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Located in the heart of Olds, Alberta, the United Church has witnessed the Christian faith through worship, service, and fellowship for 120 years (as of 2014). All are welcome to share in our ministry.
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From the Minister's Desk
I imagine some of you read the article that was in our county newspaper on May 13, entitled "United Church mulls changes". It was written by columnist Frank Dabbs, and reflected a rather misleading bit of information about what the United Church is up to in these changing times. The church is indeed in a process of discernment around how we continue to serve the world given the current realities of economics, an aging demographic and decreasing membership. The article Dabbs wrote, however, made it sound like we're making plans to close our doors. I did write a letter to the editor of the Mountain View Gazette, in hopes that I might be able to shed some light on this matter, but it did not get published. I offer it below, and invite you to share it with friends and neighbours.
Dear Mr. Singleton:
To quote a recent document produced by the Comprehensive Review Task Group of the United Church of Canada, "It is time to seek new ways of serving God and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in our changing world." (Fishing From The Other Side: Seeking the Wisdom of Presbyteries, Unionization of clergy is not under consideration by our denominational body. As Mr. Dabbs himself noted, elimination of presbyteries and conferences is indeed under consideration, however Dabbs neglects to point out that another model of governance is being proposed that will continue to do the work of those two governance bodies in new and different ways. All of this, it is important to note, is in the proposal stage. No decisions have yet been made.
Mr. Dabbs also compares the proposed actions of The United Church of Canada to actions taken in the corporate world. I am happy to say that we are not a corporation, but a church denomination, so such a comparison is misleading at best. There is a great deal of visioning work being done to look at how to repurpose some of the properties of the United Church, so that they will continue to be places of mission and ministry.
The United Church of Canada has indeed opened its doors. This is because we believe that all people are beloved children of God, equally deserving of opportunities to serve, to be served, and to receive the gift of God's love and grace. I for one am proud of my church and its open doors.
Other denominations in our country are in various places on the journey of welcoming and acceptance of diversity. We, as the United Church, are in a position to offer support and experience to our neighbours as they discern their future in this regard.
Just recently this paper carried an article that covered the new shared ministry arrangement between Sundre and Olds United Churches. That piece was written very positively, and conveyed very well the energy and enthusiasm of two congregations working together to serve God in this area in new ways. We are just one example of a national church - formed by an act of parliament - that is indeed alive and well, and seeking new ways to live as disciples of Christ.
Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Dear People of Olds United Church
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