New Vision Notes Wed Nov 18 2020

Wed Nov 18 2020

  1.  On Trans Day of Remembrance this Friday join the Trans Peer Support Group to watch a live stream offered by SexGen at York University from 10am to 2pm, followed by a Zoom meeting from 7pm to 9pm to discuss the SexGen event and Trans Day of Remembrance in Hamilton. Registration is required for both events. You can register directly for the SexGen Trans Day of Remembrance event at this link. Contact to register for the post-event discussion via Zoom.
  2. A ceremonial unity fire will be lit on Sunday November 22, at 4PM, in honour of 125 days of Haudenosaunee land defense at 1492LandBackLane. The fire-keeper will be Phil Davis, and the event will be hosted by Tom Wilson (Kanien?kehá?ka, Hamilton/Kanehsatà:ke), a four-time Juno-award-winning multimedia artist and musician. The main fire will be held in Wilson’s neighbourhood in Hamilton, ON, territory covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Covenant, where he was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers for his involvement in supporting the #1492LandBackLane land defense.
  3. You can join the ceremonial unity fire event by Zoom live through New Vision Community Zoom at this link. Joey will be participating by Zoom and lighting our diversity candle in solidarity at the time of the lighting of the unity fire. Have your own candle ready.
  4. The slide deck we drew on in our second Threshold Partner meeting last Sunday to begin our New Vision intercultural relational currency design project can be found here.
  5. Here are the motions passed by the Threshold Partners at the meeting on Sunday: a) That the Threshold Partners of New Vision United Church engage in “The Relationship Currency Project” in the calendar year 2021 as discussed in this meeting and the meeting on November 1 2020, based on our successful Mission Support Grant  Application “Just Intercultural Consultation with Diverse Communities,” b) That the Threshold Partners of New Vision United Church create a 5 member (including the minister) Steering Group to coordinate Threshold Partners in achieving the objectives of the Project accountable to the Threshold Partners through the Church Council, and c) That the Threshold Partners of New Vision United Church appoint a diverse group that is reflective of the goals of the intercultural relationship currency project to the steering group. Through the Church Council the group can add members in order to achieve the desired diversity stated above.
  6. Several Threshold Partners are considering nominations made at the meeting that they join the steering group. Please hold them in your prayers. If there are others you would like to nominate, please contact Helen Bradley
  7. Given the news that the flu vaccine is in scarce supply locally, consider getting the flu shot at the walk-in flu clinics happening every Saturday at the Central Library through Saturday Dec 12. You can find out more information here.
  8. New Vision folks without access to Zoom are continuing to attend our Zoom worship gathering in person at 24 Main W.
  9. If you are interested in attending the in-person gathering, please be in touch with New Vision by emailing The gathering will observe all the best practices for hygiene, screening, and sanitation.
  10. Christmas is right around the corner! As you might have already heard, Wesley Urban Ministries’ Christmas & Holiday Store will not operate like a store this year. Instead, it will provide hampers for people who participate in Wesley programs and through some of its community partners. For more information on how to get involved, please visit the website
  11. For those looking to volunteer at Wesley, their new volunteer roles and pandemic protocols are available online at the above link. There will be a limited number of on-site volunteers this year, however, you can also help from home by making pre packed hampers or volunteer as a driver to take the hampers to Wesley programs and community partners.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. For updates on New Vision plans in the post Covid-19 emergency recovery, please visit

Hope to see you on Sunday –  again, or for the first time!

Rev Ian