New Vision Notes Thur June 24 2021

Thur June 24 2021

  1. Following up on the great news I shared last week that Caremongerers Hamilton has metamorphosed into Roots to Justice – consolidating the work they initiated during the pandemic and reframing it for a continuing future of mutual aid networks in Hamilton: they have commenced deliveries of pre-made kits and are looking for delivery drivers. Here is the sign-up link.   Pre-packing is done in our MacNab campus lower hall and pick up for deliveries in the east alley.
  2. Liz Hirst is interested in a peer-support charitable knitting and crochet group. She does a lot of knitting and crochet, and could see a group meeting for a few hours, once or twice a month at first to advance the group’s knowledge of knitting and crochet techniques and to produce projects for charities that members care about. To help her gauge interest and take next steps, please go to this link and fill out the survey she has prepared!
  3. We will have an internal community of faith town hall about our Holton campus redevelopment sometime in the near future. It will be modeled on the community engagement town halls held Thursday, June 10. We will have an opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions. Info and updates on the project can be found here.
  4. An opportunity for United Church re-engagement and new engagement with the neighbourhood around our Holton campus is being suggested to us by our development partner UPRC. They will be looking for our feedback on this in the days and weeks ahead.
  5. Last Sunday, June 20th, Ward 3 Councillor Nrinder Nann spoke as our guest at our anniversary worship gathering. Several of us have asked for the publication details of the book from which she quoted: See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur. Here it a link to the author’s website.
  6. Get your popcorn and bevvy ready to join with our United Church friends to share a moving and timely film on June 26 at 7 pm. Saturday Night at the Movies for Pride Month and National Indigenous Heritage Month features Fire Song. Description: Shane, a gay Anishnabe teenager living in Northern Ontario, struggles to support his family after his sister commits suicide. If he fails, he will be forced to choose between keeping the family home or saving his future. ** Rating is 14 +. The movie deals with potentially upsetting themes, including suicide and rape, which may be triggering. Foul language is also included in the film. ** Join  the party here:
  7. We will be marking Indigenous Day of Prayer in our worship this Sunday, with a thematic focus on right relationship, truth and reconciliation.
  8. With June being both Pride month and National Indigenous Heritage Month, the United Church of Canada is presenting a webinar called “Two-Spirit People: A Part of our Circle and our Teachings” on Monday, June 28 at 7 pm. Follow this link to register. It is free – brought to us by The UCC’s Mission and Service Fund.
  9. Good news: we are targeting Sunday July 11th as our first Sunday with in-person participation in our virtual worship. I will have more info on how we are going to do this next week.
  10. New Vision Virtual Worship is experiential, participatory, image-rich and collective, just like worship in person at New Vision! Join us on Sunday mornings 10:30 am week to week during the Covid-19 emergency by clicking here. If you want to put the link someplace easy to find each week, here it is: Please share it with others and invite them to a “different” kind of time on Zoom from the usual.
  11. You can also call in to the gathering on the telephone toll free. Call 1 855 703 8985, then, when prompted, input the Meeting ID 782 292 511 followed by the # sign. Ignore the prompts for Participant ID and Password. You are in when the recorded voice says, “You are in the meeting.” If you can only connect by video on your computer with no audio, you can use the phone connection for audio and the computer connection for visual.

Hope to see you Sunday ~ again, or for the first time ~

Rev Ian