The 2020 annual WICC board meeting took place via ZOOM on Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th.
WICC board meetings always start with the Recognition of the Land. For the city of Toronto, where the annual board meeting usually takes place, the land acknowledgment is as follows:
The City of Toronto acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The City also acknowledges that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
$100,000 in Grant Funding
The WICC Board were delighted to approve $100,000 in grant funding to organizations that are meeting practical needs and injustice issues during COVID-19. Applications for projects involving large group gatherings had to be denied for this period of time.
The board is exploring new solutions for fundraising as WICC adapts to new realities prompted by COVID-19.
Expanded Participation in WICC Mission
“Informed prayer and prayerful action” via WICC have been making a difference in the world for over 100 years. COVID-19 has inspired the board to realize new online opportunities to expand participation in WICC mission. Like a beautiful peony with old roots, it can transition and flourish in new places.
Strategic planning will continue over the summer to develop creative online events. In the fall, look forward to prayer opportunities, interviews, learning together sessions, and social injustice solution approaches.
World Day of Prayer 2021 – Vanuatu
- Weaknesses are highlighted during any crisis and WICC discovered that it is very challenging to communicate with WDP Service Coordinators when we don’t have an email connection.
We are now gathering email addresses for all 2021 Coordinators and a Leader’s Login is being developed for the WICC website. Field Reps will be available to support you through this transition as we work together to steward our resources well to expand capabilities for the future.
- WICC will be providing an online service…..something very special…..to ensure that those who may not be able to gather in person can access the moving words of our sister committee from Vanuatu. Stay tuned for further updates in the fall of 2020. Our goal is to bring together as many Canadians as possible for World Day of Prayer 2021.
Fellowship of the Least Coin
International headquarters in the Philippines were quite affected by the global pandemic due to military lockdowns and political unrest. The ICFLC team are healthy and just returning to their office.
The 2020 Ingathering Service and Circle of Prayer booklet are being created and will be available online later in the year. Stay tuned for updates.
Monitoring of COVID – 19
The WICC board continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely as countries start emerging from this global pandemic.
See latest updates on our website at https://wicc.org/about-us/response-to-covid-19/
Picture: Zoom group photo taken June 19th