After extensive consultations across the church, the interim report from the Boundaries Commission is proposing 17 regional councils be established on January 1, 2019, if Remit 1 (Three Council Model) is passed at the 43rd General Council in July 2018.
A map showing the boundary lines for the new regional councils across the country appears above. Each pastoral charge is colour-coded and identified by shape in relation to its regional council in this map.
One significant early decision of the Commission was to honour a request from the Caretakers of Our Indigenous Circle. They had prepared the “Calls to the Church” document regarding the future place of the Indigenous Church within The United Church of Canada (pages 56‒67 of the complete GCE Workbook November 18-20 2017. Consistent with these Calls, the Caretakers asked the Commission to honour the intent of the Indigenous Church to engage in a distinct process to decide their relationships within the new church structure.
Feedback and suggestions on this interim decision will be accepted until January 31, 2018, at remits [at] united-church.ca. If any church court (pastoral charge, presbytery, Conference) has a suggestion for a specific change, that court’s governing body must pass a motion naming the requested change. The motion can then be e-mailed to regchange [at] united-church.ca by January 31, 2018. The Commission will receive and study all feedback and make decisions on all the requested changes. It will release its final report no later than March 15, 2018, outlining the final boundaries of the new regional councils.
Boundaries Commission Chairperson, the Rev. Andrew Richardson, will host a YouTube Live event on the Commission’s processes on January 15, 2018: 10:00 a.m. PST; 11:00 a.m. MST; 12:00 noon CST; 1:00 p.m. EST; 2:00 p.m. AST; 2:30 p.m. NST. It will be recorded and available on www.youtube.com/unitedchurchofcanada.