MANDATE | AUGUST 2017
MUSIC IS a woven tapestry of sound and silence that inspires, relieves, engages
and heals. It is also an essential part
of worship and ministry. Music
United—a collective of all individuals engaged in music leadership in
the United Church—supports people
who are responding to a call to music
ministry. It deepens their spiritual
experience in both themselves and
One of the key roles that Music
United plays is to provide professional
learning opportunities for people who
often find themselves in isolated positions. Music United’s national three-day event, Music Matters, is held each
year in a different Conference. The
spring gathering recently took place
at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon.
Musicians, choristers, clergy, and wor-
ship leaders gathered for workshops, a
public hymn festival, worship, and the
group’s annual general meeting.
Workshop topics at this event
included: drumming; vocal techniques;
resources and copyright; worship
planning in transition times; hand
bells; hymn and song writing; and an
anthem reading session.
In addition, the event gave us an
opportunity to acknowledge our music
industry partners. Participants perused
music books and could order them—
two services that are not always avail-
able to people living in remote or rural
areas. Just as valuable was the time
spent between planned activities when
ideas, issues, and solutions were shared.
Networking in the group takes place
all year long through free professional
development webinars. The website
( musicunited.ca) is a multifaceted
resource for job postings, events, bur-
sary information, and sharing. There
is also a Music United Facebook page
with over 450 members. It’s a great
place to exchange ideas. In addition,
volunteer Conference Convenors offer
support in their regions.
Music United is thankful to Mission
& Service for the investment in Music
Matters, and musician leadership and
development in the church.
Music Matters 2018 will be held
April 27-29 in London, Ont. For more
information, visit musicunited.ca
—Brenda McLay is the Manitou
Conference Convenor in North Bay,
Ont. and Program Coordinator for
YOU TOLD US—AND WE LISTENED!
Called to Be the Church 2016: Salt and Light included lots of new ideas based on comments and
suggestions from people who had used the first Called to Be the Church congregational giving
program. Some of the stories featured in the “This Worked” section (starting on page 30) describe
how Salt and Light gave their congregations new ideas for increasing support for both the
local church and Mission & Service. We are still listening! The 2017-2018 Called to Be the Church
congregational giving program: We Sing Thanksgiving incorporates even more good ideas.
Mailed to every congregation in April, it is also online at stewardshiptoolkit.ca/wesingthanksgiving
The annual Music Matters gathering provides support, education and resources
to musicians and music leaders across the country.