GENERAL COUNCIL NEWS—THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

RESULTS OF THE RECENT REMITS  (July 5, 2017)

“Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,  

Greetings from the General Council Office.  I am writing to let you know of the voting results for Remits 1 to 4. All four remits were approved by a majority of the 84 voting presbyteries and 2,136 voting pastoral charges of the United Church. 

Remit 1: Three Council Model                                    Devon United Church Board voted:

Presbyteries:         Yes: 74        No: 7

Pastoral Charges: Yes: 1672    No: 222                                 Yes  

Remit 2: Elimination of Transfer and Settlement       Devon United Church Board voted:

Presbyteries:         Yes: 74        No: 7

Pastoral Charges: Yes: 1792    No: 89                                 Yes

Remit 3: Office of Vocation                                         Devon United Church Board voted:

Presbyteries:         Yes: 69        No: 12

Pastoral Charges: Yes: 1681    No: 190                                 Yes  

Remit 4: Funding a New Model                                  Devon United Church Board voted:

Presbyteries:         Yes: 70        No: 12

Pastoral Charges: Yes: 1472    No: 398                                  No  

There is one final step in the remit process to be taken by the 43rd General Council when it meets in July, 2018.  We will now be working to be ready for that prospect.    

A Remit Scenario Planning group, co-chaired by Alan Hall (Executive Minister, Ministry and Personnel), and Peter Hartmans (Executive Secretary, Hamilton Conference),  has been meeting over the past year to do preliminary thinking on the change process, depending on which of the remits received approval. This group will now be re-mandated as the Remit Implementation group, to have broad oversight over the plans for implementation of the changes that will follow if General Council gives its approval to the decisions that have been approved by remit. David Allen has agreed to step away from his position as Executive Secretary of Toronto Conference to accept the full time assignment as Project Leader for this work.   

The 42nd General Council will reconvene for an electronic meeting on September 30, 2017 to put plans in motion for determining the boundaries of the regional  councils, and a nominations process for the next General Council Executive, pending the final step in the remit process.    

Thank you all for your participation in this important work of the church.  

Sincerely,

Nora Sanders, General Secretary, General Council” - quoted from UCC letter  

(more details on what each remit means can be found at:   www.gc42.ca/remits)