekend of great events with Irish philosopher, story-teller and radical theologist Peter Rollins!

Held in partnership with Highlands United Church, we are bringing Peter’s Pints and Parables event, a full day workshop and ending with Sunday worship to BC! Open to all ministry staff, lay leaders, youth and young adults, congregational saints, mystics, poets and the curious, this event combines theology, philosophy, and music to take you on a journey into your faith. Peter’s gift is to make you question, re-examine your assumptions, look at the Bible in another way, and engage your own faith.

Events are:

Pints and Parables Friday, March 2, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Feeding the Flame of Faith workshop Saturday, March 3, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Join for worship on Sunday morning!

Full details and registration available on the Leadershift website.

Message from our president, Cari Copeman-Haynes, regarding the interm report on regional council boundaries

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

With yesterday's release of the Interim Report of the Boundaries Commission, we move into a time of reflecting, responding, and listening intently to one another and the Spirit. The mission of Christ’s church is not dependent on the ways in which we structure our life together, but these relationships and functions impact us as we carry out our ministry in response to Jesus’ call.

So I would like to encourage you, whether you are a congregation member, an ordained, diaconal or lay minister, a lay leader in your congregation’s board, a presbyter, and/or a participant in the life of our Conference, to take a good look at the proposed boundaries of the 17 regions as proposed by the Commission. You can find the information here:


Inspire Conference 2018

Start Date: 
Feb 23 2018 (All day) - Feb 24 2018 (All day)

Coming February 23 - 24, 2018.

The third annual Ecumenical INSPIRE Conference is around the corner!

Deepen your skills, knowledge and ministry to children and youth and in contemolative justice. Be refreshed this winter as you join leaders from across the country and hear from engaging and visionary speakers.

Registration is open on the INSPIRE website!

Schedule and speaker details on the Inspire website too.

Leadership Foundations: Essential Skills for leading congregations

Start Date: 
Jan 22 2018 (All day) - Jan 25 2018 (All day)

Loon Lake Lodge Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge

Leading a congregation in these times means drawing on a diverse tool kit that helps you navigate change, deal with conflict and build the leadership capacity of your volunteers.

This 4 day workshop will give you an executive tool kit for leading through changing times. Covering leadership models, generational theory, conflict management and team building, this course is a pre-requisite for those overseeing supervised ministry placements and interim ministry.

Cost: $525 for BC residents,
$650 for non-BC residents.
Includes accommodation and meals.

Register now! More information on the Leadershift website.

The Theology and Practice of Mentoring

Start Date: 
Feb 6 2018 - 3:00pm - Feb 8 2018 - 1:00pm

Join Leadershift at Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre!

In critical moments in our lives mentors can provide just the assurance, inspiration, and guidance we need to flourish. This workshop will explore the skills and practices that make effective mentors; reflect on key themes of mentoring in worship; and examine biblical friendship through the mentoring framework. Taught by Mardi Tindal of the Centre for Courage and Renewal and Tim Scorer of the Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction. Musical leadership by Rev. Alan Claasen.

Register online now. Full details are available on the Leadershift website. Questions? Contact leadershiftinfo [at] gmail [dot] com (Rhian Walker).

General Council July 21-28th 2018 - Awesome Opportunity for Youth from BC!

Deadline for applications: November 1/2017.

Contact: Doris Kizinna
Call 1.800.934.0434 in BC, ext. 303 or 604.341.2724 (mobile) or dkizinna [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca (email).

Apply to attend Winter Retreat: February 16-19th, Five Oaks Conference Centre in Ontario. They will also attend the General Council in Oshawa, July 21-28/2018. This Retreat will help to prepare and form the Youth attending Youth Forum at GC 43. At this Retreat, the five youth from BC will gather with five youth from all the other Conferences in Canada.




Archives are moving!

November Archives update

In June, the Conference Archives announced that we will be moving to 312 Main Street in Vancouver. We continue to look forward to it with great anticipation!

Our move to the new location will likely take place during the spring of 2018. Stay posted for updates.

Meanwhile, the Archives will remain open to the public. Full story of the move below.

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