Remit 6, WUC style
Some background on the content of Remit 6
THE REMIT IS PROPOSING THAT ALL THREE FORMS OF MINISTRY BE CALLED “ORDAINED”. If passed, this remit would involve developing a more robust course of training for DLMs.
Here is the actual question, to which the council must say either yes or no
At present there is one order of ministry that is made up of ordained ministers, ordained to word, sacrament and pastoral care, and diaconal ministers, commissioned to education, service and pastoral care. There is also a category of ministry made up of those who are recognized as lay ministers, following successful completion of a specific program of study.
Does the pastoral charge agree that there should be one new order of ministry encompassing the present categories of recognized designated lay ministers, diaconal ministers, and ordained minsters, with ordination to the ministry of word, sacrament, education, service, and pastoral care as the single rite of entry, and with provision for the continued identity of the diakonia within the ordained ministry?
There was good discussion by those who gathered Sunday after church. The mood of the group seemed to tilt toward voting “no” to the remit. Concerns were raised about the level of education required by pastoral ministers, and questions that this level might be compromised. There was some discussion about the spiritual and personal gifts necessary for pastoral ministry, and how differing ways of education can strengthen or develop those gifts.
Note: This is a brief summary of what we understand is being asked with Remit #6. For a more comprehensive discussion and background information, please visit the United Church of Canada webpage on Remits, or click on these two documents:
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