From: Hoang, Thivan [mailto:THoang@united-church.ca]
Sent: April 12, 2018 11:18 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Transitional motions

 

Sent on behalf of David Allen, Remit Implementation Project Leader

 

To:                          Presbytery/district/consistoire/synod chairs and secretaries

c.c.                         Conference Executive Secretaries and Speaker

 

 

 

As part of the transition* from a four-court church system to a three-council system, current courts of the church will need to pass motions to ensure an orderly transition to the new council structure.  Template motions are provided, below. In some cases, options are provided to reflect the plans of the presbytery/district or Conference. 

 

* All changes are dependent on the 43rd General Council enacting the remits which have been passed by presbyteries and pastoral charges.

 

 

Motion #1, below, can be passed at any appropriate time during 2018.  Dealing with Motions #2 and 3 by mid-fall will greatly help the transition. 

 

 

1.       Terms of office for presbytery/district and Conference officers, committees etc.

 

Because most elections take place in the late spring to take effect on July 1 or at the rise of the Conference annual meeting, provision needs to be made for dealing with terms of office.  These motions cover both scenarios, i.e. that the remits are enacted, and that they are not.  The first set of motions deals with scenarios where there are multiple-year appointments already in place for a specific amount of time with no election required in 2018.

 

For presbyteries/districts where the current presbytery/district officers and the members of the presbytery/district executive, committees and commissions will continue serving for the 2018-2019 year. Use “Presbytery” or “District” as applicable:

MOTION by ___/___ that _____ Presbytery/District extend the term of office for its officers, and the members of its Executive, committees and commissions until:

 

(a) December 31, 2018, if the three council restructuring remit is enacted by the 43rd General Council 2018; and

(b) [insert the usual date in 2019 for their terms to end], if the three council restructuring remit is not so enacted.

 

OR

 

For presbyteries/districts where new presbytery/district officers and members of the Executive, committees and commissions will be elected for the 2018-2019 year:

MOTION by ___/___ that _____ Presbytery/District set the term of office for its officers, and the members of its Executive, committees and commissions to end:

 

(a) on December 31, 2018, if the three council restructuring remit is enacted by the 43rd General Council 2018; and

(b) [insert the usual date in 2019 for their terms to end], if the three council restructuring remit is not so enacted.

 

2.       Accountable ministries

 

The regional councils will need information about communities of faith other than congregations or pastoral charges.  We already have the information about congregations and pastoral charges.  When passing the following motion, please send the list to Thivan Hoang at thoang@united-church.ca with the name of the ministry, its address, and all contact information.  She will ensure that this information is given to the appropriate regional council.

 

MOTION by ___/___ that X Presbytery/District confirm that each of the presbytery/district-accountable ministries listed on the attached schedule to this motion meets the criteria to be recognized as a community of faith by the regional council in the new three-council model.

Note that the criteria mentioned above are included in Remit 1:

 

“A community of faith is any community of people within the United Church that: gathers to explore faith, worship, and serve, including but not limited to pastoral charges, congregations, outreach ministries, chaplaincies, faith-based communal living, house churches, and online communities; and is recognized as a community of faith within the United Church by the regional council through a covenantal relationship between the community of faith and the regional council.”

 

3.       Presbytery assets

 

Presbyteries that have assets, including loans to congregations, will need to make decisions on how those assets will be transferred to the regional council to which the presbytery will migrate, or how the assets will be divided amongst various regional councils if a presbytery is split into one or more regional councils.  The presbytery will pass a motion based on the local circumstances, i.e. the source of the funds and the recipient regional council(s).

 

Please send a copy of this motion to Thivan Hoang at thoang@united-church.ca. Please note this does not apply to Bermuda Synod.

 

If you have any questions, please contact remits@united-church.ca.

 

 

Thivan Hoang

Remit Implementation Program Assistant
The United Church of Canada/L’Église Unie du Canada
3250 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
416-231-7680 ext. 2758 , 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2758