The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Nancy K. Fraser; Barry Friedman
  2. Annual Meeting Minutes and Digest Online
  3. Deadline for Evaluation Forms – June 15th
  4. Sunday Sermon from Conference Annual Meeting
  5. Archivists join “Rogues Gallery”
  6. GOOD GRIEF: Healthy Approaches to Grief with Young People

1. Condolences


Nancy K. Fraser –

Sympathy is extended to the family of Nancy K. Fraser, 76 yrs, who passed away on Monday, June 6 at the Aberdeen Hospital. Nancy was a Retired United Church Diaconal Minister and a member of Trinity United Church, New Glasgow.

Visitation will be at Porter’s Funeral Home in New Glasgow on Thursday, June 9th from 3-7  PM.  Funeral service will be held from Trinity United Church, New Glasgow at 2 PM on Friday June 10th.

Full obituary is available at



Barry Friedman –

Our sympathy is extended to Rev. Betty-Jean Friedman and family on the death of her former spouse, Barry Friedman, 66 yrs, who died on Sunday June 5th in Fredericton.

A memorial service will take place Friday, June 10th at 4:00 pm, Fredericton Rural Cemetery (395 Woodstock Road).  All are welcome.

Full obituary at:

2. Annual Meeting Minutes and Digest Online


The Annual Meeting minutes and Digest of Actions from the 91st Annual Meeting are now online at

3. Deadline for Evaluation Forms – June 15th


Evaluation Forms for the Conference Annual Meeting are available online at and should be submitted no later than June 15th.

4. Sunday Sermon from Conference Annual Meeting


In response to popular demand, the sermon delivered by President Matt Fillier is now available on the Maritime Conference Youtube channel:  If you plan to use any or all of it in any way, please let Matt know directly , and give appropriate attribution.

5. Archivists join “Rogues Gallery”


Of course, you’ve  noticed that lining the walls of the hall at the Conference Centre, are pictures of past UCW presidents, and past Conference presidents, and past Executive Secretaries.  But no pictures of past archivists.

Now there are! As Rev. Jane Johnson, chair of the Staff Committee said at Conference “Let there be pictures of Conference Archivists.”  And there was!

Those photos were unveiled at the recent meeting of the Conference.

Past Archivists Carolyn Earle and Judith Colwell, did the honours – lowering the curtain with present Archivist Sarah Wallace looking on.

To quote Rev. Jane again “And Conference saw the photographs and said ‘They are very good!’”

You can get a close up look at them the next time you’re at the Conference Office.

Those Archivists:

  • Rev. Charles F. Johnson (1940s and 1950s) – Charles Johnson wasn’t officially appointed as archivist but he did a lot of work with the archives and wrote quite a bit on the history of the church.
  • Rev. George H. MacLean (1958-1960) – George H. MacLean wasn’t officially appointed as archivist either but served as Archives Committee Chair and did so much work for the archives that he should be noted as an archivist.
  • Rev. E. Arthur Betts (1963-1978) – Rev. Arthur Betts was the first “official” archivist and was also prolific with his historical writings.
  • Rev. Neil McLeod (1978-1986) – Despite his ill health he served as archivist for 8 years.
  • Carolyn Earle (1986-1998) – Carolyn worked at the Archives in Halifax and helped oversee its large move to Sackville, and came along as well.
  • Judith Colwell (1998-2011) – Judith grew up in the same area as Arthur Betts…there must have been something in the water. Judith was born in Jemseg.
  • Sarah Wallace (2011-) Sarah was born in Millville, NB, she’s been our archivist for five years.

Be sure to look them over next time you’re in the Conference Office!

6. GOOD GRIEF: Healthy Approaches to Grief with Young People


Please share the news about this wonderful opportunity for youth and young adult leaders!  Sponsored by the Diploma in Youth Ministry at AST this workshop seeks to offer invaluable grief training to those who support vulnerable youth in our communities. Sue Smiley is a particularly gifted leader and this is an opportunity not to be missed! Click here for poster.

A special reduced registration fee is now available.  For more information, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Robyn Brown-Hewitt
Diploma in Youth Ministry
Atlantic School of Theology
Rm 230, 660 Francklyn St
Halifax, NS  B3H 3B5
(902) 423-1314