On Monday, June 8, and Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Ontario Conference administrators hosted virtual ministerial meetings for pastors across the Conference, grouped by church size. The sessions offered pastors the opportunity to reflect on ministry in this challenging time, get updates on our Conference’s economic status and discuss strategies for reopening.
In his opening devotional, Ontario Conference president, Pastor Mansfield Edwards, acknowledged that our world is forever changed, and the way we do church must also change. A global pandemic has left us worshipping, working and learning from home since March. Another major shift has been the global outrage over racial injustice spurred by the death of George Floyd, a black American, at the hands of a white police officer, Derek Chauvin. Forever etched in our collective memory are his final words –“I can’t breathe.” As Edwards stated, “By beholding, there has been a lot of change, and these changes have brought individuals to be confronted by a reality of inequities and injustice around the world.”