Ralph Connor Memorial United Church

The Little White Church on Main Street, Canmore, Alberta

Indigenous Sunday, June 20, 2021

On Indigenous Sunday we have TWO services:  we are honoured to have a local RCMUC YouTube service with Tony Snow, Glenda Crawler, Trudy Wesley, Gloria Snow and Ken Levae – already posted to https://youtu.be/TKyBHbL87fo We are also invited (and encouraged!) to watch the Chinook Winds’ Regional Indigenous Service – also coordinated by Tony Snow, Indigenous Minister for Treaty 7 Lands and Chinook Winds Region.  This service will be available for viewing starting at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 20th 2021 …

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2m distancing is still in place

At a glance – Alberta’s plans for the summer, as the 3rd wave of COVID appears to be on the wane.  PLEASE NOTE that until stage 3, masking and 2m distancing remain in place.  For us at RCMUC that would mean no more than 18 in the sanctuary or hall at one time in stages 1 and 2 – with no handshakes or singing or coffee time after service – so we will be remaining with our current pattern of …

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Orange Shirt Day

our hearts break

Our flag will be lowered for the next 215 hours, starting Sunday afternoon, in honour of the 215 children whose lives were lost at the Residential School in Kamloops.   As an Affirming Ministry of the United Church of Canada, we recommit ourselves to love, justice and reconciliation. > May 31 would be a good time for an “orange shirt day” in addition to the official orange shirt day at the end of September.

Indigenous History Month – June 2021

Two learning opportunities lead us into National Indigenous History Month, June 2021. 1. Pacific Mountain Region of the United Church presents: Calls to the Church: Listening to the Wisdom of the Elders Four evenings online of learning and listening, with Tony Snow and Rev. John Snow Jr. June 1 – 4, 2021 from 6:30 -7:30 pm PT / 7:30 -8:30 pm MT; registration is free of charge. for more information or to register: https://www.leadershiftpm.ca/register/calls-to-the-church-06-2021 2. the Canmore Museum presents: These Mountains …

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Sunday Worship on May 9th

Regional Worship Service Today, Sunday, May 9 2021 @ 10:30 am Today, Sunday May 9 the Chinook Winds Regional Council 2021 Gathering wraps up with the Regional Worship Service at 10:30 am.  All congregations in Chinook Winds Region of the United Church of Canada are invited to join in this time of Worship and view it as “our shared service” this Sunday. The Worship Service will be led by Rev. Joanne Anquist, McDougall United Church, Calgary, and Vicki McPhee, Presiding …

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REDress Day – May 5, 2021

RED DRESS Project is held all across Canada on May 5th.  Check out the Ralph Connor outdoor display starting May 3, weather permitting. The RED DRESS Project (a.k.a. REDress) began as an art installation by Métis artist Jamie Black. It has since been replicated in communities across Canada. The empty red dresses are meant to signify the loss of thousands of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit, lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual, queer, intersex and asexual people over the past 40 years to …

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Alberta Curriculum Proposal and the TRC calls to action

Indigenous Perspective in New Alberta Curriculum: Alberta Education has recently released the draft of a new curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 6. This curriculum is in direct violation of a promise the Alberta Government made on March 27, 2014, at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission event in Edmonton. That promise included Indigenous Curriculum in all grades including teacher training and materials. Individuals who support this promise must contact the Alberta Government. It is through age appropriate curriculum that students are …

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Earth Day Events Online

Three ways to celebrate Earth Day 2021: on April 21, at 7:15 PM, Tony Snow, Indigenous Lead for Chinook Winds Region, will be leading our Evensong service on Zoom.  If you are not on the Evensong mailing list, email office@ralphconnor.ca and we will get the Zoom login for April 21. April 22 at 5:00 PM, United Church of Canada, Chinook Winds Region “Mother Earth Day” service of prayer. For Zoom login go here and scroll down to “Mother Earth Day”. …

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