Unifaith sheds many tears over the crisis calls it receives from clergy. One of our frequent tasks is to stand in solidarity with a hurting colleague in ministry and their family. We have all seen this tragedy reflected in the recent Observer Question Box, and in the Isolation in Ministry Report a few years ago. Some pastoral charges house bullies. They may be a volunteering committee chair or a parking lot meeting convener. Unifaith has seen - heard of - so many instances that we even created a workshop on the Church Bully. Caught in the anxiety of the moment, some clergy mistakenly just quit when confronted by this improper and hurtful behaviour. And it hurts the whole Church. If you need help, send us a note by clicking here.
Unifaith’s concerns about our Pension Plan were coming to a head last Fall, just as the Pension Board initiated a survey of Plan members. Even after the National discussion that came of it, through our e-mails and their Connex response, we still believe we have a message Plan Members and Plan Administrators need to hear. So, there is more to come. Sign up for more emails and re-read those we have sent already by clicking here.
Unifaith believes the Church needs action on the United Church Pension Plan, as well good implementation ideas for the Remits. The Unifaith Teams have created these templates for use across the church. Based on the other information here on the Unifaith site or the experience of others with the Plan, you may wish to modify them.
As can be seen in the Record of Proceedings from GC42 (2016), there is no one “correct” form for proposals. Background material can come before or after the actual proposed action. The action proposed can be very specific, or much less so, with only a broad idea of what needs to happen.
Unifaith is trying to be creative and allow for active discussion on increases to pensions and remit implementation.
Bring one or more proposals to your Presbytery this spring to start the process.